We are following the lead of the design communities as they are gravitating towards validating their designs with performance data. The design community is utilizing standards that incorporate and provide validation of associations like ISO and ANSI.
You go through the initial process then manufacture and ship two base cabinets, two wall cabinets, two tall cabinets to the AWI lab. Your results will be given a generic name and made public to the AWI method and materials resources for all. You will receive five testing reports that will be valid for one year, list AWI as the original rights holder and your company name as grant use rights. Results are made public under a generic name to help aid other members.
YES, YOUR WAY! MAXIMIZE YOUR EFFICIENCIES. ELIMINATE WASTE AND ENSURE EVERY STEP IS VALUE ADDED TO YOUR PRODUCT. The new standard allows for innovation of manufacturing methods, material types, fasteners and installation. Engineer, build, and have your method tested to your selected duty level desired. This is your member benefit, make the most out of it for you. If you choose to follow the AWS2 Standards, you may also be eligible for free shipping.
You will learn which method does not comply with the performance standard. This free testing is a one-time, per life of the company benefit. Additional testing would be at the cost of current testing prices.
The AWI lab currently charges $2,475 per cabinet battery for AWI members. Meaning base, wall, tall are their own batteries. $7,425 would be the expense for all five testing reports required for compliance of the AWI standard for AWI members. If you would like to know the cost of testing for non-members, contact us.
This would be a company’s business decision. The standards require that you meet or exceed the specified duty level of a specific core material. Research of multiple duty levels might equate to a competitive advantage but the decision should be based on an individual assessment of what is best for your company.
The standard is performance based. The method is what was tested and is what the passing results are based on. Alterations may alter the testing outcomes. You must follow the method per testing report.
Testing is core specific. Meaning the test result is only applicable to casework with the same core. Our studies have proven that different core types react differently to the exact same construction method. Each core has unique properties that perform differently in each test. You must match the material grade you provided for testing and as specified in your Testing Report (typical grades are PB M-2, MDF Grade 130, Veneer core 7ply etc.) You can use NAUF, FIre rated, Moisture Resistant or Standard as long as the grade doesn’t vary (PB-M2).
Member benefit testing will be placed in a queue based on the date they are received. The process has many variable factors prior to the lab testing. But the duration at the lab is three days acclimation, 24 hours testing recording and reporting of data, then five days publication time of report. In total, 8-10 working days, once your turn is up in the queue. Proprietary testing will supersede member benefit testing in the job queue. Timelines are estimates.
Unfortunately that does not qualify for this benefit. The intent is to assist those members who complied with the previous standard and wish to continue their methods with the new standard. The engineered drawings/cabinets must meet AWS2 requirements 100% to be eligible for the free shipping. However, you would still qualify for free testing by utilizing your 1-time free testing membership benefit for an original design.
No. These engineered cabinets will be tested to Duty level 3.
Yes. The funds made available by the AWI Board of Directors will offset this expense. When the funds are gone this study will end. AWI will arrange the freight.
Your results will be given a generic name and made public to the AWI method and materials resources for all. You will receive testing reports that will be valid for one year, list AWI as the original rights holder and your company name as grant use rights.
We understand. You may elect to pursue testing and all information is held confidential. Your name is listed as the original rights holder and ONLY you have the ability to GRANT USE rights should you elect to do so. This would be considered a proprietary method and fall under the guidelines and costs for proprietary testing.
With all projects requiring QCP certification, the casework conformance will be reviewed against the project specifications and the approved testing report information including construction, core and duty level requirements and the aesthetic requirements in the specified Standard.
The decision to pursue proprietary testing or AWI methods will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Several things to consider while making this decision include your current manufacturing processes and efficiencies, the number of jobs you produce that must comply with current AWI Standards, your current construction methods, the level of adjustments that would need to made to current methods to match AWI methods, etc. If you would like to further discuss which method of compliance may be right for you, please contact Hunter Morrison at [email protected] .
Product Performance Duty Level is determined by the lowest tested value derived from AWI Test Methodologies (Example: A Product may include a cabinet body construction meeting Performance Duty Level 4 and may also include an adjustable shelf system meeting Performance Duty Level 2. The assembled casework unit would then meet Performance Duty Level 2 as the lowest tested value).
Testing costs are dependent on the test batteries performed and the number of specimens tested. For a customized quote, please contact Hunter Morrison at [email protected]
Proprietary testing results will be kept confidential by AWI.
The overall process can take a month or longer once engineering, fabrication and shipping is factored in while the test batteries typically take about one week to complete.
No. Each job does not need to be tested. Once your cabinets have been tested, the results are valid.
The tests conducted are assembled unit tests and structural integrity tests. The load values express in AWI test methodologies do not suggest service loads nor shall they be construed as suggesting normal casework usage loads.