Summit Addresses Impact Of RoHS
Early in November, the company hosted its first RoHS supplier summit to confront the continuing impact of the European Union regulation and to prepare for new legislation in China. One topic on the agenda, concerning North America, is how to be cost effective in the shadow of running dual production lines and overstocking to satisfy both RoHS-compliant and non-compliant products. Also discussed was the company's intention to launch a Mandarin language catalog in China concurrent with the March 2007 effective date of the first wave of new legislative requirements. About 20,000 of the products in this catalog will be locally stocked, with the rest available on short lead times. A fully transactional website with Mandarin content is also expected to go live in 2007. NEWARK INONE, Chicago, IL. (800) 463-9275.
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Panasonic Gets The Lead
Out Of Plasma TVs
Considered to be quite a feat and an industry first, the company has eliminated the lead in plasma display panels. With the launch of the 103" PDP-TV, the company has avoided the use of lead in all of its plasma TVs for 2006. This achievement is said to be the result of applying several methods that include development of new materials for the dielectric layer, electrodes, and other parts, uniquely developed additives with characteristics similar to lead-oxide glass, and refined material composition of the non-glass components. For further information, call PANASONIC ELECTRIC WORKS CORP. OF AMERICA, Providence, NJ. (908) 464-3550.
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Emerging RoHS Info Looms
According to the company, information on recent developments in RoHS legislation emanating from China and Korea is somewhat available, however in limited quantities, not in English, and in hard copy only. These include, from China, the SJ/T 11363-2006 requirements for concentration limits for certain hazardous substances in electronic information products, SJ/T 11364-2006 marking for the control of pollution caused by electronic information products, and the SJ/T 11365-2006 testing methods for regulated substances in electronic information products standards. The company is making available English translations of the Environment-Friendly Use Period guidance document, also the GB 18455-2001 document, and DCA's China RoHS service package. DESIGN CHAIN ASSOCIATES LLC, San Francisco, CA. (866) 322-7676.
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Servicing OEMs facing European requirements, the company has introduced 14 different RoHS-compliant power-supply model groups with a full range of dc outputs. Supporting ac inputs from 85 to 265 Vac, the JBW series consists of seven groups of PC-card supplies that offer power outputs from 10W to 150W with power factor correction. The triple-output MTW supplies include 15W, 30W, and 60W models with triple outputs of 5V and ±12V. In addition to ac inputs from 85 to 265 Vac, they accept dc inputs from 110V to 370V. The 5V output is isolated from the ±12V outputs. The RTW series are general-purpose, L-chassis single-output supplies available in 50W, 100W, 150W, and 300W power levels. Power factor correction and an ac-input range from 85 to 265 Vac are standard. KEPCO INC., Flushing, NY. (718) 461-7000.
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