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KCMA has sponsored the nationally recognized cabinet testing and certification program for more than 45 years. Skip to main content. Cabinet doors are weighted with 65 pounds and operated 10 times to test the ability of door and hinges to withstand loading.

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These include participation and review by consumer and supplier organizations, builders, remodelers, the U. The door edge must then show no delamination or swelling and no appreciable discoloration or evidence of blistering, checking, whitening, or other film failure. To test the ability of the finish to withstand long periods of exposure to a detergent and water anzi, a cabinet door edge is subjected to exposure to a standardized detergent formula for 24 hours.

The maximum number of products that can be compared a611.1 4. A load of up to pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints.

For more information on the certification process, or to find manufacturers of certified cabinetry, visit KCMA. To test the ability of the finish to withstand high heat amsi, a cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at F and 70 percent relative humidity for 24 hours. Please refine your selection.

To test the ability of the finish to w ithstand hot and cold cycles for prolonged periods, a cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at F and 70 percent relative humidity for one hour, removed and allowed to return to room temperature and humidity conditions, and then placed a1611. a coldbox for one hour at -5F. Finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable a161.11, stain or whitening of the finish occurs.

The exceptions are sink fronts and bases, oven cabinets and refrigerator cabinets. Shelves and bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot to ensure no excessive deflection or joint failure on the cabinet or mounting system. These tests create, in accelerated form, the cumulative effects of years of normal kitchen conditions of pre-finished cabinets.


To test the strength of base-front joints, a load of pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet-front stiles for cabinets with a drawer rail, or pounds for cabinets without a drawer rail, to ensure reliable front joints that will not open during stress in service or during installation. Scroll Down for more stories. Doors are opened and closed for 25, cycles to ensure durability under the stress of normal usage. After the test the drawer must not be damaged and must operate as before the test, with no visible sign of joint separation or failure of any part of the cabinet or mounting system.

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Have something to say? Cabinet finishes are inspected to ensure that stringent standards of appearance are also met. To test the ability of shelves, bottoms and drawer bottoms to withstand the dropping of cans and other items, a 3-pound steel ball is dropped from 6 inches above the surface.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. To test the ability of the finish to withstand substances typically found in the kitchen and bath, exterior exposed surfaces of doors, front frames, a11.1 fronts and end panels are subjected to vinegar, lemon, orange and grape juices, tomato catsup, coffee, olive oil, and proof alcohol for 24 hours and to mustard for one hour. In addition, mounted asni cabinets are gradually loaded to pounds to ensure no visible sign of failure in the cabinet a611.1 the mounting system.

To test the ability of the drawer-front assembly to withstand the impact of closing the drawer under normal use, a 3-pound weight is dropped 8 inches against the drawer assembly. Your recommendation is being sent! Your Email has a1661.1 successfully sent! To test the ability of cabinet doors and connections to withstand impacts such as children may cause in falling against a cabinet, or running into it with a tricycle, a pound sandbag is used to strike the center of a closed cabinet door and repeated with the door opened to a degree anwi.

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Anxi hour soap and water solution test checks the finish’s ability to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture. After 10 drops, there must be no evidence of looseness or structural damage to the drawer-front assembly that impairs its operation. The weighted door is slowly operated for 10 cycles from 90 degrees open to 20 degrees open, and returned to the degree position. View the discussion thread. For information on the certification or to locate a certified cabinet manufacturer, visit the Certifications portal at KCMA.


The door must remain weighted for 10 minutes, after which the door and hinges must show no visible signs of damage, and connections between cabinet-and-hinge and wnsi must show no sign of looseness. The drawers must then remain operable with no failure in any part ajsi the drawer assembly or operating system, and drawer bottoms must not be deflected to interfere with drawer operation.

Drawers and drawer mechanisms are tested at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25, opening and closing cycles to assure durability. To test the ability of doors, door-holding devices, hinges and attachment devices to operate under the stress of normal use, doors are opened and closed through a full degree swing for 25, cycles.

Installed wall cabinets are loaded with pounds to ensure a161.11 the cabinet will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A To be certified, cabinetry must first meet the following 14 construction requirements: To test the a1611 of doors, hinges, and means of attachment to withstand loading, 65 pounds of weight is applied on the door.

This ensures the cabinets will live up to your expectations. To test the ability of drawers and drawer mechanisms to operate with loading during normal use, drawers are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25, cycles. They should also be filled and sanded, edgebanded, or otherwise finished a161.11 ensure compliance with the performance standards.

The strength behind certified cabinetry: ANSI/KCMA A161.1

These verify the structural integrity and strength of the cabinets. Welcome to our redesigned homepage! The cabinet door must operate as before the test and show no damage or sign of separation or failure in the system. The finish must then show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, cold checking, or other film failure. A 3 pound steel ball a1611.1 “drop tested” against shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure cabinets will withstand dropping of cans and other items.

Cabinets are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a a1611. pound sand bag.