NDT.net Sep 2005, Vol. 10 No.09

RoHS compliance testing Informative Resource now
on-line at www.rohsbyxrf.com

August 16, 2005 - Tough new measures to reduce environmental pollutants will come into effect next year (July 1st, 2006) through the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (EU Directive RoHS 2002/95/EC). To assist manufacturers, suppliers and recyclers, who must screen or verification test materials and components to ensure product compliance, Oxford Instruments has developed an on-line RoHS by XRF information resource at www.rohsbyxrf.com.

This simple to understand web site provides guidance through the potential RoHS minefield, with sections devoted to all of the key issues such as; Understanding the new legislation, The recycling implications and How to ensure compliance.

The forthcoming RoHS legislation cannot be ignored. It will severely restrict the presence of Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr 6+, PBB & PBDEs (Br) in all electrotechnical products. In the electronics industry this is the driving force behind Lead-free (Pb-free) manufacturing. All companies doing business in the EU must comply or face penalties and import restrictions.

One single technique will not test for all of the substances banned by the RoHS directive, but if one single technique is needed, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) is the most comprehensive and user-friendly option.

www.rohsbyxrf.com looks at the XRF solutions in the Oxford Instruments product range for easily determining the presence of hazardous substances in consumer products through regulatory compliance screening. The company's Hand-held, Micro-Spot and Bulk XRF spectrometers provide a comprehensive range that can easily meet the majority of requirements.

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