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"UL and CLEB have a shared mission and complementary businesses. We are relied upon by building construction communities for the services and knowledge that they need to enhance public safety, meet regulatory demands, protect brand value and successfully access global markets," said Vice President and General Manager of UL Building and Life Safety Technologies Division Chris Hasbrook. "Working as one, UL and CLEB will continue to grow the vision that has brought us together, and grow our position as the global leader in the field of building science.'' CLEB's employees will join and strengthen UL's industry professionals and recently inaugurated building envelope testing facility located in Northbrook, IL. Effective immediately, the company will operate as CLEB, a UL Company. The group's Building Science thought leadership and global Centers of Excellence will be based out of the Montreal and Northbrook headquarters. "We are excited by this opportunity to join forces with UL and provide best-in-class services to the building envelope community," said Mario Gonçalves, former president of CLEB and new principal and global business leader - Building Science Technologies for CLEB. "Our group's shared reputation for delivering industry-leading services and in-depth industry knowledge will continue to strengthen our position as leaders in the field of building science services and building envelope  testing and certification. Combining with UL will allow us to significantly accelerate our growth and access to global markets, in addition to providing our clients with a broader range of complementary services and expertise. Clients can rest assured that customer service and technical quality will remain our top priorities and that our newly integrated capabilities will deliver even more value.'' The transaction closed on May 5, 2017. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. About UL UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ul-and-cleb-combine-to-provide-best-in-class-building-science-services-to-the-building-construction-community-300451991.html


News Article | May 11, 2017
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Hazard: The plug face may separate from the adapter body, exposing live parts and posing a risk of electric shock. Identification:  On the product, this AC Plug Adapter bears a UL Mark and the following: CURRENT TAP LA055A E238644 AC 15A 125V 60 Hz On the packaging: AXIS Grounded AC Plug Adapter Converts 2 prong AC outlets to 3 prong plugs Known to be sold at: Known to be sold through Amazon.com, may have been sold by others. UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for more than 120 years. Its nearly 11,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ul-warns-of-potentially-hazardous-ac-plug-adapter-release-17pn-03-300455341.html


In addition to bridging interconnectivity between heterogeneous systems, an embedded control gateway can also offer shared processing resources, processing and database management including real-time monitoring, and remediation once an intrusion is detected. As a result of receiving the DARPA grant, UL will identify the main areas of an industrial IoT gateway affecting the cybersecurity of an ICS as well as the data that traverses the gateway outside the ICS system.  Additionally, UL will develop a test methodology and a security profile to assess security requirements with the intent of providing technical protocols necessary for designing, building, testing, and procuring secure IoT embedded control gateways. This process is to be designed with flexibility for user-defined remediation techniques and recommended approaches to mitigate security issues, resulting in a more robust product. This testing will add to the arsenal of tools available to help manufacturers increase their security awareness, as well as help asset owners manage risk, unplanned downtime and reduce costly harm to assets. "Being proactive in addressing cybersecurity challenges for IoT emerging technologies enables the progression of sophisticated capabilities through system interconnectivity," states Rachna Stegall, director of connected technologies at UL. "UL is at the forefront of enabling safe innovation, and this grant allows us to extend our reach and into an emerging area of risk." IoT gateways with connectivity into ICS, process control systems and distributed control systems in critical infrastructure will have a significant impact on the national security of these inherent systems if the gateways do not have a process to identify and address security risks. A gap can allow major intrusions into these networks without detection, permitting malicious intent to lay dormant for some time until initiated to take action by bad actors. Defining a good process to evaluate and test IoT gateways with recommendations on design and development can help to alleviate these issues. About UL UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ul-llc-receives-darpa-grant-for-testing-to-help-mitigate-cybersecurity-risks-for-industrial-iot-gateways-300455250.html


