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Douglas Alexander
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Douglas Alexander   6/26/2012 3:14:17 PM
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Bolaji,

One of the statements GreenSoft Technology made was that they find that their subscribers are coming to them indicating that the whole REACH compliance effort is Sales driven. The way I understand that is like when I was working at a company that had a high option, low volume mix product. We found ourselves spending a lot of money in R&D customizing standard product to secure one sales order. That had to stop. We needed to be "Market" driven and not "Sales" driven. So I interpret what Greensoft as saying is that the customer's customer is demanding REACH certification before allowing any products sold to enter the EU member states. It may start as one-at-a-time compliance, but once you have the service, the sae parts are used on many products and the cross pollenation withing the company will also cross pollenate the industry as the parts being researched and approved all become compliant and in centralized databases like GreenSoft and EEContent.com. It will boil down to comprehensiveness and cost of service. I would look for a service that would offer a flat fee so my compliance cost were largely under control for any number of parts I wanted to submit for evaluation.

Douglas Alexander
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Douglas Alexander   6/26/2012 9:54:05 AM
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Prabhakar,

One thing most all of the environmental data gathering services offer is 24/7 alert notifications. That means as soon as an OEM/OCM releases a new alert coinciding with a new regulatory update, the subscriber is notified. Some services offer an API that will write the new data directly into your database, eliminating typo or other errors engendered by human error during manual key entry. I would go so far as to say that any service that doesn't offer currency on all updates from manufacturers, should be avoided. The worth of the data is that it is time triggered and time critical. Look for a flat fee service so you don't keep getting hit with additional charges. Revision control is a function of the date and referenced list on the associated documents included with the data downloads. REACH documents are updated regularly. A service like EEContent.com actually appends the number of SVHC chemicals to the document title identifier. So -53, -73 etc are added to the document number. You bring up a very good point. Anyone auditing their component database should replace old documents with new ones and these newest docs should be readily identifiable without having to open each file. Good point!

bolaji.ojo
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bolaji.ojo   6/26/2012 6:52:20 AM
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Douglas, The main assumption behind these regulations is that companies will self-monitor and control. It's almost impossible for regulators to examine all components shipped to a manufacturer to ensure compliance so the hope must be that the companies themselves would take the proactive steps to ensure their suppliers are compliant. Transferring the onus to manufacturers is just another of those steps that many complain make the life of a business exec complicated.

prabhakar_deosthali
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prabhakar_deosthali   6/26/2012 1:17:44 AM
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Douglas,

This is a well researched and comprehensive list of a BOM should consist of to be environment regulations compliant. I believe the system that handles such a kind of BOM should will include a snapshot of what all the regulations (along with their date of implementation and the revision number) .

As the new regulations become effective some of the old inventory which was other wise complaint will now become non-compliant. Will the system be able to declare that on inclusion of the new regulations ? I hope it will.

 





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