To comply with the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, suppliers, fabricators, assemblers, and enforcement agencies must perform verification testing on components. Manufacturers have developed QA/QC protocols at all phases of the production process to fulfill the due diligence requirements of these directives. Challenges include verifying supplier declarations and certifications, screening small components after they have been integrated into circuit boards, and providing legally defensible data to verify compliance.
Solutions to Help Ensure Compliance & Authentication of Electronic Components
Thermo Scientific portable XRF analyzers provide users with the ability to test individual components in finished goods and subassemblies quickly and nondestructively, with no disassembly. They provide solutions for quantifying total lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), chromium (Cr), and bromine (Br) in printed circuit boards, solder, components, plastics and polymers, hi-reliability systems, and finished goods/packaging.
Advantages of Thermo Scientific Portable XRF Analyzers
RoHS screening using our portable XRF analyzers, including the award-winning Thermo Scientific Niton XL3t Series and our Niton® FXL field x-ray lab, helps reduce costs and eliminate production delays associated with waiting on lab results. In addition, they also:
- Provide pass/fail designations for each sample
- Feature an integrated, color, CCD camera to help users accurately position the instrument on a specific location of a sample, and store the image for later
- Isolate a specific analysis area down to a 1 mm spot size
Our breakthrough portable XRF solutions are the ideal RoHS screening tools from inspection of incoming materials to the analysis of finished products, making them a core element of many comprehensive compliance plans. Because users receive real-time results, it’s possible to quickly verify or refute the validity of supplier certifications.
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