KREFELD, Germany, May 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UL, a global safety science organization, has been approved by Volkswagen AG as a certified laboratory for materials testing. The approval is granted to UL's Krefeld Performance Materials Testing Lab for numerous test methods, which include environmental, surface, mechanical, burning behavior, media resistance and textile testing for selected interior and exterior parts and components. The VW approval adds to UL's growing list of automotive clients and testing capabilities. "Being recognized as an approved lab for Volkswagen AG, one of the largest automotive manufacturers in the world, is an important milestone to further position UL in the automotive testing supply chain, allowing us to be in a strong position to collaborate with this highly innovative industry, both in research and end-product stages," said Mette W. Pedersen, vice president and general manager of UL's Performance Materials division. "Our 120 year foundation of exacting scientific processes and the highest ethical principles enables us to deliver trusted testing results in new applications such as Automotive Testing and Engineering Services."


News Article | May 23, 2017
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HDBaseT technology offers the unprecedented opportunity to merge full ultra-HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet and various control signals onto a single 100m 4-pair communications cable equipped with RJ-45 connectors. In addition, Power over HDBaseT (PoH) power-delivery technology has been developed to facilitate the powering of devices such as televisions and monitors up to 100 watts. UL has worked with HDBaseT Alliance to develop requirements and a certification program for Power over HDBaseT cables. Under the Certification program, UL tests the cables in accordance with the new UL 4299. The cables are tested in a specified bundle at 100 watts and the HDBaseT transmission parameters are verified at an elevated temperature based on the temperature measured during operation. "As HDBaseT became the standard for the transmission of high-throughput content, it is critical for UL to help address the safety and performance issues with powering-over-cable installations. Through our comprehensive factory and market surveillance system, this certification program will help ensure a more compliant supply chain on an ongoing basis," said L.F. Lai, vice president and general manager of UL's Wire and Cable division. "UL's PoH Certification program provides a straightforward solution for vendors, installers and end-users to future-proof their powering over cable installations to meet the high throughput demands as well as the safety requirements of today's proAV installations,"  said Ariel Sobelman, president, HDBaseT Alliance. To learn more about UL's PoH Cable Certification Program, please visit http://industries.ul.com/wire-and-cable or contact Joel Nelson at joel.nelson@ul.com. About the HDBaseT Alliance The HDBaseT Alliance advances and promotes the adoption of HDBaseT technology as the global standard for ultra-high-definition, digital connectivity. Since its founding in 2010 by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Valens, the Alliance has brought together the leading names in the consumer electronics, professional AV, industrial and automotive manufacturers, and it counts today with more than 180 members and thousands of products. About UL UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges.  The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place. We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability. To learn more about us, visit UL.com. Read more in our blog Like our page on Facebook To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ul-issues-certification-of-power-over-hdbaset-cables-300461658.html


News Article | May 1, 2017
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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (C) talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S. April 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday relaxed some rules aimed at making U.S. school lunches healthier, a move viewed by health advocates as a direct hit on former first lady Michelle Obama's signature issue. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, in one of his first acts after his Senate confirmation last week, signed a proclamation that postpones sodium reductions, makes it easier to serve foods without whole grains, and allows the return of chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk with fat. "Certain aspects of the standards have gone too far," said Perdue, speaking at an elementary school in Virginia. The change comes as Donald Trump, one of the more fast-food-friendly presidents in recent years, has vowed to slash regulation. The 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was championed by Michelle Obama and became a rallying cry for her critics after it set school lunch maximums for calories, cut sodium and artery-clogging trans fat, and required more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The federally funded U.S. school lunch program, started by President Harry Truman in the 1940s, is overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and feeds more than 30 million, mostly low-income, children. Healthy lunch proponents expressed the most concern about relaxing efforts to reduce excessive dietary sodium, which is linked to high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. "This will lock in very high levels of sodium in school lunches," said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for Center for Science in the Public Interest. The sodium limit for a high school lunch is now about 1,400 milligrams, or three-fourths of the recommended daily maximum, Wootan said. Perdue's proclamation delays plans to reduce that to 1,080 milligrams this school year. The ultimate target is about 740 milligrams in the 2022 school year, Wootan said. "Federal nutrition programs should provide nutritious food - that's just good government, not nanny state policies run amok," said Wootan, who added that many schools have adopted the standards and worked through early problems with ingredient availability and taste. The School Nutrition Association, which represents both the industry that sells food to schools and cafeteria workers, has lobbied to weaken the rules, particularly with regard to sodium. Many large food companies are suppliers to the U.S. school lunch program, including Tyson Foods Inc, Cargill Inc [CARG.UL] and General Mills Inc. Domino's Pizza Inc delivers to schools as part of its "Smart Slice" program.


CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C65 microturbines to be installed in a flare gas application for an oil producer in North Africa. Capstone’s distributor for North Africa secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in September 2017. The flare gas-fueled C65 microturbines will provide prime power for a remote oil and gas field operation by utilizing a fuel that would otherwise be flared. The installation will also serve as an initial pilot project for this customer and the region, showcasing the many benefits of microturbine-based flare reduction systems. Capstone microturbines were selected for their proven performance in similar applications around the world. Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone, said, “we continue to diversify our customer base and grow our geographic presence in key areas like Africa as it's a major growth opportunity for Capstone. According to published studies, as much as 65% of the global electricity consumption by 2020 will be located in emerging markets like Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Pilot projects and new customers like this are critical to our future success in these new high growth regions.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the North African region is one of the major natural gas producing regions on the continent. North Africa holds a vast amount of shale gas resources. “Like many of our oil and gas customers, this significant oil producing company was looking for an economically viable alternative to traditional diesel powered generator sets,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Capstone microturbines are able to effectively utilize poor quality gas and turn it into clean and reliable onsite power,” added Mr. Crouse. Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped approximately 9,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is used in the federal securities laws about the advantages of microturbines in various applications; diversification of our customer base; and growth opportunities in various regions such as Africa. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "objective," "intend," "targeted," "plan" and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties described in Capstone's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone's actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. "Capstone" and "Capstone Microturbine" are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


News Article | April 26, 2017
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NORTHBROOK, Illinois--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UL Consumer & Retail Services (CRS) è lieta di annunciare la propria adesione al programma Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), supportando in questo modo la visione di una applicazione diffusa della chimica sostenibile e delle best practices nell'industria tessile, del pellame e delle calzature per proteggere i consumatori, i lavoratori e l’ambiente. L'industria tessile è soggetta a una richiesta sempre più pressante di minimizzare il proprio impatto sull'ambiente e migliorare la sostenibilità delle filiere. La Joint Roadmap per il Programma ZDHC prevede che i prodotti chimici pericolosi vengano eliminati dalle filiere tessili entro il 2020, per essere sostituiti con alternative più ecologiche. “UL Consumer & Retail Services si impegna a collaborare per raggiungere questo obiettivo e i traguardi fissati nella Joint Roadmap attraverso il coinvolgimento attivo con altri brand, rivenditori e stakeholders. Questa partnership sarà di fondamentale importanza per guidare tutti noi verso una nuova cultura sostenibile, basata su una gestione dei prodotti chimici a vantaggio dei consumatori, dei lavoratori e dell'ambiente”, sostiene Elisa Gavazza, la Global Lead nel settore del Chemical Management di UL CRS. UL promuove condizioni di vita e di lavoro sicure per le persone di tutto il mondo, applicando la scienza per affrontare le sfide della sicurezza e della sostenibilità. Il Marchio UL alimenta la fiducia consentendo l’adozione sicura di prodotti e tecnologie innovativi. Tutti in UL condividono un’unica passione: rendere il mondo un posto più sicuro. Noi di UL testiamo, ispezioniamo, conduciamo audit, certifichiamo, convalidiamo, verifichiamo, forniamo consulenza e formazione e incentiviamo questo impegno con soluzioni software per la sicurezza e la sostenibilità. Per maggiori informazioni su UL, visitate il sito UL.com/consumer-retail-services.


