Legislation such as RoHS, WEEE, EN71 etc, restricts the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium and other elements allowed in electrical and electronic equipment, and consumer products. Niton instruments provide an ideal means of testing equipment for compliance.
For example cadmium is one of the principal harmful substances to be dealt with by RoHS and WEEE directives. Leads, connectors and case parts must contain less than 10ppm cadmium, but some imported components have been tested at over 500ppm! Certain EU customs agencies are using Niton instruments to impound failed goods, while high profile European manufacturers that have experienced disruptions are now using Niton analysers to test and reject goods. Suppliers outside of Europe that wish to sell into the EU need to have just as much regard for RoHS and WEEE legislation as European manufacturers.
Being truly portable, non-destructive testing method, Niton analysers can provide valuable assistance in screening for three metallic toxins cited in the legislation. For example, in-situ WEEE toxin testing is particularly difficult to achieve, as most methods require samples to be analysed using laboratory facilities and for those samples to be taken inevitably requires damaging the item to be tested.
Niton analysers can test a component directly for WEEE toxins, In addition, more accurate ex-situ WEEE toxin content testing can be performed by preparing samples and analysing them using our test stand and sample preparation kit.
With the ability to test a variety of samples for compliance with RoHS and WEEE regulations, Niton instruments can greatly assist in accessing potential exposure to toxins.