UL is an American worldwide safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. It maintains offices in 46 countries. UL was established in 1894 and has participated in the safety analysis of many of the last century's new technologies, most notably the public adoption of electricity and the drafting of safety standards for electrical devices and components.UL provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising and training services to a wide range of clients, including manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, regulators, service companies, and consumers.UL is one of several companies approved to perform safety testing by the US federal agency Occupational Safety and Health Administration . OSHA maintains a list of approved testing laboratories, which are known as Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 17, 2017
Amulet® Barrier Technology Integrated into Airport Furnishings to Protect the Public from Acts of Terrorism One of the world’s leading manufacturers of airport seating is unveiling a line of bullet- and blast-resistant furniture designed to shield travelers in the event of an act of violence in the public space. Arconas, the leading designer and manufacturer of furniture for airports and public spaces, has teamed up with Amulet® Ballistic Barriers to seamlessly integrate Amulet’s bullet-absorbing technology into airport seating. The furniture line is a first for the global airport industry, and will be unveiled March 14-16 at the international Passenger Terminal Expo 2017 in Amsterdam. The “invisible” barrier technology is integrated during the manufacturing process, and is designed to protect human lives from gunfire or explosive devices without affecting the design, appearance or comfort of the airport seating. “Unfortunately, acts of violence in the public space have become an all too common occurrence around the globe,” said Jeffrey Isquith, President and CEO of Arizona-based Amulet® Ballistic Barriers. “Our No. 1 goal is to save lives – and this technology adds a critical layer of protection for the public. Amulet® is a 21st Century solution to saving lives and reducing injuries to innocent people.” “I am also very proud of the exceptional level of collaboration demonstrated between the U.S.-based Amulet technology team and our Canadian alliance partner Arconas. The desire to protect life in the public space is truly universal,” Isquith said. “As the leading designer and manufacturer of furniture for airports and public spaces, Arconas is constantly striving to develop design innovations that are human-focused and meet changing market demands,” said Dan Nussbaum, Arconas President. “There is demand for this technology, not only in airports, but also in public spaces throughout the world.” Amulet® barrier technology has fast become a key component of the physical security market, which is expected to double in size within the next few years. Amulet® Ballistic Barriers are designed to be uniquely compatible with interior furnishings and exceed U.S. National Institute of Justice as well as Underwriters Laboratories performance criteria for handgun, rifle and explosive-device threats.
News Article | April 27, 2017
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.
News Article | May 8, 2017
"Service Advantage leverages our capabilities to enable a significant competitive advantage for our customers around the world," said Glen Mandernacht, Senior Vice President, Service Advantage, Ricoh USA, Inc. "Creating and executing superior, repeatable service strategies is a part of our foundation at Ricoh. Service Advantage is a formalized outgrowth of that corporate philosophy and is already delivering measurable business outcomes to our valued customers. Our mission is simple: we are here to help businesses accelerate their core strengths." Service Advantage provides a stable, scalable and flexible service support infrastructure for companies of all sizes and stages of growth, enabling companies to focus on innovation while Ricoh manages the execution of the customer experience in the field. As an example, Starship Technologies, a robotics and last-mile delivery organization founded in Estonia by Skype's two co-creators, is among the new organizations to leverage Ricoh Service Advantage expertise to help their business grow into new markets. The Service Advantage program can accelerate a company's business growth by expanding existing service offerings, opening up new markets, and providing support at multiple points on the value chain. New markets bring with them new regulations to navigate, new service and support organizations to build or expand, and new distribution models. Ricoh can provide the infrastructure supporting a customer's move into new markets or expansion in existing markets as seen with Apex Supply Chain Technologies. "Our intelligent locker solutions are well established and growing," said Kent Savage, CEO, Apex Supply Chain Technologies. "By partnering with Ricoh, we gained the additional services and support channels needed, helping to further expand throughout global markets." No matter the size of the organization, Ricoh's service expertise enables companies to better serve existing and new customer bases. Ricoh's global presence helps ensure a consistently high level of customer service both in currently served markets as well as new ones. Ametek can attest to this commitment. "Our customers rely on our products, and we are committed to delivering them in the highest quality," said Dave Perrotta, Business Manager ESP, AMETEK, Inc. "However, no matter how much work you put into your product, users are still going to need technical support to help make sure they get the most out them. That's why we wanted our users to have the absolute best tech support possible, and for that, we turned to Ricoh. Now, response times have decreased significantly – urgent call response time has been halved – and our customers are getting the results they want faster and easier than ever." Another example of this commitment is when the global safety science organization UL (Underwriters Laboratories) wanted to expand its Additive Manufacturing training certification program, it turned to Ricoh. By working together, Ricoh and UL were able to bring UL's messaging and training to a much broader audience, helping further grow UL's brand footprint as well as understanding of the relatively new additive manufacturing industry. Ricoh's Service Advantage program and its global presence helps ensure a consistent customer experience, thus improving customer service. For more information on Ricoh's offerings, please visit here. Follow Ricoh on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest insights on Service Advantage and more. © 2017 Ricoh USA, Inc. All rights reserved. All referenced product names are the trademarks of their respective companies. