Desk and Table Products

BIFMA X5.5 | Test for Desks Products | Micom LaboratoriesMicom offers BIFMA X5.5 testing as part of its Office Furniture Testing services. ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 – Desk/Table Products – Tests – was released in 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

# testANSI/BIFMA X 5.5-2014 -TestsComparison with ANSI/BIFMA X 5.5-2008Rationale
4,3Stability under Vertical loadSameNo  change
4,4Horizontal Stability for Desk / Tables With CastersSameWording added to the effect that screens/modesty panels shall be installed for the testing should they be available
4,5Force stability for tall desk / table productsTesting may be requiredThis 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)
55.2 – Unit static load testsSame 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
5,65.6 – Transaction Surface Torsional Load  TestSameNo  change
5,75.7 – Extendible Member Proof Load TestSameNo change
5.8Benching Systems – Distributed Functional Load and Stability TestNew testNew test
5.9Benching Systems – Distributed Proof Load TestNew testNew test
6Top load ease testSameNo change
7Drop  testTesting may be requiredWhereas there used to be 2 possible drop heights based on the unit’s  weight, now there are 3 possible drop heights
8Leg strength  testSameNo  change
9Dislodgment tests for tall desk / table productsTesting may be required for light screens attached to work surfacesTest 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.
10,2Extendible member  cycle testSameNo  change
10,3Cycle Test for Extendible Elements Wider than DeepSameNo  change
10,4Extendible member cycle test – Pencil drawerSameNo  change
11Out  stop testSameNo  change
12Rebound testSameNo  change
13Interlock  testSameNo  change
14,2Lock test extendible  memberSameNo  change
14,3Lock test door  locksSameNo  change
14,4Locking mech. cycle test for all locks testSameNo  change
15Worksurface adjustment test, verticalSameNo  change
16Adjustment testSameNo  change
17,2Strength test for vertically hinged doors, Bi-Fold Doors and Vertically Receding DoorsSameNo  change
17,3Hinge Override Test for Vertically Hinged DoorsSameNo  change
17,4Vertical Receding Doors Strength TestSameNo  change
17,5Horizontal Receding doors Strength TestSameNo  change
17,6Wear and fatigue test for  hinged doors, Horizontally sliding doors and Tambour DoorsSameNo  change
17,7Wear and fatigue test for vertical receding doorSameNo  change
17,8Wear and fatigue test for horizontal receding doorsSameNo  change
17,9Vertical & Horizontal Receding Door Outstop test – Cyclic ImpactSameNo  change
17.10Slam closed test for Vertically Hinged and Vertically Receding DoorsSameNo  change
17,11Drop cycle test for horizontally hinged doors and horizontally receding doorsNo re-testing requiredNumber of drops used to be 500; now it is down to 200 drops
17,12Slam test for doors which free fall open or closedSameNo  change
17,13Slam open and closed test for doors that do not free fallTesting requiredMethod of determining the applied force has changed and # of cycles went from 50 to 10 cycles
17,14Door latch  testSameNo  change
18Durability test for desks and tables with castersSameNo  change
19Pull  force testSameNo  change
20Tilting Top Table — Cycle TestNew testNew  cycle test
21Tilting Top Table – Latch Strength TestNew testNew Static test
22.1Monitor Arm Strength testNew testNew Static test
22.2Monitor Arm Cycle TestNew testNew  cycle test
22.3Monitor Arm Dislodgment testNew testNew  test

BIFMA X5.5 Test #15

The following video is about BIFMA X5.5 Test #15 which test the functioning of vertical adjustment of modern tables.

BIFMA X5.5 Test #23

The following video is about the BIFMA X5.5 test #23 which evaluates the durability of a monitor arm overt time.

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.