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Qompact Technical Details

Shutter System

Strong and Compact

Traditional roll shutters require a
large 10″-12″ (250 mm – 300 mm)
housing, ruining the style and look of
your home. Now, with the Qompact
shutter system, an 84″ (2,1 m) tall
opening will require only a compact
6″ (150 mm) housing. That is 40-
50% smaller, creating a much more
appealing installation.

Smooth and Quiet

The Qompact® shutter system is available in manual and
automatic operation. Using the patented nested design,
the Qompact shutter system rolls smoothly and quietly.
6/6 nylon bushings allow the shutter to glide smoothly
through the security guides.

Shutter System


Qompact combines premium design with
unparalleled strength. The single-walled,
extruded slats withstand sledge hammer
impacts and hurricane impact tests.

In head-to-head tests, Qompact outperformed
its foam-filled competitors every single time.

In impact testing, Qompact withstood 82 punches,
5 kicks, and 80 hits with a sledge hammer. The foam-filled
shutter was destroyed in seconds.

End Retention

End retention screws (shown below)
keep the curtain captive in the rails.
Qompact curtains can’t be pried out
with crowbars or pushed out of the
rails due to high winds.

Note: Qompact
can also be
made without
end retention
where smaller
siderails are sufficient.

Qompact’s end retention prohibits the
curtain from being pushed out of the rails.
Without end retention, the 40mm foamfilled
curtain was easily compromised.

Hinge Strength

The improved slat design is 27-times
stronger than a perforated 40mm slip
hinge, making a Qompact shutter
impenetrable by comparison.

Pull-Apart Strength Test with 152mm (6in.)
Sample. Qompact Pull Apart at 8050 kg/m
40mm Pull Apart at 296 kg/m

Hurricane Tested

Qompact shutters meet the strict
standards for U.S. Florida (FBC)
hurricane approvals. In fact, Qompact
passed with 330 km/h (200 mph) winds
up to 6000mm (19.5 ft) wide.

Note: Widths >12′ may require a larger box size.

Shutter Height Qompact Box Size Other Shutters Box Size
69″ (1753 mm) 5.5″ (140 mm) 8″ (200 mm)
84″ (2188 mm) 6″ (150 mm) 10″ (250 mm)
122″ (3099 mm) 6.5″ (165 mm) 12″ (300 mm)
149″ (3785 mm) 7″ (180 mm) 12″ (300 mm)
184″ (4674 mm) 8″ (205 mm) 14″ (350 mm)

Elegant Design and Engineered Excellence

What makes the Qompact shutter
system unique is the 10 different
slat sizes that have been ingeniously
engineered to allow the slats to nest
tightly with each other. The nesting
allows for virtually zero space between
the slats, creating a compact roll and the
smallest box housing required. Each slat
grouping has a specific radius designed
to accommodate the ever increasing roll
diameter. This proprietary design means
that each slat rolls together – perfectly.

Residential Shutters

Home owners will love the quiet operation,
elegant design, and security of Qompact.

In addition to privacy and sun shading, Qompact
uniquely provides security and hurricane protection.

Commercial Shutters

Qompact can be built both wider and taller than
foam-filled shutters, making it the perfect choice
for commercial applications.

These shutters are widely used in the United States
for their loss prevention and design benefits.
Commercial shutters can be perforated for night
time merchandising.


The Word’s Most Sustainable Residential Roller Shutter

  • Qompact curtain is 100% Recyclable
  • Qompact shutter is 99% Recyclable
  • Qompact has No Foam Filling
  • Qompact is 99% Aluminum
  • Qompact is 60% Recycled
  • Qompact has No Waste

Shutter Controls

Qompact’s Torsion Spring Assist Control Systems

Qompact has a non-slip hinge, which allows for the use of a torsion spring inside the tube opposite the control mechanism.

Manual & Motorized Shutter Controls

Our trained specialists walk you through the step-by-step selection process
for designing the correct rolling shutter for your home.

Manual Strap

A manual pull strap can be used on larger shutter sizes since
the weight of the shutter is neutralized. The spring provides a
counterbalance resulting in the shutter locking in the down position.

Manual Gear

The spring assist neutralizes the weight and enables gear operation
for larger shutters and requires less effort to rotate the hand crank.
 up to 6,5 sq meters

Manual Push-Up / Pull Down

Where most shutters require motors, the Qompact spring-operated shutter
allows for push up/pull down operation. This saves on both shutter and
electrical costs. Large spring-operated shutters are useful for entry doors,
as egress (life safety) issues are not a concern. Simple base-lath locks
enable security, but allow for escape during fire or power failures. Spring
operation is available up to 13 sq meters without motors or gears.

Manual & Motorized Shutter Controls

Solar Powered Operation

Enjoy energy savings from a roller shutter that does not add to your
energy cost. Because of its spring-loaded tube, Qompact requires less
power for operation. This makes it possible to operate Qompact with a
solar-powered battery.

Motorized with Line Voltage (220v)

The torsion spring allows for smaller motors and extends motor life.
It also acts as a safety feature that prohibits a failed motor to allow
a shutter curtain to free-fall.
  up to 19 sq meters w/tube motors
  up to 30 sq meters w/external motors

Hz/RTS Remote Control

  Available in single and multi-channel applications
  No need to aim the control at the motorized window covering, the radio
signal travels through the walls similar to a grage door opener.

