As two important regulations restricting the use of hazardous materials kick into effect, St. Louis-based Watlow is working to ensure their products that are compliant with the new requirements.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European directive that takes effect in July 2006. It bans or restricts the use of several substances, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexa-valent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Although RoHS is taking effect in Europe, Watlow is a global provider and is therefore reviewing and addressing the new regulations across the board.
Each Watlow manufacturing site has a team that is reviewing every part number, with the assistance of its suppliers, to determine if the part is RoHS compliant. Parts that are not presently compliant are being modified, replaced, eliminated or subject to exemptions.
The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations address the recycling of electric and electronic equipment with the goal of reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills. As of August 2005, manufacturers are required to demonstrate compliance directly on each part or its paperwork, and manufacturers are also required to register in each country in the European Union.
Currently, only Watlow's controller products require compliance. All other Watlow products are considered components and therefore do not require compliance. Watlow is working with each individual European Union member state on securing appropriate certification.
While both directives were developed for the European Union, similar requirements are being developed in Japan, China and Canada, and are also headed to the U.S. via California. Watlow is proactively addressing these compliance issues to satisfy European and expected U.S. regulations.
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