Global Safety Organisation opens lab in Abu Dhabi
The laboratory will specialise in testing electrical equipment to ensure it is equipped to withstand the various climatic and industrial conditions encountered in the Middle East
Global safety science organisation UL has officially opened its new testing laboratory in Abu Dhabi.
The laboratory spans over 850m2 and will specialise in testing electrical equipment to ensure it is equipped to withstand the various climatic and industrial conditions encountered in the Middle East.
The purpose-built laboratory has been split into four testing zones - environmental, dust, aqua, and heat, which also boasts the region’s largest temperature rise test facility.
One of its key purposes will be to minimise the risk of fires in the region by expertly testing electric panel boards being used in numerous hospitals, schools, commercial and residential buildings.
Hamid Syed, UL vice president and general manager, said: “The opening of UL Middle East Electrical laboratory is not just a major milestone for UL, but also for the UAE and the wider region.
“The power sector in the Middle East has seen rapid growth in recent years driven by huge industrialisation and increased energy consumption. This has led to a huge increase in the supply chain with both locally manufactured products and imports comprising of various electrical items found in most building such as switchgears, circuit breakers, cable management systems, transformers, and distribution accessories.
“Many authorities have introduced strict pre-qualification requirements to ensure public safety and set a benchmark of quality. Therefore, these various vital products and components must undergo the right level of testing to ensure they reach these levels of quality and protect the public from risks such as fires.
“There have been some devastating fires in the Middle East in recent years and we will be working with key authorities to minimize this risk in the years to come.”
The fully automated and remotely accessible heat zone in the Mussafah based laboratory has a capacity to pump currents up to 20kA and reach a heat of 70oC in a room that spans over 100m2 in area, while the environmental zone offers multiple mechanical and environmental tests for extreme corrosion, damp heat, humidity, UV and thermal stability.
The dust zone consists of one the world’s largest chambers for ingress protection testing to ensure various kinds of electrical equipment will not be affected by sand and other fine dust particles and is complimented by the aqua zones water ingress protection tests, which includes a rotating and inclinable table that can bear a load of up to four tonnes.
The testing capability was conceived and invested in Abu Dhabi in the UAE following the close working relationship with ADDC (Abu Dhabi Distribution Company), part of ADWEA (Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority).