TRIPS is extending UL certification and can now certify and build switchgear and controls to UL698A (Standard for Industrial Control Panels Relating to Hazardous (Classified) Locations) in addition to UL508A (Standard for Industrial Control Panels). This includes planning and documentation for systems that are connected to potentially explosive atmospheres.
“Since 1999, we have been certifying switchgear for our customers according to UL guidelines.”– Mathias Walter-Rimbey Production Manager TRIPS
Electrical equipment that is placed into service in the U.S. or Canada or used in special areas must first be inspected by a professional or meet certain regulations. Generally, this is done by a subject-specific UL inspector. Founded in 1894, Underwriters Laboratories (UL for short) is an independent organization that tests products, components and materials to determine whether they meet specific safety requirements. As long as the specified standards are met, they may carry the UL Mark.
TRIPS takes over the testing and certification with the UL label, so that plants can be exported easily and without high costs. Many projects have already been implemented with UL certification to enable our customers to save time and money during their on-site acceptance or commissioning.
The UL508A standard
The UL508A standard classifies industrial switchgear and control systems intended for general industrial use and operating at a voltage of 1000 volts or less. This equipment is designed to be installed in ordinary locations where the ambient temperature does not exceed 104°F (40°C) in accordance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
The UL698A standard
The UL698A standard classifies industrial control cabinets for hazardous locations, as well as intrinsically safe and non-ignitable equipment used in connection with hazardous locations, in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC), NFPA 70.