Sunday, 23 May 2021

Everything You Need To Know About UL Labels


Have you ever come across labels on a computer system, manufacturing machines, or any other electrical appliance? The possibility of that label has one of the safety marks, such as UL Certified Labels, CSA, or different kinds of labels, is exceptionally high. But, what do these labels signify? Why are they so important? 

From an end-user perspective, the safety and quality of their electrical devices are essential to them. These are some crucial attributes for those operating those appliances directly. Considering the safety standards and regulations, let us understand what UL Labels are and their types?

What Are UL Labels?

An appliance or any product with a UL mark signifies that it is tested and certified to a certain UL standard. Likewise, all the labels, including the UL mark, have been tested and approved under the UL 969 label and marking standard. The federal legislation does not require UL certification in the United States. It implies to consumers that their electrical product is compliant with rigorous safety standards, guidelines, and specifications highlighted by UL. 

Types Of UL Labels

UL labels can be classified as follows -

1. UL Listed - it indicates that the appliance has been certified towards the safety guidelines recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

2. UL Classified - It signifies that the product meets the stringent standards created by UL but not recognized by OSHA. 

3. UL Certified Labels - It has slowly but eventually bridged the gap between the first two, UL listed and UL classified. Also known as the enhanced mark, accompanied with a 2D bar code or a smart mark, can be scanned by end-users to access the safety standards that the product has been tested and certified for.  

UL directly works with end-users to allocate the appropriate label category for their electrical products. Every type of label requires UL-accepted construction. A construction mentions the details of the label, including printing processes, substrate inks, decorative finishes, application of the specific product, and manufacturing location.

There are various methods of printing UL labels. You can avail of digital print, screenprint, flexography, or thermal print. UL labels must be long-lasting, robust, and durable. It depends majorly on the product that needs the label. Anodized aluminum, polycarbonate plastic, and vinyl are a few of the most durable materials. Polyester and vinyl are often preferred for electronic components or devices. 

Data Graphics is here to help you learn more about UL-approved labels and recommend you the one that’s most appropriate for your product. We also guide you with the printing process according to your labeling requirements. Reach out to us for a quote on your label. 

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