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Kyocera Range RoHS Compliant

With the recent launch of the fifth generation Printer range and new MFDs Kyocera has added the RoHS standard to all products. Today Kyocera's entire range is RoHS compliant.

Background

It has become essential on a global basis for a company to perform its activities in a manner friendly to the earth's environment. Kyocera has been actively promoting protection of the global environment for years.

The RoHS directive issued in Europe has gained considerable attention, and the manufacturers of electronic equipment and other devices have had to develop products that comply with the RoHS Directive before it goes into effect in July 2006.

The RoHS Directive restricts the use of six substances, namely lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE).

By revising the selection and procurement of assemblies in product design, and the conditions of assembly processes, Kyocera have developed RoHS Directive compliant printers and copiers.

Of the hazardous substances designated in the RoHS Directive, lead was often sighted as especially difficult to be eliminated. However, a totally lead-free manufacturing process became possible through the following two measures:

  1. The use of lead-free solder when mounting components and joining assemblies
  2. The use of components that contain no lead

The reason for those difficulties was that lead-free solder has a higher melting point compared to that of lead solder, and therefore has not been used in conventional electronic components that have low heat resistance. To overcome this problem, Kyocera made a number of revisions, including selection of components with higher heat resistance and soldering conditions when mounting electronic components, and has confirmed that the new products developed in this way have identical properties and reliability to conventional products using lead solder.

 What is RoHS?


RoHS is an abbreviation for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. RoHS originated in Europe and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials in electronic and electrical products. All products sold in Europe after July 1, 2006 must be RoHS compliant.

Why is RoHS is important?


The restricted substances are hazardous and are harmful to the environment and pollute landfills, they are also dangerous to humans when manufactured and recycled.

Which companies are affected by the RoHS Directive?


Any business that sells applicable electronic products, sub-assemblies or components directly to EU countries, or sells to resellers, distributors or integrators that in turn sell products to EU countries must be RoHS compliant.