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New BIFMA X5.6 Standard

Micom Laboratories is happy to inform you that BIFMA released last week its most recent version of BIFMA X5.6 – Panel Systems.  This standard is part of the mechanical test for office furniture from BIFMA:

The following tests were changed and might necessitate re-testing:

  • 5.3       Force Stability Test for Screens
  • 8.3       Primary surface concentrated proof load tests
  • 8.4       Horizontal surface distributed proof load tests
  • 10.1     Top load ease cycle test (for primary surfaces)
  • 10.2     Cycle test for extendible elements
  • 10.8     Work surface vertical adjustment test
  • 11.6     Wear and fatigue test for hinged, horizontally sliding and tambour doors
  • 11.1     Slam closed test for vertically hinged and vertically receding doors
  • 11.13   Slam open and closed test for doors that do not free-fall
  • 13        Pull force test
  • 14        Wear and fatigue test for vertically hinged and horizontally sliding access door
  • 15        Slam open and closed test for sliding access doors
  • 16        Slam closed test for vertically hinged access doors
  • 17        Force test for access door lock
  • 18        Glass retention test for access doors

For more information visit our BIFMA X5.6 webpage or contact us.

Micom is a third party industrial laboratory accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, CGSB and ISTA.

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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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