What does UL/FM stand for ?

What does UL/FM stand for? 20-09-2017

UL, shortcut for Underwriters Laboratories, is an American worldwide safety consulting and certification company. Established in 1894, UL has participated in the safety analysis of many technologies created in the last century. UL provides safety-related certification, validation, testing, inspection, auditing, advising and training services to a wide range of clients. Theses clients include manufacturers, retailers, policymakers, regulators, service companies, and consumers.

FM, The Factory Mutual Insurance Company, known as FM, is a market leading property insurance company with offices all over the world. Established in 1835, FM specializes in loss prevention services primarily to large corporations throughout the world in Highly Protected Risk (HPR) property insurance market sector.
Why is it important to specify UL listed and FM approved products in fire protection applications?

 

Incorporates Long Life Specifications in Systems

Firemen fully rely on their equipment to function perfectly when needed. Therefore, it is crucial that the products installed are highly reliable, easy to maintain and will last a lifetime. In order to reach UL and FM standards, products must go through an array of different tests and meet specific requirements. This process determines the ability of the products to withstand real harsh environments and situations.

For example, a product would need to be pressure tested four times the rated working pressure. This test is carried out to make sure that the product can withstand extremely high pressure in real life situations without disintegrating.

 

- Protects Values and Lowers Insurance Costs

By choosing UL listed and FM approved products for your fire protection system, reliability and safe usage is guaranteed. This is vital when it comes to protecting your values as well as the most important aim, protecting people! To conclude, lower insurance costs will be an advantage.

 

- Quality Will Not Be Compromised

Sacrificing quality so that short-term profits maybe generated will backfire when products fail to work when required. Favoring quality over quantity will increase a company’s reputation and will keep a business sustainable for a long time. For example, ARAMCO is known to use only UL listed, FM products in order to protect their facilities.

 

- Immaculate Process of Product Making

AVK’s exceptional design quality is based on thorough research of the customers’ needs. AVK’s products are manufactured in modern factories using extraordinary technology to ensure precision and uniformity. The complete fire protection package complies with international standards and consists of Wet and Dry Hydrants, NRS and post indicator gate valves, hand wheel operated OS&Y gate valves, post and wall indicators and check valves.

 

 

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