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ANSI/BIFMA X5.5 - 2014 Desk Products

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American National Standard For Office Furnishings-Desk Products-Tests Includes:  Scope, Definitions, General Sections, and Tests for:  Top Loading, Load Ease, Lock Mechanism, Extendible Element or Roll-Out Shelf Cycle, Out Stop, Rebound, Racking, Leg Strength, Horizontal and Vertical Adjustment, Stability, Cycle Testing for Receding Doors, Interlock, Drop Test for Receding Door, Unit Drop.

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This standard provides a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability and structural performance of desk/table products intended for use in commercial office and related institutional environments such as educational environments.  It provides test methods and performance requirements for desk/table products. Where a product may be covered by more than one ANSI/BIFMA standard, the manufacturer shall determine which standard provides the most appropriate test conditions.  Where a product is intended for use outside of the commercial office and related institutional environments, it is the responsibility of the user of this standard to determine if it is suitable for use in such evaluations.  

Note: Commercial product naming conventions may cause confusion regarding the applicability of this and other BIFMA standards.  For example, a “credenza” is typically defined and tested in the BIFMA X5.5 Desk standard, however, some configurations of “credenzas” will appear to be storage products within the definition of this standard and may be appropriately tested by X5.9 Storage Units - Tests standard. The manufacturer shall determine which standard provides the most appropriate test conditions. 

This standard specifies acceptance levels to help ensure reasonable safety and performance independent of construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs, or aesthetic designs.  These tests are not intended to assess a product that has been in use.  The acceptance levels herein are based on the actual field and test experience of BIFMA members. 

The tests were developed with an estimated product life of ten years based on a single-shift usage.  Product life will be affected by product use, care and maintenance, environment, and other factors.   Product compliance to this standard does not necessarily guarantee a ten-year product life.  Products may perform longer than ten years with appropriate use and care.

ISO 17025 requirements for reporting uncertainty do not apply when determining conformance to this standard.