Some industry participants are refraining from the group hand-wring over RoHS compliance. But that rosy confidence may be shattered when pieces of the sky really do start falling.
A parts procurement specialist at an aerospace manufacturer – exempt from RoHS – recently told us he expects to keep buying leaded commercial parts after the EU deadline. Asked whether any of his suppliers have indicated they will discontinue production of commercial-grade leaded parts, he said he hadn’t heard a word to indicate leaded parts would not be available after his suppliers switched to green.
A recent survey of parts suppliers conducted by Technology Forecasters Inc. in Alameda, Calif., however, finds that the majority of parts suppliers plan to issue end-of-life notices on their non-compliant parts as soon as 30 days after the RoHS deadline, except for military-grade parts. Our aerospace buyer says he never buys military-grade components. He buys leaded commercial parts and expects to keep doing so. He was surprised by our skepticism, saying, “It never occurred to me those parts might go end-of-life.”