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
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:
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My career has been focused on simulating real life in the lab under controlled yet accelerated conditions. My passion for lab testing lead me to start Micom Laboratories Inc. 16 years ago. Through time I made sure Micom has the necessary equipment to simulate various environmental parameters such as the sun, vibrations, heat, cold, thermal shocks and humidity. I wanted to be able to move things back and forth, apply stresses to the products and materials we test and see how they react to the various stimuli. To do so we test products and materials against known standards and specifications (certification) and in many cases by creating my own test protocols and specifications (this is the cherry on top of the sundae…). This is what led me to participate in many standards writing committees and to become chairman of some of these committees.