Vertical Cable is currently in pursuit of ensuring that all its products that fall within the regulated scope of RoHS become compliant. At this moment, some of Vertical Cable's products are already compliant. Vertical Cable is vehemently working on manufacturing processes to ensure that all non-exempt products become completely RoHS-compliant as soon as possible. We will continue to update our website and documentation as they become finalized. For further information on RoHS compliance, please contact Vertical Cable at csr@VerticalCable.com
What is RoHS?
First and foremost, it is necessary to note that as of today, there is very little, if any, federal legislation similar to RoHS in the United States. RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substance) is a European directive restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
This European Union (EU) directive will be enforced on new electrical and electronic equipment, containing the more than agreed upon levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants sold within the European Union (EU).
Those affected by RoHS include:
- Manufacturers and resellers of electrical and electronic equipment that sell under their own brand in the European Union (EU).
- Importers or exporters in the European Union (EU) of electrical and electronic equipment
- If you are selling products, in the European Union (EU) your products must be RoHS compliant by July 1, 2006.
In what parts of the world is RoHS compliance going to be an issue in 2006 and the immediate future
- Europe is the main drive behind implementation of RoHS restrictions.
- In Japan, OEM's are moving toward lead-free manufacturing due to market pressures.
- The United States, no published federal position at this time. EPA continues to pressure lead users.
- China is drafting a proposal of regulations that ban RoHS substances, as of January 1, 2006.
Benefits of RoHS
The extraction and disposal of hazardous raw materials can cause damage to both the environment and to human health. Occupational exposure to certain levels of lead and other hazardous substances as defined above can create health issues. The removal and or reduction of these types of materials, especially at the production level will help reduce health risks associated with exposure, especially for children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Third Party Verification
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
What makes Vertical Cable products consistently rated higher in performance and overall value by industry installers? It's Vertical Cable's stringent quality control procedures that assure that Vertical Cable products have been inspected and/or tested to comply with strict FCC, TIA/EIA, and UL standards. In today's marketplace, there are many different manufactures offering structured cabling products, but not all of them have their products tested and verified by Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) or by independent testing companies.
Vertical Cable has pushed the limits to have their products UL certified to provide high quality and reliable structured cabling products. UL certificates of Vertical Cable's structured cabling products can be found at the UL website at www.ul.com. Search for Vertical Cable under the Online Certifications Directory.
What is UL?
UL is an independent, not-for-profit product-safety testing and certification organization. They offer a, "Performance Verification Services," program for performance Category 2, 3, 4, 5, 5E or 6, TIA/EIA 568B.2-1, ISO/IEC 11801 performance categories, Optical Fiber Cable Performance Verification, field testers, and much more. UL also provides CAT 6 permanent link and channel performance testing. This service is specifically geared towards system designers, installers, contractors and end-users. UL performs field measurements in accordance to TIA/EIA 568B2.
Upon successful completion of the testing UL issues a written report. In addition, UL performs permanent link and channel testing in their performance verification LAN laboratory in accordance to the requirements in TIA/EIA 568B2 and Category 6 draft specifications or other performance standards.