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Broader and deeper than ever, UL's third annual global study examines manufacturer and consumer concerns and priorities across a wide range of product-related considerations.

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UL drives efficient product safety.

UL has over 120 years of experience serving the appliance industry and has been working with the HVAC/R industry since its inception. We do more than just simply test and certify small appliance products to the applicable safety standards required worldwide. Since developing UL 1005 for electric irons in the year 1905 and UL 1017 for vacuum cleaners in 1909, we have continued to work in close partnership with key industry stakeholders to develop and update Standards to address today’s products and safeguard tomorrow’s technologies.

The benefits of working with UL
UL provides our appliance and HVAC/R industry customers with one trusted contact for all their critical business needs – from prototyping to sourcing, risk analysis, quality assurance, regulatory compliance reviews, energy efficiency testing and environmental certifications. Our ever-growing capacity and capabilities for assessing safety and performance enable us to provide industry-leading turnaround times for test results.

Our services are designed to help our customers cut through compliance complexity and speed the process of bringing safer products to the global market. We host working groups to explore innovative technologies and work closely with electrical inspectors and other regulatory authorities to stay informed about issues that may impact product designs and business plans to help our customers manage risk more effectively.

UL’s global network of laboratories includes five facilities dedicated to meeting the needs of the appliance and HVAC industries. Our appliance and HVAC/R team has unparalleled expertise in the design review process. We work closely with our customers to help them plan for and meet compliance demands for energy efficiency programs, including ENERGY STAR®.

We also help drive the integrity of supply chains worldwide with services including factory capability and social compliance assessments, top of production (TOP) inspections and in-process quality checks (DU PRO) to help detect variances and defects at critical checkpoints through the entire manufacturing process.

Areas of Focus

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HVAC and Refrigeration
HVAC and Refrigeration
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Major and Commercial Appliances
Major and Commercial Appliances
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Small Appliances
Small Appliances
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Specialty Appliances
Specialty Appliances
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The world is changing.  North American market solutions focusing on safety alone aren’t sufficient. That’s why UL has spent the last several years developing new solutions to meet the needs of today’s global marketplace, with laboratories and expertise staff around the globe focused on working with manufacturers to provide custom solutions for different country’s unique...

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ASICs and Other Programmable Components. UL can evaluate safety-related software for programmable components or an entire programmable component for functional safety. Available to a variety of end-product applications, this new, innovative approach allows OEMs and system integrators to achieve a reduced product-development cycle and increased speed to market. Ease Simplified access to end-product safety compliance Fewer non-compliances...

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UL’s Product Engineering team has a rich heritage in advancing products from design to production for companies ranging from small to Fortune 500. These customercentric testing and integrated advisory services help manufacturers meet the complex challenges of today’s competitive global market with services that streamline the product development, reliability, safety, energy efficiency and performance testing...

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Browse pertinent UL thought leadership to help you find the research and insights that matter for your business.

Advancing Flammable Refrigerant Adoption in North America
Advancing Flammable Refrigeran...
Appliance Advisor, 2013, Issue 1
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Appliance Advisor, 2013, Issue 2
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EU Approval of Host Devices with Integrated Wireless Modules
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FCC Approval of Host Devices with Integrated Wireless Modules
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Moving from Contactless to Wireless Technologies in Secure, Over-the-Air Transactions
Moving from Contactless to Wir...
Product Energy Efficiency and the US Energy Star Program
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Product Safety Issues for Smart-Enabled Appliances in the U.S.
Product Safety Issues for Smar...
Reducing Injury and Damage Related to Electric Dryer Fires: Fire Containment Tests for the Second Edition of UL 2158
Reducing Injury and Damage Rel...
Revisiting Flammable Refrigerants
Revisiting Flammable Refrigera...
The Increasing Complexity of Appliance Motors
The Increasing Complexity of A...