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These verify the structural integrity and strength of the cabinets.

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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. A hour soap and water solution test checks the finish’s anzi to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture. 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 a161.1 or failure of any part of the cabinets or the mounting system.

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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 asni cabinets without a drawer rail, to ensure reliable front joints a161.11 will not open during stress in service or during installation.

For information on the certification or to locate a certified cabinet manufacturer, visit the Certifications portal at KCMA. A 3 pound weight is dropped 10 times against the drawer assembly to ensure that the drawer front assembly will withstand the impact of closing. The weighted door is slowly operated for 10 cycles from 90 degrees open to 20 degrees open, and returned to the degree position.

These tests create, in accelerated form, the cumulative effects of years of normal kitchen conditions of pre-finished cabinets. Your recommendation is being sent! The cycle is repeated five times. Cabinet doors are weighted with 65 pounds and operated 10 times to test the ability of door and hinges to withstand loading.

A 3 pound steel ball is “drop tested” against shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure a611.1 will withstand dropping of cans and other items. Cabinet finishes are inspected anai ensure that stringent standards of appearance are also met. To test the ability anai the finish to withstand substances typically found in the kitchen and bath, exterior exposed surfaces of doors, front frames, drawer fronts and end ans 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.


Finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable discoloration, nasi or whitening of the finish occurs.

The cabinet door must operate as before the test and show no damage or sign of separation or failure in the system. This ensures the cabinets will live up to your expectations. 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. 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 door edge must then show no delamination or swelling and no appreciable discoloration or evidence of blistering, checking, whitening, or other film failure. For more information on the certification process, or to find manufacturers of certified cabinetry, visit KCMA.

Have something to snsi View the discussion thread. 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. After 10 drops, there must be no evidence of looseness or structural damage to the anssi assembly that impairs its operation.

Welcome to our redesigned homepage! Installed wall cabinets are loaded with pounds to a61.1 that the ajsi will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A In addition, mounted wall cabinets are gradually loaded to pounds to ensure no visible sign of failure in the cabinet or the mounting system. Drawers and drawer mechanisms are tested at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25, opening and closing cycles to assure durability.

The maximum number of products that can be compared is 4. To be certified, cabinetry must first meet the following 14 construction requirements: In order to be certified, cabinets must also undergo eight categories of testing, covering structural integrity, drawer and door operation and finish quality see sidebar below. Doors are opened and closed for 25, cycles to ensure durability under the stress of normal usage.

Cabinets are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a 10 pound sand bag. These include participation and review by consumer and supplier organizations, builders, remodelers, the U.

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.


To test the ability of the drawer-front assembly to withstand the ani of closing the drawer under normal use, a 3-pound weight snsi dropped 8 inches against the drawer assembly. To test the ability of doors, hinges, and means of attachment to withstand loading, 65 pounds of amsi is applied on the door.

The exceptions are sink fronts and bases, oven cabinets and refrigerator cabinets.

The finish must then show no appreciable discoloration and no evidence of blistering, cold checking, or other film failure. KCMA has sponsored the nationally recognized cabinet testing and certification program for more than 45 years. 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 ajsi at -5F.

The drawers must then remain operable with no failure in any part of the drawer assembly or operating system, and drawer bottoms must not be deflected to interfere with drawer operation.

They should also be filled and sanded, edgebanded, or otherwise finished to ensure compliance with the performance standards. Your Email has been successfully sent! 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.

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 strength behind certified cabinetry: ANSI/KCMA A161.1

A load of up to pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. 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. 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.

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