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UL International TTC GmbH at international conference and exhibition “Plastics in Automotive Engineering”

The UL Thermoplastics Testing Center (UL TTC) will be exhibiting at the 36th International Plastics in Automotive Engineering Conference in Mannheim, Germany on 21 and 22 March. The 2012 conference of the VDI Association of German Engineers provides a comprehensive overview of current developments in plastics for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend the conference and 80 national and international companies will present innovative solutions at the exhibition in the foyer of the conference center.

UL TTC’s plastics experts will be available at Booth 36/38 to discuss automotive plastics testing and services including weathering, mechanical and physical characterization, chemical and temperature resistance, optical characterization, certification and much more. UL TTC also offers unique services such as high speed tensile tests from -40°C to 220°C, prediction of processing and design data and the production of test specimens and plaques for the coatings industry.

David Wuestmann, UL Chemicals Business Development Manager Automotive, explains: “Few industries are impacted by technical, social and economic factors as much as automotive. The use of plastics in automobile design and construction is now essential, if all of these factors are to be successfully considered.”

As an example, UL is the key developer of safety-related Electric Vehicle (EV) Standards in North America. New products applying plastics, such as those used in the manufacture of electric vehicles, charging cables, and charging stations at home and on the road, require manufacturer and consumer confidence in the safety of the technology. UL is helping support this confidence and EV growth by using UL Standards for the certification of charging systems and grid connection equipment, as well as continuing to develop new Standards to make electric vehicles safer.

Mr. Wuestmann continues, “With over 100 years of experience in safety testing and over 60 years of materials testing expertise at TTC, UL is ideally positioned to assist the automotive industry in meeting the safety challenges that plastics bring to vehicle construction.”

Read about Electric Vehicle Standards development activities at UL

Find out more about UL TTC’s full range of thermoplastic testing and project handling capabilities

Learn more about the VDI Conference in Mannheim

Hagen Fasel, Corporate Accounts Manager, UL Chemicals

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Meet the future and UL at NPE in Orlando

NPE2012 takes place from 1-5 April at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, and is expected to draw 75,000 plastics industry professionals from 120 countries. UL Chemicals will be there, as well, sharing their thoughts in an interrelated series of talks on key industry challenges and strategies to face the future:

1. The Metamorphosis of Plastics & Consequential Challenges (George Fechtmann), Monday, 2 April at 2:30 pm
2. Positioning Your Materials for Emerging Technologies (Dan O’Shea) Tuesday, 3 April at 1:00 pm
3. A New Era in Packaging, (Joe Mecca) Wednesday, 4 April at 3:00 pm
4. Architecting the Future of Plastics, (Manish Bhatnagar) Thursday, 5 April at 11:30 am

The talks will be held at NPE’s new Technology Theater, centrally located in close proximity to the UL Booth (# 37042, North Hall, Level 1).

Chemicals manufacturers are also invited to come by the UL Booth for a free quarter-hour expert consultation. This service is designed to effectively assist even the smallest of OEMs in optimizing their business for both safety and success. For more information and to sign up please visit: www.ul.com/plastics

Plus, UL customers are cordially invited to dine and network at a Customer Appreciation Dinner Reception on 4 April from 6-9 pm. Located at the nearby Peabody Orlando Hotel, the reception includes a buffet dinner, cocktails and an informal Q&A session.

Please R.S.V.P. your participation at the reception with Marie Johnston

Wanda Sitar, Global Chemicals Marketing Manager, UL Chemicals

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Updates to UL label program expedite product time to market

Many manufacturers find the issue of labeling to be tedious and complex, so they put it off until the last minute, unnecessarily delaying product time to market. But knowing how to properly and effectively label a UL Certified product is easier than many may think.

In the labels section of the ul.com website (www.ul.com/labels), the latest information is always available and organized in a way to quickly convey the importance of the different UL services.

For instance, there are a number of labeling shortcuts OEMs can take. These include Label Adoption, the new Pre-Certification Program, and the convenient Component Recognition program, which provides a timesaving way to certify labels that meet the applicable requirements.

