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ANSI/BIFMA X5.6 – New Edition

A new version of ANSI/BIFMA X5.6 – Panel Systems – tests – was released last week, on January 8th, by the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA).  This standard is a new edition that replaces the 2010 version.  As its previous edition this standard aims at providing a common evaluation basis for panel systems from a safety, durability and mechanical standpoint. Various types of tests are employed:

  • Static loads
  • Dynamic loads
  • Durability/cyclic tests
  • Flammability

Panel systems are complex in nature but not all parts and sizes thereof need to be tested to establish compliance; a worst-case product analysis need to be performed to assess which parts/configurations should be tested.

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For a test-by-test comparison between the ANSI/BIFMA X5.6-2016 and the 2010 version please follow the link below:

BIFMA X5.6-2016

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