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RoHS

The restriction of lead and five other potentially hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment is specified by the EU-Directive 2002/95/EC.

 

As a value-oriented company, Weidmüller is aware of its responsibility to customers, employees, the community and the environment. This is why it is self-evident for Weidmüller to assume responsibility in the context of the ROHS directive 2002/95/EC.

Weidmüller even takes measures which go beyond the requirements of the directive. More than 20 years ago, Weidmüller dropped the use of cadmium in plastics. Irrespective to the indicators of ROHS-Directive 2002/95/EC with regard to classes of equipment and related products, Weidmüller aims to put all materials and products within this directive.

In this context we would like to give you an overview about the contents of the directive. In the download area of this site you will find the Weidmüller-ROHS-certificates.

Indicators to RoHS directive 2002/95/EC

Since July 1st , 2006 the use of certain materials in newly introduced electric and electronic equipment of certain classes is regulated by the directive 2002/95/EC.

Directive 2002/95/EC was passed on January 1st, 2003. The national implementation was carried out within the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG), which came into force on March 24th, 2005.

The RoHS directive is subject to a continuous re-evaluation cycle. This means that every four years new substances might be forbidden or exceptional rules might be omitted or newly affiliated.

Effective since July 1st, 2006, the following substances used in electronic products are within the limits of the directive:

  • Lead (Pb) of 1000ppm
  • Mercury (Hg)

  • Cadmium (Cd)

  • Hexavalent chrome (Cr (VI))

  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)

  • Polybrominated diphenyl ehters (PBDE)

We are pursuing the implementation of this rule with all due consequence. A modification of this directive, effective since August 18th, 2005, defines prescriptive limits for the listed substances in homogeneous materials. Usually, the prescriptive limit is 1000 ppm (parts per million), but for the cadmium the prescribed limit is already 100 ppm. Due to the fact that not all substances can be substituted from all electric or electronic products without any problems, please note Annex A of the directive for the exception catalogue. These exceptions are only temporarily applicable, either cross-material or depending on application.

Classes of equipment ROHS:

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliaces
  • IT- and telecommunications equipment- Consumer electronics
  • Lighting equipment
  • Toys, Sports & Leisure equipment
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Electric and electronic tools (except stationary, industrial large tools/machines)