According to EU Directive 2002/95/EG design engineers need to identify in the new designs, lead free electronic and electrical components in compliance with the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances directive - commonly known as the lead-free directive. The substances covered by the RoHS directive are scientifically well researched and evaluated, also have been subject to different measures both at community and at the national level. 25 EU member countries need to ensure that starting on July 1, 2006 new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
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A general thinking might point to the fact that the
problem can be solved in manufacturing. Although, there are certainly
significant manufacturing issues, simply replacing parts
with lead-free equivalents creates other issues. For example, not all
replacement parts are compatible; not all parts have lead-free
replacements; last minute changes are costly and risky, etc. The
- Recurring hidden costs
- Wasted manufacturing time
- Delayed schedules
- Lost market opportunities
- Who will RoHS affect? Please note the following:
- RoHS and WEEE will affect each and every electromechanical product manufacturer directly or indirectly, regardless of geographical location or the equipment they produce.
- The state of California is initiating their own version of EU’s RoHs Directive, The Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003, or SB20 for short, scheduled to take effect in January 2007.
- 20 other states in the United States have bills pending for RoHS-like regulations.
- The green procurement practices (JPSSI) in Japan has more stringent mandates than RoHS.
- Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and Australia are initiating versions of the RoHS directive.
- China’s Regulation for Pollution Control of Electronic Products (RPCEP), which is modeled after RoHS and WEEE, has more restrictions than RoHS and scheduled to go into affect by July 2006.
- RoHS will have an impact on the entire electronics industry. It will directly affect marketing, development, and manufacturing, as well as purchasing, materials control, and supply chain.