Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC states as of July 1st 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), the six banned substances do not have amounts exceeding the allowable maximum concentrations defined in the Directive.
The electrical and electronic products covered by the RoHS Directive are: large and small household appliances, IT and telecomm equipment, consumer equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment, and automatic dispensers. Not covered are medical devices, monitoring and control instruments, large-scale stationary industrial tools, and military equipment.
Many of our parts, in the past, contained lead in the plating for the contact tails. We now offer matte tin that does not contain lead to be RoHS compliant. As well, we also offer gold plating as a RoHS compliant alternative to leadless tin.
ECS products comprise of products categorized as "non-RoHS and RoHS", due to reliability concerns with lead free solder processes, the RoHS Directive has a special exemption. This exemption allows companies the use of lead in solder, for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signaling, transmission and network management for telecommunications.
ECS offers both processes the only difference is non-RoHS has lead and RoHS is lead-free, all other restricted substance apply.
All RoHS compliant parts will have unique part numbers designating their compliance. As the only area of possible non compliance is the plating, we have added plating codes designating leadless parts. Please reference ECS's catalog, or contact us to ensure that the part number you selected is RoHS compliant. A complete chart of available plating (please note that not all plating options are available on all parts) is below (click on chart to print)