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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. [...]

UL ANNOUNCES NEW STABILITY VERIFICATION PROGRAM WITH THE AMERICAN HOME FURNISHINGS ALLIANCE TO HELP CONSUMERS IDENTIFY SAFER PRODUCTS

UL has partnered with The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA),  in creating a “Product Stability UL Verified” mark to help consumers identify products that meet the industry’s voluntary stability standard requirements. The mark is part of a program that allows participating companies to have their in-house stability testing process reviewed and verified by UL, thereby earning the UL Verified mark.  Four AHFA member companies – Ashley Furniture, Hooker Furniture, Samson Marketing and Sauder Woodworking – are leading the charge by piloting the AHFA/UL Verified program for furniture stability. [...]

BIFMA will host a UL’s webinar on: SPOT App for Revit® – Increasing LEVEL Certified Product Visibility to A&D

When it comes to selecting BIFMA LEVEL certified products, architects and designers (A&D) need credible sources to find this information in a way that fits into their current work flow. To make product selection less challenging and less time consuming, UL is developing new tools that will plug LEVEL data directly into BIM platforms. The first application UL developed is SPOT for Revit®, and it will allow A&D to add LEVEL certified furniture directly into the tool straight from the SPOT for Revit® database. [...]

A.R.T. Furniture First to Receive UL Stability Verification for Artiste Line of Products

UL Stability Verification offers furniture manufactures the opportunity to verify their marketing claims of safety and stability backed by safety science. And UL has just recently delivered the first of this type of claim to A.R. [...]

VARIDESK Standing Desk Receives First BIFMA performance Certification from UL

VARIDESK Products Also Receive GREENGUARD Certification VARIDESK, a height adjustable desk manufacturer, recently received the first UL BIFMA (Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacture Association) Performance Certification mark for their Quick Pro Corner standing desk. The UL BIFMA performance mark is the first and only program that certifies that products meet BIFMA standards and provides a basis for evaluating the performance and durability of products.  While much of the office furniture on the market is tested to these standards, UL’s program is the first to certify products to the applicable BIFMA standards and demonstrate continued compliance with routine testing. [...]