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    The end is near... RoHS

    As of Saturday 1st July, all products sold within Europe have to be lead free. It's down to the manufacturer to ensure that all parts are lead-free; not the retailer.

    There is going to be a plethora of products which are affected. Read more here.
    Last edited by Bob Crabtree; 01-07-2006 at 02:37 PM.

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    Didn't know this was happening.

    Quite an interesting FAQ to be honest too....or am i just being really sad tonight?

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    All i can say is

    So What?

    Being involved in the electronics industry i find this an incredibly boring subject that has been rammed down our throat for a couple of years. It won't effect most people, and most people won't care.

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    The "WEEE Directive" sounds a lot more fun than it is

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    Sounds like a very good idea in principle, but (from the headline) does that mean that retailers can sell stuff to consumers from their stock or is it manufacturers that can't sell to retailers?

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    Could this be a good time to purchase lead containing products at bargain prices? Or do retailers send the product back to manufacturer? Then what happens? Do they ship them to China to be dismantled and infect the people there? Or can the products be sold somewhere else?

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    Could this be a good time to purchase lead containing products at bargain prices?
    Or even products containing lead?

    Had wondered what this RoHS thing was - bought a set of cheap Logitech speakers for my notebook recently and there was a RoHS logo on it.

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    Will lead solder still be available for non industrial use? if not I think i will stock up on several
    reels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro
    Will lead solder still be available for non industrial use? if not I think i will stock up on several
    reels.
    That presumes you CAN find any - which I strongly doubt.

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    Also being involved in the electronics industry Bean, it is a very interesting subject for me. This could potentially cause a massive upset for the electronics market. As it stands, only medical and military applications are exempt from ROHS guidelines, which makes it very profitable for the people who have these customers on board and frequently sell to the OEMs who manufacture such medical/military parts. This leaves huge franchised companies out in the rain slightly as most franchise distributors can only sell brand new stock, which now tends to be 2006, ROHS compliant products.
    However, there is also another downfall for these franchise distys, as manufacturers such as Maxim and TI still have huge leadtimes on getting their parts to the franchised companies, the ROHS parts will start to become rare, forcing customers to start chaning their PCB layouts and specs and looking elsewhere for leaded substitutes for the ROHS parts. This won't only hurt the franchised companies, but also the manufacturers of certain appliances.
    In the end, it will only benefit the environment and the grey market electronic component brokers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakaveliThaDon
    Also being involved in the electronics industry Bean, it is a very interesting subject for me. This could potentially cause a massive upset for the electronics market. As it stands, only medical and military applications are exempt from ROHS guidelines, which makes it very profitable for the people who have these customers on board and frequently sell to the OEMs who manufacture such medical/military parts. This leaves huge franchised companies out in the rain slightly as most franchise distributors can only sell brand new stock, which now tends to be 2006, ROHS compliant products.
    However, there is also another downfall for these franchise distys, as manufacturers such as Maxim and TI still have huge leadtimes on getting their parts to the franchised companies, the ROHS parts will start to become rare, forcing customers to start chaning their PCB layouts and specs and looking elsewhere for leaded substitutes for the ROHS parts. This won't only hurt the franchised companies, but also the manufacturers of certain appliances.
    In the end, it will only benefit the environment and the grey market electronic component brokers.
    I have to agree with some of the ROHS parts being hard to come by, with Maxim being the biggest pain in the butt. Some parts ex-stock no problem, 1 IC we use i got quoted 30 weeks delivery, problem is we needed them and i exhausted the complete RS stock of them. So we've been forced to buy 100 from Maxim with our PCB population company supplying another 50 from abroad and having to pay a real premium.

    The thing thats annoying is the amount of different solder i have on my desk is a joke. 60/40 in 2 different sizes, silver solder, Arax based solder (horrible stuff) and lead free just to be able to do my job. I also forgot to put a lead free indication on to the PCB's so i have to mark them when they come in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro
    Useful link!

    I've added it to a news thread over on DVdoctor about the problem.

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    I've been in search of answers to a few questions about this, but after some reading, I'm just even more confused, and I really don't fancy reading hundreds of pages on the damn thing to clear it all up.

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    Being the biggest stocking broker in europe, we too have huge amounts of leaded solder in our warehouses, but the ROHS regulations will be a big plus as companies that need leaded resources will have to buy from the likes of us. This can only be good news as we could shift literally thousands of pounds worth of stock we wouldn't usually have sold, and all this could quite literally happen in the next few months.

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