BIFMA X5.5

Micom offers BIFMA X5.5 testing as part of its Office Furniture Testing services. ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 – Desk/Table Products – Tests – was released on February 2014 and replaces the 2008 standard edition. BIFMA x5.5 covers freestanding furniture articles including but not limited to, single and double pedestal desks, extended desk units, credenzas, and tables. Also included are items that are attached to, placed on or supported by the desk/table unit such as overhead storage units. Accessory items are not included in this standard. On the other hand, flip top tables, monitor arms and benching systems are now covered by this new edition. Storage cabinets should be tested to Bifma X5.9, office seating to Bifma X5.1, lounge seating to Bifma X5.4 and panel systems to Bifma X5.6.

Just in case your product has been tested before 2008; below is a test-by test comparison between the new and the previous version of BIFMA X5.5 to give you a better understanding of what are the impacts of the new standard edition:

Comparison between BIFMA X5.5 2014 and 2008

# test

ANSI/BIFMA X 5.5-2014 -Tests 

Comparison with
ANSI/BIFMA X 5.5-2008  

Rationale

4,3

Stability under Vertical load

Same

No  change

4,4

Horizontal Stability for Desk / Tables With Casters

Same

Wording added to the effect that screens/modesty panels shall be
installed for the testing should they be available

4,5

Force stability for tall desk / table products

Testing may be required

This test now applies to flip top tables with the work surface held
vertically.  Test also applies to light
screens attached to the unit’s work surface with a mass more than 10 lbs  (used to be 20 lbs)

5

5.2 – Unit static load tests

Same however the test
also now covers monitor arms.

No significant change except for monitor arms

5.3 –  Unit static load tests

5.4 –  Unit static load tests

5.5 –  Unit static load tests

5,6

5.6 – Transaction Surface Torsional Load  Test

Same

No  change

5,7

5.7 – Extendible Member Proof Load Test

Same

No
change

5.8

Benching Systems – Distributed Functional Load and Stability Test

New test

New
test

5.9

Benching Systems – Distributed Proof Load Test

New test

New
test

6

Top load ease test

Same

No
change

7

Drop  test                  

Testing may be required

Whereas there used to be 2 possible drop heights based on the unit’s  weight, now there are 3 possible drop heights

8

Leg strength  test

Same

No  change

9

Dislodgment tests for tall desk / table products

Testing may be required
for light screens attached to work surfaces

Test also applies to light screens attached to the unit’s work surface
with a mass more than 10 lbs (used to be 20 lbs). 
Acceptance level
more specific than before.

10,2

Extendible member  cycle test

Same

No  change

10,3

Cycle Test for Extendible Elements Wider than Deep

Same

No  change

10,4

Extendible member cycle test – Pencil drawer

Same

No  change

11

Out  stop test

Same

No  change

12

Rebound test

Same

No  change

13

Interlock  test

Same

No  change

14,2

Lock test extendible  member

Same

No  change

14,3

Lock test door  locks

Same

No  change

14,4

Locking mech. cycle test for all locks test

Same

No  change

15

Work surface adjustment test, vertical

Same

No  change

16

Adjustment test

Same

No  change

17,2

Strength test for vertically hinged doors, Bi-Fold Doors and
Vertically Receding Doors

Same

No  change

17,3

Hinge Override Test for Vertically Hinged Doors

Same

No  change

17,4

Vertical Receding Doors Strength Test

Same

No  change

17,5

Horizontal Receeding doors Strength Test

Same

No  change

17,6

Wear and fatigue test for  hinged doors, Horizontally sliding doors and Tambour Doors

Same

No  change

17,7

Wear and fatigue test for vertical receding door

Same

No  change

17,8

Wear and fatigue test for horizontal receding doors  

Same

No  change

17,9

Vertical & Horizontal Receding Door Outstop
test – Cyclic Impact

Same

No  change

17.10

Slam closed test for Vertically Hinged and Vertically Receding Doors

Same

No  change

17,11

Drop cycle test for horizontally hinged doors and horizontally
receding doors

No retesting required

Number of drops used to be 500; now it is down to 200 drops

17,12

Slam test for doors which free fall open or closed

Same

No  change

17,13

Slam open and closed test for doors that do not free fall

Testing required

Method of determining the applied force has changed and # of cycles
went from 50 to 10 cycles

17,14

Door latch  test

Same

No  change

18

Durability test for desks and tables with casters

Same

No  change

19

Pull  force test

Same

No  change

20

Tilting Top Table — Cycle Test

New test

New  cycle test

21

Tilting Top Table – Latch Strength Test

New test

New Static test

22.1

Monitor Arm Strength test

New test

New Static test

22.2

Monitor Arm Cycle Test

New test

New  cycle test

22.3

Monitor Arm Dislodgment test

New test

New  test

Other test methods related to BIFMA X5.5:

For additional related test methods please see;  BIFMA TestingFurniture testing or  Material Testing.

Furniture packages should be tested to ISTA 2C for regular shipments or to ISTA 3A when shipping through the small parcel distribution system.  For desk products sold to healthcare environments, Bifma HCF 8.1 – Guideline for cleanability should be considered.

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