It is important to distinguish between UL’s two main label programs. The Authorized Label Suppliers program is for label printers that produce and distribute labels bearing a UL Mark. Users of this program must meet high standards of accountability to ensure appropriate use of this authorization. The program does not address the quality of the label itself, however, which is covered under the Marking & Labeling System program. This program confirms that labels displaying safety and warning-related information on UL certified components and products fulfill the prescribed UL performance requirements.

UL is constantly improving its label programs, and the website is the ideal place to stay up-to-date on the latest information, as well as find quick links to the iQ for Labels database, the Online Certifications Directory, current submission forms and more.

Visit the UL labels website here

Ryan J. Houle, Business Development Manager, UL Chemicals

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UL tests compatibility of elastomers with ethanol blends & biodiesel

In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raised the maximum approved fuel blend for standard vehicles to E15 (gasoline blended with nominally 15% ethanol). In response to research showing that higher levels of ethanol can degrade some elastomeric materials, UL has carried out testing for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assess how legacy fuel dispensers respond to higher ethanol exposure. While the overall results were not conclusive, some elastomers demonstrated limited ability to safely accommodate contact with blends higher than E10. UL noted that degradation in gaskets, seals and hoses could occur, resulting in leakage.

When dispensing E15, UL therefore recommends equipment specifically designed for the task, such as UL Recognized o-rings for dispenser hose and nozzles. At present, there are dispensing units on the market for use with gasoline/ethanol blends up to E25 (gasoline blended with nominally 25% ethanol). UL 87A is the basic standard used to evaluate components (including gaskets and seals, hose assemblies, pumps, valves and meters) used in power-operated fuel dispensing devices. Specifically, UL 87A covers gasoline and blends with up to 85% ethanol (E85), while UL 87B covers diesel fuel, blends with up to 20% biodiesel (B20), biodiesel (B99.9/B100), kerosene and fuel oil.

UL offers Component Recognition of elastomeric gasket materials for UL 87A ethanol/gasoline blends (E25 and E85) as well as for UL 87B applications. UL's extensive certification program for elastomeric materials facilitates the acceptance of these components in a customer’s end-products.

Aside from these flammable liquid dispenser applications, UL Standard 157 “Gaskets and Seals” covers many other end-use applications.

Find out more about UL’s Gaskets & Seals Program

Richard C. Winton, Principal Engineer, UL Chemicals

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Expanded search criteria enhance UL iQ™ for Plastics database

Besides testing and certifying plastics, UL offers iQ™ for Plastics, a powerful, free database that helps users find products that meet their needs with quick, intuitive searches for Plastics (QMFZ2), Drinking Water System Materials (FDNP2), Wire & Cable Materials (QMTT2), Plenum Cable Compounds (QMTM2), and Photovoltaic Materials (QIHE2).

In response to feedback and industry developments, UL is continuously improving iQ™ for Plastics and has recently made the following updates:

1) Fabricated Parts (QMMY2) – also known as "The Molders Program" – has been added to the database. This comes with the new offer to both new and existing clients to display their contact information, molding capabilities (injection, compression, GAIM, etc.), and areas of specialization (appliances, electronics, medical, automotive, etc.).

2) Under the Parametric Search feature, users may now search for products evaluated under UL Environment (ULE) Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) regarding the post-consumer recycled content of plastics. Please note that a checkbox for this coverage has also been added on searches for Plastics as well as Photovoltaic Materials.

3) Another addition to the Parametric Search feature, joining 15 previous ratings such as UL 94 Flammability, CTI, and UL 746B RTI’s, are new tests including the Incline Plane Tracking (IPT), Dielectric Strength, and Volume Resistivity, as well as the ability to include information located in the material’s description field (i.e. flame retarded, impact modified, reinforced, etc.)

UL iQ™ for Plastics allows searches of more than 60,000 grades of UL-Recognized plastics based on the requirements of a specific application. To find an appropriate plastic, users can search by product specifications, company, file name, generic family, grade and description. iQ™ for Plastics also facilitates the pre-selection of materials based on RoHS compliance. Registration is free and new users of this vital business tool are granted immediate access.

