CAN/CGSB 44.229

Micom Laboratories Inc. is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for CAN/CGSB 44.229 testing. This standard is for Interconnecting Panel Systems and Supported Components.  Our experts sit on the technical committee who writes and maintains this standard.

This standard is essentially composed of three major types of tests. It calls up ANSI/BIFMA X5.6 and ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 for safety and durability testing.  It specifies some ergonomic dimensional criterion that your product line must comply to. Finally, CAN/CGSB 44.229 has some general requirements and it also has the following finish requirement:

Performance Requirements for Finishes1

Type of finish Gloss

Max.

Finish Hardness

Min.

Abrasion Resistance

Max.

Color Stability

Max.

Paint Adhesion

Min.

Impact Resistance
Par 5.1 Par 5.2 Par 5.3 Par 5.4 Par 5.5 Par 5.6
Horizontal Work Surfaces
High pressure laminate 45 NA 0.02g at 500 cycles, 1000 load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 762mm (30 in)
Low pressure laminate 45 NA 0.04g at 500 cycles, 1000g load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254mm (10 in)
Wood veneer 45 NA NA NA NA NA
Painted wood 45 2H 0.04g at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254mm (10 in)
Other finishes2 45 NA NA Grey Scale 4 NA No cracking at 254mm (10 in)
Other Surfaces (excluding fabrics and trim finishes)
Laminates 45 NA 0.04g at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA NA
Wood veneer 45 NA NA NA NA NA
Painted wood 45 H 0.04g at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 NA NA
Painted (non-wood) 45 H 0.04g at 500 cycles, 1000 g load Grey Scale 4 4B NA

Typical Experimental Parameters for Surface Finish Testing for CAN/CGSB 44.229

Test parameter Test method Qty & Sample size (in.)
Gloss (5.1) ASTM D-523 1 sample 3″ X 6″
Finish Hardness (5.2) ASTM D-3363 1 sample 3″ X 6″
Abrasion resistance(5.3) ASTM D-4060 3 samples (1/4″ X 4″ X 4″)
Colour stability (5.4) ANSI/NEMA LD-3 1 sample 3″ X 6″
Paint Adhesion (5.5) ASTM D-3359 1 sample 3″ X 6″
Impact resistance (5.6) ANSI/NEMA LD-3 1 sample 12″ X 12″
Conditioning and testing Temperature 23 +/- 2 oC
Conditioning and testing relative humidity 50 +/- 5%

Other Related Test Methods

For additional test methods related to CAN/CGSB 44.229 please see Office Furniture Testing, BIFMA Testing, Coating Testing.