KCMA Cabinet Standard Wins ANSI Approval

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KCMA Cabinet Standard Wins ANSI Approval

Reston, VA The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the
independent agency that tests and certifies a wide range of
consumer products, has approved an updated performance and
construction standard for kitchen and vanity cabinets.

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufac-turers Association last month
announced ANSI’s approval of ANS/KCMA A161.1-2000, the sixth
revision of the construction standard for cabinets since the
guideline’s inception in 1965.

The ANSI approval concludes an 18-month process initiated by the
Reston, VA-based KCMA under an ANSI mandate to update product
standards to reflect improvements in materials and construction,
the KCMA said. The process included review by consumer and supplier
organizations, builders, remodelers, architects, the U.S.
government and other related groups, the trade association
added.

The new ANSI standard includes more than 30 test procedures
measuring more than 60 specific performance requirements that
simulate many years of typical cabinet use. Major updates to the
standard include the following:

  • Clarification that wall cabinets must be fully enclosed to
    assure stability and protect stored items from pests and
    insects.
  • A clarification of the 500-lb. static load test for wall
    cabinets.
  • A strengthening of the definition for joint failure.
  • Updated finishing and humidity tolerance tests.

Ninety cabinet manufacturers participate in the ANSI testing
program, said the KCMA, adding that copies of the updated standard
are available by contacting the association at 1899 Preston White
Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

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