All materials used in the construction of PENCOM components and/or assemblies, including raw stock, finishes, etc., are compliant to RoHS specifications. The European Union’s Directive 2002/95/EC on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) is defined as containing less than 0.1% (1000ppm) by weight at the homogenous material level for Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI); Lead (Pb); Mercury (Hg); Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE); Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB): and less than 0.01% (100ppm) for Cadmium (Cd). The possible exception to this is where a non-compliant part is specifically called out for and approved by a PENCOM customer for engineering considerations.
The above mentioned Directive, with all six materials being less than the restricted maximum values, is now commonly called RoHS 6, which describes most of PENCOM products. An alternate to this standard, now referred to as RoHS 5, allows for Lead (Pb) to be used in excess of the 1000ppm restriction, for specific, controlled exemptions. Article 4(1) of Directive 2002/95/EC provides exemptions for Lead (Pb) as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0.35% by weight, aluminum containing up to 0.4% lead by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight. PENCOM has and will continue to use these exempted, “free-cutting” materials for some of our products.
PENCOM products, unless otherwise specified, are also Halogen free and do not contain Decabromodiphenyl Ethers (deca-BDE) or Perflourooctanesulfonic Acid (PFOS). PENCOM does not use Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) or Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) in the manufacture of its products or those it supplies.
PENCOM asks customers to note the following provisos:
PENCOM also endeavors to continue to comply with the following changing global environmental legislation (some of these are still in the formation of specific details):
Europe – EU Directive 2002/96/EC WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment),
Europe – EU Directive 2006/1907/EC REACH (Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction),
Japan – JGPSSI (Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative),
China – RPCEP (Regulation for Pollution Control of Electronic Products) and
USA – SB20 & SB50 (Electronic Waste Recycling Act) for California.
Please contact your local PENCOM representative, or me directly, if you have any questions relating to the status of the Material Compliance Program at PENCOM.
Michael G. Whitney
Director of Material Compliance