Furnishings Focus Blog

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Accreditation Awarded to our Jasper Lab!

We are pleased to announce that our lab in Jasper, IN has been awarded accreditation. A2LA has accreditated us in the following test standards; Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA); Kitchen Cabinetry Manufacturers Association (KCMA); Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB); and General Services Administration (GSA). The Jasper Lab is a 9,600 square-foot building equipped with over ten machines that can handle any mechanical furniture testing. [...]

A new Standard has been released!

ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014 has been offically released today! In this new standard there are several new tests as well as updates on the present ones. I just want to bullet point the more important ones here. [...]

An Interesting Project with Stabiloc

This past month we have had the pleasure of testing a product outside of the furniture industry. For those of you who know us, you know we are extremely dedicated to testing furniture, so anything else we test is news. Stabiloc came to us with their product Swiveloc to be tested under some pretty hefty forces. [...]

ANSI/SOHO S6.5 Reaffirmed

SMALL OFFICE/HOME OFFICE FURNITURE REAFFIRMED A standard was reaffirmed for the second time in BIFMA's history. ANSI/SOHO S6.5-2008 for Small Office/Home Office Furniture was reaffirmed this month and released as ANSI/SOHO S6. [...]

Future of Furniture Testing

Since it was founded five years ago, Advanced Furniture Testing has focused on one thing -- providing the best furniture testing and testing equipment that it can. Read more about AFT's focus in The Monday Morning Quarterback article titled "The Future of Furniture Testing". [...]

New Educational Seating Standard

ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-2012 RELEASED After years of development, BIFMA finally released the ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 Educational Seating standard. [...]

e3 Furniture Sustainability

The BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability standard was updated and released in October 2012. While there were some minor changes to the requirements for credits, the majority of revisions we made to clarify the standard and remove references to obsolete programs. The Furniture Sustainability standard provides furniture manufacturers a pathway towards sustainability by providing measureable criteria for multiple levels of achievement and performance. [...]

GSA Intensive Use Updated

The GSA test standard formerly know as FNEW-269E Performance Test Method For Intensive Use Chairs has been adjusted slightly and made into a federal specification.  The new test standard will be called Federal 834a. The two most major changes to the test method are the cycle requirement for Cyclic Back and Back Tilt Mechanism Fatigue Test (now test 5. [...]