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Proactive Planning Simplifies the Furniture Certification

Planning early for product certification allows you to make decisions on design considerations and helps speed the time required to start the process. As you develop a new piece of furniture or furniture concept, thinking early about product certification allows you to decide on design considerations and make your testing and certification process easier. Early in the process, you may choose to outline a set of requirements that includes the regulatory requirements applicable to your product once developed. [...]

Zhejiang Xinyi Shengao Mechanical Transmission Company the first to receive the UL Listed Safety Certification for Adjustable Table Bases

A pioneer in third-party testing and certification solutions for the furniture industry, UL supports the furniture industry with innovative programs that provide new approaches to safety certification that meet the changing needs of the industry, while simultaneously ensuring the same high level of safety certification. In that perspective, UL recently announced that Zhejiang Xinyi Shengao Mechanical Transmission Company became the first company to receive the UL Listed Safety Certification Mark for their height adjustable table bases. Designed to assess the functional and electrical safety of table bases that are sold independently for mix-and-match use with different table tops, this new safety certification solution enables manufacturers of adjustable height table frames to demonstrate the safety of their products, certifying them as finished products rather than furniture components. [...]

UL is Now an Accredited Third-Party Certification Body for FEMB level Certification to Help European Manufacturers Demonstrate Product Sustainability

New Program Provides An Umbrella Certification Scheme While Also Accounting for Country-Specific SchemesCabiate (CO), Italy, November 28, 2018 — today UL announced it is an accredited independent third-party certification body in accordance to FEMB level, the European program for sustainability certification of office and contract furniture in interiors. Through FEMB level, UL can now help European manufacturers demonstrate product sustainability while enabling end-users to make more informed sustainable product selections. Similar to the BIFMA LEVEL Certification program, Europe’s level Certification evaluates the environmental and social sustainability of office furniture products, but is tailored to the European market. [...]

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 Launches Wellness Certification for Products

MARIETTA, Ga., November 2, 2017 – With the global rise of obesity, disease, inactivity, asthma and depression, the critical importance of wellness is coming into focus. At a time when people spend upwards of 90 percent of their time indoors, architects, designers, construction and business communities alike are taking a second look at the indoor environments where we live, work and play to evaluate how these environments impact human health and wellness. [...]

UL and Wilger Testing Co., Inc. Join Efforts to Provide Safety Testing and Certification

The demand for safety evaluation and certification of commercial displays, point-of-sale items and motorized desks and other furnishings has significantly increased over the past several years. As local authorities and municipalities increasingly require manufacturers and retailers to obtain safety certification for these products used in public buildings, UL has involved strategic partners to meet the demand. UL has engaged Wilger Testing Co. [...]

Reel Time: UL Furniture & Bedding Sets the Furniture Standard

We are excited to share the launch of our video, Reel Time: UL Furniture & Bedding Sets the Furniture Standard. See UL's state-of-the-art furniture testing and certification labs, and hear from industry experts about the furniture services and UL standards available around the globe. Do you have any questions for us? Please contact us and we will be sure to get back with you. [...]

Design Furniture for Testing Success

It is extremely beneficial to understand what tests may be applicable to a given product during the conceptual and design phase. This proactive approach helps guide a manufacturer’s engineering teams as they develop products that will pass the tests the first time around. An engineering team that doesn’t understand the tests their product will need to pass can result in lost time and unnecessary costs. [...]

UL to Begin Providing Safety Mark for Furniture in Michigan

Furniture Manufacturers Gain Access to UL Safety Certification Services in the U.S.’s Office Furniture Capital. [...]

UL Announces GREENGUARD Gold Certification for RH Baby & Child Furniture

Northbrook, IL November 3, 2014 – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, today announced that RH Baby & Child household children’s furniture products have received GREENGUARD Gold Certification. Now offering the largest selection of GREENGUARD Gold Certified household children’s furniture, including cribs, dressers, beds and side tables, RH Baby & Child provides parents with more choices when selecting low-emitting products. GREENGUARD Gold Certified products aid in the creation of healthier indoor environments, and release fewer pollutants that can contribute to health issues including asthma and other respiratory issues. [...]