Choosing Certified Door and Cabinet Hardware: Ensuring Quality and Safety

In the realm of industrial design hardware, where architectural door and cabinet hardware are essential components, the significance of certifications cannot be overstated. These certifications not only validate the quality and safety of these products but also establish a foundation of trust between manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers. In this article, we delve into the world of door and cabinet hardware certifications, shedding light on the key options that ensure your hardware choices are secure and reliable.

Door Hardware Certifications:

  1. ANSI/BHMA Certification: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) collaborates with the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) to offer this certification. It serves as a benchmark for durability, performance, and safety in door hardware. ANSI/BHMA certification assures customers that the hardware meets stringent industry standards.

  2. UL Certification: For those looking to penetrate the U.S. market, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification is indispensable. UL evaluates door hardware for safety and compliance with specific standards, bolstering product reliability.

  3. CE Marking: In the European Union, CE marking is a prerequisite. It signifies adherence to EU safety and performance standards, instilling confidence in customers regarding the product's suitability for the European market.

  4. Fire Rating Certification: For door hardware intended for use in fire-rated doors, certifications from organizations such as Intertek or UL are imperative. These certifications confirm that the hardware meets stringent fire safety requirements.

  5. ADA Compliance: While not a traditional certification, ensuring that door hardware complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements is vital for accessibility in public buildings, and it demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity.

Cabinet Hardware Certifications:

  1. KCMA Certification (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association): KCMA certification is highly relevant for cabinet hardware, particularly for kitchen and bathroom cabinets. It emphasizes product quality, durability, and performance, instilling trust in customers regarding the reliability of your hardware.

  2. LEED Certification: If your cabinet hardware aligns with sustainable practices, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is a valuable endorsement, demonstrating your commitment to eco-friendliness.

  3. FSC Certification (Forest Stewardship Council): When wood components are part of your cabinet hardware, FSC certification confirms responsible sourcing from well-managed forests, promoting environmental responsibility.

  4. CPSC Compliance: Cabinet hardware, as consumer products, must comply with the safety standards set by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to ensure consumer safety and build trust.

  5. RoHS Compliance: Cabinet hardware with electronic components must adhere to RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliance to restrict the use of hazardous materials, prioritizing safety and environmental protection.

  6. UL Certification: For cabinet hardware with electronic components, UL certification ensures electrical safety and compliance with industry standards, further enhancing product reliability.

Testing and Certification: Building Trust with MiandGei Door Handles

To create security and trust with the end users, we have subjected our door handles, especially those intended for residential and commercial projects, to rigorous lab testing. Here are some key lab tests we have considered:

Residential Door Handle Testing:

  • Durability Testing: Assess the door handle's ability to withstand repeated use over time. This test ensures that the handle can endure the daily wear and tear typical in residential settings.

  • Security Testing: Evaluate the door handle's resistance to tampering, picking, or forced entry. This is critical for providing security to homeowners.

  • Corrosion Resistance Testing: Test the door handle's resistance to corrosion, especially if it's exposed to outdoor elements. Corrosion resistance is vital for maintaining both aesthetics and functionality.

Commercial Door Handle Testing:

  • Fire Resistance Testing: For commercial projects, fire-rated door handles are essential. Ensure your door handles meet fire safety standards and resist fire for a specified duration.

  • Security and Access Control Testing: Assess the handle's compatibility with access control systems, such as electronic locks or keycard systems commonly used in commercial buildings.

  • Durability and Performance Testing: Commercial doors experience heavy traffic. Test the handle's durability and performance under high-frequency use conditions.

  • ADA Compliance Testing: Ensure that the door handles meet the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to accommodate all building occupants.

Common Testing Procedures for Both Residential and Commercial Door Handles:

  • Material Strength Testing: Evaluate the material used in your door handles for strength and resilience.

  • Finish Testing: Assess the finish of the door handles for resistance to scratching, fading, and other forms of wear.

  • Salt Spray Testing: Determine the handle's ability to resist corrosion in a saline environment, which is essential for coastal regions.

  • Cycle Testing: Perform repetitive open-close cycles to assess the handle's longevity.

  • Locking Mechanism Testing: If your handles include locks, ensure they meet security and functionality requirements.

  • Temperature and Climate Testing: Subject the handles to extreme temperatures and humidity levels to ensure they perform well in various climates.

  • Certification: Seek UL certification or other relevant certifications that demonstrate compliance with industry standards and safety regulations.

By conducting these comprehensive lab tests and obtaining certifications, we can offer door handles that provide security and reliability to you and your customers in both residential and commercial projects in the USA and europe. 

Incorporating certified door and cabinet hardware not only safeguards the integrity of your designs but also contributes to the safety and satisfaction of end-users. At Mi and Gei Hardware, we prioritize excellence and creativity, and we encourage our customers to make informed, secure choices that reflect their commitment to quality and innovation.

When it comes to cabinet hardware, including cabinet pulls and knobs, certifications and rigorous testing also play a pivotal role in ensuring quality and safety. At Mi and Gei Hardware, we prioritize excellence and creativity in all our product offerings, including the Cabinet Pull Forme N33 and Passage Door Latch, and the Brass Door Lever Backplate Forme N28. These products embody our commitment to quality and safety, backed by certifications that instill confidence in their performance and reliability.