CHATSWORTH, Calif., May 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it received an order for two C65 microturbines to be installed in a flare gas application for an oil producer in North Africa. Capstone’s distributor for North Africa secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned in September 2017. The flare gas-fueled C65 microturbines will provide prime power for a remote oil and gas field operation by utilizing a fuel that would otherwise be flared. The installation will also serve as an initial pilot project for this customer and the region, showcasing the many benefits of microturbine-based flare reduction systems. Capstone microturbines were selected for their proven performance in similar applications around the world. Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone, said, “we continue to diversify our customer base and grow our geographic presence in key areas like Africa as it's a major growth opportunity for Capstone. According to published studies, as much as 65% of the global electricity consumption by 2020 will be located in emerging markets like Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Pilot projects and new customers like this are critical to our future success in these new high growth regions.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the North African region is one of the major natural gas producing regions on the continent. North Africa holds a vast amount of shale gas resources. “Like many of our oil and gas customers, this significant oil producing company was looking for an economically viable alternative to traditional diesel powered generator sets,” said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Capstone microturbines are able to effectively utilize poor quality gas and turn it into clean and reliable onsite power,” added Mr. Crouse. Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST) is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone has shipped approximately 9,000 Capstone Microturbine systems to customers worldwide. These award-winning systems have logged millions of documented runtime operating hours. Capstone is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership, which is committed to improving the efficiency of the nation's energy infrastructure and reducing emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. A UL-Certified ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certified company, Capstone is headquartered in the Los Angeles area with sales and/or service centers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. This press release contains "forward-looking statements," as that term is used in the federal securities laws about the advantages of microturbines in various applications; diversification of our customer base; and growth opportunities in various regions such as Africa. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "objective," "intend," "targeted," "plan" and similar phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks, and uncertainties described in Capstone's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission that may cause Capstone's actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied in such statements. Capstone cautions readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Capstone undertakes no obligation, and specifically disclaims any obligation, to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. "Capstone" and "Capstone Microturbine" are registered trademarks of Capstone Turbine Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.


SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Power management company Eaton announced today it has developed the first clamping enclosure technology for hazardous areas to help oil and gas and other industrial customers dramatically enhance safety and improve productivity. Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds® series EBMX enclosure technology is a major product advancement in traditional explosion-proof enclosures. The technology is also the first National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 7 classified enclosure to use clamping technology. The Eaton clamped enclosures are designed to automatically apply even pressure across the flame path between the cover and body. This design enhances safety by reducing installation errors due to missing or improperly torqued bolts. The EBMX technology is designed for explosion-proof enclosures operating in harsh and hazardous locations. “With our new clamped enclosure technology, customers can enhance safety by reducing the risk of installation errors,” said Craig Atwater, senior vice president and general manager, Americas, Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds Division. “Without compromising personnel or equipment protection, the EBMX enclosures also enable customers to open and close enclosures 97 percent faster than traditional bolted solutions, increasing speed for installation, maintenance and troubleshooting. The EBMX enclosure is part of Eaton’s portfolio of electrical solutions for harsh and hazardous environments that help enhance safety and reduce risk by design.” Eaton will display the new EBMX clamped enclosure technology at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) May 1 to 4 at NRG Park in Houston, booth #539. Attendees can learn how Eaton helps lower cost of ownership and enhances safety through innovative electrical and industrial solutions and advanced techniques. The EBMX enclosure is designed for motor control devices, including starters, combination starters, disconnect switches and circuit breakers. Eaton’s enclosure is rated for 65,000 ampere interrupting capacity (KAIC) at 480 volts and meets Underwriters Laboratories® (UL) 1203 standard for explosion-proof and dustproof equipment for use in hazardous locations. The equipment also meets National Electrical Code® (NEC) and Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements and is built to withstand extreme temperatures from -50 to 60 degrees Celsius. To learn more about Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds series enclosure technology, visit www.eaton.com/crouse-hinds. Eaton offers a range of Crouse-Hinds series cable fittings, enclosures, plugs and receptacles, industrial lighting fixtures, signals and alarms, and electronic components designed for the most demanding environments. These products serve customers in the industrial and manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, solar, infrastructure and other markets. Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges. Eaton is a power management company with 2016 sales of $19.7 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 95,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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