Laser Components, in its bid to insure the supply of PbX detectors remains secure, has voiced its support for the companies consortium applying for exemption from the European Union’s new RoHS regulations.
According to Laser Components, the EU directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS 2) contains a list of chemical elements and compounds that may no longer be used in electronic products. This includes lead in concentrations above 0.1%. The legislators are primarily concerned with tin solder that contains lead. However, this heavy metal is also a crucial component in the PbS and PbSe detectors manufactured by the Laser Components Detector Group.
Manufacturers can apply for exemptions from this rule if a product is indispensable for certain applications. Annex IV, Point 1C of the directive explicitly mentions lead used in infrared detectors. Together with its customers, Laser Components has thus formed a consortium that has been able to prove that an alternative to using lead salt detectors in certain areas is not available.
According to Sven Schreiber, who coordinated the activities at LASER COMPONENTS, many SMEs would simply be overwhelmed with the burden of EU law if they tried to take it on themselves. As a well-known player in the international detector market, LASER COMPONENTS has thus taken the initiative and the company is confident that its application will be granted. According to Sven, this would benefit all market participants for another seven years. At that time, the exemption will be renewed.