Do you know if your electronic products contain hazardous substances? Does the product meet the requirements for CE marking under the RoHS Directive? Do you sell products to China and are you in compliance with the requirements in China-RoHS2? Does the product contain conflict minerals?
The need to gather environmental performance data has increased tremendously in recent years thanks to environmental legislation. Failing to keep track of the material in your electronic product can cost you. In the worst case it may mean that you will be unable to sell the product. This is why EK Power Solutions has launched a service to help companies with their information gathering needs.
At EK Power Solutions, we have been providing companies with advice and support on issues concerning the RoHS and REACH Directives since 2004.
A glance at the legislation shows that there is plenty to keep track of.
If you sell products to China, as of 1 July 2016, the Chinese customs authorities may require documentation that the product is China-RoHS2-compliant. Unlike the European RoHS Directive, you have to declare if your product contains any RoHS substances, i.e. you cannot avail yourself of an exemption without declaring it, like in the EU.
The purchaser of a product currently has the right to know if it contains any substances appearing on what is referred to as the REACH Directive’s candidate list. These substances are also referred to as SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern). The list is revised every six months and currently contains 168 substances. Since autumn 2015, the definition has been “once a product, always a product”. This means that you are entitled to find out from your supplier if for example, a component contains an SVHC. As a product supplier, you are required to chart and compile the information in such a way that it is easily accessible.
EU-RoHS stipulates that the product’s “Technical File” must include information on how the product’s compliance with the Directive is ensured. RoHS is part of the CE mark, and the documentation requirements are set out in the EN50581 standard.
New European legislation on conflict minerals is expected in the near future. Such legislation has been in force in the United States since 2012. Under this legislation, manufacturers of electronics are forced to find out and report on whether the products contain conflict minerals (tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold) and whether these minerals were extracted from certain mines, predominantly in the Congo.
We have already helped a number of companies with their mapping and information gathering needs. As part of this work, we have also drawn up working practices and a rigorous process for producing and presenting the information. Having previously helped our customers with the product design phase, now we offer the service to other companies with those electronics integrated into their products. In order to proceed, we require a compiled BOM/AML (Approved Manufacturing List) with the manufacturer/make and part number.
We have a great collaboration with EK Power Solutions when it comes to our power solutions. They possess a wealth of expertise and extensive experience, and we have worked with them since 2003. We are now embarking together onto the third-generation platform of the product.
Martin Sigrand, R&D Electronics Development Manager Atlas Copco
We’ve found an outstanding partner for power electronics design in EK Power Solutions. No challenge is too great for them, and their services always provide us with added value
Per Carlsson, R&D Manager Robot Controller Hardware ABB