Testing Services

These are just a few of our commonly provided services and products. If you don't see what you're looking for, it's very likely that we can help you!

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  1. Office Seating
    Office Seating
    Where we began and what we know best. From new product development, to field failures, to conformance to standards. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  2. Contract Seating
    Contract Seating
    A mainstay of our services. We have a big focus on contract furnishings, and their unique requirements. Heavy duty public use while maintaining functionality and looks. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  3. Resort Furnishings
    Resort Furnishings
    We do a lot of on-site furnishings evaluations for resorts and hotels. A thorough inspection and detailed report will tell you which furnishings are a lawsuit liability, and which furnishings will destroy your resort image.
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  1. Office Furnishings
    Office Furnishings
    Desks, Peninsulas, Credenzas, Bookcases, Worksurfaces, Multi-Station, Ganged Systems, Modular Systems, and more. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  2. Benches and Workstations
    Benches and Workstations
    Not just benches, but Workstations, Sit-Stand, Laboratory Furniture, Mobile products, or anything you can think of. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  3. Storage Products
    Storage Products
    Standard, Undermount, and Mobile Pedestals, lateral Files, Bookcases, Wardrobes, Hutches, Shelving and more. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  1. Hinges
    Hinges
    We TEST A LOT of HINGES! Self-Soft Closing, Industrial, Concealed, Pivot, Butt, Knuckle. We help you fix problems, or verify a product supply source. BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA You name it, we do it.
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  2. Drawer slides
    Drawer slides
    We TEST A LOT of SLIDES! Self-Soft Closing, Ball Bearing, Undermount, European, Industrial. We help you fix problems, or verify a source. BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA You name it, we do it.
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  3. Other Hardware
    Other Hardware
    Pulls, Knobs, Latches and Catches ! Shelf Rests and Standards and Rollers too... Pull Up and Rotating Shelves, Locks and Locksets, Wardrobe Roller and Track. BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA
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  1. ESD Testing - NEW!
    ESD Testing - NEW!
    We have some fancy new ESD equipment and it sure is fun to use! Chairs, Benches, Workstations, Shelving, Flooring, Footwear, Wrist Straps and more. ANSI/ESD S20.20-S-STM-ESDTR53-01
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  2. Furniture Components
    Furniture Components
    Seating Mechanisms, Pneumatic Cylinders, Casters, Glides, Arms, Seat Sliders, Footrings, Ratchet Mechanisms, Back Bars, Basically ANYTHING! GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- European You name it, we do it.
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  3. Bunkbeds and Cribs
    Bunkbeds and Cribs
    We've tested many bunk beds and cribs and all other juvenile furniture of every conceivable configuration. There's a lot involved, and great care is required to make sure all hazards are eliminated. CPSC-16CFR-1213/1513-ASTM 1427
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  1. EVERYTHING ELSE !
    EVERYTHING ELSE !
    We've been in the testing business for 25 years and have seen JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING come through these doors. Medical equipment-Chin up bars-Racing fuel cells-YOU NAME IT, WE'VE SEEN IT !
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  2. Exposure and Flammability Testing
    Exposure and Flammability Testing
    A lot of our hardware clients require salt spray testing. These are to ASTM B117 and BHMA A156.18 standards. We also do KCMA and SEFA chemical exposure tests.
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  3. Failure Analysis
    Failure Analysis
    We perform failure analysis on just about anything. Whether it be metallurgical, a component, or structural wood, we know how to help. Either something that failed in an end use situation, or as a result of a test. We have the capability to tell you why !
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​EVERYTHING ELSE !

Office Seating​

This is the “one” …  The mainstay of our expertise! We remember when the 1985 revision of ANSI/BIMA X5.1 was still new... When chair cylinders had two different tapers on both the top and bottom… If it’s been made, we’ve seen it. We know what works, and what doesn’t. We know how to modify your chair for compliance to a standard, or simply to eliminate a dangerous situation. If you've got a problem in the field, we'll tell you how to fix it. -FOR FREE- It has ALWAYS been our primary goal to make seating and all other products as safe for the consumer as possible. Let us help you make your seating the best it can possibly be! Testing to ANY standard imaginable… ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more…  

Contract seating​

  Contract furnishings have moved from a furniture "niche" category into a mainstream powerhouse of it's own... And we've moved right along with it. Once relegated to only commercial public spaces, contract furniture has elbowed it's way into mainstream sales and mainstream marketing to more and more end uses. Rightly so, this furniture is built to take punishment if it's PROPERLY constructed. We can't count the number of times we've received that phone call saying... "Uhm... This is Super Posh Hotel, and we need your help. We have a problem with our NEW furniture falling apart". We ask them right away, "Did your procurement requirements specify ANSI/BIFMA certification?"-"Did you get testing reports on the completed article and the coverings too?" Never have we had a YES answer to that question... We encourage spending a couple hundred dollars on an article evaluation BEFORE spending tens of thousands on a furnishings gamble. ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more… 

