Electronic Products & Technology


December 22, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

New RoHS substances notified to WTO

On December 17, 2014, the European Commission notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it will be adding four additional substances to the EU RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU). This will be done as a Delegated Directive amending Annex II (list of…
October 17, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Do your products comply with Chinese or European RoHS?

Given that the environment and human resistance to hazardous substances is roughly the same all over the globe, why are there so many legal requirements targeting the same issues? The one million dollars question is : Why does a product…
October 3, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

GreenCentre to collaborate with Xerox Research Centre of Canada

GreenCentre Canada Inc., Kingston ON, is looking to accelerate industry implementation of its game-changing green chemistry technologies by collaborating with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), a leading materials research centre in Mississauga ON. GreenCentre, a national centre of…
September 25, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

RoHS exemptions set to expire in under 2 years

Since July 1, 2006 when the EU RoHS Directive first came into effect, the electronics industry has relied on exemptions that allow restricted substances to be used in specific materials or parts within a RoHS compliant product. Some of these…
June 27, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Final preparations for RoHS on medical devices + monitoring & control instruments

The clock is ticking! Most medical devices (category 8) and monitoring and control instruments (category 9) are required to meet the EU RoHS 2 Directive (2011/65/EU) requirements starting this July. The compliance dates for category 8 and 9 products are:…
April 25, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

WEEE recast directive update

The 14 February 2014 deadline for EU Member States to transpose the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recast Directive 2012/19/EU into national WEEE Regulations has now passed. So far Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and the…
March 1, 2014 by Walter Jager, principal consultant, ECD Compliance, Ottawa-based consulting services

Environmental regulations – Determining substances of concern for electronics

Introduction Environmental compliance is a moving target — new regulations continue to emerge creating significant challenges for the EEE industry. Substances added twice a year to the REACH SVHC Candidate List, the Denmark phthalates ban and the additional RoHS substances…
February 14, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

How energy harvesting can make the Internet of Things happen

Energy harvesting wireless is just starting to unfold its potential. The rapid improvement of components and system design setup will open up new applications in many aspects of life. Together with the Internet moving towards IPv6, the batteryless approach can…
January 2, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Universite de Sherbrooke to showcase its electric vehicle at CES

A new urban electric vehicle developed at the Universite de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke QC, will be shown for the first time at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. Designed by a team of student engineers,…
November 1, 2013 by Randal Beattie, SAKOR Technologies Inc.

High-voltage battery simulator and test systems critical for electric, hybrid vehicle development

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage dc power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid or…
March 1, 2013 by Ken Manchen, corporate director EHS, Newark element14 and Gary Nevison, head of legislation and com

ROHS 2 and other regs you need to know about right now

We live in a fast-changing world, and companies selling products globally are subject to ever expanding regulations both at home and abroad. Staying abreast and assuring compliance is more challenging than ever for electronics distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers. Most regulations…