Automatic Fire Shutters


If you are looking for something that is more robust than fire curtains or smoke curtains, our automatic fire shutters might be the answer for you.

At K & D Systems, we provide high quality Rhino FPST fire shutters. They are stronger and can be exposed climate conditions, making them perfect for external use.

The rigidity of a fire shutter not only helps prevent the spread of fire, but also provides added security to the outside of your building.

Why choose us?


At K & D Systems, we specialise in fire protection products and only provide the best for our clients. Our Rhino FPST fire shutter is certified to offer four hours protection.

We can design and build our Rhino FPST systems to be up to 7m wide and 7m high to meet your specifications, and you can choose the way it can be operated to suit you and your business. If you are looking for greater widths or drops, please do get in touch and your request can be assessed.

Our expertise provides you with the opportunity to find a fire shutter that is perfectly suited to your building to ensure maximum protection and efficiency. You can find out more about each mode of our fire shutters below.

How they work

Each of our fire shutter units will be initiated by the release mechanism you choose. This includes:

  • Fusible link: a soldered link design that melts in a fire condition which will either release the drop weight on a manual door, or clutch on electrically-operated doors activating closure
  • Manual solenoid release: linked to the fire alarm – on receiving a 24V DC signal, the solenoid will release the drop weight or brake unit. The unit can be reset manually.
  • Automatic reset solenoid: again, linked to the fire alarm – on receiving a 24V DC signal, the clutch will disengage allowing the door to close under a controlled descent. When it has returned to the ‘open’ position after removal of the fire signal, the solenoid will reset automatically.

Modes of Operation

There are several modes of fire shutter that offer different ways that they can be operated, including the following options:

Self Coiling / Manual Shutters

Ideal for smaller openings, this type of shutter can be manually operated by handles attached to the bottom rail. Manual shutters are mainly designed to be left up or used on an infrequent basis.

In the circumstance of fire, the shutter is automatically closed by a fusible link, or if the door is to be activated by a remote fire alarm signal, a speed governor should be included to control the shutter curtains in descent.

Maximum structural size: 3000mm wide x 3000m high

Chain Operation / Manual Shutters

Our chain-operated manual shutters work by using a hand chain mechanism through a main (motor type) unit aiding a controlled descent.

Similar to the self-coiling shutter system (yet suitable for larger openings), this type is designed to be left up, to only be closed in the event of a fire.

Maximum structural size: 5000mm wide x 4000mm high

Electrically Operated Shutters

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Designed particularly to suit larger openings (but not limited to), our electrically-operated fire shutters are driven by a geared motor, activated by a push button control station.

It can be manually operated by pulling a cord to close the shutter, with a hand chain to open it. These types of shutters are not recommended for opening in constant use.

Maximum structural size: 7000mm wide x 7000mm high

6 reasons to trust K & D Systems

  1. We’re amazing value for money: all our manufacturing takes place within our plant in Sunderland.
  2. We have a team there to respond to all quotes within 24 hours.
  3. Our installation team have over 30 years’ fitting experience.
  4. We offer controlled descent and gravity fail safe systems.
  5. We are continually investing in research and development.
  6. We offer a 3 day turnaround time* on production.

*3 day turnaround time subject to certain restrictions; please ask us.

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