SOURCE: Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, Inc.

August 23, 2005 14:59 ET

EMT to Offer X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analysis as Part of RoHS Test Methods Menu

MORTON GROVE, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 23, 2005 -- Environmental Monitoring and Technologies, Inc. (EMT) is pleased to announce the addition of x-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing to the suite of analytical test methods offered for the evaluation of electronic and electrical components. XRF testing can be an effective tool in compiling material content declarations, specifically for the determination of various metals and brominated compounds in plastics and alloys.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment (RoHS) Directive in the European Union (EU), to become effective in 2006, aims to protect human health and the environment by restricting the use of certain hazardous substances, including cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, PBBs and PBDEs, in new electronic and electrical equipment. Due to this impending deadline in the EU, as well as similar legislation anticipated in other countries (including the US), electronics manufacturers are taking steps to evaluate their products. EMT has been at the forefront of providing efficient, accurate testing of materials for the substances of concern addressed in the RoHS Directive utilizing traditional laboratory methods. Recently, EMT has expanded the laboratory testing services offered to clients worldwide to include XRF methodology for testing electronics. While there are still some limitations to the use of XRF technology for this application, some of the clear advantages include a rapid turnaround of results and the ability to test a material without altering it (non-destructive testing).

EMT's Technical Manager Vince Donndelinger is pleased with the opportunity for expanded laboratory capabilities. "XRF analysis provides an additional approach to effectively evaluate alloys and plastics in anticipation of legislation affecting the electronics industry. While XRF analysis does not provide definitive results for all of the RoHS-regulated substances, it will, however, provide a useful approach to determining which areas of a product or material may be ruled out for further testing."

EMT is located in Morton Grove, Illinois, and has provided analytical testing and sampling services to clients worldwide for more than twenty years. EMT is accredited in accordance with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Committee (NELAC). EMT performs RoHS-related testing in general accordance with the test methodologies as developed by the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC).

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