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ricoh-launches-service-advantage-to-help-businesses-grow-drive-new-revenues-and-deliver-consistent-customer-experiences-300453147.html
News Article | April 18, 2017
Quality Magazine Launches Student Essay Contest on "Made in the USA" ROSEMONT, IL--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2017) - The QUALITY Show is pleased to announce that Underwriters Laboratories (UL) will be offering a half day workshop on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL immediately preceding the opening of the trade show. The QUALITY Show is the only tradeshow focused exclusively on quality manufacturing and will offer engineers and managers responsible for quality in the manufacturing process two high-profile keynotes and an interactive tradeshow floor with dozens of education sessions and networking opportunities. The trade show will open on Tuesday, October 24 at 1:00 pm following the UL Workshop and will run through Thursday, October 26. Instructional topics during the Workshop will focus on UL's Additive Manufacturing training program and will address product safety issues; design validation factors; creating an assessment strategy; and quality and safety assessment of material suppliers. The cost to attend the Workshop is $400, which includes access to The QUALITY Show, and attendees to the workshop will receive a certificate of completion. Click here for registration. "We are pleased to be partnering with UL to offer this important workshop which will provide our attendees with details on how to ensure conformance of parts manufactured using AM technologies while highlighting the different quality assurance and supplier assessment strategies," said Darrell Dal Pozzo, Group Publisher of Quality Magazine. "In addition we are excited to announce the 'Made in the USA' Student Essay Competition which will give tomorrow's manufacturing and engineering leaders the opportunity to exhibit innovative thinking on the issues that will shape their future." In the first QUALITY Show Student Essay Competition a panel from Quality Magazine editorial staff will select one high school and one college student essay to be published in an upcoming Quality Magazine issue following the event, the Quality Magazine website (qualitymag.com) and The QUALITY Show website (qualityshow.com). The winners will be announced at The QUALITY Show on Thursday, October 26 following the Keynote presentation. Additionally, each winner will be awarded $500 to put towards continuing their education. The essay topic should address what Americans and corporations can do to regain our competitive quality advantage in manufacturing and service operations. "Made in the USA" was considered to be the best in the world until the mid-1970s. America started to lose its competitive advantage in manufacturing to global competition due to poor quality, which led to higher cost of producing in America, and outsourcing of manufacturing, customer service, and product design. American share of the global manufacturing decreased over years. American manufacturing jobs were lost, and the national debt increased dramatically. Students who submit an essay must currently be enrolled in high school or undergraduate program, respectively. Essays must be emailed in a Word.doc to email@example.com no later than August 31, 2017. The QUALITY Show 2017 will be held Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Show is produced by Quality Magazine (www.qualitymag.com), a monthly trade journal serving the quality assurance and process improvement needs of more than 50,000 manufacturing professionals. The QUALITY Show is produced by BNP Media (www.bnpmedia.com), one of the country's leading business-to-business media companies serving industry professionals across 60+ industries through magazines, custom media, e-newsletters, webinars, events and market research. For more information, visit www.qualityshow.com
News Article | May 24, 2017
IMPAK Corporation, a leader in flexible packaging for environmentally-sensitive products, announces its development of certified explosion-proof heat sealers for safer operation in hazardous locations. “We were surprised to learn that many companies in industries like fuel servicing, dry cleaning, flour and feed mills, and recycling are using heat sealers without complying with OSHA Standards,” said R. Hasan, director of IMPAK’s Machinery Group. These hazardous locations (HazLoc) are at higher risk for accidental combustion due to elements such as flammable gas (Class I), combustible dust (Class II), and ignitable fibers (Class III) which can ignite whenever there is an ignition source. Many people are unaware of the potential for combustion in seemingly innocuous settings such as industrial bakeries and textile or fiber production facilities. In such areas, the normal operation of equipment can present several sources for ignition, from the electrical arcs between components, to the heat of the machine itself. With heat sealing equipment, this danger is ever more present as the temperature required to seal the material can exceed the safe temperature for the location itself. “Our customers work with highly technical materials that often require specific temperatures and effective pressure controls to seal their materials in order to meet seal integrity specifications; IMPAK knows how to