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Green Manufacturing Book Series: RoHS & WEEE - status, compliance, issues and implications

RoHS & WEEE-status, compliance, issues and implications   Authors: Y.C. Chan, Lam Hoi Shan Brenda, Winco K.C. Yung, Chau Pik-wa Lawrence, Michael Pecht, Patrick Beullens, David Hammond
Editor: Y. C. Chan
Publisher: Centre for Electronic Packaging and Assemblies, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering (EPA Centre), City University of Hong Kong
Design and Printing: Power Digital Printing Co. Ltd.
ISBN: 962-442-278-8
Edition: First Edition October, 2006
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The 21st century will be dominated by electronics. Our daily life and work is highly influenced by the internet, PC, TV, digital music and home appliances controlled by electronics. However, there is a price we have to pay for all the conveniences. The advance of technology at such a fast pace means the obsolescence of products is also just as quick. In each year, tens of millions of electronic products are discarded either because they reached their end of life or being replaced by newer models. These devices usually contain toxic substances or heavy metals. If the electronic wastes are not handled properly, the environmental damage will be huge.

The world did come to the awareness of the above issues and different countries are introducing legislations to handle electronic wastes. The most widely recognized and globally regarded as de facto standards are the three directives introduced recently by the European Union on restrictions on electronic products. These are the WEEE, RoHS and the EuP directives. These three directives completely govern the entire life cycle of an electronic devices, from design, the choice of components, manufacturing, field application and the end of life treatment. Electronics goods must be energy efficient, they can not contain the "six" toxic elements, they must be produced properly and at the end of life, the products must be recycled and reused.

The above laws and others being introduced by other countries completely redefine the electronic industry. We now talk of a "Cradle to Cradle" product life cycle, Green Manufacturing becomes the norm and Corporate Social Responsibility becomes main streams. For us in the electronic industries, the environmental issues present both challenge and opportunities.

This book gives the latest update on various aspect of the WEEE and RoHS directive and it is an invaluable tool to the manufacturing industry and engineers. The Green Revolution in the electronic industry is here to stay and it is more demanding every day. We have to capitalize on this momentous change and build a better tomorrow for us and our next generations!

The book will help readers to know: