COMMERCIAL FURNITURE TESTING STANDARDS
Our commercial outdoorfurniture is put through strict testing before, during, and after manufacturing. The materials used along with the integrity of the construction are important factors that we take very seriously, and the end result is shown clearly in our products. Below are some of the tests that make our commercial furniture among the strongest in the industry.
The Stress Test expedites the process of a chair receiving constant use over time. People sit down and get up at all angles, and this machine is designed to mimic that use. The chair frame and seat must remain within 2.5% of its original form after 10,000 reps of the test are complete.
The Vertical Impact Test is one that strictly tests the weight capacity and balance of the seat. During this process, a weighted bag (meant to resemble a person) is repeatedly dropped on the seat on the front, side, and center of each chair. The chair passes the test if it does not tip over forward, backward, or sideways, and if it distributes the weight evenly between all 4 legs when the weight is placed in the center of the seat.
Outdoor furniture manufacturing must consider elements that indoor furniture is able to avoid. Two of the most important elements are UV Rays and Sea Salt. This testing allows our furniture to be placed in direct sunlight and in ocean-type environments without becoming compromised. Many companies pass their furniture off as “outdoor” without putting it through these crucial tests.
The UV Aging Test simulates a natural climate of ultraviolet irradiation, rain, high temperature and humidity, and condensation. The materials are exposed to temperatures up to 140 degrees. The process simulates the accelerated lifetime of the product, and upon completion the material then must pass the tests above.
The Sea Salt Spray Test is meant to expose the materials to a lifetime of sea salt exposure, where it is then analyzed and compared to its original form before the test. The furniture must show no sign of fading, mold, or mildew, and pass the tests above upon completion.
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