Getting the blue and white seal from the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Certification Program (KCMA) is an effective way for cabinet manufacturers to demonstrate that their product lines are of high quality and meet the tough standards set forth by the American National Standards Institute. It is a certification program sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. With a KCMA certificate, cabinet manufacturers are champs in the industry.
The requirements for the KCMA are stringent and here’s a list of several:
-Drawers and doors must be adequately aligned without excessive looseness or binding.
-Floor cabinets must provide space at least three inches high and two inches deep.
-At the time of fabrication, all wood parts must be dried to a moisture level of 10 percent or less.
-Proper joining components like lineal or corner bracing must be provided at necessary points.
-Exposed exterior surfaces shall be filled, sanded, edge-banded and free of imperfections, such as saw marks.
-All of the materials used in cabinets must be suitable for use in the bathroom and kitchen area where cabinets are exposed to steam, water and detergents.
Cabinet manufactures must have their product lines undergo a series of structural, drawer, operational and finishing tests. They can also opt to have specific product lines tested for the KCMA certification. Fives tests are done to determine the structural integrity of the product and are performed by an independent laboratory. Bottoms and all shelves are loaded at 15 pounds per square foot. Over the course of seven days, the load is maintained to check for any joint separation or deflection. The strength of the base-front joints is also tested with a load 250 pounds applied. A three-pound ball dropped approximately six inches from the top to ensure there is no failure of the mounting system.
Two door operation tests are performed to measure the durability of attachments, doors and hinges. With 65 pounds of weight, the doors are opened and returned and must not show any visible signs of damage. To test the durability of hinges, the doors are opened and shut for 25,000 cycles. As you can see, the tests are vigorous.
Four finished tests are done to test for heat, cold, humidity and resistance to water and detergent solutions. The cabinet door is placed in a hotbox at 120 degrees Fahrenheit and 70 percent humidity for a day. Afterwards, the piece is inspected for film failure, discoloration and blistering. Drawer fronts, end panels, front frames and exterior surfaces are tested for their reaction to common substances found in bathrooms and kitchens, such as coffee, grape juices, catsup, mustard and 100-proof alcohol. The cabinet components much show no whitening, discoloration or other film failure. In addition, the cabinet doors are exposed to a detergent formula for a day. After 24 hours, the doors are inspected for discoloration and swelling.
Attaining the KCMA certificate is no easy feat, but it’s a surefire way to stand out from the herd.