Physical Testing

Overview

Products need to meet consumer expectations for durability and often must comply with government regulations. UL's quality assurance experts develop comprehensive systems and procedures to help identify and correct product vulnerabilities. Understanding how products measure up helps companies mitigate supply chain risk, protect brands and launch successful products.

Definition

UL's physical testing services aim to help ensure product compliance with legally mandated protocols and proprietary brand specifications.

Our physical testing services include the following:

  •  Colorfastness
  •  Dimensional stability
  •  Disintegration
  •  Fiber content analysis
  •  Flashpoint testing
  •  Label care instructions review and testing
  •  Paper and plastics testing
  •  Raw content evaluation
  •  Rupture testing
  •  Tear strength
  •  Bursting strength
  •  Abrasion resistance
  •  Pilling resistance
  •  Attachment strength
  •  Snag resistance
  •  Construction testing and screening
  •  Tensile strength
  •  Breakaway testing (F2923-11)
  •  Sharp points/sharp edges (F2923-11)
  •  Crush testing
  • Performance and Durability Testing
  • Mechanical Strength
Benefits

UL's testing facilities and laboratories have evaluated the durability of an extensive range of products across virtually all industries for over 60 years. Our exacting testing processes check adherence to industry standards, government regulations and customer-specific protocols.


DELIVERABLES


PRODUCTS THIS SERVICE APPLIES TO

Apparel, textiles, dietary supplements, electronics, electrical, food and beverage, footwear, leather goods, general consumer merchandise, candle containers, health and beauty care, household chemicals, jewelry, watches, OTC/pharmaceuticals, premiums and promotional products, store brands/private label, toys, nursery and children's products

APPLICABLE STANDARDS

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector; actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards, including globally recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems
American Society for Materials (ASM) International Standards applicable to metals and materials
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Voluntary consensus standards used to improve product quality, enhance safety, and facilitate market access and trade
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 Authorized a variety of new regulations and testing requirements for children's products and some nonchildren's products

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