Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January 2

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TaimoorZ
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Re: Economic Impact
TaimoorZ   1/9/2013 12:02:46 AM
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@Bolaji: I think the government bodies have to work closely with regulators to find out ways of fulfilling the requirements for RoHS without having any impact on the industry productivity or cost. They might look to find ways of softening the restrictions or delaying the implementation of the regulations.

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Jacob   1/4/2013 2:14:42 AM
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Kmanchen, is just documentation is sufficient or are you going to a supervisory level to cross check how they are going to meet the RoHS 2. I think in initial level, there should be some monitory bodies to make sure they are adhere to such compliances.

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Re: Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January
Bolaji Ojo   1/3/2013 6:24:50 PM
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That depends on which part of the globe and the efficiency of the system, including power consumption. What's being junked in the West is new elsewhere!

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Re: Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January
kmanchen   1/3/2013 5:53:23 PM
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Gary - Good question. I don't have any specific data but removing hazardous substances typically changes performance. An example is lead-free solder. It works but is not as effective over the same range of conditions. Same for less hazardous fire retardants. It is a tradeoff as removing hazardous substances eliminates health and waste disposal concerns, but often affects product performance.

Medical equipment will not be covered by RoHS until 2014. The effects of removing RoHS regulated substances won't be apparent until then.  

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Ready or Not, RoHS 2 Takes Effect January
garyk   1/3/2013 5:10:51 PM
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This is all good INFORMATION.

I would like to see reliability data, some failure analysis. We keep our phones for 1-2 years then we replace them or the service provider replaces the broken phone. Computers get repaired or replaced after a couple years. Medical equipment could be another question, how long should Medical last?

 

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Barbara Jorgensen   1/3/2013 4:45:20 PM
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Thanks Ken! I remember when all of this was coming up the first time and I found the amount of lead in electronics solders was minuscule. Although RoHS is the right thing to do, measuring its success via lead levels probably won't be an indicator. The lead already in the ground continues to seep, I believe. Maybe measuring other substances will be a better baseline.

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kmanchen   1/3/2013 10:35:22 AM
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Barbara - I haven't seen any figures on the sucess of RoHS or the impact of RoHS 2. The EU had an outside group conduct a ROHS 2 impact assessment. They just released their report:  http://rohs.biois.com/announcements-1/finalreport. Might find something there.

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Barbara Jorgensen   1/2/2013 3:02:12 PM
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Hi Ken,

Have you seen any data on RoHS's success to date? For example, how mch less lead there is, less waste, etc., than in comparable years?

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kmanchen   1/2/2013 9:34:05 AM
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Jacob - The products covered are the same but we are spending more time on compliance.

We are now providing RoHS 2 declarations of compliance to customers. We've alerted our product suppliers that we'll need technical documentation of compliance whenever requested by a customer. We are also reviewing our product line to ensure our products are compliant, especially development kits.

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Re: RoHS 2
kmanchen   1/2/2013 9:13:15 AM
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Anna -

Happy New Year! You asked what I would like to change about the new rule. I had to think about that. Only one thing comes to mind.

The CE mark requirement for RoHS 2 impacted finished goods seems like overkill to me. There was concern over poor compliance and ineffective enforcement. Adding the CE mark requirement definitely makes it easier to enforce but will be costly for finished goods manufacturers. Other than that it seems like RoHS 2 is a natural progression. It is making electronics safer and freer (is that a word?) of hazardous substances.

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