LONDON A web-based information service from Anglia (Wisbech, England) aims to provide an invaluable tool for electronic equipment manufacturers who are working towards ensuring their products meet the requirements of the EC Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoSH) Directive.
The company has also implemented a product labelling system to clarify the RoHS status of components purchased from it and issued a wallchart which includes reference information on RoHS and a guide to Anglia's product labelling, including details of the three JEDEC categories.
Anglia's Part Trackeris available free to users who complete a simple online registration, and allows the user to search for components by part number and to view their current RoHS status. A useful feature is the ability to create and edit apersonalised parts list, and the facility to view and determine an up-to-date RoHS status on all these parts at any time. There is also an option to receive an e-mail advising when one of the selected parts becomes compliant.
Anglia estimates that around 40% of the components in its product range are already RoHS compliant, and this proportion is expected to ramp up steadily as the deadline approaches.
Lee Nye, Anglia's marketing director, said, “For the first time in the industry, an equipment manufacturer has immediate access to RoHS compliant parts as soon as they become available, and can follow online the progress of their own product towards full compliance. To our knowledge no other component supplier offers as comprehensive a source of information on RoHS compliance as Anglia does.”
To assist process engineers and those performing assembly, rework and repair operations, the characteristics of RoHS compliant products have been categorised by JEDEC standards under three headings: MSL (Moisture Sensitivity Level), PBT (Peak Body Temperature) and 2nd Level Interconnect (Terminal Finish/Material). MSL and PBT are both indicative of whether or not a component can survive soldering at the elevated temperatures required by Pb-free solders, while 2nd LevelInterconnect allows the user to identify whether or not the materials present at the terminal could contaminate the solder bath during assembly or affect the reliability of the final solder joint.
Anglia has simplified the identification process by applying a unique barcode to each package. This barcode not only identifies the status of an individual package but will also trigger the addition of a RoHS symbol to the product label, clearly indicating whether or not the product complies with the RoHS Directive.