INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Environmental Chamber to Go
Extending UL's renowned Environmental Chamber, our unique Environmental Chamber To Go provides manufacturers of large equipment the ability to test their products for chemical emissions information they were not able to obtain previously.
With increased regulatory requirements and growing sensitivity about chemical emissions, there is a growing need for product testing. For some large-scale industrial products and equipment, such testing has not been possible. There was no way for our customers to ship these products to one of our labs in the U.S., China or Germany to test for chemical emissions.
WHAT DID UL DO?
In 2012, our R&D teams in Atlanta diligently worked to create a prototype chamber that could recreate conditions approaching those found in our state-of-the-art facilities. The chamber needed the ability to enclose products as constructed, but it also needed to be able to be shipped easily to different locations, to be collapsible and to be scaled to various sizes. Design and engineering experts had to create the chamber from inert materials that would have minimal impact on the testing. The air supply to the chamber is perhaps its most unique feature. It is pure and stripped of all chemicals and particles, and it utilizes air manifolds that simulate regular air patterns to recreate typical conditions in the space. Design engineers worked to develop a modular and portable system that would provide the necessary clean air. The resulting innovation is the Environmental Chamber To Go — a controlled testing environment that can be easily packaged, shipped anywhere in the world and constructed in multiple sizes. Through its clean-air system, the chamber is supplied with 100-percent purified air, and with built-in air manifolds air is able to move at the proper room exchange rate.
WHY IT MATTERS
UL’s unique Environmental Chamber To Go provides manufacturers of large equipment with chemical emissions information they were not able to obtain previously. The chamber testing also provides a comprehensive understanding of their equipment’s effects on air quality by collecting three key pieces of information:
- Determining what type of occupational exposure there is to equipment operators
- Determining what type of emissions there are to the outdoor air, which are often regulated to meet certain VOC requirements
- Determining emissions to the indoor environment and the emissions’ effect on indoor air quality
The Environmental Chamber To Go provides information that will help keep operators safer, inform manufacturers about the impact of their products on both outdoor and indoor air, and allow any improvements and updates to be made efficiently. UL’s Environmental Chamber To Go has been successfully piloted in Europe.