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Underwriters Laboratories Announces New Power Quality Study Service

Service helps in-house testing labs meet IECEE requirements for power quality.

Published: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 14:41

(UL: Northbrook, Illinois) -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a provider of product safety testing and certification, recently launched its new Power Quality Study service offering. This new service, available to customers of data acceptance programs (DAP) and manufacturer test laboratories (MTLs), offers an assessment of the power quality of a customer's testing location.

"UL is delighted to provide this new service offering because it supports our public safety mission by helping to assure there is a suitable environment for testing products," says Gary Savin, vice president and general manger for Power and Controls.

The DAP and MTL programs allow manufacturers to conduct their own testing or to contract with another testing facility to complete testing. However, DAP customers and International Electrotechnical Commission for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrical Equipment (IECEE - CB) MTLs are required by ISO/IEC 17025 subclause 5.3 to monitor and control their test environments, including power sources. When a customer lacks the technical ability or equipment to complete a power quality study itself, UL now offers an added service to complete the power quality study for the testing area. 

A power quality study assessment confirms that the source of power meets minimum voltage regulation, frequency regulation, and harmonic distortion requirements. With UL's Power Quality Study service, a report is provided to the customer for their records and can be used to verify the power quality of the test environment for submitted test data.

Customers are required to conduct a power quality study if they wish to participate in UL's DAP or MTL programs. UL customers may save time and money by having UL perform this service as opposed to outsourcing the work to another service provider or conducting the tests themselves. UL utilizes calibrated equipment and knowledgeable, experienced staff in performing power quality studies. 

UL is currently providing this service to customers across all industries within the United States. It has plans to expand internationally in the future and will notify its customers of that date in the future.

For more information on UL's DAP program, visit www.ul.com/dap.


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Underwriters Laboratories is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials, and systems annually, with 21 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year.

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