produce these machines for operation even in hazardous locations where such high temperatures can be an ignition source.” - Kevin Cullen, IMPAK President “Our impulse sealers are safer for their operators because heat is applied only when needed. In addition, they create better seals and save energy compared to sealers that require constant heat,” explains Mr. Rouzbeh Yousefpour, Software & Electrical Engineer, IMPAK Machine Group. IMPAK’s explosion-proof machines feature enclosures around the electrical controls, wiring, and heating elements to ensure potential sources of ignition never make contact with ignitable materials, enhancing workplace safety in compliance with federal OSHA and state standards. However, explosion-proof components do not equate to an explosion-proof certified machine, as the team at IMPAK is keenly aware; “After reviewing available machines in the market we realized some, but not all sources of ignition had been accounted for. To us, there is no such thing as ‘partially’ explosion-proof; your machine is either safe for use in a HazLoc setting, or it isn’t.” – Tod Cooper, Product Manager, IMPAK Machinery Group Some manufacturers claim compliance with standards for an explosion-proof machine, but fall short when they are unable to provide a machine with precise temperature readings, often stating ranges of 10°F variance and up. “We know this firsthand,” says Hasan, “Our standard machines originally used the system still used by older companies, but we saw that 10°F temperature variance as inconvenient in normal settings, and potentially catastrophic in classified locations. We’ve since moved to superior control platform, the Intelligent Sealing System (iS2), a system developed in-house which offers temperature control within less than 3°F and readings every 2 milliseconds.” Unlike other manufacturers, IMPAK recommends third-party certification by respected outside agencies such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and CSA that verify the machine is explosion-proof and not simply built from explosion-proof components. Certified equipment not only enhances workplace safety in compliance with OSHA standards, but also can significantly lower insurance premiums. “We have had customers and potential customers report back to us that other machine builders are either unwilling or unable to provide third-party certification. IMPAK understands third-party certification requires a lot of additional steps, but is an absolute necessity for delivering a high quality product.” – Julio Flores, Production Leader, IMPAK Machinery Group When it comes to workplace safety, presumably every company would like to say their solution spared no expense, but in reality, the best system is one that uses innovation to deliver a product that offers greater safety, at a lower premium. IMPAK has a track record in the industry of providing that solution. Since 1993, Los Angeles-based IMPAK Corporation has provided innovative packaging solutions to individuals and businesses with modified atmosphere packaging needs. They offer a wide range of technical barrier pouches and sorbent products that are maintained in inventory at their almost 38,000 square foot warehouse, plus the ability to custom produce packaging and sorbents to exact specifications. More recently, they expanded their line of US-made machinery to provide highly advanced capabilities in temperature and pressure control to address the sealing challenges of their customers, even when it means producing one-of-a-kind equipment.
News Article | May 10, 2017
BEND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--After years of research and in-the-field testing, Smart Grow Systems (smartgrow.systems) today announced the availability of the newest member of its commercial vertical farming system, the GOLDENi™ LED grow light series for propagation and flower. GOLDENi represents a breakthrough in LED grow light technology, surpassing all other horticultural grow lights including currently available commercial LEDs, high pressure sodium (HPS) and high intensity discharge (HID). GOLDENi grow lights produce biomass of exceptional quality crops with substantially improved pound-per-light yields, the most efficient use of space and greatest reduction in power. Key components of Smart Grow’s vertical farming system, GOLDENi for flower and GOLDENix™ for cloning and propagation cut cycle times in vertical farming almost in half. This reduction allows grow operations to easily and affordably scale canopy size and harvests per year, producing 500 percent or more crop inside the same space for some Smart Grow customers. “Smart Grow Systems’ mission is to drive out waste from commercial horticulture,” said Darrin Dow, founder and CEO of Smart Grow Systems. “Smart Grow believes the future of many commercial crops will be vertical farming in a sea of green application, and we are focused on building a comprehensive vertical farming system to maximize biomass production in the available space of any commercial indoor grow operation. Smart Grow has started with ultra-efficient lighting, digital controls and consulting services that help growers understand the biomass potential of their grow spaces: how much sellable, high-quality crop can be grown in a space when the grow area is stacked up to the ceiling.” At 2 feet by 4 feet, GOLDENi may be the widest grow light on the market, but at 1 inch it’s also the thinnest, maximizing vertical rack space. GOLDENi uses nearly 2000 LED chips to produce an even spray of light with enough intensity to ensure deep canopy penetration for flowering. The GOLDENi light series uses Smart Grow’s new Golden Glow Spectrum™, which was perfected in grow operations to produce dense, resin-rich crops with exceptional terpenes and trichomes. The GOLDENix, using the Baby Blue Spectrum™ tailored for cloning and propagation, uses less than half the LED chips and needs as little as one-sixth the power to create state-of-the-art propagation. GOLDENi lights also include accessory ports so that growers can add spectrum-enhancing modules at certain times in the grow cycle, such as adding red to