RoHS & Lead Free Policy

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The European Union Directive 2002/95/EC: Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, commonly know as RoHS, restricts the content of certain substances in all electrical and electronic equipment for sale within the EU. These substances are namely:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr(VI))
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Polybrominated Biphenyl flame retardants (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether flame retardants (PBDE)

Often wrongly referred to as Pb-Free the directive allows a small level of these materials. In the case of Lead 0.1% by weight. Full details are listed in the directive. However, there are a number of exceptions where there is no practical alternative. These exemptions include the use of high temperature solder, lead content in piezoelectric materials etc. Wherever possible Magna supply truly lead-free products but all products meet the directive.

RoHS compliance does not, however, mean that devices are suitable for all lead-free soldering processes. Solders used in lead-free processing have a higher melting point than traditional tin-lead solder, typically around 220°C, and components will therefore be subjected to higher temperatures for longer periods. It is important to ensure that components are designed to withstand the required temperature profile

Unless otherwise stated all Magna products are suitable for use in 260°C reflow processes

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