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IDES acquisition boosts UL's plastic properties online offering

26 July 2012

UL has acquired plastic material information resource, IDES, and released the latest version of IDES' popular Prospector online service, now including UL plastic identification reports.

IDES Prospector is a popular tool for plastic material specification, relied upon by 319,000 design engineers and processors to streamline polymers selection. Specifiers for plastic materials can now visit the IDES website to find all crucial polymer data sheet and UL verified data in one place.

Search queries and results now include data from UL’s plastics recognition yellow cards, featuring materials attributes independently verified from small scale flammability and ignition, mechanical, electrical, and short term thermal tests. More than 60,000 different plastic materials have yellow cards, which are trusted by product makers and specifiers for qualification.

While yellow cards can still be found at ULiQ, UL IDES Prospector will eventually become the exclusive resource for yellow card information. ULiQ remains the destination for UL list searches in other product categories, including appliance wiring materials, printed wiring boards, switches, electrical insulation systems and restricted substances.

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