  Provides the ability to control motorized window coverings individually
and/or by group with one control.

  offers a range of 65 ft. for easy operation

EZ Drive Low Voltage Motor (14.4v)

  One smart drive controller operates multiple shutters
  Rechargeable battery power – no worries about power failure
  Solar use possible
  up to 6,5 sq meters

Note: Size chart at left is for shutters up to 12’ (4M) wide. Shutters between 12’ and 20’ will have  a small amount of tube deflection requiring a larger housing. Consult QMI engineering for exact size requirements for shutters exceeding 12’ in width.

Qompact Housing Chart


Technical Aspects

Slat Type: Engineered roll-up with slat groupings increasing in size and radius to enable slats to nest around the drive tube to minimize housing size.

  • Aluminum Single Wall Slats:  Extruded aluminum, 6063-T5 alloy. Solid slats with non-slip hinge.
  • End Retention: both ends of each slat to contain #10 x 3” truss head torx 410 stainless steel Dacromet-coated screws with shoulder bushings permanently engaged into a channel within the side rail to prevent the curtain from being pried or pushed out of a non-retained side rail.
  • Qompact slats are not available in vision/perforated patterns.  See AL7 security shutter for vision slat systems.

Bottom Slat: Extruded aluminum, 6063-T6 alloy, 0.050 inch wall thickness.

  • See Level 7 Locks.
  • Motorized shutters do not require a lock since the motor maintains the shutter curtain in the down position. A separate locking base slat is not required.
  • Gear operated shutters do not require a separate locking base slat. Provide non-latching base slat.
  • EZ drive operated shutters do not require a separate locking base slat. Provide non-latching base slat.

Motor options:  see Level 7 Motors and Overrides and HZ and remotes.

End Caps:  Die-cast Aluminum (square) (45 degree) (round) profile.  Color to match slats.

Box Cover (hood): Roll formed aluminum; .036 inch thickness, 3105-H14 alloy. Two-piece assembly-profile to match end caps. Color to match slats.

  • See level 6 Colors and Boxhousings for color and profile availability.

Track Guides/Side Rails: Qompact, Aluminum extrusion, 6063-T5, lined with insulation woven polypropylene runners.  Color to match slats. Aluminum extrusions; 6063-T6.

  • Motorized Rails: 3-5/8”x 1-1/8” retained only rail for motorized) or
  • Manual Rails:  4-1/4” x 1-1/8” retained and stop rail for manual crank or manual push up/pull down.

Drive Tube: Aluminum, 6063-T6 alloy – 70mm round with interior splines.

Features Advantages Benefits
Coil Size The coil size is significantly smaller than traditional rolling shutter curtain slats due to its unique roll characteristics. A reduced coil and box housing size gives customers more flexibility for soffit mounts. Smaller boxes offer less distraction from the home’s architecture.
Strength The single wall extruded slats are very strong and have been subjected to sledge hammer impacts and hurricane impact tests. These products are hurricane-tested, and even with Qompact’s small coil requirement, provides the utmost hurricane and security protection. Slat hinge exceeds 2600 lbs (1179 kg) pull apart strength-excellent for security Competes with a steel shutter’s strength, but with the aesthetics of a smaller coil and the beauty of aluminum. Up to 10 times stronger than a perforated slip hinge found in most double wall slat systems.
End Retention The unique roll characteristics provide the ability to install end retention screws to make the curtain captive in the rails. However, the curtain doesn’t require the end retention, and can utilize standard width rails in applications when the added security of the end retention feature is not required. Retained rails-every curtain slat has nearly 3,000 lbs (1361 kg) pull out strength due to two end retention screws. Shutter curtains can’t be pried out with crowbars or pushed out of the rails due to high winds. Qompact owners are very well protected from burglars and hurricane strength winds.
TorsionSpringOperation The continuous contact design (non-slip) of the slat hinge enables the use of torsion springs for operation. This simplifies the installation and provides for a very easy operating shutter. Smaller motors can be used when an assist spring is included. Torque motors can be used to operate very large shutters because the spring does the lifting. When other shutters need motors, the Qompact’s easy manual push up, pull down operation can be used for shutters up to 150 sq. ft.. Or for very large shutters, save on the cost of larger motors and extend the life of those smaller motors with the aide of a torsion spring opposite the motor for many years of worry-free operation.
MaximumSize Up to 180 sq ft. (32 square meters) in total size. Up to 200+ inches (5M) high. Up to 20 ft (6M) wide. Larger maximum sizes gives you more flexibility. Protect a large opening with one shutter where other systems require two shutters and additional vertical supports obstructing your views.
CorrosionResistant Due to Dacromet-coated stainless steel end retention screws with Delrin® bushings. No worries about rust stains with Qompact shutters. Even seacoast applications are safe to weather the outdoors for many years.
Operations Gear, low voltage, and motor drives with spring assists. Spring assist manual operation for up to 150 sq. ft. (16 square meters). Manual operation up to 160 sq. ft. (16 square meters) saves money over other shutter companies who must motorize and pay for electrical hookup. Spring-assisted gear drives make for smooth and easy operation. Our EZ drive system, a low voltage battery power, gives you more flexibility plus a simple motorized installation.
Life CycleTested To 15500 operations (42 years) and counting. Each shutter part has been enhanced for maximum durability and to reduce warranty service. Our Qompact customers will experience carefree operation for many years. Keeping the rails cleared of debris and operating them often will extend their life and provide maximum protection.
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