The current challenges faced by E&E suppliers and product manufacturers include:
An Exponential Growth in Global Regulations
The number of product targeted environmental regulations has grown at an explosive rate. Looking back to 2002, there were about 25 enacted regulations for substance restrictions globally, fast forwarding to 2013 the number has grown to about 200. The products in scope of the regulations have also grown due to the impact of legislation such as EU RoHS, EU REACH, China RoHS, Korea RoHS, California Proposition 65 and a long list of similar country legislations either enacted or proposed and soon to be enacted. EU REACH (http://www.sgs.com/
The Complexity and Volume of Material Identification and Reporting
Breaking down a common chip capacitor, contained in the vast majority of electronic products manufactured today, one obtains the following materials and substances:
- Ceramic Dielectric – Barium Titanate – Nickel Compound
- Internal Electrode – Palladium – Silver
- Termination – Silver – Sodium Borosilicate
- Plating – Nickel – Tin
This simple example contains 6 homogeneous materials containing 7 unique substances which should be identified, analyzed and the data must be stored and accessible by various functions within your company, as well as country enforcement agencies, consumers, and possibly your B2B customers. If this component is sourced from multiple manufactures it is easy to see how this could result in a large increase in the number of records needing to be managed.
Steps That Can Ensure a Smooth Voyage
If You Are a Supplier of Materials, such as Barium Titanate, Silver or Tin you will need to identify and report the chemical composition of your supplied materials to the capacitor manufacturer. Think of this as the start of a chain of custody for material composition disclosure.
If You Are the Manufacturer of the Chip Capacitor
If you have obtained material composition disclosure information from your suppliers, which you may have multiple sources for, then you have the necessary information to provide to your customer. Think of this as a 2nd link in the chain. If your material supplier cannot or will not provide you with the information you will need to take further actions such as removing the supplier from your Approved Manufacturers List (AML) or if that is not feasible having the material analyzed by an accredited materials testing laboratory until such time as you have either found a replacement supplier or the supplier is able to provide you with the information you need. Please keep in mind that it is not a best practice to qualify a supplier who is unable or unwilling to meet your requirements. You cannot afford to be the cause of a broken link in the supply chain.
If You Are an Original Equipment Manufacturer
You will need to have a system in place to store, manage and make available, both within and external to your company, the data you received from your suppliers, and linked to your product Bill of Material. These data records, in the case of RoHS II (http://www.sgs.com/
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