The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation, an industry-wide ban restricting six substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in Europe scheduled to take effect in 2006, will surely confuse and frustrate OEMs and contract manufacturers. Arrow Electronics is aiding those affected by the legislation by helping companies determine if their products, are compliant with RoHS. Arrow will help companies facilitate the identification of alternative lead-free parts to use in their products as well as send email announcements regarding the lead-free status of parts. For more information about Arrow Electronics, visit www.arrow.com. To see a copy of the RoHS legislation, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/3853-514.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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