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What Is UL Listed?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , January 21, 2019

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If you're wondering what it means to have your product UL listed, the answer is pretty simple. When your product is UL Listed, it means it meets the standards for safety required.

UL is short for Underwriters Laboratories, a nationally recognized, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to product safety testing. Over the decades, this organization has become the global go-to for independent product safety certification and tests millions of products and product components every year.

When a product is “UL Listed”, that means UL has rigorously tested and confirmed that the product meets all of their stringent requirements. Upon certification, products are added to the organization’s Online Certification Directory and are privy to numerous other advantages.

Here’s why getting your product UL Listed is highly recommended.

Take Pride in the Prestige of “UL Listed” Status

UL CertifiedFar more testing is involved in becoming “UL Listed” compared to other certifications. As such, products that don the mark are deemed superior in quality. For example, “UL Classified” labels represent products that have been evaluated and approved for specific, limited conditions. Albeit a quality label to achieve, UL listed illustrates that the product has been tested and approved for all requirements associated with its application.

The UL Status Is a Powerful Marketing and Sales Tool

Upon certification, products are granted the privilege of using UL’s Certification Marks and promotional badge on marketing and advertising material and the product itself. This illustrious label is a powerful marketing tool that will fast-track your product to the top of a buyer’s shopping list. Like you, the buyer of your product is concerned about safety, reliability and performance. A product that is proven to stand up to environmental and mechanical stress is more likely to win favor over a product with ambiguous or unconfirmed specifications.

You can find UL’s general marketing guidelines here.

Mitigate Compliance Risks and Bridge Compliance Gaps

A UL listing certification illustrates your due diligence and commitment to meeting and exceeding industry standards. Because UL is an independent third-party verification entity, their approval holds more weight than internal testing. If your product is involved in international applications that follow a different set of regulatory codes, UL certification can also serve as a trusted middle-ground for compliance and regulatory expectations. For example, UL listing is recognized and accepted by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA).

As a leading developer and manufacturer of connectors and overmolded cable assemblies, iCONN Systems offers an extensive inventory of UL listed products. We also offer advanced in-house custom engineering with the resources and experience to bring your electrical components up to UL listed standards. Consult with our engineering team for customized support.

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