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Large Occupant Office Chairs Tests

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:

BIFMA X 5.1 vs BIFMA X 5.11

Should you wish to discuss this new standard with us, please contact us at your convenience.

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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