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William K.
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But what about the unintended, unanticipated consequences?
William K.   5/28/2013 10:26:23 AM
While it is certainly desireable to have insulation products for wire and cables that do not produce toxic and corrosive products when they burn, it is also important to consider the other results of using the new materials. Things like higher processing temperatures are one potential concern, along with mechanical property degradation with time.

My point is that often there are unanticipated consequences that can be quite serious. Consider the aluminum residential wiring era as one example.

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Restrictive industrial environmental standards....
far911   5/27/2013 7:13:21 AM
Restrictive industrial environmental standards in Asia most likely only applies to a few countries, as naperlou mentioned. The need to regulate these standards across the whole of Asia still exists. Nevertheless, it's very encouraging to hear of eco-friendly cable technology.

Greg M. Jung
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Re: Safety good
Greg M. Jung   5/26/2013 1:14:40 PM
I also agree with you naperlou.  I'm glad that these toxic substances are being reduced, but these laws are conveniently used to also stifle competition from outside competitors.  To have the U.S. be on the same playing field as other countries, I'd like to see us adopt RoHS as a standard also so everyone would be held to the same regulations.

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taimoortariq   5/25/2013 3:41:15 PM
I agree with you Naperlou, I was reading the article and when it said that Asia has more restrictive environmental standards, I was finding it hard to believe. I have visited few manufacturing industries in Asia and environmental eco friendly standards are least given attention to. They are more focused on their production and making profits than on eco friendly environment. Some big international companies do promote it, but that to is mostly restrained just to advertising. Most of the industries in Asia are still running on old conventional equipment, and need time to adopt change and incorporate environmental friendly standards.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/24/2013 12:55:30 PM
I agree, Al. This is a very hopeful trend in an often overlooked area.

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apresher   5/24/2013 10:54:48 AM
Excellent article and update on eco-friendly cabling technology. This is a trend that's here to stay, so it good to get an update on recent developments. 

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naperlou   5/24/2013 9:05:26 AM
Frank, the trend toward being more environmentally friendly is an encouraging one.  I wonder if the standards in Asia are really enforced.   Perhaps in Japan, but many other Asian countries have laws on the books that their local industries often bypass.  Historically they have been used to stifle competition from outside.  I feel a lot safer here than anywhere in Asia.

EU standards are strong, but with a lot of manufacturing moving to lower cost countries in Eastern Europe we often see that they are not fully enforced.

Cable standards are important.  If you look around you will see a lot of cable.  It is good to see companies like Belden innovating to meet the standards.

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