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 wrote 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.

Colour 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.

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