Large Occupant Office Chairs Tests, new standard publication.
BIFMA released two weeks ago its new standard for large occupant office chairs; BIFMA X 5.11. Whereas ANSI/BIFMA X 5.1 is based on a 253 lbs individual, this new standard will be based on a 400 lbs individual.
Most of the tests are similar to BIFMA X5.1. The loads have been increased for most of the tests and there is a requirement that the seat pan width has to be a minimum of 22 inches.
Since only the loads were changed, other than the 22 inch minimum width for the seat depth, it might be possible to test to X 5.11 and qualify your chair also for X 5.1; to be discussed when you need us to prepare a test plan for you…
Below you will find a link to a test-by-test comparison between X 5.1 and the proposed new standard:
Should you wish to discuss this new standard with us, please contact us at your convenience.
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.