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These verify the structural integrity and strength of the cabinets.

The maximum number of products that can be compared is 4. To test the ability of the finish to withstand long periods of exposure to a detergent and water solution, a cabinet door edge is subjected to exposure to a standardized detergent formula for 24 hours.

The cycle is repeated five times. To test the ability of the finish to withstand high heata cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at F and 70 percent relative humidity for 24 hours. After 10 drops, there must be no evidence of looseness or structural damage to the drawer-front assembly that impairs its operation. 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.

Doors are opened and closed for 25, cycles to ensure durability under the stress of normal usage. 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.

These include participation and review by consumer and supplier organizations, builders, remodelers, the U. 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. 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 door-and-hinge must show no sign of looseness.

Please refine your selection. Have something to say? Installed wall cabinets are loaded with pounds to ensure that the cabinet will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A 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.


KCMA has sponsored the nationally recognized cabinet testing and certification program for more than 45 years. Scroll Down for more stories. A 3 pound weight is anzi 10 times against the drawer assembly to ensure that the drawer front assembly will withstand the impact of closing.

Cabinets are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a 10 pound sand bag. 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.

In order to be certified, cabinets must also undergo eight categories of testing, covering structural integrity, drawer anso door operation and finish quality see sidebar below. Your recommendation is being sent! These tests create, in accelerated form, the cumulative effects of years of normal kitchen conditions of pre-finished cabinets. The drawers must then remain operable with no failure in any part of the drawer assembly or operating system, and drawer bottoms must not a61.1 deflected to interfere with drawer operation.

This ensures the cabinets will live up to your expectations. Welcome to our redesigned homepage! Your Email has been successfully sent! In addition, mounted wall cabinets are gradually loaded to pounds to ensure no visible sign of failure in the cabinet or the mounting a1611.

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Finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable discoloration, stain or whitening of the finish occurs. For information on the certification or to locate a certified cabinet manufacturer, visit the S161.1 portal at KCMA.

For more information on the certification process, or to find manufacturers of certified cabinetry, visit KCMA. View the discussion thread.

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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. The weighted door is slowly operated for 10 cycles from 90 degrees open to 20 degrees open, and returned to the degree z161.1. The exceptions are sink fronts and bases, oven cabinets and refrigerator cabinets.

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A hour soap and water solution test checks the finish’s ability to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture. A load of up to pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints. a61.1


A 3 pound steel ball is “drop tested” against shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure cabinets will withstand dropping of cans and a11.1 items. The finish must then show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, cold checking, or other film failure.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. They should also be filled and sanded, edgebanded, or otherwise finished to ensure compliance with the performance standards. To test the ability of doors, hinges, and means of attachment to withstand loading, 65 pounds of weight is applied on the door. The cabinet door must operate as before the test and show no damage or sign of separation or failure in the system.

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.

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

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 in a coldbox for one hour at -5F. On all cabinets, the shelves and bottoms are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot, with the weight maintained for seven days to ensure that there is no excessive deflection and no visible sign of joint separation or failure of any part of the cabinets or the mounting system.

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 angle.

The door edge must then show no delamination or swelling and no appreciable discoloration or evidence of blistering, checking, whitening, or other film failure.