Cost-Effective Support for RoHS Compliance: New Innov-X Initiative
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Innov-X Systems, Inc.
100 Sylvan Rd., Suite 100
Woburn, MA, 01801
Press release date: July 25, 2006
WOBURN, Mass., July 25, 2006 -- To help US manufacturers' efforts to meet the new European Union RoHS Directives, Innov-X Systems has launched a low-cost rental program for portable XRF analyzers. XRF testing supports due diligence standards defined by several EU enforcement agencies. Companies faced with RoHS compliance may rent at reduced rates and apply 100% of rental fees toward purchase for up to the first month. This allows customers to recognize the value and throughput of XRF testing and inspection for incoming and outgoing materials to verify compliance - without having to make a large financial commitment.
"Companies can rent these systems for a week or longer and see for themselves that XRF testing offers value as a RoHS compliance tool. The rental includes on-site training as well. Portable XRF can be a significant expenditure for the smaller manufacturers. This 'test the waters' rental program is our way to help the electronic component suppliers, OEMs, and contract manufacturers understand how XRF testing helps with compliance. We see countless examples of suppliers who believe their materials are compliant based on the material test reports (MTRs) yet testing shows excessive levels of Pb, Cd or other regulated substances. The RoHS Directive is complex and we are helping suppliers and manufacturers mitigate the impact of them on their operations. Our new XRF rental program and RoHS-Star(TM) software demonstrates our commitment to supporting this vital industry," said Don Sackett, President of Innov-X Systems.
RoHS* Screening Approach
European Union regulations for RoHS compliance pose a challenge to most companies. Many observers of EU directives believe they will focus on "due diligence," and this may be a key to mitigating impact or penalties. Due diligence is defined as a combination of obtaining and checking supplier certifications, and verifying certifications via a testing program. Recent studies indicate that up to 50% of Supplier Certifications that state products are RoHS-compliant, yet fail to pass testing. Portable XRF in many cases provides a simple, fast, non-destructive screening method to confirm suppliers' certifications.
Innov-X XRF analyzers are simple yet effective screening devices that can be taken virtually anywhere. They have the ability to alert users to restricted metals, using pass or fail criteria. They will document total Cr, Br, Pb, Hg, and Cd. In just seconds, prohibited materials may be identified and quantified. Best of all, the XRF is simple to use. The RoHS-Star(TM) software automatically determines the sample matrix - either polymer or alloy type so operators don't have to choose analysis methods and calibrations. Also, the software classifies samples as homogeneous or mixed, so the operator knows instantly that the XRF is provided quantitative analysis or screening level data quality. It's inherent sophistication provides incredibly easy operation for the non-scientific operator.
*RoHS = An EU Legal Directive for environmental regulations concerning the restriction of use of hazardous substances. The Directive requires the removal of six hazardous substances from electrical and electronic equipment. Six Substances: Pb; Hg; Cd; Cr+6; Br-compound: PBB - Polylybrominated Biphenyl; Br-compound: PBDE - Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers.
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About Innov-X Systems
Innov-X Systems is a vital force in the x-ray fluorescence (XRF) industry. Their systems perform fast, accurate chemical analysis in seconds to identify, differentiate and quantify most materials by elemental composition. Founded in 2001, they pioneered handheld XRF instrumentation using a miniature x-ray tube rather than radioactive isotopes.
With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Innov-X has offices in Europe (the Netherlands) and Asia (Hong Kong). Service, installation and training are available in over 100 countries.
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