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UL 969 Marking and Labeling Standards


Last updated May 20, 2024 | Published on May 24, 2023

UL 969, also known as the “Standard for Marking and Labeling Systems”, is a rating provided by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) assuring the performance, durability, and adhesive properties of labels and marking systems used on most products. The UL 969 standard covers a wide range of label applications, including nameplate labels, warning labels, graphic overlays, identification labels, and more.

Products that meet the standard UL 969 requirements undergo testing and evaluation to ensure that the labels remain legible and securely attached to the product under normal use and foreseeable environmental conditions.


Why is UL 969 rating important?

Manufacturers, retailers, and consumers rely on UL 969 labels to convey critical information such as safety instructions, regulatory standard compliance, brand identity, or component identification . UL 969 compliance is essential to ensure accurate and reliable labeling information, promote safety, and enhance customer satisfaction.

UL 969-compliant labels offer manufacturers liability reduction, brand enhancement, and customer assurance. By meeting UL 969 requirements, manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to producing high-quality labels that adhere to recognized safety and performance standards.

Overall, UL 969 is an important standard for labeling systems to provide assurance that labels are durable, legible, and able to withstand environmental conditions, ultimately contributing to the overall safety and reliability of products.

Boyd for UL 969 Needs

Boyd has decades of experience and expertise in creating nameplates, graphic overlays, and informational, safety, and brand labels for a wide range of applications. We specialize in both decorative and functional labels and are approved UL, cUL, and CSA label manufacturers.

Leverage Boyd’s wide variety of approved UL 969 constructions to meet your diverse marking and labeling requirements. Our label construction materials are rigorously tested and UL 969 certified, eliminating the need to seek individual approvals for specific applications, saving both time and costs associated with the approval process. With over 40 approved UL 969 material constructions, we can help pick the best-fit options to meet your products requirements.

Some UL 969 label constructions require additional printing either at a 3rd party or at the OEM’s manufacturing location. Items like date code, lot number, or unique bar code can all be added as long as you use one of Boyd’s preapproved thermal transfer printing equipment and the appropriate thermal transfer ribbon. This enables our customers the ability to get a high quality pre-printed UL 969 label, but the flexibility of adding additional information at their manufacturing location and still meet UL 969 requirements.

Boyd’s UL 969 expertise allows you to streamline your labeling and marking projects, reduce lead times, ensure compliance with industry standards, accelerate design iteration processes and time to market, and achieve durable and reliable label and marking solutions tailored to your specific requirements. To learn more about our labelling solutions or to discuss your project needs, schedule a consultation with our experts.

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