Stability Testing Process
Stability Testing Process Verified Program Endorsed by American Home Furnishings Alliance
Test sites demonstrate testing capabilities and expertise to evaluate products to stability requirements in the latest version of ASTM F2057. Testing consists of hanging a 50 lb. weight from a single open drawer/door and opening all drawers and doors simultaneously. Suppliers and test sites will be subjected to an initial and annual assessment to ensure: 1) Necessary equipment and facility to conduct test a. Includes calibration of required test equipment 2) Individuals have sufficient understanding to conduct required program testing a. Test Procedures – how to conduct the required tests b. Test Results – what constitutes conformance or non-conformance c. Data Storage – how and where are records and data maintained d. Training Records – demonstrate how are staff qualified to conduct the testing 3) Record keeping practices meet ISO 17025 intent 4) Sample tracking system in place 5) Corrective action process in place for testing results that don’t meet standard requirements 6) Use of UL data sheets, new product planning template and product information template
In 1970, Ron Wanek, Founder & Chairman of Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., set out with a group of investors to make a difference in the furniture industry by forming Arcadia Furniture Corporation. This start up furniture manufacturing company, was located in Arcadia, Wisconsin and employed 35 employees in a 35,000-sq. ft. building. In 1982, Arcadia Furniture Corporation restructured into Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Today, Ashley Furniture is the world’s largest furniture manufacturer and the largest furniture retailer in North America, serving over 155 countries worldwide. With a global supply chain, the company has grown to more than 26,000 employees worldwide and over 17,000,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and distribution center space. Ashley has always been focused on manufacturing, quality, product, logistics, innovation, and customer service, successfully managing 14 major “rebirths” since the company’s inception. The company continues to strategically develop new products and aggressively tailor operations to address the demands of their customers. Ashley’s vision is, “We want to be the best furniture company”. We strive for nothing less than earning the loyalty and trust of our employees and customers every day. We realize it is a privilege for our products to be invited into our customers’ homes and we strive to exceed their expectations. Because of this, Ashley has developed a passion for quality, and has developed state-of-the-art worldwide physical testing labs allowing the company to continually analyze the quality of our raw materials, construction methods and finished products. Today, Ashley is a family company. Ron’s son, Todd Wanek, is President and CEO of the company. Ron’s other two children and three grandchildren are also actively involved in the company’s day to day operations.
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