The Importance of being RoHS Compliant

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on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 11:10:00 AM

Kendall Howard prides itself on producing top quality products that are safe, suitable, and reliable for all network infrastructures. It’s not just in the design and manufacturing of each product, but in the actual material of each product we run in our warehouse. To ensure our products are made of materials that are safe for use and installation, Kendall Howard is fully compliant with RoHS.

RoHS stands for the Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances. It restricts the use of specific hazardous materials in electronic and electric equipment. The banned substances include lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl, and polybrominated diphenyl ether. (We can’t even properly pronounce some of those so it’s a good thing they’re not in our products!) To continually comply with RoHS, you must be in full accordance of its specific regulations and maintain the proper documentation. Documentation is necessary to show that the required tests have been completed and to show any detection of the banned substances.

How do you know if your products are RoHS compliant?

Ask the experts! RoHS consultants are available to help oversee your testing and ensure your parts adhere to the specific guidelines. The experts will also help make sure the information is properly documented so your records properly reflect the data. If you’re not able to have a consultant visit your location, you can still have their assistance! Simply send your products to any laboratory that conducts RoHS testing and they will complete the necessary tasks at their location. When the testing is completed, your results and the required documentation will be sent back to you informing you whether or not your products comply with the standards set forth by RoHS. But if you’re someone who likes to do the testing yourself, there’s an answer for that too! You can use a device called an XRF analyzer to conduct your RoHS testing. This handy gadget, which looks like a scanner from the grocery store checkout, is capable of detecting the presence of any of the banned chemicals within your materials. It will also provide you with instant results for you to save and record.

Why is complying with the RoHS standard so important?

It’s simple. Failing to do so can result in serious offenses to your company and its future. If the tests are not completed or records are not up to date, penalties can range from paying fines to denying the export of your products. Penalties do vary from state to state, but we wouldn’t suggest testing those limits! Instead comply with RoHS and be confident in the safety of what you’re producing!

And that’s not the only reason to comply with RoHS! The harmful effects chemicals like lead and mercury can have reach beyond the walls of your production or manufacturing facility. They can reach landfills and pollute the environment…and potentially reach our own backyards. That means these harmful chemicals could impact the well-being of our lives and our future. To avoid that from happening, Kendall Howard continues to comply with RoHS to help keep you and our products safe! If you’d like more information on the safety and proficiency of our products, please contact our customer service team at customerservice@kendallhoward.com.

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