Regulatory Compliance

With the constant change of current regulations and the introduction of new regulations, being compliant with state, federal and global regulations can be challenging. Our experts can guide you through the process to ensure ongoing compliance with the latest regulations for sustainable results.

  • Decagon Devices Changes to Lead-Free Soldering to meet RoHS Standards

    Company Profile
    Decagon Devices is a manufacturer of environmental instrumentation located in Pullman, Washington. They have been in business for over 20 years and currently employ 80 people. Decagon is a market and industry leader in this product niche and manufactures devices for three sectors: food, environmental research and commercial agriculture.

    Situation
    Around 50 percent of Decagon’s business is international. Prior to this project, Decagon was using traditional lead-based soldering for manufacturing circuit boards. Anticipating the expiration of their current exemption of lead-bearing exports to the European Union (EU) countries, Decagon took a proactive course to eliminate leaded products.

    Solution
    Decagon and Impact Washington partnered on Lean and environment efforts to work toward productivity improvements and to eliminate lead in their products. The focus on lead was important to meet the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) Standards and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive of the EU and minimizing hazardous waste and other environmental impacts of using lead. The focus on other Lean efforts helped Decagon achieve productivity goals as well.

    Impact Washington brought in a certified trainer to help Decagon begin the transition to lead-free solder. Because the Washington State Department of Ecology has a focus on eliminating the use of lead (a toxic element and an important environmental priority), the state agreed to provide supplemental funding to support the transition to lead-free solder training. (These funds were made available from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to Ecology for Lean and environment work.)

    Impact Washington brought in a specialized trainer to train and certify staff to an international certification standard for lead-free soldering, rework and inspection soldering methods. This certification of in-house staff allows those certified in the processes to train new staff in the methods. This training provided the information and skills for Decagon to begin the transition to meet the WEEE and RoHS standards and continue supplying international markets.

    Results
    Through past Lean efforts with Impact Washington, significant investment of about $300,000 in new equipment and the lead-free soldering certification training, the following results were realized:

    • Decagon planned to eliminate the use of lead consumption by 105 pounds per year by January 1, 2011. This also eliminated the generation of any associated lead-bearing hazardous wastes at the company and end-of-life, lead-bearing products disposed of by customers.
    • The change to lead-free soldering has allowed Decagon to maintain and improve markets, particularly international markets.
    • They have improved efficiency, quality and reduced environmental impacts and risks.
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  • Get compliant with the latest electronic manufacturing standards

    Important legislation has been passed that regulates the waste associated with electrical or electronic equipment and being compliant with the latest regulations will affect where you can sell and ship your products. We can help you understand how this affects your business, the costs of compliance, and how to prepare for and capitalize on the new directives.

    Learn more about our consulting solutions and resources to help you become compliant and be more sustainable.

    How does RoHS/WEEE legislation affect you?

    If your company manufactures or sells electrical and electronic equipment, regardless of whether you sell into the European Union or not, you will be affected by this new legislation. These directives will also affect anyone who sells equipment produced by other suppliers under their own brand and anyone who imports (or exports) affected equipment into EU member states. RoHS and WEEE have created complications where outsourcing is concerned. If your name appears on the final product, you are responsible for compliance with the RoHS directive. Therefore, you will need to be certain that your outsourcing partner is managing these issues and you will have to be actively involved to ensure they are complying.

    Contact us to learn more about RoHS and WEEE, how they will affect you, costs of compliance, and how to prepare for and capitalize on the new directives.

  • Train for compliance in food safety

    We can help you train your workforce in the latest food safety standards and ensure your manufacturing processes meet the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements for product safety and quality.

    Learn more about our consulting solutions and resources to help you become compliant and be more sustainable.


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