Frequently Asked Questions About RoHS Compliance for Environmental Regulations and Compliance

When a company is dealing with very strict environmental regulations and compliance, there is no better substitute to complying very strictly rather than having very thorough knowledge of the rules. For example, the European Union has implemented very strict environmental standards because of the start of industrialization. This is called RoHS or the Restriction on Hazardous Substances.

This policy or directive was first passed last 2003. It is now updated with very new restrictions and it on several occasions since, it requires electronics manufacturers to verify that their products or devices are free from very harmful chemical substances.

Many customers asking electronics enclosure companies about this restriction because they too are electronics manufacturers. The enclosure manufacturing companies knows how crucial it is for the companies to comply with the RoHS compliance for businesses. Especially for ones who are competing in international market for electronics.

To help the electronics company (the consumers of electrical boxes) to learn and be more knowledgeable about this compliance, we will discuss in this article what are the questions that is commonly asked about this strict compliance.

1. What does “RoHS compliance” mean?

This only means that the product has undergone testing for screening of 10 banned substances (that are deemed harmful to human health) by an independent authority conducting studies about harmful chemicals. These tests should confirm the existence of these substances should be below the RoHS threshold. Under RoHS 3, the latest version of the RoHS directive, the 10 substances restricted are:

Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)

Cadmium

Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Hexavalent chromium

Lead

Mercury

Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

All of the mentioned chemicals above should only be limited to 1,000 ppm except for cadmium. This has the lowest minimum which is 100 ppm.

2. Is RoHS mandatory in European Countries?

Yes! All the electrical devices and electronic equipment (acronym for EEE) should be able to pass a RoHS inspection for them to be sold in European countries or even internationally. In addition to this, each European member implements this regulation differently. With this in mind, the companies or manufacturers who are planning to import their electronic products to EU should be mindful and familiar with not only this directive, but also with how each member of the EU handles this regulation for each country.

3. What is WEEE and how it is directly related to RoHS?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) is one of the EU directive that requires all of the EEE manufacturers who import or sell their products in any EU countries should be able to take certain responsibilities when it comes to disposal process of the electronic waste being generated by their manufacturing processes.

Both of the directives should apply to many of the same products under this category, but each of the EU member has their own restrictions and rules, as well as there are differences in the country-by-country differences when it comes to implementation.

4. Are there exemptions of rules in RoHS?

There are certain product categories which applications are currently exempted from this very strict compliance. The stated exemptions are usually used to cover various types of military, medical equipment, industrial, and scientific equipment uses. The spare parts for the equipment being sold in the market before July 1, 2006 is also excepted form RoHS. Except for the spare parts for the newer or latest equipment being produced.

If companies think that their products might qualify for the stated exemptions, check the EU’s RoHS website to learn about the different exemptions and learn about their renewal status. Always take in mind that the exemptions are always subjected to possible changes, so if possible, always check the website of RoHS regularly. Just make sure that the stated exemptions should be relevant to the products that are being applied.

5. Does RoHS apply to plastics devices/equipment?

If your products are made of plastic and it is being utilized in electrical or electronic equipment, it is still subject to RoHS-compliant unless it falls on stated exemptions.

6. Does this compliance apply to products other than electronics/devices?

Basically speaking, this is not possible. However, the manufacturing processes of each product should fully comply to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) of European Countries.

7. Do other countries also have RoHS laws?

With the technological advancement of manufacturing companies today, there are several companies who already comply to this strict regulation such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Any of the EEE businesses considering to expand their market to other countries should be able to take care and be knowledgeable about the international country’s laws about electronic waste and other hazardous substances.

However, the United States of America does not have currently have federal laws that are similar to RoHS. However, there are states in US that has somewhat similar law to this restriction such as California.

8. Is stainless steel sheet metal RoHS compliant?

Absolutely yes. Although the chromium content is always present in stainless steel, it is not the type of chemical being restricted by RoHS. There are some other restricted materials (lead and cadmium) that is also present in visible and traceable amounts. However, the testing were consistently confirmed that the several concentrations present in stainless steel are below the stated RoHS threshold.

9. How long is a RoHS certificate valid?

An RoHS certification is just valid for the next five years. In addition to this, an early re-certification can be required once a product will undergo significant changes in terms of design, raw materials being used or has undergone different sourcing procedures.

10. Are all enclosure products RoHS compliant?

With this in mind, all equipment and devices are not guaranteed to be RoHS compliant. It is still best to inquire with your prefer enclosure manufacturing company if their products strictly follow this regulation. It is always better to ask especially if you have plans to sell your products internationally.

Companies Can Provide Convenience and Accessibility for Customers Looking for Customized Quotations for Electronics Enclosure

Don’t you love shopping? Whenever I need to regularly stop by at the grocery store to buy some necessary items, I really find it more convenient and amusing if I just use these self-check-out kiosks inside the grocery store.

