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RoHS

What is RoHS?

RoHS stands for Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It is a European Union Directive for specified products placed on the internal market of the European Union. The Directive restricts the use of the following materials:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE s)

E-MarkInterpower Corporation is demonstrating a continuing commitment to safe working and environmental responsibility.  As we clear products to be RoHS Compliant we will update our web site by part number. This is identified by the Environmental logo shown at left along with a Certificate of Compliance or Environmental Report. You can download Interpower Environmental information by accessing the approvals link for the individual part number.

Who are the member states of the European Union?

There are twenty-seven Member States of the European Union (EU) see below:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovokia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Contact
For more detailed explanations please contact our Product Compliance Specialist jcaligiuri@interpower.com or call (800) 662-2290.

Reference

Link to RoHS Directive

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/weee/legis_en.htm


X-ray Screening for RoHS Compliance

By Joe Caligiuri

With the European Union’s (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive already in force, manufacturers who ship to Europe must ensure that their products are compliant and do not exceed maximum concentration levels for six controlled substances. Interpower Corporation has taken steps to ensure products shipping to the EU are RoHS compliant. One of these steps was to purchase the Niton XL3t XRF Analyzer.
XL3t XRF AnalyzerXL3t XRF Analyzer

The procedure is quick, easy, non-destructive, and takes as little as two minutes. As for limitations, the test is only capable of detecting materials close to the surface. While it easily detects lead, mercury and cadmium, it cannot distinguish the specific materials PBB, PBDE (Brominated Flame Retardants) or hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) and would require further investigation if readings are too high in these areas. The screening process is rather simple. The object is placed into the protective test stand. The operator will select the appropriate analytical mode, plastic mode or alloy mode. The operator can also visually monitor the test in progress.


XL3t XRF Analyzer work station

When the test is completed, one of the following results will appear, Failed (non-compliant), Inconclusive (Further testing), or Pass (compliant). For “Failed” and “Inconclusive” results, a XRF Screening report is generated. The report is used when notifying the supplier. The supplier will be required to provide supporting documents (i.e. test lab reports or material information) in order to conclude the RoHS status.


Compliant screening report data is entered in the product database. This information will appear on the Interpower web site for that particular product. To access the XRF Screening report, click on the Environmtnal Mark as shown below.

 

 

An Environmental Screening Report will open in PDF format. In the coming months more of these reports will be available for our products. If you would like to learn more about how the XL3t analyzer works you can contact Joe Caligiuri or visit http://www.niton.com/.