Resort Furnishings

Every time we go... To a resort whether business or pleasure, we see furnishings that make us cringe like seeing a toddler too close to the edge of the Grand Canyon. There truly are some dangerous combinations of furnishings and settings. Not surprisingly, the restaurants, bars, and lounges fair the worst. Not far behind are the outdoor lounge and pool areas. When evaluating a location, we’ll spend a full day walking through an entire complex itemizing each applicable furnishing. With each, we’ll evaluate the suitability, durability and safety based on our experience. The other incredibly important facet that we evaluate, is the ability for the furnishing to wear and function as it should for the expected service life. Nothing is more important to a resort than “resort image”. After our inspection, we'll prepare a detailed report telling you which furnishings are going to give you headaches. As with contract furniture, we encourage spending a couple hundred dollars on an article evaluation BEFORE spending tens of thousands on a furnishings gamble. ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more…  

Office Furnishings

From the cubicle to the executive office … Nothing makes a joyful, fun filled day at the office “more special” than a desk drawer that contiually falls out, or a wobbly work surface. The workplace is not just hard on you... It’s hard on the furniture. The myriad of items are expected to function 8+ hrs, day after day, after day...  And to account for this, there are special requirements. Office furniture needs to be tough, functional AND cost effective. Not many companies can spend $1500 each for an office full of moderate desks and have them only last 3 years. Here too lies the liability monster. We all know that the workplace is almost as common as the workplace injury. Very few companies realize that the cost effectiveness of specifying furniture requirements, or that a cheap simple furniture evaluation is a huge cost savings measure vs. the injured employee... ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more…  

Storage Products

A Walmart 2 drawer file pedestal weighs 19 lbs... We know... we’ve weighed them! The average weight of a 2 drawer file pedestal that receives our fancy passing report is 90 lbs. The only similarity between the two is that they are “supposed” to perform the same function. Not many furnishings pose more of a threat of serious injury than a loaded file cabinet or an unsecured storage product. Multiple stability and strength requirements are required for products conforming to various standards. These are the furnishings that get our stamp of approval, and these are the furnishings you want in your environment. ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more… 

Benches and Workstations

 Many products take a lot of work to test … None however, can touch the manual effort required to test a bench. Lots and lots, and lots... of heavy weights are involved. Moving weights on and off samples to ensure safety and capacity is only one of the tests. Leg strength and stability are important factors for a safe serviceable bench, workstation, or similar product. ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more…

Drawer Slides

We know drawer slides … Like the back of our hand. We have tested slides from 60”@ 500lb (yes, that’s 5 feet of extension with 500 lbs in the drawer) to miniature 4”stainless steel slides tested while at 600 degrees F in a lab oven. We’ve followed along the evolution path of products from simple Euro epoxy, to ball bearing, to soft-self close, to the latest undermount styles. We can and have done it all, and can help you! We know how and why slides fail, and how to fix them. Looking for a load rating for a particular length or style? We have a pretty good idea on where to start. Need to verify a supplier? Happy to help! BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA and more…  

Hinges

And Hinges, And Hinges … Boy have we tested A LOT of hinges! A while back we disposed of all our old hinge and drawer slide samples. The pile filled a 20’ flatbed trailer 2’tall. More impressive when you realize we only get 2 pair at a time! Like drawer slides, we know them inside and out. From compact concealed soft-self close to giant industrial, we have done it all, and can help you! We know how and why hinges fail, and how to fix them. Need help developing a prototype? No problem. Simply need a test certificate for a big order? Can Do. Need to verify a supplier? Happy to help! BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA and more…

Other Hardware

Like Drawer slides and hinges … We have seen more different types of hardware than you can imagine. We’ve tested appliance lifts, rotating shelves, lazy susans, shelf rests and standards, pulls, knobs, latches, catches, rollers and track, wardrobe rollers, locks, locksets, pull-outs, organizers, racks, and anything else you can think of. Certification, custom tests, product development, or source verification, we can help. - BHMA-KCMA-BIFMA-SEFA and more...

