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FED-STD-834A; a new test offering for the furniture industry at Micom

Micom Laboratories is happy  to inform you that we now offer test services to FED-STD-834A – Performance Test Method for  Intensive Use Chairs.  This test method,  albeit somewhat similar to BIFMA X5.1, is effectively quite different for the  following aspects:



       Single 8 hours shift use, 5 days/week

               24 hours use, 7 days/week

            Based on a 253 lb individual

               No direct weight basis; weight is increased

             No fabric wear test

               Fabric wear test

             No spindle attachment test

               Spindle attachment test


               Increased number of cycles vs BIFMA X 5.1


               Additional tests vs BIFMA X 5.1


The table  below gives a brief outline of what the test method is all about:



Load /force for last increment (lbs/lbf)

Total number of cycles

Cyclic Back and Back
Tilt Mechanism Fatigue Test


500 000

Cyclic Increasing
Back Load Test


100 000

Cyclic Pneumatic
Back Tilt or Seat Inclination Adjustment Mechanism Test


332 000

Cyclic Vertical Load
Test on One Arm


100 000

Cyclic Side Thrust
Load Test on Arms


175 000

Cyclic Vertical Load
Test on Seats, Bases and Casters


275 000

Cyclic Fatigue Test
of Swivel Bearings


125 000

Cyclic Pneumatic
Height Adjustment Durability Test


125 000

Front Stability Test



Back Stability Test



Caster and Base
Durability Test


36 000

Fabric Durability



Spindle Attachment




For more information visit  our FED-STD-834 webpage or contact us.

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


All of the information and opinions contained in this  blog are made with the information, and the understanding that we have reviewed  at the time of publishing.  However, despite our efforts, we do not offer  any guarantee of their accuracy, thoroughness of our investigation or validity.  The author of this blog is not liable for any inaccuracies or any losses or  damages that may result from the use of the information or data contained  herein. This blog has not been reviewed or verified for its accuracy by any peer group associates prior to publication.

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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