ANSI/BIFMA X6.1-2012 Educational Seating - Tests

ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 is intended to provide manufacturers, specifiers, and users with a common basis for evaluating the safety, durability, and structural adequacy of Educational Seating, including units with integrated desk or table surfaces. The tests in ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 are intended to evaluate seating for students in pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, adult education, trade school, and college, for learning and common space environments. These tests are not intended to evaluate products used in living/dorm environments. Folding chairs and seating products that are anchored to the building floor or structure are not covered by this standard.

ANSI/BIFMA X6.1 includes the following tests:

Unit Tests

  • Stability Tests

Back Tests

  • Backrest Strength Test - Static 7 Backrest Durability Test - Cyclic

Seat Tests

  • Drop Test - Dynamic
  • Seat Static Load Test for Chair Desks and Fixed-Tablet Arm Chairs
  • Seating Durability Tests - Cyclic ARM TESTS
  • Arm Strength Test - Vertical - Static
  • Arm Strength Test - Horizontal - Static
  • Arm Durability Test - Angular - Cyclic

Leg/Base/Caster Tests

  • Caster/Chair Base Durability Test - Cyclic
  • Durability Test for Convertible Bench Tables with Casters
  • Leg Strength Tests
  • Structural Member Strength Test
  • Swivel Test - Cyclic

Writing Surface Tests

  • Tablet Arm Test - Front Stability
  • Tablet Arm Static Load Test
  • Tablet Arm Load Ease Test - Cyclic
  • Chair Desk and Table Top Horizontal Surface Vertical Load Tests
  • Chair Desk and Convertible Bench Table Top Load Ease Test - Cyclic
  • Static Loading of Storage (Backpack) Hooks & Unit Stability

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