What does KCMA stand for?
KCMA is simply an abbreviation for Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association. It is not a brand or a style of cabinet, although some people see this acronym on their installed cabinetry and erroneously take it to mean a particular cabinet manufacturer.
What are KCMA Certified Cabinets?
KCMA certification is a Quality Seal. All cabinets that are KCMA certified comply with the rigorous standards set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and sponsored by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
HELPFUL NOTE: People searching for replacement parts for their KCMA certified cabinets should specifically search for the name of the manufacturer who made their cabinets and not for KCMA, which is a large category, including numerous manufacturers.
Our company offers KCMA Certified Cabinets from Sunco Fine Cabinetry. As a kitchen cabinet manufacturer and Sunco distributor, we supply KCMA certified oak kitchen cabinets, and KCMA Certified maple kitchen cabinets built to the highest standards. Cabinets that comply to ANSI/KCMA A161.1 (Performance & Construction Standard for Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets) and bear the KCMA certification seal are recognized in the marketplace as a quality product able to perform after a rigorous battery of tests simulating years of typical household use. The ANSI/KCMA A161.1 program is referenced by U.S. government agencies, architects, builders, remodelers, and other specifiers.
Compliance with ANSI/KCMA standards is assured by initial cabinet testing, periodic unannounced plant pick-up and testing and a rigorous quality assurance training of our personnel. All testing is performed by an experienced independent laboratory.
Requirements Cabinets Must Meet to Earn the KCMA Certification Seal
All cabinets must be fully enclosed with backs, bottoms, sides, and tops on wall cabinets; and backs, bottoms, and sides on base cabinets, with certain specified exceptions on kitchen sink fronts, sink bases, oven cabinets, and refrigerator cabinets.
All cabinets designed to rest on the floor must be provided with a toe space at least two inches deep and three inches high.
All utility cabinets must meet the same construction requirements as base and wall cabinets.
Doors must be properly aligned, have means of closure, and close without excessive binding or looseness.
All materials must ensure rigidity in compliance with performance standards.
Face frames, when used, must provide rigid construction.
For frameless cabinets, the ends, tops/bottoms, and back shall be of thickness necessary to provide rigid construction.
Corner or lineal bracing must be provided at points where necessary to ensure rigidity and proper joining of various components.
All wood parts must be dried to a moisture content of 10 percent or less at time of fabrication.
All materials used in cabinets must be suitable for use in the kitchen and bath environment where they may be exposed to grease , solvents, water, detergent, steam and other substances usually found in these rooms.
All exterior exposed surfaces and edges except the edges of end panels and the edges of back panels, shall be free of saw marks and other imperfections and shall be filled and sanded, edge-banded, or otherwise finished to ensure compliance with the performance standards.
All exterior exposed parts of cabinets must have nails and staples set and holes filled.
All exposed construction joints must be fitted in a workman-like manner consistent with specifications.
Exposed cabinet hardware must comply with Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association finishing standards.