At LoctekMotion, we don’t just say we put safety first. We back up our claim with independent product testing and reputable third-party approvals, such as UL certification. Only products that meet UL’s stringent safety requirements get the privilege of bearing the recognizable UL seal. But, how exactly do products earn it, and why is it so important for manufacturers?
Keep reading. We’ll answer those questions and more about the rigorous UL approval process.
What is UL Certification?
UL certification is granted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global certification agency driven by a singular mission: to make products and processes safer for consumers. The 125-year-old organization was founded in 1894 by an MIT-educated electrical engineer. To this day, it provides companies with independent, unbiased evaluations of their newest electrical products in an effort to safeguard public health and safety. Over the years, UL has expanded its independent evaluations beyond just electrical products to include construction processes, water testing, sanitation and much more. To date, more than 2.5 billion products manufactured in more than 40,000 plants around the world have sought and earned the UL mark.
Is UL Certification Required?
From a legal perspective, UL certification is not a government requirement in the U.S. or Canada. However, because of UL’s rigorous testing processes, many companies see the UL mark as a sort of insurance policy that protects them from unforeseen product safety issues. That’s why most manufacturers looking to sell their products to major enterprises, municipalities, federal government agencies, or other organizations that require proof of product safety will often pursue UL approval.
Which Products Are Most Commonly Tested?
UL engineers test a wide range of electrical products for consideration of the UL mark. These include:
- Electrical components
- Electronic equipment
- Wires and cables
- Household appliances
- Computer equipment
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Why Should My Company Exclusively Use UL-Approved Electrical Components?
There are three essential reasons why product manufacturers should only use electrical components that have earned the UL mark.
- Reduces the likelihood of safety issues: UL certification is a very thorough process that tests the fitness and durability of every electrical component that earns the mark. That means the UL-approved components you buy have been tested under specific conditions like heat or cold, and over extended periods to ensure they hold up over time.
- Enhances your product’s value: Products with a proven safety record earn consumer trust and garner more positive online reviews, which is good news for your company’s bottom line.
- Ensures your product meets the stringent requirements of large clients: If you are looking to sell your products to Fortune 500 companies, school districts, federal employers and other organizations that are publicly held to high safety standards, you’ll want to be able to tout the UL mark on your products.
By partnering with LoctekMotion for all your lifting columns, control panels, standing desk kits and other accessories you can feel confident that you’re getting the safest components on the market. To learn more about our product certifications, take a look at our various certificates here.