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UL Expands Hazardous Locations Lab in Illinois

June 12, 2019
Image courtesy of UL
Image courtesy of UL

Independent safety science company UL opened its expanded hazardous locations (HazLoc) laboratory in Northbrook, IL on Tuesday, offering manufacturers with a streamlined process to test and certify equipment used in potentially explosive settings. 

The upgraded facility will serve manufacturers in a wide range of industries, including food, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, petrochemical, mining, energy, and transportation. UL plans to offer hazardous locations advisory services, audits, validation, technical education and training at the HazLoc lab. The firm will also conduct safety science research at the site. 

“It’s imperative for manufacturers to have access to the latest testing and certification technologies in order to design and produce safe, reliable, energy efficient, and innovative products for use in potentially explosive atmospheres,” Milan Dotlich, Europe and Americas vice president of energy and power technologies at UL, said in a company press release. “Our expanded facility does just that and equips us to better support manufacturers’ needs, facilitate a safe production process, and, ultimately, a faster time to market.”

UL first opened the Northbrook facility in 1974. With the completion of the expansion project, the company’s site now includes an explosions test area with automated test vessels that can accommodate samples of up to 80 cu ft; a spark test station with automated spark ignition and intrinsic safety testing, including gas pressure, spark-on-time, and gas flow rates; vertical test stations with automated electrical testing; Ingress production (IP) dust testing with three test points; and nine testing chambers. 

The company also hired additional technicians at the lab to work on testing and certification activities.

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