The TenCate experience


process 1

Step one - Customer requirements

Working closely with the customer, we identify and specify the solution necessary to meet the project requirements. 

Identifying specifications

We work with the customer to identify and agree about specifications, focusing on: weight, size, price, security level and issues such as compliance with environmental standards, flame resistance, delivery terms, etc.

Step two - Proposal and test

The R&D department of TenCate Advanced Armour develops, configures and tests the initial proposal. 

Process 2


The R&D department completes the initial proposal for the new customised product, either from scratch or based on existing solutions.  We have our own testing facilities with shooting range.  Ballistic impact tests and assessments of environmental effects are carried out, and the appropriate test certificates are issued. 

Prototype drawings 

Computerised 3-D CAD drawings are made to provide a visual impression of the final product, in conjunction with the specifications of the proposed solution.

Step three - Contract completion

Details of the business contract are agreed on, and the contract is signed. 


Contractual material is drawn up, laying out the agreed conditions and specifications, based on the drawings of the prototype.

Step four - Mock-up design freeze

Customer and technical department make the necessary adjustments before final agreement on design, specifications and configuration. 

Process 3

Initial mock-up 

Based on the CAD files, a mock-up is made in wood or some similar material. 

Final mock-up and design freeze 

The technical and production departments undertake a critical design review, in close collaboration with the customer. Any adjustments that prove to be necessary are made, and the design is then ”frozen”. 

Prototype produced 

A O-series prototype is produced, using the agreed materials and featuring the agreed design. This is a key stage before any work on the actual order can commence.

Step five - Series production

The full-scale production run is carried out, and the components are delivered to the customer. 

process 4


First order is delivered to the customer or the appropriate vehicle integrator. Installation work is carried out by the customer.

Step six - Operational follow-up

The customised solution is now well-tested and proven via operations in the field. 

Ongoing collaboration on after-sales service and mid-life upgrades 

Standard procedures for effective collaboration are established. Damaged panels can be repaired or replaced. 

Over time, ongoing developments in materials science and the introduction of new standards can render products or installations obsolete. In such cases, it may be necessary to carry out upgrade programmes. Outdated products and materials are always disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.


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