UL launches ''fast-track'' programs for U.S. and Canadian product certification

Northbrook, IL - Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) announced, on October 24, 2002, the launch of ''fast-track'' programs that promise manufacturers UL certification for both the U.S. and Canada in half the usual turnaround time-and at half the usual price-for most items. Effective Nov. 1, 2002 and lasting till the end of 2003, the new program applies to three key industry segments, namely:

11/20/2002


Northbrook, IL - Underwriters Laboratories Inc . (UL) announced, on October 24, 2002, the launch of ''fast-track'' programs that promise manufacturers UL certification for both the U.S. and Canada in half the usual turnaround time-and at half the usual price-for most items. Effective Nov. 1, 2002 and lasting till the end of 2003, the new program applies to three key industry segments, namely:

  • Industrial control equipment-including motor controllers, auxiliary devices, high-voltage accessories, power-conversion equipment, programmable controllers, protective relays, switches, and terminal blocks;

  • Industrial control panels; and

  • Laboratory, test and measurement equipment.

Products submitted for UL evaluations in the above industry segments for the U.S. will receive the C-UL Mark for Canada, as well, at no extra cost. In addition, for customers submitting products that already have CSA certification, UL will provide both the UL and C-UL marks at half the cost and turnaround time compared to obtaining the UL Mark alone. ''If UL fails to meet the mutually agreed upon promise date, which for most items will be 50 percent of UL's standard turnaround time, customers will receive their U.S. and Canadian certifications absolutely free,'' says Loring W. Knoblauch, UL's president and ceo.

Includes all components

The fast-track program includes components in any end product with prior CSA certification for the U.S. and Canada. UL will accept the CSA-certified component on a ''conditional basis'' for testing in parallel with the end product, under the component supplier's agreement to the following terms.

The component receives UL certification if it can be successfully certified within 120 days. If UL is unable to satisfactorily certify the component, UL will offer the customer 90 days to source another component that's already UL-certified. If a suitable alternative UL-certified component cannot be found, UL will withdraw its acceptance of both the CSA-certified component and the end product.

Underwriters Laboratories views these fast-track programs as giving customers what they've been asking for-faster, more efficient, and value-added product certifications-while retaining the care for safety of products and components UL certifies. ''We will ensure that in each of these special programs, a full, complete, and accurate set of tests has been run,'' says Mr. Knoblauch.

For more information, visit www.ul.com/fasttrack .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Frank J. Bartos, executive editor
fbartos@reedbusiness.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Sensor-to-cloud interoperability; PID and digital control efficiency; Alarm management system design; Automotive industry advances
Make Big Data and Industrial Internet of Things work for you, 2017 Engineers' Choice Finalists, Avoid control design pitfalls, Managing IIoT processes
Engineering Leaders Under 40; System integration improving packaging operation; Process sensing; PID velocity; Cybersecurity and functional safety
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
click me