RoHS prohibits the use of six substances in your products. Not complying keeps them out of the EU and other countries. Our RoHS conversion services let you grow into these markets without the expense of maintaining parallel product designs, multiple BoMs and dual-manufacturing routings.

Understanding RoHS

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations took effect within the EU in 2006. Other countries introduced similar rules around the same time. Under RoHS, electronics manufacturers are required to eliminate:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr VI)
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)

Notice how RoHS electronics are more than just lead-free. Some manufacturers may tell you it's just about lead to RoHs but that doesn't bring you into compliance. That's why it's important to work with a partner who understands the regulations and what conversion entails.

Implications for your product

The banned materials, especially lead, were there for a reason. Mostly, they helped with achieving good solder joints as lead-free solders have different flow characteristics. Going lead-free requires some changes in design and manufacturing. Unless these are accounted for during the conversion process there's a risk the RoHS-compliant version will be less reliable. We can help you understand the implications for your product and ensure your customers see no difference between “before” and “after” conversion.

Services offered

Protorun can help in two ways: Your selection will depend on your level of RoHS expertise and availability of internal resources. We can provide:

  • Turnkey conversion. This means we handle everything for you: component selection, procurement and assembly.
  • Labor only. Perhaps you have preferred sources or maybe you’re already purchasing components. In this case we can offer a cost-effective solution — let us handle the assembly for you, using components that you issue.

In addition, we can advise and help with RoHS testing. This is done with our  X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer.

Conversion benefits

Besides letting you sell into a host of new markets, there are some specific technical advantages to RoHS electronics. The different flow characteristics of lead-free solder mean components can be placed closer together on a board as the joints won't flow into one another. This means higher component density, which can translate into smaller boards or space for additional features.

RoHS conversion services for your business

Many electronics companies still offer legacy products that don’t comply with RoHS regulations. If you'd like to update these designs, perhaps to sell them in new markets, talk to Protorun. We understand RoHS and the importance of going more than lead-free, and we'll handle the conversion for you.

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