Furniture Components

Most seating mechanisms … We know the name and manufacturer by sight, that’s how many we have seen. Along with these are the myriad of components available required to make furniture, and we test them all. Seating Mechanisms, Pneumatic Cylinders, Casters, Glides, Arms, Seat Sliders, Footrings, Ratchet Mechanisms, Back Bars, Seat Pans and Backs, Mesh Frames, Basically ANYTHING! We know how and why components fail, and how to fix them. We know which components perform well, and which don’t. If you’re looking for a quick solution instead of a lengthy investigation, we can help. GSA-ANSI/BIFMA-Federal- Or anything else... 

Bunk Beds and Cribs

There is no getting around it... Every bunk bed and crib sold in the United States MUST comply to the Consumer Products Safety Commission Federal Requirements. We’ve tested bunk beds and cribs, and all other juvenile furniture of every conceivable configuration. There's a lot involved, and great care is required to make sure all hazards are eliminated. Special test blocks and forms are utilized to ensure all neck entrapment, pinch points, sharp edges, and protrusions comply with Federal Regulations.  There are a myriad of required dimensions for safety rails, ladders, and more to guard against falls. The warning labels, instructions, literature, and even the packaging have multiple requirements, and are extremely precise on what must be present. So much is required, that the reports average 11 pages. - CPSC-16CFR-1213/1513-ASTM 1427 

ESD Testing

This is our “newest” capability... We have some fancy new ESD equipment and it sure is fun to use! Chairs, Benches, Workstations, Shelving, Flooring, Footwear, Wrist Straps and more. Lots of measurements are required for conformance to the various standards. For those seeking ESD compliance, we know how to help. Almost all tested samples have passed, and if you are making ESD products, you likely already conform. Let us verify it for you with a fancy certificate! - ANSI/ESD S20.20-S-STM-ESDTR53-01

Failure Analysis

With our engineering staff… We have the capability to perform failure analysis on just about anything. Whether it be metallurgical, a component, or structural wood, we know how to help. Not only can we tell you why a failure occurred, but we tell you how to fix it -FOR FREE- A lot of this knowledge comes from years of experience seeing similar failures, and a lot comes from plain old hard investigation. We know what alloys to use where, and if heat treating is required, we know the hardness numbers you’re shooting for. Whether it’s something that failed in an end use situation, or as a result of a test, We have the capability to tell you why ! ANSI/BIFMA, BS EN, DIN, FED-STD, ASTM, and more…  

Exposure and Flammability Testing

A lot of our hardware clients... Require salt spray and humidity testing. These are to ASTM B 117 and BHMA A156.18 standards. We also do KCMA and SEFA chemical exposure tests. Grouped in here is flammability testing. We can perform your flammability requirements on furniture products and coverings to most of the available methods and requirements. We have the capability to perform a multitude of other exposure tests utilizing one of our partner labs. Whether it be UV, immersion, chemical, environmental, or anything else, we can help! 

EVERYTHING ELSE !

We've been in the laboratory testing business for 30 years... And have seen JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING come through these doors. Some stuff just makes us scratch our head and say “NO PROBLEM!”If you want us to Cycle it, Push it, Pull it, Stretch it, Drop it, Smish it, Spin it, Fling it, Expose it, or simply look at your product for an evaluation, we can help!
 
Just some of the “other” stuff we’ve tested: 
Consumer Products- Latex gloves, Toys of any imaginable shape and size, Condoms, Mattresses (not at the same time), Racing fuel cells, Camp chairs, Cigar lighters, Art studio light boxes, Scooters, Car wax and applicators, Water purification systems, Water filters, Space heaters, Thermometers, Bathroom scales
 
Construction- Fasteners, Screws, Metal studs, Chain, Concrete, Insulation construction foam, RTV Silicone, Carpet, Countertops, Door locks, Faucets, Sinks, Windows
 
Fitness-Sports Equipment- Chin up bars, Exercise bands, Safety glasses,
Ice hockey protection, Bike helmets
 
Materials- Metals, Plastics, Rubber, Foam, Ceramics, Glass, Fabric, Thread, Lumber
 
Medical equipment- Respiratory machines, Implant fixtures, Medical epoxies, Contact lens material, Adhesive tapes, Autoclave sterilization chambers, Pressure sensor pads, Medical pads
 
Other Types of Testing- Biological assessment, Illumination density/intensity, Acoustic measurements, Amusement theme park ride failure analysis and design, and anything else you can think of…  
​​ Typical Standards We Utilize
Furniture  
ANSI/BIFMA-ALL
KCMA
SEFA
FED-STD 834A
British Standard BS EN
DIN
ACT
CPSC
16 CFR Bunks
​16 CFR Cribs
WI
AWI (AWS)
Hardware
BHMA
KCMA
SEFA
WI
​ASTM
Other
​ASTM
​ESD
​CFR
​ASME
IAPMO
NEMA
​UL
And much more...