The ROHS Directive (2002/95/EC)
Restriction of certain hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Equipment manufactured by Transmag (UK) Limited can be categorised as fixed electrical equipment used in power generation and transmission and therefore exempt from the ROHS Directive. The company has taken the strategic decision that we will nevertheless meet the requirements of the Directive as far as it is possible to do so. It comes into force on 1st July 2006 and by that date we intend to be fully compliant.
The materials that ROHS restricts are:-
Lead: our primary use of lead is in solders. We intend to move to lead-free solders as soon as possible.
Cadmium: we do not use any cadmium based products and will be seeking confirmation from our suppliers that nothing they supply to us contains any traces of cadmium.
Mercury: Transmag does not use any mercury based materials and again our suppliers will be asked to confirm that any products they supply are mercury free.
Hexavalent Chromium: Transmag has made a strategic decision to move away from chromium passivated components and assemblies in our products. To this end we will replace all fittings and fastenings previously supplied as mild steel, chrome passivated, black etc. with stainless steel wherever possible. Only where no alternative is available or chrome passivated materials are specified by our customers will they continue to be used and in these instances we will endeavour to ensure that trivalent chrome treatments are used.
PBB & PBDE: these are used primarily as flame retardants in plastics i.e. cable coverings. We do not use flame retardant cables unless requested to do so by our customers and in this event we will use ROHS compliant materials unless otherwise specified.