To meet the growing environmental requirements and restrictions, Dependable has taken an active approach to educate and inform our customers about the changes in the chemical make up of the electronic components we buy and sell.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (or RoHS for short) was enacted by the European Union on July 1st of 2006. Although this was only put into law for most of Europe, it greatly affects all regions of the world-wide electronics market. The ban includes these key substances:
Lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated bi-phenyls, and polychlorinated diphenyl ethers
The only exceptions to the RoHS initiative, are military and medical applications.
The primary chemical that affects the Electronics Market is lead, which was previously a very common substance used in the leads of many electronic components. The abbreviation for lead is Pb, which is where “PB Free” comes from. RoHS Compliant parts are free of lead, but also of all the other banned substances (which typically do not affect electronic components). Below is a brief definition of each:
Lead-free (or PB Free)— The semiconductor industry has naturally started using the term lead-free to indicate that their parts are RoHS compliant simply because lead is the only substance on the RoHS list of hazardous substances that is used in semiconductor parts. So once they removed the lead, their components automatically became RoHS compliant.
RoHS compliant — this term very specifically means that a part meets the requirements of the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive. http://www.rohs.gov.uk/
Dependable Component Supply does not manufacture any of the parts we buy or sell. As such we cannot be held liable for any discrepancies between leaded and pb free (or RoHS Compliant) product. We guarantee all of our product, and will do everything within our means to provide you with the product you require.
Dependable takes great care in the transport of goods, especially goods that are considered Dangerous Goods by the International Air Transport Dangerous Goods Regulations. To comply with these regulations and to protect our environment, we train and require a select number of our staff to become IATA Hazmat certified. Click here to view our certificate.