EMA Design Automation, an electronic design vendor in Rochester, N.Y., has introduced the EMA Compliance Assurance System (CAS), an adjunct tool to the company’s engineering data management (EDM) system. The CAS was created to handle various environmental compliance regulations imposed by governments around the world, beginning with the European Union’s RoHS law.
The tool comes into play if the RoHS compliance of a product is challenged. When a product’s compliance comes into question, OEMs will have 28 days to submit evidence documenting compliance and demonstrating the company conducted its proper due diligence during the procurement and manufacturing processes. “Even for a small bit of materials, the size of the documents required can be measured in inches or pounds,” says Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA Design. “It’s hard to imagine anyone not using an automated method to generate this type of documentation.”
CAS uses data created during the design process and stored in the EDM to compile the supporting compliance documents for the parts and the subassemblies that make up the product. This includes all electrical and mechanical parts, paints, and other coatings, any material that makes up the product. The CAS collates the data from the EDM system into the proper format to produce the final compliance assurance document.