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EU RoHS and WEEE directives

The EU WEEE DIRECTIVE

Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment states that manufacturers have to organize and finance the treatment, recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The directive regulates the management of waste from a wide and disparate range of electrical and electronic consumer appliances as well as professional equipment.
 
The EU directive WEEE came into force in national legislation during 2005. Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems product lines are in general not covered directly by the new legislation. However, a few handheld electric tools and monitoring and control instruments are covered according to category 6 and 9 of WEEE.
 
Atlas Copco shall design and produce electrical and electronic equipment which take into account and facilitate dismantling and recovery, in particular the reuse and recycling of WEEE, their components and materials.
 
Collection of used tools
Collection of used tools, please contact the nearest Atlas Copco customer center.
 
Example of products within the scope
Products that are identified to be within the scope are marked with a crossed over ...symbol and parts to be dismantled are provided in the in the Product Information (PI). Please contact the customer center for the PI.
 
6. Electrical and electronic tools
  • EBL Electric screwdrivers
  • Industrial battery tools
9. Monitoring and control instruments
  • ACTA 400 measuring equipment
  • ACTA 4000 measuring equipment
 
Example of products defined not to be within the scope
The following products are large-scale stationary industrial tool and therefore defined not to be within the scope of the WEEE directive
 
6. Electrical and electronic tools, defined to be large-scale stationary industrial tools.
  • Assembly System Components
  • Tensor systems
The tools above are part of a system, not having a direct function outside the installation. They are fixed and installed by professionals and are therefore considered to be outside the scope of the WEEE directive.
 
Large-scale stationary industrial tool: Machine or system, consisting of a combination of equipments, systems, finished products and/or components, each of which (parts), manufactured to be used in industry only, permanently fixed and installed by professionals at a given place in an industrial machinery or in an industrial building to perform a specific task. If the “other type of equipment” is a fixed installation it will not fall under the scope of the WEEE-directive. “Fixed installation”, in the broadest sense, is defined as a combination of several equipment, systems, finished products and/or components (here in after calls “parts”) assembled and/or given place to operate together in an expected environment to perform a specific task, but not intended to be placed on the market as a single functional or commercial unit, (KOM-GDtoTAC20050316D-6481 Annex).
 
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems compliance
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems design and produce electrical and electronic equipment which take into account and facilitate dismantling and recovery, in particular the reuse and recycling of WEEE, their components and materials.
 
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems comply with the WEEE directive for all products within the scope of the directive.

THE EU RoHS DIRECTIVE

Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment restricts use of six hazardous substances in products. These restrictions came into force in July 2006. Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems product lines in general are not covered by the new legislation. However a few products are within the scope.
 
Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems shall design and produce electrical and electronic equipment which take into account hazardous substances not to be used according to the RoHS directive. We have to be aware of the technology development on the electronics market, due to the RoHS directive, mainly because of the need of lead-free soldering.
The six banned substances are:
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI))
  • Polybrominated biphenyls, (PBBs)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs)
  • Lead (Pb).
The maximum concentration values (MCV) are:
  • 0.1 weight percent of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB and PBDE in homogeneous materials and 0.01 weight percent cadmium in homogeneous materials.
This Directive does not apply to spare parts for the repair, or to the reuse, of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market before July 1 2006.
 
Compliance for Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly Systems
  • We ensure that we comply with the directive for the products that are within the scope of the directive.
  • We also ensure that we are working to reduce the hazardous substances forbidden in the RoHS directive in the whole product range.
  • All substances in the RoHS directives are listed in either Atlas Copco prohibited or restricted list of hazardous substances. All Atlas Copco companies are obliged to comply with these lists.
We are constantly working on:
  • The relationship with our suppliers in order to ensure compliance with the Atlas Copco prohibited and restricted lists.
  • Phasing out programs together with suppliers.
We have to be aware of the technology development on the electronics market, due to the RoHS directive. From a quality point of view, the introduction of lead-free components and lead-free soldering has to be made in a controlled manner.


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