6 Sep
The RoHS directive: Can we really live with lead-free solders?

The RoHS/REACH directive bans the use of lead in PCB layouts, ASIC designs and other electronic systems, which has had far-reaching consequences for the engineering

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2 Sep
Environmental compliance and EMC emissions

Environmental compliance is not confined to the RoHS/WEEE directive and International Material Data System. As well as the materials used in manufacturing, there is the

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26 Aug
The EU RoHS directive – a worldwide issue

The RoHS compliance laws apply to all products entering the EU, and thus affect component engineering companies worldwide. The US is a major exporter of

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21 Aug
The RoHS and WEEE directives – recent developments

Electrical and component engineering companies exporting products to the EU are heavily governed by ROHS/WEEE legislation. As this effects companies located outside of the Union,

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17 Aug
REACH EU and US defense exports – the continuing saga

ROHS, WEEE and REACH regulations may be European initiatives, but their influence is far-reaching. The EU is a major importer of products produced outside the

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10 Aug
The REACH directive and US defense exports

REACH legislation doesn’t just affect member states of the EU. Any mechanical, electrical or component engineering company exporting into Europe needs to be aware of

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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

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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

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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

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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

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