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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.

Micom is a 17025 accredited laboratory.  Should you need assistance with this new standard; please contact us

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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Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois

Michel Comtois is an accomplished founder and CEO of Micom Laboratories Inc., an ISO/IEC 17025 (2017) A2LA-accredited independent laboratory specializing in product and material testing services. Before establishing Micom Laboratories in 1999, Michel, who also holds a Master’s degree in Physical Chemistry, gained extensive experience over a 14-year tenure managing departments spanning physical chemistry, physics, mechanical and material testing in research and contract laboratories. This exposure granted him a profound understanding of the intricacies of development and material testing processes.

In addition to his practical experience, Michel has played influential roles on various voluntary technical committees. He notably, served as the chairperson for CAN/CGSB 44.227 and the Head of the Canadian Delegation for ISO TC 136. He also contributed to the following technical committees: CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, ANSI/BIFMA X5.1, ANSI/BIFMA X5.5, ANSI/BIFMA X5.6, ANSI/BIFMA X 5.9 ANSI/BIFMA X5.11, ISTA Certification Council.

Leveraging his unique expertise, he has led Micom Laboratories to become a renowned name in its niche, now operating out of a 16,000-square-foot test facility in Montreal, Canada, and serving a diverse customer base with an array of material and product testing services. Follow Michel on LinkedIn

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