5 Aug
How do you keep customers happy with ROHS compliance?

Many customers are understandably worried when they hear that engineers are altering their customised hardware in accordance with ROHS compliance. Even if the hardware designs appear superficially unaltered, their components most definitely are not. ROHS compliance affects every area of […]

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30 Jul
Categorically speaking, the RoHS isn’t complying with its own rules

When the ROHS WEEE directive first came into force, some mechanical designers were delighted to find their products were exempt from the ruling. However, the expiry dates for many of these exemptions has expired, and many more are due to […]

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21 Jul
The ROHS directive Category 8 and 9 – where are we now?

There is still much confusion over the RoHS directive in mechanical engineering companies, especially with respect to the category 8 and 9 exemptions. These were hardware devices which: 1) Generally had a long lifespan and were manufactured in small amounts. […]

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18 Jul
Getting up to speed on ELV compliance

Automotive recycling was always a lucrative area for those in the trade. 75% of each car was easily turned into cash, with healthy returns on scrap metal, part-worn tyres and second-hand automotive components. However, the new ELV directive is calling […]

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8 Jul
Recycling an end-of-life vehicle – more than just a metal cube

The complex new GADSL, ELV and REACH directives mean heavy work for vehicle dismantlers, or rather, Authorized Treatment Facility engineers. It goes a lot further than simply “cubing” a car that failed its MOT test. So, what is involved when […]

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2 Jul
Taking the initiative on ELV compliance

The most easily recyclable part of a motor vehicle is its metal component, but there’s a lot more to a modern car than that. Although scrap yards recycle as much as they can (tyres, useful engine components etc), a significant […]

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27 Jun
ELV compliance – Allegro drivers, take note

Vehicle recycling is nothing new, but the REACH EU directive is. The vehicles being scrapped today are incredibly complex, loaded with electronic gadgetry which can no longer be consigned to the landfills; it must be recycled in an environmentally compliant […]

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22 Jun
Reaching ELV compliance in the UK

The RoHS and REACH EU directives have had many spin-offs, such as the End of Life Vehicle, or ELV directive which came into force in January 2006. As part of its structured program of environmental reforms, the EU wants 85% […]

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14 Jun
System software for environmental compliance management

The new RoHS and REACH EU directives are making it more important than ever to have clearly defined obsolescence management and data cleansing strategies when planning your engineering projects. Environmental compliance management (ECM) is complex, involving a high degree of […]

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9 Jun
When WEEE Compliance Can Cause Problems For Hardware Designers

The RoHS WEEE directive specifically forbids the use of lead in electronic components, unless the lead content is 0.1% or lower. This has effectively seen the end of tin lead (SnPb) finishes to a large extent, as component manufacturers switch […]

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