SUN - UL 962a, Furniture Power Distribution Units

Effective October 14, 2015

Standard Information
Standard Number:
UL 962A
Standard Name:
Furniture Power Distribution Units
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
3rd Edition, Dated September 29, 2014
Date of Revisions:
September 29, 2014
Date of Previous Revisions to Standard:
2nd Edition Revised September 10, 2013
 
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date (see Schedule below): October 14, 2015

 
Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement:  A review of all Listing Reports is necessary to determine which products comply with new/revised requirements and which products will require re-evaluation. NOTE:  Effective immediately, this revised standard will be exclusively used for evaluation of new products unless the Applicant requests in writing that current requirements be used along with their understanding that their listings will be withdrawn on Effective Date noted above, unless the product is found to comply with new/revised requirements.

Overview of Changes: New requirements for Furniture Power Distribution Units with moveable parts.  Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below.

Schedule:  So that shipping of products with Listing Marks will not be interrupted, an approximateschedule has been established to ensure Listing Reports are found compliant by Effective Date:

  • February 16, 2015 = 8 Month Report Review – Intertek will review all Reports. Update if compliance is verified or issue Findings Letter/Quote for any re-evaluations needed
  • April 13, 2015 = 6 Month Quote Cut-off – Quotes returned for necessary re-evaluations
  • September 14, 2015 = 30 Day Warning – Client advised of all non-compliant Reports to be Suspended
  • October 14, 2015 = Effective Date – ATM Suspended for all non-compliant Reports

Fees:  An initial review of Listing Report (s) will be covered by a direct billing project and will be invoiced at not more than $1000 per report.

Client Action Required:

Information – To assist our Engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

 
Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements

NOTE: Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.

ClauseVerdictComment
6InfoNew added requirements to the Enclosure Construction
6.1.5 

If a FPDU employs a decorative or ancillary feature, such as a rock, bird or animal, or a storage compartment, it shall be designed so that the addition of the decorative feature part(s) does not:

  1. Interfere with the function or mounting means described in Section 9;
  2. Interfere with turning the power "on" or "off" using the switch provided 
    on the FPDU; or
  3. Interfere with an attachment plug from fully seating in the receptacle outlet slot(s) of the FPDU.
6.1.6 A FPDU that incorporates devices such as an integral appliance timer to control all or some of the receptacles shall comply with the Standard for Clock-Operated Switches, UL 917 or the Standard for Solid-State Controls for Appliances, UL 244A. Compliance with the Standard for Automatic Electrical Controls for Household and Similar Use, Part 1: General Requirements, UL 60730-1, and/or the applicable Part 2 standard from the UL 60730 series fulfills the UL 244A requirements.
6.1.7 Products that employ timer(s) as specified in 5.3 shall be marked as specified in 47.21 to warn the user of the possible hazards.
6.1.8 Telephone equipment and communication circuit protectors included in a FPDU shall comply with the requirements in the Standard for Information Technology Equipment Safety - Part 1: General Requirements, UL 60950-1 or the Standard for Safety for Audio/Video, Information and Communication Technology Equipment - Part 1: Safety Requirements, UL 62368-1 and the requirements in the Standard for Secondary Protectors for Communications Circuits, UL 497A.
6.1.9 

A FPDU that incorporates an antenna discharge unit or provides antenna connections to a television, a high-voltage video product, or antenna shall comply with the applicable requirements in the Standard for Antenna Discharge Units, UL 452, and the Standard for Audio-Video Products and Accessories, UL 1492 or the Standard for Safety for Audio, Video, and Similar Electronic Apparatus-Safety Requirements or Audio/Video, UL 60065, or the Standard for Safety for Information and Communication Technology Equipment - Part 1: Safety Requirements, UL 62368-1.

6.1.10 A cord and plug connected FPDU with three or more receptacle outlets that employs an electromagnetic interference filter shall also comply with the Standard for Electromagnetic Interference Filters, UL 1283.
6.1.11 A cord and plug connected FPDU with three or more receptacle outlets that employs a surge protective device shall also comply with the Standard for Surge Protective Devices, UL 1449.
6.1.12 A FPDU that employs an uninterruptible power supply shall comply with the requirements in the Standard for Uninterruptible Power Systems, UL 1778.
17.12 

New added requirement for Internal Wiring

A conductor that passes through and/or is connected to a movable joint such that the conductor will be flexed, shall be subjected to the Flexing Endurance Test, Section 45.

21.1.11 

New added requirement for Grounding

A conductor utilized for grounding that passes through and/or is connected to a movable joint such that the conductor will be flexed, shall be subjected to the Flexing Endurance Test, Section 45.

21.2.9 

Edited requirement for Bonding 

A strap or jumper utilized for bonding or grounding that is secured to a movable part such that the strap or jumper will be flexed, passes through and/or is connected to a movable joint such that the conductor will be flexed, shall be subjected to the Flexing Endurance Test, Section 45.

42.18 

Deleted exception of existing clause

A FPDU as described in paragraph 1.11 shall be provided with installation instructions indicating that the FPDU is to be mounted on a single piece of furniture.

Exception: If all interconnecting cords are 1-1/2 ft (0.46 m) or less no marking is required.

45 Flexing Endurance Test

Three samples of a FPDU, as required by paragraph 17.12, 21.1.11 and 21.2.9, shall be mounted as intended (if provided with a mounting means) and the movable part(s) shall be subjected to 6000 cycles of movement from one extreme position to the other extreme position. A cycle is one extreme position to the other extreme position returning to the starting position.
47.21 

New added Markings

FPDU’s provided with manual or automatic switch(es) such as an integral appliance timer to control all or some of the receptacle outlets shall be marked:

²WARNING² and the following or the equivalent. ²Timer could turn-on unexpectedly without the user being present. To Reduce the Hazardous Condition - Unplug the appliance that is plugged into the receptacle(s) controlled by the timer before servicing.² Lettering shall not be less than 3/21 inch (2.4 mm) high. This marking shall be located adjacent to the timer so as to be visible during use.

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column "Verdict" can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.

 

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