What does it mean to be KCMA Certified?
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program assures the specifier or user of kitchen cabinets and bath vanities that the cabinet bearing the blue and white seal complies with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
Further, the cabinet is an exact duplicate of samples that have been independently tested for conformance to ANSI/KCMA A161.1-2000. To find out more about KCMA Certification, visit their website at www.kcma.org. To print our pamphlet about KCMA Certification, please click here. To further ensure or cabinets will stand the test of time we have put our cabinets through 13 rigorous KCMA tests and passed them all.
1. 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.
2. Installed wall cabinets are loaded with 500 pounds to ensure that the cabinet will accept net loading in compliance with ANSI A161.1-1995 requirements.
3. A load of up to 250 pounds is applied against the inside of cabinet fronts to ensure reliable front joints.
4. A 3 pound steel ball is “drop tested” against shelves, cabinet bottoms and drawer bodies to ensure cabinets will withstand dropping of cans and other items.
5. Cabinets are impact tested by striking the center of a closed and open door with a 10 pound sand bag.
6. Cabinet doors are weighted with 65 pounds and operated 10 times to test the ability of door and hinges to withstand loading.
7. Doors are opened and closed for 25,000 cycles to ensure durabiltiy under the stress of normal usage.
8. Drawers and drawer mechanisms are tested at 15 pounds per square foot and operated through 25,000 opening and closing cycles to assure durabilty.
9. 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.
10. Cabinets are cycle tested at temperatures ranging from -5° F to +120° F to ensure finish will withstand temperature changes.
11. Cabinets are hot box tested at temperatures up 120° F to ensure finish will withstand high heat.
12. Finish is exposed to vinegar, grape juice, olive oil, lemon juice, 100 proof alcohol and more to ensure no appreciable discoloration, stain or whitening of the finish occurs.
13. A 24-hour soap and water solution test checks the finish’s ability to withstand exposure to detergents and moisture.