The EU directives 2002/95/EG and 2011/65/ EU, commonly known as “RoHS” "RoHS II" (Restrictions of Hazardous Substances), regulate the use of hazardous materials in components used in electronic devices. The purpose of these directives is to ban problematic substances from electronic scrap, such as leaded solder (see Figure 1), Cd in batteries (see Figure 2), and Cr in protective coatings. The main substances targeted are lead, mercury, cadmium, bromine, and chromium among some organic compounds.
Other jurisdictions, such as China, Japan, the US and Korea have their own, but similar directives. Further regulations focus on e.g. heavy metal content in used cars (ELV, for “End of Life Vehicles”) and recycling of electronic equipment (WEEE, for “Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment”).
The implementation of all of these directives requires adequate analytics. The S2 PUMA is the right instrument when it comes to compliance with RoHS and related applications according to the norm ASTM F2617-15.