NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leader in compliance testing, has announced the opening of its HVACR Performance Test Center in Plano, Texas. UL said the newly expanded facility and the introduction of new cutting edge testing equipment doubles its testing capacity and enhances its HVACR performance testing capabilities.

UL said that, when it is fully equipped, the facility will house seven dual cell psychrometric testing rooms that provide service to a variety of HVACR equipment requiring precise temperature and humidity control including package terminal heat pumps, commercial icemakers, remote commercial refrigerated displays merchandisers, and variable refrigerant flow multi-split equipment. Additionally, the new facility is connected to the Internet, enabling UL customers from around the world to observe real-time testing and engage in an online dialogue with UL’s HVACR engineers. This increase in capacity and testing capabilities will help manufacturers meet mandated requirements and achieve energy conservation program goals.

“UL is making significant investments in HVACR performance testing to better serve our customers,” said Simin Zhou, vice president and general manager of UL’s global appliances and HVAC business. “Our new Texas facility has the capacity to provide comprehensive testing services for HVACR products and systems, both small and large, including compliance with Department of Energy (DOE), California Energy Commission (CEC), National Resources Canada (NRCan), and other regulatory bodies’ requirements. UL is playing a critical role in helping manufacturers meet stricter, mandatory energy efficiency performance regulations while cutting overall costs.”

UL’s new Plano, Texas, HVACR performance test center will accommodate three existing dual cell psychrometric testing chambers from its previous facility and a fourth, larger chamber. This new, 60-by-32-foot chamber is already operational and is designed to provide maximum flexibility to accommodate customer needs and expectations. The new chamber is divisible into four independent dual cell psychrometric rooms each with the capability to measure over 200 thermocouple points, has a temperature range of 10° to 132°F, and has the capability to test either 50 or 60 Hz equipment.

“UL is committed to serving this industry and will continue to invest in providing the tools needed for HVACR manufacturers to bring safe, energy efficient products to market faster and more efficiently,” said Zhou. “We look forward to helping support the growth of the HVACR industry in North America and around the globe with our existing facility in Suzhou, China, and now our new facility that employs cutting edge equipment and superior engineering talent.”

The facility in Texas will test to all major national and international standards for safety and performance, such as UL, IEC, AHRI, and ASHRAE standards as well as customer-specific energy efficiency requirements. UL’s engineers and staff will be relocated to the new facility and more technical staff will be hired in the near future.

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Publication date:11/02/2009