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Are You Ready for RoHS?

Southwire OEM introduces/launches GreenSpec products


This year and next are the years of Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and  Southwire is ready with GreenSpec to help OEMs meet the requirements.

RoHS controls six substances
RoHS directives in the European Union, other international markets, and many states in the U.S. aim at protecting human health and the environment by limiting the levels of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products.
· Lead
· Cadmium
· Mercury
· Hexavalent Chromium
· Polybrominated Biphenyls
· Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers

The “bad six” don’t have to be completely eliminated, but there are tight limitations on their use. When they occur in “homogeneous materials”, that is, in “a material that cannot be mechanically disjoined in to different materials”, concentrations have to meet strict requirements. That affects wiring components because the insulation on wiring is considered a homogeneous material.

Deadlines are looming
The European RoHS deadline for EU Directive 2002/95/EG is July 1, 2006. Internationally, Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and Australia either have or are initiating versions of the RoHS directive, some of which are more restrictive than the EU requirements. Within the United States, California has a version of the RoHS directive scheduled to take effect January of 2007, and 20 other states have bills pending for RoHS-like regulations.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in many industries will be affected by RoHS requirements. Non-compliant companies risk being shut out of important markets, and many OEMs are scrambling to meet requirements as deadlines loom.

“Southwire can deliver GreenSpecTM RoHS-compliant wiring components in a wide range of conductors and pre-assembled cables,” says Donna Cooley, vice-president of sales for Southwire’s OEM Division. “OEMs can expect reliable, on-time delivery, industry leading quality, and RoHS-compliant documentation.”