UL Sets New Milestone in Printing Industry with the First Application of IEC’s New Safety Standard
August 12, 2013, Seoul – UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety science leader, recently issued the world’s first IEC 62368-1 certificate to Samsung Electronics for its new A3 Mono Multifunction printer (model: K2200ND). By working with UL to receive IEC 62368-1 certification, the latest safety standard for audio/video, information and communication technology equipment, Samsung Electronics was able to identify safety hazards early in the product development phase and therefore design products more efficiently – shortening products’ time to market and providing more performance options to demonstrate compliance.
UL has been actively involved in the development of the new IEC 62368-1 standard, which is a shift from the traditional prescriptive standards to a new hazard-based concept, with more performance-based options. In order for Samsung Electronics to receive certification for IEC 62368-1, the high-tech company complied with the new method based on Hazard-Based Safety Engineering (HBSE) from early product development.
The new standard covers a diverse range of high-tech products including computing & networking products, consumer electronics, displays and display units, telecommunication products, office appliances including printers, musical instruments, and similar varieties of audio/video, information and communication technology equipment.
"This world’s first certification reflects our commitment to hazard-free products that meet customer demands for both performance and safety," said Wooseog Kim, Vice President of R&D team at Samsung Electronics. "We are honored by the certification from UL and we consider this excellent recognition for our continued effort in discovering new possibilities in printing innovation."
"Samsung Electronics receiving the first-ever IEC 62368-1 certificate for its printer will have a great influence in future safety design and product development in the ever-changing world of technology," said Stephen Hwang, vice president and general manager of UL Korea.
As the new IEC 62368-1 standard will soon replace the current standards in various products, UL Korea’s goal is to help manufacturers prepare for the new standard and introduce their products to the global market in the timeliest manner.
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