BIFMA X5.9 Association Ballot

BIFMA has been reviewing its “ANSI/BIFMA X5.9-2012 – Storage Units – Tests” Standards.  BIFMA’s review process hit a new yardstick last Friday as it was the closing date for the association ballot on the standard draft.  You will find below our comments in the ballot we did submit. Essentially, our comments are editorial in nature since we participate in the committee’s writing activities and that our technical comments were addressed as the new draft was being reviewed.

The second table below is a test-by-test comparison between the current and the proposed draft standard.  This will hopefully help you follow where the standard is heading and how it might impact your products.  This review follows the revision of ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 for desk and table products as well as ANSI/BIFMA X5.6-2016 Panel Systems.  Anything could change, however we expect the approval process leading to a published standard to be completed within the next 12 months.

On another front CGSB recently published its CAN/CGSB 44.227 standard – Free-standing office desk/table, storage products and components and CAN/CGSB 44.229 standard – Interconnecting Panel Systems and Supported Components.

                            OUR BIFMA X5.9 ASSOCIATION BALLOT  COMMENTS 

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4

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Commentor

Clause No./

Subclause
No./

Annex

(e.g. 3.1)

Paragraph/

Figure/Table/
Note

(e.g. Table 1)

Type of comment1

Comment (justification for
change) by the Commentor

Proposed change by the
Commentor

RC

2.5.2

3rd bullet

te

As per table 1, the clear
height shall be limited to 12”, not 18”.

“In the case where there is
a unit bottom the maximum clear height value used for the clear space
calculation shall not exceed 305 mm (12 in.).”

RC

12.3

b)

ed

 

Replace paragraph “x)” by “b)”

RC

13.3

d)

ed

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“Typically when forces
exceed 267 N [60 lbf.]”

RC

P.68

Footnote 2

 

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“This force, which may be as
high as 50-60 lbf”

RC

15.2.2

a)

ed

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“Typically when forces
exceed 267 N [60 lbf.]”

RC

15.3.2

b)

ed

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“Typically when forces
exceed 267 N [60 lbf.]”

RC

17.7.3

Note

ed

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“Typically when forces
exceed 267 N [60 lbf.]”

RC

17.8.3

Note

ed

Forces in English units
shall read “lbf”, not “lbs.”

“Typically when forces
exceed 267 N [60 lbf.]”

 1    Type of comment:     ge = general          te  = technical        ed = editorial

  TEST-BY-TEST COMPARISON BETWEEN ANSI/BIFMA X5.9-2012  AND BIFMA X5.9 ASSOCIATION BALLOT – OCTOBER 9, 2017

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BIFMA X5.9 Association
Ballot – October 9, 2017

Comparison

Conclusion

 

Title

Protocol title is now  “Storage Units” Whereas it used to be “Storage Units –
Tests”

 

1

Scope

Reference to “X5.3  Vertical Files – Tests” was removed

 

2

Definitions

More comprehensive language
for “Case” definition

 

2

Definitions

New definition for Lateral
File and Vertical File

 

3.1.2

General

New test category for  Stability tests

 

3.1.4

General

More comprehensive language
for worst-case scenario selection

 

3.5

Tolerances

More comprehensive language
for tolerances

 

3.9

Cycles Rates

Modified language for cycle  rates

 

3.11

Temperature and Humidity Considerations

More comprehensive language
for temperature and Humidity considerations

 

Table 1

 

Unit Bottom height is now
limited to 12″ whereas it used to be 18″

 

Table 1

 

New category for Video  Displays

 

Table 2

 

Table 2 is now a loading
guide whereas it used to be the loading parameters for Video Displays

 

4

Functional Load Tests   4.2
& 4.3

More comprehensive language
and figure added for irregular shaped units.

Same test
No retest required

Proof Load Tests   4.4 & 4.5

Test protocol now calls for  Proof Load on all surfaces while performing the Concentrated Proof Load test

Different test protocol
Retesting required

4.6.3

Extendible Element Proof Load Tests

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

5

Leg/Glide Assembly Strength Test (no casters)

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

6

Racking Resistance Test (no casters)

Test is now limited to units
weighing 600 lb. or less

No retest required

7.1

Top Load Ease Cycle Test

More specific language for  Extendible elements break-in period and  how extendible elements and surfaces shall be loaded during test.  Permitted use of force based cycling device

Different test protocol
Retesting required

7.2

Drop test – Dynamic – for Units with Seat Surfaces

More specific language for
how extendible elements and surfaces shall be loaded during test

Different test protocol
Retesting required

7.3

Durability Test for Units with Seating Surface – Cyclic Impact

More specific language for
how extendible elements and surfaces shall be loaded during test

Different test protocol
Retesting required

8.1

Separation Test for Tall Storage Units with Vertically Attached
or  Stackable Components

Wording correction: test
applies to units > 1062 mm (42 in.) high whereas height used to be
written 1219 mm (42 in.)

If your lab works with
English units, no retest required.
If your lab works with Metric units retesting may be required.

8.2

Upward Impact Force Disengagement Test for Storage Units

The unit shall withstand the
functional loads in the Acceptance level whereas it used to be the proof  loads

Acceptance Level is easier  to comply
No retest required

8.3

Upward Force Static Disengagement Test for Wall Mounted Components

Minor test title change
The unit shall withstand the functional loads in the Acceptance level whereas
it used to be the proof loads

Acceptance Level is easier  to comply
No retest required

9.2

Horizontal Force Stability Test for Tall Storage Products
(>42″)

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

9.3

Stability Test for Type l Units with at least one Extendible Element

Minor language change

Same test
No retest required

9.4

Stability Test for Type I Storage Units with Multiple Ext elements

Figure added to test
protocol

Same test
No retest required

9.5

Stability Test for Type II Storage Units having extendible elements

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

9.6

Vertical Force Stability Test for Storage Units (for units >42
inches)

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

9.7

Stability Test for Pedestals/Storage Units with Seat Surfaces

Test is now limited to units
< 38 inches high

Same test
No retest required

9.8

Incline Stability Test

New test
This test applies to units having a depth less than 10″ or extendible
elements without outstop

New test
Test required for units units having a depth less than 10″ or extendible
elements without outstop

10

Storage Unit Drop Test (no type II, no casters)

Minor language change

Same test
No retest required

11

Movement Durability Test for Mobile Storage Units

Tolerances added to
obstacles
Cycle rate range is extended 10 +2,-6 CPM whereas is used to be 10+2

Different test protocol
retesting may be required.
Check with your lab

12

Extendible Element Rebound Test

Test name changed to
Extendible Element Rebound Test whereas it used to be Rebound Test

Same test
No retest required

13

Extendible Element Retention Impact and Durability (Out Stop) Tests

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

14.2

 Force Test for Extendible
Element Locks

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

14.3

 Force Test for Door Locks

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

14.4

 Locking Mechanism Cycle Test
for All Locks

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

15.2

 Cycle Tests for Extendible
Elements Deeper than Wide

Minor language change. Test
now applies to extendible elements with equal width and depth dimensions

Same test
No retest required

15.3

Cycle Tests for Extendible Elements Wider than Deep

Wide pulls are now defined
as > 18″ whereas they used to be > 12″

Test is easier to comply for  wide pulls < 18″
No retest required

15.4

Cycle Test for Low Height Drawers

Used to be test 15.5 in
previous version

Same test
No retest required

16

Interlock Strength Test

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.2

Strength Test for Vertically Hinged, Bi-fold, and Vertically Receding
Doors

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.3

 Hinge Override Test for
Vertically Hinged Doors

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.4

 Vertical Receding Doors
Strength Test

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.5

 Horizontal Receding doors
Strength Test

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.6

Wear and Fatigue Tests for Hinged, Horizontally Sliding, and Tambour
Doors

Wide pulls are now defined
as > 18″ whereas they used to be > 12″

Test is easier to comply for  wide pulls < 18″
No retest required

17.7

Wear and fatigue test for vertical receding door

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.8

Wear and fatigue test for horizontal receding doors  

Wide pulls are now defined
as > 18″ whereas they used to be > 12″

Test is easier to comply for  wide pulls < 18″
No retest required

17.9

Vertical and Horizontal Receding Door Out Stop Test – Cyclic Impact
& Durability

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.10

Slam Closed Test for Vertically Hinged and Vertically Receding Doors

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.11

Drop Test for Horizontally Hinged and Horizontally Receding Doors –
Cyclic

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.12

Slam Test for Doors which Free Fall Open or Closed

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

17.13

Slam Open and Closed Test for Doors which Do Not Free Fall

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

18

Clothes Rails Static Loading Test

Same as before

Same test
No retest required

19

Latch Test

Used be test 17.14 and
applicable to doors only.
Now applies to doors and extendible elements equipped with latch

Retest is required for
extendible elements equipped with latch where the latch was not tested in
conjunction with the wear and fatigue test

20

Pull force test

Minor language change

Same test
No retest required

Dropped tests

 

 

 

15.4

Horizontal Cycle Test for Television/Video Display Terminal Extendible
Elements

Test dropped, video display
units are now covered by tests 15.2 and 15.3 depending on video display
dimensions.

Retest required for video  display units (test #15)
Different test protocol

17.14

Door latch test

Test was renamed to
“Latch test” in section 19

No retest required for doors  equipped with latch

19

Swivel Cycle Test for Tel/Video Display Terminal Surfaces

Test dropped

 

Note 1: The statements made in this document are made on a general  basis strictly to help manufacturers and other interested parties to get an  overview of how this new standard’s version could potentially impact product
compliance requirements and status.   Re-testing may or may not be required on specific configurations
despite the statements made in the above document which only represent Micom  Laboratories Inc.’s opinion.  Specific  re-testing requirements should be based on a case-by-case analysis and cannot  be unilaterally decided strictly based on the statements made above; they  should be used strictly as general guidelines.  Whether re-testing needs to be performed  needs to be decided Manufacturers or their customers.

 

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