American National Standard For Office Furnishings-Panels Systems-Tests Includes: Scope, Definitions, General Sections, and Tests for: Panel Stability, Panel Mounted Component Weights, Storage/Display Shelf Static Load, Cabinet Test, Lateral File Test, File Bin Test, Work Surface Static Load, and Work Surfaces with Supported Drawer Test.
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This standard is intended to provide a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability, and
structural performance of panel systems products, such as panels, screens, panel-supported
systems, access doors and various hang-on components used in conjunction with panel
systems products. Building wall-mounted components are not covered by this standard; they
are covered by the ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 Standard for Office Furniture Storage Units – Tests.
Where a product may be covered by more than one ANSI/BIFMA standard, the manufacturer
shall determine which standard provides 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.
This standard specifies acceptance levels to help ensure reasonable safety and performance
independent of construction materials, manufacturing processes, mechanical designs, or
aesthetic designs. The acceptance levels herein are based on the actual field and test
experience of BIFMA members.
This standard also provides recommendations for acoustical performance of panel systems
products, and an Informative Annex that addresses considerations for Full-height Relocatable
Wall products. The standard defines tests used to determine the acceptability of the product
and specifies the acceptance levels of performance. These tests are not intended to assess a
product that has been in use.
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.