Plastics: Specifying and Evaluating Materials for Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Applications


This new highly condensed interactive one-day workshop will give you the latest information on plastic materials intended for use in electrical products, plus provide extensive information about UL’s tests, ratings and requirements for plastics. You’ll also learn where the IEC stands with regard to plastics and how to use UL’s Plastics Directory to select the right recognized plastic materials for your products.

The purpose of this one-day workshop is to increase your awareness of the safety issues involved with selecting plastic materials for use in electronic and electrical products. A series of lectures and classroom exercises have been designed to enhance your skills in selecting materials for specific product applications. The knowledge you gain from this workshop will help you make better, more informed decisions regarding the selection of plastics, and help you move from the design stage to production as quickly as possible.

Participants will be evaluated via case studies document which includes short answer, quiz questions, oral questions and product scenarios.


Workshop topics

  • Flammability classification
  • Resistance to ignition
  • Electrical, mechanical and thermal properties
  • Electrical insulation
  • Thermal considerations
  • Material substitution
  • Fabricated parts
  • Special applications


  • Identify and describe the flammability tests, ignition tests, electrical tests, mechanical tests, thermal tests (UL 94; UL 746A-C) and the ratings and requirements for each
  • Discuss the molder's program works: material traceability and modifications (UL 746D)
  • Define the differences between IEC and UL with regard to plastics
  • Apply the concepts discussed in this course with real world simulations
  • Determine applicable requirements and select appropriate materials

Target Audience

  • Product safety engineers
  • Compliance engineers
  • Product designers
  • Technical marketing professionals

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • 0.7 IACET CEUs; contact your local jurisdiction for CEU recognition.

Customer Testimonial

"The presentation is very productive and informative.  I enjoyed attending this class."

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Time Requirement


Instructor-Led 1 day

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