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UL IDES is a leading global plastics information management solution that provides a searchable database of Material Datasheets and UL Yellow Cards called Prospector. We also provide datasheet management services for manufacturers and distributors.

As the industry-standard for material selection, Prospector is relied on by over 401,231 plastics professionals, including 315,000 product designers and engineers. Using Prospector they save time finding the right material, which is critical to the success of their products and their businesses.

Founded in 1986 and based in Laramie, IDES is now part of the UL family of companies. UL is a premier global independent safety science company with more than a century of proven history. Employing nearly 10,000 professionals in over 100 countries, UL has five distinct business units - Product Safety, Environment, Life & Health, Knowledge Services and Verification Services - to meet the expanding needs of our customers and to deliver on our public safety mission.

UL IDES Offerings

Learn how leading organizations have improved business while also achieving their business goals. Whether you're searching for materials or need to provide a datasheet search engine for your company's website, we can help.

Prospector Materials Database
UL IDES Prospector is the largest and most used informational resource for materials. Through a single intuitive interface, this tool enables users to efficiently search and filter a comprehensive database of 84899 plastics and 9,244 metals from 880 manufacturers. Prospector also includes 46,328 UL yellow card listings.

Datasheet Services
We also offer datasheet services where we can provide a custom search engine on your website or intranet. These services allow your customers, website visitors, sales and customer service teams to find and view technical datasheets and UL yellow cards for your products.