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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has announced the opening of its HVAC/R Performance Test Center in Plano, Texas.

The facility, along with the introduction of testing equipment, doubles UL’s testing capacity and enhances its HVAC/R performance testing capabilities.

When fully equipped, the facility will house seven dual-cell psychrometric testing rooms that provide service to a variety of HVAC/R 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.

The 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 HVAC/R engineers.

This increase in capacity and testing capabilities will help manufacturers meet mandated requirements and achieve energy conservation program goals.

The centre will accommodate three existing dual-cell psychrometric testing chambers from its previous facility and a fourth, larger chamber.

The 60 x 32ft chamber is designed to provide maximum flexibility to accommodate customer needs and expectations.

The 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 132F and has the capability to test 50 or 60Hz equipment.

The facility 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 (Underwriters Laboratories)

UL is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses:

  • Product safety
  • Environment
  • Life and health
  • University
  • Verification services

Our breadth, established objectivity and proven history mean we are a symbol of trust and enable us to help provide peace of mind to all.

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