Whoever thought of this is a genius! The customers now have the freedom to buy grocery stuff without having to wait in line for the cashier. Because there are some customers who does their weekly or bi-weekly shopping and on average the lady in the cashier spends about 10-25 minutes on average just to check things out of the counter.

Because of this the line for the cashiers have been long and and everyone just have their cart really full of groceries. Don’t you hate it? I feel that I spend so much time on just lining up on the cashier.

And because of this, self-check-out kiosks is a very genius thing to do! Amazing right?

And because of this idea, I thought that enclosure companies can do the same too. If there are some kind of self-check-out kiosk on their websites, the customers does not have to wait for the reply of the customer service in order for them to get the pricing that they want. They can hop on to their website and just make a very quick price quotation for the enclosure that they want. Easy peasy right?

They can do this at any time of the day or any tome of the week. The key is to effectively create a good quotation or customization of the electronics enclosure that they want. If every company has this customized electronic enclosure quoting, the customer lives would be so much easier and they can get quick price quotations at their earliest convenience, right?

The customer can get a quick price quotation that takes about 90 seconds to complete and with this they can have the pricing and order their desired electronics enclosure within minutes.

This quick pricing tool should be really easy to use. The customer can choose the electronics enclosure that they want to be modified. In the selecting the machining or printing needs, it can easily generate a quote number. The real-time pricing is visible and easy in the entire process. But the companies should need to have a quote number in able to proceed with their order. Until then, they can connect to a customer service and that will simplify the entire process.

What is the Infamous Electronic Wart Remover?

Most often than not, fall is my season, really. This is the time that I started hampering down. However, for this year I have been doing a different thing. I just recently noticed that there is an emergent need to clean my house out: negativity, dressers, kitchen cupboards and even my dad’s basement. There are some things that I have been trying to putt off out of sight until spring. This is when I plan to do a very huge garage sale. With the other things that I have, I have started to get rid off of it.

In this article, we will follow the same thought – the only thing unwanted in this article is your warts.

There has been a product or technology that was proven to remove warts efficiently. Wartabater is a battery powered electronic device that helps people to remove their warts at the convenience of their own home. The heat of the unit is applied on any part of the body for a span of 3 minutes and it will make the warts gone and turned into a dead tissue.

No worries because there will be no scarring that will be obvious when you use this product. This works on all types of products – it includes the stubborn but yet very difficult to eliminate Plantar warts.

If you are really tired of the endless hassle of just utilizing the liquids and the pads that never works, use this product instead! It is highly preferred by majority of the customers and it achieves a successful wart removal compared to face skin wellness centers. The normal wart removal procedure is very painful and mostly costly because the dermatologist first freeze off the warts just using the liquid nitrogen. This not assure of a successful procedure.

If you want to know more about this unique product you can visit their website at http://wartabater.com/index.html. They have a long list of good testimonials crucial to the product’s success!

Importance of Transactive Energy for Companies and Manufacturers Alike

A DER can greatly impact the distribution grid in which they are installed regardless if a device or system will be able to supply energy or electricity to the grid that can make electricity more controllable. This can bring great impact regardless and irrespective of the side – in terms of customer point connection – on which they are installed or being used. 

Today, the distribution system that was being used and utilized decades is not design for usage in large-scale deployment DERS that comes with possibility of power flowing across and from different, multiple locations. The different impacts and several challenges the expansion of DER uses are broad. The examples are: 

  1. The reliance of several customers on different utility systems might be reduced in cases where the distributed generation is currently being paired with storage and some smart inverters. In return, this may bring great effect on the utility planning, operations and potential cost. 
  2. Some of the building owners can be compensated for making the alignment of their individual values that comes with holistic and general needs for distributions systems. The needs are being indicated by the varying production and consumption. 
  3. Some of the regulators are equipped to make the recovery of the shared cost in the electricity being transported with higher chances of granularity just to meet the values needed for the voltage variability. This also increases the effect on some of the operational costs and the frequency the operation of the equipment that will eventually result to reliability. 

With this in mind, the traditional generation should and must quickly adapt to a “duck curve” of a day’s utility load and this requires a steep ramp up or down. Because of the intermittence of the DER that suddenly increases or stops because of the wind variability, cloud coverage, or even time of the day. 

In addition to this, the distribution planning should effectively address the various increased risks in some reliability and related costs in a very constructive manner. This should also meet the regulator’s requirements for having economic fairness and some of the customer’s requirements of value. 

In line of this, TE effectively provides a new set of techniques companies can utilize in order form them to address numerous challenges: 

  1. The distribution engineers must ensure a safe and reliable operations that comes with solutions. These solutions should address the wires and non-wire different alternatives. 
  2. The GWAC roadmap effectively shows the vision on how to deploy the TE systems in a larger scale in an operational element and environment within the electric power system that efficiently facilitates the integration of DERs and other dynamic end uses. The example of this would be connection within buildings. 

