Why Do BIFMA Standards Matter to 911 Dispatch Centers?

Posted by A Previous Xybix Employee on Jun 27, 2014 2:51:00 PM

XybixBIFMAIf you’re planning to invest in new furniture for your dispatch or communications center, there’s one major attribute that you might be looking for above any others: reliability. But how will you know if a furniture manufacturer offers products that are safe and long-lasting? One simple way is by seeking out the BIFMA stamp of approval.

Here is a quick overview of this important standard and why it matters for your 911 Dispatch Center:

What Is BIFMA?
First, let’s walk through a brief introduction of BIFMA for those who are unfamiliar with the topic. BIFMA is the acronym for the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, a trade association for furniture manufacturers. This organization is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with whom they develop safety and performance standards. BIFMA standards are voluntary guidelines that manufacturers can follow to ensure their products will be safe and reliable for years to come. These standards encompass a wide variety of topics — from storage and desks to VOC's and sustainability. By selecting products from a BIFMA manufacturer, you are purchasing furniture that has been evaluated and physically tested to ensure its safety and quality.

What Does BIFMA Testing Entail?
To become BIFMA complaint, a manufacturer must submit their products to an accredited testing lab, where the items are subjected to a series of tests outlined in the standards for that product. These test requirements are highly descriptive, including everything from setup to procedure and acceptance levels. Following the tests, the lab sends the results back to the manufacturer, who can then make any necessary design changes (if they fail) or report the products as conforming to BIFMA standards (if they pass). These reports layout which tests were performed and whether the product passed or failed. The tests are reported by section. For example ANSI/BIFMA X5.5-2014-5.4 is section 5.4 of the X5.5-2014 standard, which tests the concentrated proof load on desk and table products.

The Xybix Standard
At Xybix, we test our products — including our cabinets, pedestals, lateral files, tables and panel systems — to their respective BIFMA standards in order to ensure optimal performance in the demanding, 24/7 dispatch work environment.

A few examples of the multitude of tests performed on Xybix’s adjustable tables include:

  • Force stability test
  • Distributed functional test load
  • Leg strength test
  • Work surface vertical adjustment test

Our cabinets are also tested to the relevant ANSI/BIFMA standards. Some of the tests performed on these products include:

  • Racking resistance test
  • Storage unit drop test
  • Force test for door locksBIFMA_Test2
  • Cycle test for extendible elements

If you would like to see copies of the test results for any of our BIFMA products, please let us know. We would be happy to provide them to you.

At Xybix, we strive to provide our customers with the most innovative, reliable and functional equipment available. Having products that comply with BIFMA standards allows us to back up that claim with real results.

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