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UL Introduces UL 4041 to Provide Rigorous Outdoor Furniture Safety Certification Document that Helps Advance Product Quality, Mitigate Risk

MARIETTA, GA., October 16, 2018 — In response to a growing number of incidents and injuries that occur each year with outdoor furniture usage, UL today announced the development of a rigorous science-based safety certification document for outdoor furniture to help retailers and consumers identify safer furniture. Data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that nearly three million outdoor furniture products were recalled between 2016 and 2018 due to safety risks and problems. [...]

UL and AHFA Announce that Ashley Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Samson Marketing and Sauder Woodworking Have Successfully Completed the New Stability Verified Program, Making Stability Verified Furniture Easier to Identify

UL has partnered with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) in creating a “Product Stability UL Verified” Mark. This Mark will help consumers identify products with stability marketing claims verified by UL. For participating companies, UL evaluates their in-house stability testing process as well as individual furniture pieces. [...]

Have You Heard About The Newly Released Standard By BIFMA For Occasional-Use Seating?

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has recently released a new safety and performance standard, BIFMA X6.4-2018 for Occasional Use Seating. The BIFMA Board of Directors observed the need for this new standard to align with market expectations for seating products designed for less frequent use. [...]

Join UL’s presentation: Test Machines Data Acquisition Capabilities at HFMSE (Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo)

July 18 – 2.15 – 2.45 pm - Exhibitor Presentation Pavilion – TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC, USA. [...]

NeoCon 2018 Wrap-Up

A rainy week did not prevent an endless flow of attendees from all over the world to be at this year’s NeoCon, held June 11-13 in Chicago. From furniture manufacturers to architects and designers, our vast furniture solutions were showcased through productive conversations, informative marketing collateral and a unique booth presence. Here’s some highlights: Architects and designers well received SPOT’s new features including  “My Projects” which helps create custom project boards and connects design team members in a virtual workspace; enhanced search functionality through tags, bookmarks and saved searches. [...]

New UL SPOT includes enhanced search features, collaborative virtual workspaces and our new BIM Tools

UL is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of SPOT, the world’s largest credible resource for product sustainability information, at NeoCon in June. At booth # 7-2139A, you can see a demo of the newly enhanced SPOT application and learn about innovative features including: My Projects feature, which helps create custom project boards and connects design team members in a virtual workspace; Enhanced search functionality through tags, bookmarks and saved searches. BIM users can see a demo of UL’s free SPOT add-ins for Revit, Sketchup and AutoCAD that help streamline the product selection process for sustainable design. [...]

UL Announces a New Sub-Assembly Inspection Solution that Allows More Flexibility in Your Supply Chain and Improved Time to Market

Manufacturers often deal with component parts coming from different locations, making supply chain management complicated. UL announces a new solution to meet our customers’ need for more flexibility and optimization of their supply chain.  UL customers can now ship UL Certified products as sub-assembly parts from multiple locations directly to the end user. [...]

UL is expanding chemical and sustainability capabilities with the opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory in the European region

We are expanding our service capabilities in our Cabiate, Italy lab, and are pleased to announce the opening of a new laboratory for indoor air quality, GREENGUARD and VOCs. With the increasing complexity of the regulatory landscape in Europe and around the world, there is a growing need for VOC emissions testing and validation. In an effort to meet growing demand and to offer customers comprehensive, responsive testing and other customized services, UL is pleased to announce the opening of a new indoor air quality laboratory in Cabiate, Italy. [...]

EPA Formaldehyde Labeling Effective Date Has Been Changed

On March 2018, in response to a court order and joint stipulation document issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an update to the compliance dates for products and groups subject to TSCA Title VI. [...]

Introducing UL Product IQ, The Next Generation Of UL’s Online Certifications Directory

UL Product iQ, the next generation of UL's Online Certifications Directory, offers the same trusted UL safety certification data in a modern search engine that is mobile-friendly and easy-to-use.​ Registration is free and includes access to all certification information, along with the ability to build complex, custom searches. ​ Product iQ empowers users to work more efficiently, and to quickly find the exact content they need with a personalized dashboard, powerful search algorithm, and several organization features. [...]