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UL label certifier buys out National Analysis Center

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In July, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) announced that the acquisition of the National Analysis Center (NAC), a privately held company that is considered the “standard for mobile phone, automotive infotainment and mobile accessory interoperability and usability testing.” This purchase significantly increases UL’s ability to expand into the high-growth areas served by NAC.

In a press release from UL, the following comment was made: “’As major trends in the consumer space, such as the Internet of Things, wearable technology and connected vehicles drive adoption of new consumer devices, the market for interoperability testing will continue to grow, ’ said Sajeev Jesudas, president of the UL Consumer Business Unit. ‘This acquisition provides us with an opportunity to expand our offerings and support the next generation of connected devices to help ensure they work together seamlessly and safely.’”

The NAC was founded in 2003 and tests products by using them as consumers would, with the goal being to identify problems before the products are released.

NAC: story behind the story

Although NAC has only been in existence since 2003, the founders have had plenty of cutting-edge experience in the telecommunications industry before that, starting in 1988 when McCaw Cellular Communications Regional Repair Center was created. The founders quickly realized how poor the quality was of cellular devices and this caused them to want to identify problems before products were released.

In 1992, the first digital phone network was launched and this company evaluated the very first TDMA mobile/portable phone, troubleshooting the network. McCaw Cellular was bought out in 1994 by AT&T, giving the team at McCaw Cellular access to AT&T’s Bell Laboratories.

They trained the U.S. Secret Service in cellular technology and were part of the release of the first text messaging system in 1995 – and the first Bluetooth system in 2001 – with plenty of other benchmarks in between. It’s easy to see why UL wanted to partner with the experts at NAC.

Adhesa Plate keeps up to date with UL label industry changes

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Importance of Labelling Industrial Machinery

Manufacturers and purchasers of industrial machinery need to pay close attention to machine labelling. Industrial machinery labels are very important, especially those that provide safety precautions or other essential information. Proper labelling and clear messaging reduces injuries and improves efficiency in the workplace.  UL regulations in the verbiage can also apply.

Understanding Labelling Standards

Make sure that you are aware of current labelling standards. You can find national and global labelling standards by searching for ANSI Z535.4 and ISO 3864-2. These publications are updated every five years. Also, undertake regular risk assessments. Manufacturers are responsible to define workplace risks and offer solutions to mitigate them. UL regulations may also require a UL 969 certified label, per UL PDGQ2 Component – Marking and Labelling System.

As you design your industrial machinery systems, analyse the likelihood of a variety of workplace disasters and rank the level of severity of these situations. Decide whether you can reduce the danger by repositioning equipment; if not, make sure that the warnings are clear with proper equipment labelling.

Global Thinking

Industrial labels should also be global, even if the machinery you manufacture is intended for sale in your country. Safety symbols ensure safety for everyone, despite any language barriers. This is especially important if you employ foreign workers.

New Technology

Innovative new uses for the UID or QR codes and labels. Applying a proper UID or QR code to your label can allow a service technician or operator to scan the code with a smart device and be linked to a service or operating manual on a secure website. Imagine the possibilities.

Making it Stick

Industrial machines have varying surface textures and surface energies. You must choose industrial labels that will stick permanently to these surfaces. All powder coated surfaces require special LSE adhesives, standard adhesives will not adhere. Also, you want these labels to stay attached to your machinery, even under extremes of heat, cold, and pressure. The use UL approved labels that are certified to meet industry standards will ensure they stay attached to your equipment.

We Identify Your Product

When you order from Adhesa Plate, you can be confident that you will receive a quality UL approved product and top-notch customer service from labelling experts. We are proud to offer polycarbonate or polyester equipment labels, warning labels and custom equipment labels that will hold up in any manufacturing environment that will stand the test of time.

Not sure, what you need or the right material? For over 60 years our slogan has been, “We Identify Your Product.” Call us, we are the experts and are here to help!

Do you need a warning label?

No matter what kind of equipment or electronic device you manufacture, you will most likely need a warning label. If your product is UL certified, UL will definately require a UL 969 label. Adhesa Plate labels are UL 969 tested and certified. This certification will give you the assurance that the labels manufactured by Adhesa Plate are durable and will resist solvents, high temperature and UV exposure on many surfaces. Go to our Certification page to see the different label materials and their profiles.

Other common warning label examples include:

•    Machine Safety
•    Hands Clear
•    Hot Surface
•    Confined Space
•    Crane Warning
•    Ladder Safety
•    Fire Exits
•    Authorized Personal Only
•    Chemical Warnings
•    Stairways

Whether equipment labels , medical device labels or UL 969 labels, creating a custom label is the best way to ensure your specific warning is communicated.

Custom Options and Artwork for your Label

As with any custom options, you have many choices and are only as limited as the label requirements. Our customers can supply their design or contract our full-service art department to design and layout your custom warning label. We can have creative proofs ready within 1-2 days from receipt of order.

Our Adhesa Plate Promise

Adhesa Plate is certified for the Authorized Label Supplier Program of UL labels and nameplates, and UL Marking and Labeling Systems. We also follow the standards defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for safety signs and labels. You can rest assured our custom warning and caution labels meet the certification requirement for your industry and need.

Let our label experts help you with your warning label needs. Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at sales@adhesaplate.com, and get started designing the ideal warning label for your application.