Promoting the design concept of “better safe than sorry” through a forum in Taipei

(Taipei, April 26, 2016) Current safety standards UL/EN/IEC 60950-1and UL/EN/IEC 60065 will be forcibly replaced in 2019 by the new generational UL/EN/IEC 62368-1 which can avoid potential hazards. UL being the leader of the global safety science has been following closely on the development of the new standard. Also, UL has been connecting with related information, netcom and audio-visual manufacturing industries so as to provide training and counselling services.

Lenovo Group, the spearhead of global information technology equipment, invited UL to jointly organize a product technology forum on UL EN/IEC 62368-1. The forum was held in Taiwan on 26th-27th April. All the subcontractors working on the main products of Lenovo were invited to learn more about the product designing concept which will help avoiding potential hazards, as well as to be ready for the transition to new safety standards.

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Subcontractors of main products of Lenovo joing the forum

This technology forum discussed the designing impact faced by Lenovo’s main products under the new standard UL/EN/IEC 62368-1, including laptops, tablets, desktop computers, workstations, servers, all-in-ones, accessories, power supplies, lithium batteries, etc. With subcontractors raising opinions, as well as Lenovo and UL providing counselling and advices, it is hoped that prosperous cooperation can be built between the brand, manufacturers and the third-party inspection.

Mr. Li Ji Cheng from Lenovo said, “Lenovo hopes to provide consumers with the best products and services, not only in the excellence of functions and information perception, but also the quality of products safety. We will ensure the products safety with UL, the world’s leading global independent safety science company, to provide a worry-free experience when using the products.”

In order to grasp at the differences and impacts brought by the new standard, Lenovo has established appropriate measures with the help of UL. The human resources, time and cost required during the standard transition thus decreased. Now, Lenovo has a number of technological products that had passed the IEC 62368 first edition or second. Lenovo also received the world first 62368 certificate from UL.

Andy Tsai, engineer director of UL Consumer Technology Division (Greater China) expressed, “We found the impact brought by the standard change enormous to the industry since the launch of first and second edition of IEC 62368-1. Therefore, UL arranged experts for counselling so that the transition process can be smoother to the industry. Our industrial partners thus highly recognized the professional team UL has.”

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Andy Tsai, engineer director of UL Consumer Technology Division (Greater China)

UL/EN/IEC 62368-1 is the first product safety regulatory standards aiming at avoiding potential hazards. It covers products including consumer electronics, information, netcom and audiovisual. Old safety standards promote “better late than never” while new standards promote “better safe than sorry. The new one particularly suggests adding safe designs before the product is being developed. Hence, the designer can still enjoy the flexibility in designing, while the products can be more competitive in the market.

 

In face of the changing technological world, the standard UL/EN/IEC 62368-1 uses the active source management approach and will become the mainstream of safety standards. It is a new generational safety standard that is people-oriented.

About UL

UL is a premier global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years. Its more than 10,000 professionals are guided by the UL mission to promote safe working and living environments for all people. UL uses research and standards to continually advance and meet ever-evolving safety needs. We partner with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations and international regulatory authorities to bring solutions to a more complex global supply chain. For more information about our certification, testing, inspection, advisory and education services, visit http://www.UL.com .

About Lenovo

Lenovo Group is a China-based multi-national technology company with its headquarters in Beijing of China and North Carolina of United States. Founded in 1984, the company mainly develops, produces and markets notebook computers, All-in-ones, desktop computers, servers, mobiles, tablets, printers, projectors, as well as other mobile connection, digital and computer accessories.  Starting from 1996, Lenovo is the best seller of Lenovo computers in Mainland China market.  In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computer business.  In 2011, it becomes the World’s second largest manufacturer of personal computers while came first in 2013.  In 2014, Lenovo also acquired IBM X86 server and Motorola mobile phone business.  According to the statistics in 2015 Q4, Lenovo ranked the World’s third largest in server business, and the fourth largest in smartphones. For more information, visit http://www.lenovo.com .