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Testing & Requirements

Anyone can claim that their chairs are 24/7 intensive use, but by what standards? Concept Seating’s 24/7 task chairs are rigorously tested to beyond the 24/7 test standards in both the United States and the United Kingdom. That’s not just all talk, we have the FNEW 83-269E and FIRA 055-2009 certifications to prove it.

The FNEW test is the most stringent testing standard in the United States to date for 24/7 intensive use chairs. ANSI/BIFMA is the test standard for standard office chairs. All Concept Seating models pass the ANSI/BIFMA standards as well as the FNEW tests.

The FNEW tests are 10 to 100 more demanding than the ANSI/BIFMA tests. Every piece of hardware and every section of the chair is tested, pushed to the limits to ensure they are able to withstand extreme use year after year. The following is a list of tests that are part of the FNEW testing program. Each of these tests are performed on the chairs repeatedly until the chair either suffers disabling damage (and therefore fails) or reaches the acceptance level designated. All of our parts passed acceptance.

FNEW 83-269 Tests:

  • Cyclic Increasing Back Load Test
  • Cyclic Pneumatic Back Title or Seat Inclination Adjustment Mechanism Test
  • Cyclic Vertical Load Test on One Arm
  • Cyclic Back and Back Tilt Mechanism Fatigue Test (for chairs with Spring Controls)
  • Cyclic Increasing Back Load Test
  • Cyclic Vertical Load Test on Seats, Bases and Casters
  • Cyclic Fatigue Test of Swivel Bearings
  • Cyclic Pneumatic Height Adjustment Durability Test
  • Back Stability Test
  • Front Stability Test
  • Caster and Base Durability Test
  • Fabric Durability Test
  • Spindle Attachment Test

All four models of Concept Seating’s 24/7 chairs have passed these tests. But we didn’t stop there. We also took our chairs through the United Kingdom’s toughest standards (FIRA) as well.

FIRA Standard 055:2005:

FIRA standards are performance requirements for office seating for use by people weighing up to 400lbs in continual/intensive use situations as used by the United Kingdom. These standards are designed to minimize the risk of injury in use. Beyond testing the structural safety and stability of office seating, product design also is tested. For example, any parts of the chair that the user comes into contact with during use have to be designed in a way that injury and damage to property are avoided. All of Concept Seating’s chairs pass these rigorous testing standards

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