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Q&A: Conflict Minerals – Define Your Policy, Start Now

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SP
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Re: Q&A: Conflict Minerals - Define Your Policy, Start Now
SP   3/21/2013 4:36:37 AM
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agreed. companies can make a database of all the components that are RoHS compliant and keep the compliance certificates uploaded in internal database. whenever a new project starts the component engineers can get the ROHS compliance status from that database. Also the designers can also have access to tha database can design using those components.

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R.J.Matthews   3/20/2013 7:59:53 AM
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I think more and more companies are starting the process as the subject heats up Anandvy but there is a great range in their approaches from those that just do a quick ring round their suppliers and put a statement on the website that says"we have contacted our suppliers and they assure us that no conflict minerals are used in their products"to those that really look at the issue.

http://news.thomasnet.com/imt/2013/03/19/conflict-minerals-showdown-heats-up/

I do feel a bit sorry for companies when i see all the things they have to conform to(halogenfree?)but it that should mean lots of companies already have a lot of detail on their supply chains.

http://www.venkel.com/compliance/social-responsibility/conflict-minerals
 

Its part of a general trend where increasingly people want more information about where the products they buy and its components come from.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_meat_adulteration_scandal

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/horsemeat-scandal-buoys-uk-organic-food-sales-5374120
http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/03/01/horse-meat-testing-finds-something-even-worse-no-meat/
 


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Re: Q&A: Conflict Minerals - Define Your Policy, Start Now
anandvy   3/20/2013 5:56:52 AM
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Time to market is another factor that puts on pressure.

@SP, good point. I agree with you time to market definitely puts pressure on the companies but then companies should also start planning for the efforts it takes to get  these certifications. In the end all the companies should follow such guidelines so that they dont face challenges in future.

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Q&A: Conflict Minerals - Define Your Policy, Start Now
SP   3/20/2013 2:49:09 AM
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Getting compliance for your product whether ROHS/WEEE or ROHS2. You have to get compliance certificate from mfr. of each electronics component on your board. Then ofcourse form mechanical parts and assembilies. Its not that straight forward. Manytimes mfr. dont have that certificate, they just declarations. Getting these is so time consuming and then you have to do prototyping and design verification testing.Incase any component is nit ROHS/WEEE compliant then looking for replacement. Time to market is another factor that puts on pressure. There are hurdles on the way but then if there is only one way get ready for it.

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Re : Q&A: Conflict Minerals - Define Your Policy, Start Now
anandvy   3/19/2013 10:58:28 PM
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I think you have to start somewhere, and you have to start soon.

@Gerry, thanks for the post. I totally agree with Chris Robertson views that companies need to start somewhere and they have to start soon. I am curious to know how many companies have already started this process and what challenges are those companies facing?




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