Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC states
as of July 1st 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the
market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium,
polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE),
the six banned substances do not have amounts exceeding the allowable maximum
concentrations defined in the Directive.
The electrical and electronic products covered by the RoHS Directive are:
large and small household appliances, IT and telecomm equipment, consumer
equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure
and sports equipment, and automatic dispensers. Not covered are medical devices,
monitoring and control instruments, large-scale stationary industrial tools,
and military equipment.
Many of our parts, in the past, contained lead in the plating for
the contact tails. We now offer matte tin that does not contain
lead to be RoHS compliant. As well, we also offer gold plating
as a RoHS compliant alternative to leadless tin.
ECS products comprise of products categorized as "non-RoHS and RoHS",
due to reliability concerns with lead free solder processes, the RoHS
Directive has a special exemption. This exemption allows companies
the use of lead in solder, for servers, storage and storage array systems,
network infrastructure equipment for switching, signaling, transmission
and network management for telecommunications.
ECS offers both processes the only difference is non-RoHS has lead and
RoHS is lead-free, all other restricted substance apply.
All RoHS compliant parts will have unique part numbers designating
their compliance. As the only area of possible non compliance
is the plating, we have added plating codes designating leadless
parts. Please reference ECS's catalog, or contact us to ensure
that the part number you selected is RoHS compliant. A complete
chart of available plating (please note that not all plating
options are available on all parts) is below (click on chart