the final weeks of the flower stage. “By switching to vertical farming with Smart Grow’s new GOLDENi lights, Deschutes Growery has been able to increase our yields by at least 400 percent per harvest inside the same space, and have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 50 percent,” said Dylan McMahon, engineer at Deschutes Growery in Bend, Ore. “Deschutes Growery has been looking to retrofit our inefficient high intensity HPS lighting for a while but haven’t been able to find the right LEDs that maintain our standard of quality until we found GOLDENi. Smart Grow LED grow lights, in conjunction with our vertical farming system, make best use of our grower’s producer license by allowing us to maximize our canopy size without adding real estate.” Although GOLDENi delivers the same light intensity as HPS and HID lighting systems, it does so with only a fraction of the heat, allowing light panels to hang within inches of canopies, greatly improving photosynthesis and biomass per watt. The wide luminaire set in a lightweight frame generates widespread powerful photon energy, penetrating the entire canopy with light at optimal wavelengths to ensure healthy plant growth, yet preventing hot spots and other light- or heat-related damage. Because of the complexities of growing medical and commercial grade marijuana, the legal cannabis industry will appreciate the advances Smart Grow has engineered into the entire grow system and specifically the GOLDENi. The patent-pending GOLDENi and GOLDENix LED grow lights also shorten the grow cycle while improving yields, making 5 and 6 harvests per year easier than ever. A major improvement over the typical blue- and red-dominated LED spectrum, Smart Grow’s Golden Glow and Baby Blue spectra have proven in vertical farm testing to deliver unsurpassed resin production and superior results. Both GOLDENi and GOLDENix units are Underwriters Laboratories certified and backed by a 3-year warranty. With UL certification, commercial grow operations and indoor farms across the United States and Canada can install GOLDENi and GOLDENix while meeting or exceeding their building regulations. To address its growing demand, the company has increased its manufacturing capacity to over 20,000 units per month. For more information on GOLDENi, visit smartgrow.systems. See GOLDENi in action here: https://youtu.be/p9bPZ8uT0LI. About Smart Grow Systems Smart Grow Systems is powering a revolution in vertical farming by combining scientific methods and agricultural best practices with cutting-edge technology. With a systems approach focused on vertical farming applications, Smart Grow is making it easier and cost effective to fill spaces with high-quality crops while consuming less resources and reducing the cost per pound. Smart Grow’s indoor vertical farming systems can grow most types of crops year-round, in any location around the world, in an ever-increasing ecofriendly way. For more information visit smartgrow.systems.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2011-05-25
A method for determining a fire risk score includes extracting data from real estate values, map data, FIRS data, and building data that includes an address, an age, a size, an indication whether or not sprinklers are present, and an indication whether one or more smoke detectors are remotely monitored; assigning weights to the extracted building data; identifying one or more fire stations near the building; obtaining or determining a driving time from the one or more fire stations to the building; performing a statistical regression analysis to: at least the driving time from the one or more fire stations to the building, the age of the building and the size of the building to determine an expected loss to the building in the event of a fire, and calculating a fire risk score for the building to assist an insurance company assess a risk of insuring the building.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2013-03-15
A heat-generating apparatus includes a frame assembly and a securement assembly carried by the frame assembly. The securement assembly includes a panel member arranged in a first vertical plane for supporting a target material parallel to the first vertical plane. The heat-generating apparatus also includes a heating support assembly adjustably supported by the frame and including at least one heating element arranged in a second vertical plane that is parallel to and offset from the first vertical plane. The heating support assembly is adjustable along a horizontal first adjustment axis that is perpendicular to each of the first and second vertical planes and along a second adjustment axis that is disposed in or adjacent to the second vertical plane.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2014-10-31
A test apparatus for testing of a stop mechanism on a saw includes a support arm movable relative to a blade of the saw from a first position to a second position. The test apparatus also includes a simulation member coupled to the support arm. In the first position, the first end of the simulation member is offset from a portion of the blade of the saw, and in the second position, the first end of the simulation member is adapted to be in contact with the portion of the blade of the saw. The test apparatus further includes circuitry operatively connected to the simulation member to replicate an electrical property of a human finger such that contact between the blade and the first end of the simulation member triggers the stop mechanism of the saw.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. | Date: 2011-06-15
A high speed controllable load uses a voltage waveform synthesizer and a driver circuit to dynamically control an electronically variable load to generate a current though an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) device under test. Sensors may be used to monitor a source voltage and the output current to generate an arbitrary waveform have a range of voltage and current phase shifts. An optical isolation circuit allows separation of grounds between a control stage and the AFCI device under test.