In this rapidly changing world, globalization, digitization and emerging technologies continue to push innovation in technology to create an ever changing regulatory landscape. Even while global harmonization of standards is forging ahead, navigating current and developing regulatory compliance is still a major challenge. As a global safety science leader, UL provides solutions to help clients effectively decipher and navigate regulatory frameworks and bring their products to international and regional markets quickly. UL understands the unique challenges manufacturers encounter when facing new technologies, industry 4.0 trends and rapidly evolving markets and is pleased to showcase solutions to these challenges at the upcoming Hannover Messe 2017.
The path to market can be difficult to navigate when it comes to technological products. UL supports clients’ successful product launches with customized testing and certification solutions that bundle regional and global compliance services.
“We’re the experts for North American market access. But our reach doesn’t stop there – we test and certify in accordance with local, regional and international standards the widest variety of products for compliance in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We offer these services thanks to a multitude of accredited state-of-the art laboratories and local representatives strategically located in Europe and around the globe. We’re particularly looking forward to meeting our clients and colleagues from Poland, official partner country of the 2017 fair and the site of several UL labs,” says Andreas Entzeroth, Engineering Director, UL EMEA-LA.
UL’s global market access experts help manufacturers understand how to achieve compliance in safety, EMC, wireless and energy efficiency by identifying applicable requirements for specific technologies or features. This allows companies aiming to sell products in one region or in several markets around the world achieve certification for multiple markets without having to retest or work with multiple organizations. “UL clients benefit from one streamlined process to support them, from testing to industry requirements to certification to local, regional or global regulatory requirements, e.g. through the IECEE CB Scheme,” states Entzeroth.
The IECEE CB scheme is the world’s first truly international system for mutual acceptance of test reports in 57 countries. It is a multilateral agreement among participating countries and certification organizations which aims to facilitate trade by promoting harmonization of national standards with International Standards and cooperation among accepted National Certification Bodies (NCBs) worldwide. UL is one of the largest and most active members, developing the standards and issuing tens of thousands of certifications per year. UL operates four National Certification Bodies (NCB) and 50 CB Testing Laboratories (CBTL) around the world and its longstanding expertise and experience in this field helps to ensure that clients benefit from one-stop access to international markets and worldwide recognition.
Increasing digitization and the integration of production lines and critical infrastructure lead to a dramatic rise in potential cybersecurity risks. So, asset owners and operators need to mitigate supply chain risks when it comes to the security of their industrial IT infrastructure, and related services and processes. To combat these risks, UL helps with transparency and validation of supply chain security for more secure operating environments.
Industrial control system manufacturers can earn customer confidence in the cyber diligence of both their process and product security with cybersecurity testing and certification. Testing and measuring products and systems helps validate the overall rigor of a secure development process. So, complimenting IEC 62443 certification for secure development processes with UL 2900-2-2 testing and certification for industrial control systems provides a comprehensive security solution throughout the product lifecycle.
UL has over 100 years of experience in the Hazardous Locations (HazLoc) industry. From research to testing to global conformity assessment schemes (IECEx, ATEX, INMETRO, UL/C-UL), UL enables manufacturers to gain access to markets and provides peace of mind when designing, manufacturing, distributing, installing, inspecting and regulating equipment and areas involving explosion hazards.
This expertise has given UL insight into how technology can be effectively applied to minimize risks and led to the development of a new mobile application for global hazardous locations (explosive atmospheres) supply chain compliance. The new app, available in six languages, streamlines information into one trusted source. Stakeholders such as designers, manufacturers, distributors, users, and inspection & regulatory authorities (AHJ’s) now have access to HazLoc technical expertise at their fingertips.