In conclusion, the volume and capabilities of some of the installed distribution resources are prone to increase. And the need for the partnership among concerned parties that use the distribution grid should likewise potentially increase. This would eventually result in driving a further automated and consumer-centered operations. 

How Transactive Energy Plays a Key Role in a Company’s Manufacturing Process

To find a way in creating and making the available & actual consumer benefit is very important to success. Once the consumer does not see and receive the benefits from their newly bought smart appliance, they will have decline interest in actually buying one. On the other side of the spectrum, there are limitless opportunities for the equipment makers today that can actually serve the market. The opportunities are huge and several to satisfy the customers especially in utility and some service providers. 

In the manufacturing level, the customers actually needs the following capabilities: 

  1. Get the perceived actual value the consumer has identified or determined. 
  2. Create an integration with the traditional utility and also with the other customers & service providers; and 
  3. align their values holistically with the physical requirements and economic signals of the 
  4. Make sure to align the values of the companies holistically and should be in line with other physical requirements and other economic signals that is vital in the local level. It should be definite that the utilities and other new service providers require technologies that makes this vision realistic
  5. The localized distribution should allow the grid peak power reduction in order to decrease other costs and risk that may come in equipment manufacturing. The grid resilience should be able to give response in the operational stress that is present and the speed recovery in an event of outage.  
  6. Give financial incentive to the industrial companies and the consumer alike for the grid services in response to other physical conditions, economic signals, and the consumers’ preferences should be defined to allow local activation. 
  7. Have synergy system operations with customer, utility and other devices seamlessly. This should be upgraded or rather replaced in an easy way without risking for need of outages. 

In the bulk level, the system operations will require solutions that will: 

  1. to be able to easily adapt to DER and create self-dispatched distributed resources in an efficient manner. 
  2. to be able to effectively refine several load forecast to minimize the need for the ancillary services. 
  3. give a situational awareness in grid operations level while servicing the restoration of other distributed devices; and 
  4. Have synergy of operations with the utility, service provider and the customers’ devices seamlessly. 

When it comes to the price point that the DER should decline, the consumer preference in terms of sustenance will have the local resources grow. It should not be a question once the locality incurs a need to address the identified risks. But as an industry, the response to this uncertainty should lead to the creation of the increased flexible network applicable to all networks of electricity deliverability system capable enough to have the expansion of the consumer participation and other options. 

This regulation should be able to support the ongoing development of wide customer participation and be able to effectively flex the systems to be able to achieve the desired benefits. This can also differ from the innovative solutions what will eventually appear. 

What is USMCA and Other Possible Trade Developments

The Congress in 2019 is expected to have in consideration the new U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), designed to modernize and replace the former 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is noted in “Outlook for 116th Congress” (page 16). Today, the prospect has colors in line with the competing priorities: on the other side, there are demands for changes in the agreement between the members of the congress, on one hand the administration should provide a six-month notice of U.S. withdrawal from the NAFTA. This should effectively present congress and make them choose between USMCA and nothing. 

The USMCA has several positive provisions to give to the electro-industry but it contains elements that may probably lessen the opportunities for having cross-boarder trade possible and also with the investment. Now, NEMA works with other company members to make sure that congress understands the importance of trade agreement that exists now in electrical manufacturing plants in North America. 

The members of NEMA who were responsible for the importation of 82 types of Chinese – these items are subjected to additional tariffs were reprimanded from the planned increase in tariff starting January 1 from 10% to 255. Whilst the differences between the two countries were never resolved in terms of trade, industrial, or intellectual property policy during the meeting last December, the members of the congress agreed to lay-off the plans for further restriction in trade measures. This includes the tariff costa and the 90-day period for further evaluations.  

NEMA gave the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on advices about the priorities that should be made between the trade agreement negotiations between Japan and European Union. The USTR Robert Lighthizer notified the congress last October 2018 about the President’s intent to have new trade negotiations between these countries: Japan, EU, and the United Kingdom. NEMA called in for possible trade agreements with the highest possible standard that builds on trade liberalization that was achieved in previous agreements. In ensuring that U.S. electro-industry exporters should gain another new market for different possibilities. 

In November 2018, a newspaper was published and managed by the World Trade Organization that mentioned numerous potential benefits for international government and traders involved in distributed ledger technology, commonly known as blockchain. This paper does include the primary value and presentation of block chain in line with the potential cost reductions that are linked to digitalization. 

The possible prospects for this trade agreement that happened between the U.S. and the United Kingdom are receded in late 2018, shortly after the trade representative from U.S. gave notification ot the congress last October about the government’s intention about initiation of negotiations. This all happened under a deal happened last November about UK’s planned withdrawal from the European Union composed of 28 members last March 29, 2019. This trade agreement with the U.S. will not take effect until 2022 or 2023.