3 Jun
VHDL Design And The WEEE Directive

Even simple mechanical engineering projects make use of VHDL design now. VHDL stands for VHSIC hardware description language, VHSIC being Very High Speed Integrated Circuitry. Basically, it’s a hardware design language used to describe electronic systems such as FPGAs (field-programmable […]

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30 May
REACHing Across the Divide

Just as component engineering companies had got their heads around the intricacies of RoHS and WEEE legislation, along came the REACH EU directive, the most complex of the European Union laws yet. Much as there is a need for environmental […]

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23 May
PCN Alerts – A Growing Problem With REACH Regulation

With the dreaded “gang of three” – RoHS, WEEE and REACH compliance – now in full force, obsolescence management systems are going into overdrive, not least in the fields of electronic component engineering and mechanical design. With environmental compliance now […]

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18 May
Obsolescence Management and REACH Legislation

The REACH directive is an unwanted burden to companies already struggling under the weight of WEEE and ROHS compliance. RoHS/WEEE legislation covers just six main chemicals – more than enough for the average CAD designer or DSP programming engineer. REACH […]

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7 May
Obsolescence Management – RoHS Directive Exemptions

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS/WEEE) directives became legally binding in 2006. Although a number of applications were exempt from the rules, the dates for many of these have expired – with more to […]

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4 May
The WEEE Problem of Obsolete Semiconductors

Following toxic chemical concerns, the EU RoHS WEEE (Regulation of Hazardous Substances/Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive became European law in February 2003, with the deadline for full compliance being set at August 2004. The result was thousands of suddenly […]

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28 Apr
How RoHS Compliant do you Need to be?

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances, or RoHS directive, was established in 2003 by the EU, as a way of restricting certain hazardous substances used in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment. It became law in 2006. Even though the […]

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24 Apr
What Does GADSL Mean?

GADSL is the acronym for Global Automotive Declarable Substance List, and like the ELV directive is specific to the motor industry. It was the result of a one-year initiative by the GASG, or Global Automotive Stakeholders Group. The GASG comprises […]

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15 Apr
Less Cash, More Trash – The Low-down on High-tech Disposables

RoHS directives like REACH and WEEE legislation were introduced to reduce the use of hazardous materials in electronics manufacture. One reason for this was the growing problem of consumer electronics ending up on landfill sites. Modern technology has made electronics […]

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6 Apr
Does Your Company REACH Compliance?

Electronics components disposed of in landfill sites have been proven to have toxic effects on the environment, releasing their chemicals into the soil where they entered the water supply or food chain. Good environmental compliance management is essential to electronics […]

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