Go to the UL iQTM for Plastics database

Daniel O'Shea, Senior Staff Engineer Plastics & Product Safety, UL Chemicals

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New faces in China & Japan expand UL Chemicals reach

As a part of UL’s dedication to providing essential business services to customers worldwide, two seasoned professionals have recently been brought on board as Business Development Managers for China and Japan.

Simon Jiang to address evolving Chinese business climate

The Chinese economy is changing rapidly to face the effects of the global economic downturn, a reality UL Chemicals is poised to address. “As Business Development Manager for UL Chemicals China,” says Simon Jiang, “one crucial task will be to develop testing services in newer areas beyond product safety. For instance, it is clearly time for us to provide more materials performance testing in addition to our traditional strength in materials safety testing.”

Of course, Simon Jiang sees much potential for UL Chemicals’ traditional safety testing in the growing Chinese domestic market. “Due to the increasing sophistication of their customers, Chinese OEMs for the domestic market have become much more interested in attaining as high a level of safety for their products as their more export-driven counterparts have. They too need to know that UL Chemicals can help them.”

An MBA alumnus from Jinan University, Simon Jiang has over 16 years of experience in the chemicals industry. Before joining UL he worked in Sales & Marketing at GE Toshiba Silicones, Hyosung Corporation and B Van Zuiden Bros.

Contact Mr. Jiang, UL Chemicals Business Development Manager for China


Naoki Ishihara to leverage steadfast Japanese strengths

Despite its mature economy and a number of recent global and domestic challenges, business in Japan has actually been able to maintain quite stable growth. One reason is that Japan boasts a number of long-established companies with vast resources in technology and innovation. “These are worldwide market leaders in their fields, who never stopped developing new businesses and adding value to their brands,” says Naoki Ishihara, new Business Development Manager for UL Chemicals Japan. “UL is therefore actively seeking ways to assist Japanese companies in the growth of their business both nationally and on a global scale, even as we continue to meet their product safety needs.”

Naoki Ishihara comes to UL following a 25-year career with European chemical companies (BASF, Ciba), where he was responsible for Sales & Marketing and Product Management of stabilizers, pigments, modifiers and other plastic additives. Naoki Ishihara is confident: “UL Chemicals’ global network and unparalleled performance record in product safety certification will be a big plus in developing new client support services in Japan.”

Contact Mr. Ishihara, UL Chemicals Business Development Manager for Japan

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Enhance your competitive advantage with technical training from UL Knowledge Services

What do you need to know to stay on top in the global chemicals business? UL Knowledge Services, with its worldwide presence and flexible content delivery, offers safety standards training solutions across all chemicals sectors, including plastics, insulation systems, labels, flammable and combustible fluids.

Scheduled public workshops form the backbone of UL’s comprehensive curriculum. Learn from the experts by attending a workshop on evaluating plastics for use in PV module applications (UL 746C and SU 5703) or for use in electrical, electronic and mechanical applications (UL 94, UL 746 A-D). UL University also offers workshops dedicated to Long Term Thermal Aging (UL 746B), Electrical Insulation Systems (UL 1446), Evaluation of Flammability and Short- and Long-Term Properties (UL 94, 746A, and 746B), as well as on REACH Essentials – providing an overview of the new EU chemicals policy.

UL Knowledge Services can also tailor all training offerings to your individual business needs. Private seminars, custom workshops or round-table discussions can be organized to address unique training requirements, even at short notice, e.g. when time is critical and you need immediate assistance with regulatory Standards. We also offer a variety of advisory services designed to provide strategic structures for accelerating product development, streamlining testing and reducing time to market.

Visit www.ulknowledgeservices.com  for workshop dates and locations and to learn more about the many ways UL University can help you produce safe products, increase efficiency and remain on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.

Karen Dubiel, Lead Engineering Instructor for Chemicals and Environment, UL Knowledge Services

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