RoHS compliance deadline imminent
TYCO Electronics staff are ready for RoHS - and they want to help customers get ready.
They’ve spent the past five years preparing for this time and with the RoHS compliance deadline of July 1, 2006 in sight, more customers are coming forward and asking for compliance.
Tyco Electronics has already assessed more than 1.5 million end items/components for RoHS compliance and issued new part numbers where elimination of restricted materials was required.
They’ve also spent the time ensuring the majority of their products are 'backwards compatible', meaning they can be used in current tin-lead solder processes as well as in lead-free soldering.
Tyco Electronics is already supplying many customers with certified compliant products and is well placed to respond to customers needs.
All existing customers have been contacted to ascertain their RoHS requirements and all suppliers have been surveyed using a web based format to build a comprehensive database.
Customers can access the results on the Tyco Electronics site.
This provides RoHS compliance information by part number and suggests alternative parts if they are non-compliant.
Globally, Tyco Electronics has carried out considerable research into tin whiskering and lead free soldering. Information is available at the RoHS Customer Support Centre at the same web address as above. This includes technical articles on lead free solder and solderability, contact resistance, press fit terminations, relays, heat resistance of polymers and many more.
RoHS is showing how international the Australian and New Zealand markets have become.
Those exporting to the USA are also expressing interest in being RoHS compliant, seeing it as an advantage in the marketplace and recognising that the rest of the world is inexorably moving in the same direction.