Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Medical OEM's Need To Get RoHS Compliant By 2014

Since it was introduced by the EU in 2003, the Restriction Of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been overseeing the large quantities of toxic waste caused by electronics. It sets out regulations for the collection and recycling of electrical goods as well as the materials that can be used in electronics manufacturing.

On June 8th 2011, there was an amendment to the legislation known as RoHS 2.0. The new guidelines recognise the sum of the problems with the original legislation. The new guidelines addresses six substances used in electrical and electronic products manufacturing. They are Lead (Pb), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), Mercury (Hg), Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), Cadmium (Cd) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).

One important factor of the updated legislation is that it now covers medical devices as well as monitoring and control instruments. Manufacturers of these products now have to become compliant by the deadline of July 22nd 2014.

OEM's must become compliant with a number of new guidelines:
  • CE markings will be required on all products in order to demonstrate compliance with the new RoHS directive.
  • OEM's will need to produce documentation as proof that their CE marking has been achieved in compliance. For example, certificates of conformity for each component and material used in the manufacturing of the product could be used to demonstrate proof of compliance.
Due to the long time it takes to design and get approval in the medical manufacturing industry, it is the OEM's of Medical devices who are going to be the first affected by the new directive and therefore the ones who need to take action sooner rather than later.

For more detailed information on RoHS, please check out our Free Guide on How Major Manufacturers Denote RoHS Components.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Demand for Smart Phones & Tablets Creates Growth in Semiconductor Industry Forecasts

Ever increasing demand for smart phones and tablet devices is being given as the main reason for a 1% increase in the forecasted growth of the global semiconductor industry in 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. Semiconductor revenue is expected to reach $324.6 billion in 2012 on a global scale.

Growth in 2012 is expected to be an improvement on 2011 with all reports indicating that the industry is poised to recover as the overall global economy regains its stability. As long as there are no further upsets to the global economy, growth should continue over the next several years, reaching about $412.8 billion in 2016. The table below from IHS shows this.

Semiconductor revenue growth is expected to rise in 2012 compared to last year as consumers begin to believe that the global economic recovery is for real,” says Len Jelinek, IHS' Director and Chief Analyst of semiconductor manufacturing. “The biggest drivers of demand will be consumer-oriented products from the wireless semiconductor segment, such as smart phones and media tablets. The iPhone and iPad from Apple Inc. are perpetual best-sellers in their category, but a swarm of competing products will also help enlarge the total pool of offerings and thus increase sales. In particular, semiconductor suppliers can anticipate an exceptionally robust third quarter this year in preparation for strong holiday sell-through.”

IHS offer more details in the original press release here.