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RoHS Examined
26/10/2016 09:55:20 NewsCable News

RoHS Compliant SymbolThe Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC, (RoHS), short for Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. 

China RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), officially known as Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products is a Chinese Government regulation to control the same materials as RoHS 2. Unlike EU RoHS 2 Directive, however, this does not allow any technology exemptions. This article will be concerned with EU RoHS.

This RoHS 1 directive took effect on 1 July 2006, and was required to be enforced and become law in each member state. This directive restricts (with exceptions) the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.

The RoHS 2 directive (2011/65/EU) was an evolution of the original directive and became law on 21 July 2011 and took effect 2 January 2013. It addresses the same substances as the original directive while improving regulatory conditions and legal clarity. The CE logo indicated compliance and RoHS 2 declaration of conformity was now detailed.

The RoHS 3 directive (2015/863) adds four additional substances. Slated for adoption and publishing by EU governments internally by the end of 2016, the additional four substances shall be applied by 22 July 2019 except where exemptions permit.
The restricted substances are;

1.    Lead (Pb)
2.    Mercury (Hg)
3.    Cadmium (Cd)
4.    Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
5.    Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
6.    Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
7.    Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
8.    Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
9.    Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)
10.  Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) RoHS 3 directive (2015/863)

All well and good. But in everyday speak, we always talk of RoHS compliance, and rarely consider which Directive to which it complies. At my previous company, if we were asked if a product, stocked upon our shelves was RoHS compliant, the answer was “Yes, at the time of manufacture” When requesting RoHS compliance, because the directive is rarely, if ever, stated, we must always consider, and be aware of, the date of manufacture of the product before we implement its use. This is not usually a problem at Aerco Ltd, as we are proud to offer Full Traceability on the majority of the items that we hold in stock, and can inform you if the product we offer does not. So ask when you request a quote. 

Also, new substance restrictions being considered for introduction in the next few years include phthalates, Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs), Chlorinated Flame Retardants (CFRs), and PVC. Yes, PVC. This means that all PVC insulated wires will no longer be RoHS compliant. However, Alpha Wire’s EcoGen™ Wire and Cable products are free of all of these, so, if you are involved in designing new products, call us at Aerco Ltd and we shall insure that your products are future proof. 

To learn more cable and wire services and products at Aerco, please message us  or call us on 01403 260206.

Sixty years and counting
29/09/2016 10:45:06 News

Bill Laughton founded Aerco (Aviation Electrical and Radio Company) in September 1956 and so we celebrate our 60th anniversary in September of this year. The company started out in a wooden workshop in Horsham installing radio equipment in aircraft and over the next ten years developed its engineering and technical capabilities servicing navigation lighting and other electrical aircraft equipment in both the civil aviation industry and the MOD.

Gradually, a stock-holding and distribution element was added to the business and slowly, but very surely, the company developed into the major electrical and electronics component distributor that it is today. 

One of a breed

Bill was a pioneer of the UK electronics distribution industry being one of a select band of trailblazers that included Fred Lane of FC Lane, George Stuart of Sasco, Alf Pegg of AWP and Cyril (Lofty) Freeman who at that time was at Richfield Electronics.  All these entrepreneurs formed companies in the Horsham and Crawley area of West Sussex and went on to run successful and long lived businesses.

A true family business

Bill handed over the running of the company to his son, Rob, in 2000 but continued working in the company until shortly before he died in September 2013.  At this time there were three generations of the Laughton family working in the company Bill, Rob and his wife, Fiona, and their son Harry. 

The more things change ….

When Bill started out there were no computers, no mobile phones and no fax machines, scanners, e-mails or websites.   Even ballpoint pens were in their infancy. 

Modern communications are now far more sophisticated of course and have changed the relationship between distributors, their suppliers and customers.  At Aerco we have always been aware of the potential danger that instant, electronic communication methods can bring and try very hard to ensure that we do not reduce the close and vital interaction that we have with our customers. 

Handling growth and change

Aerco’s growth has been impressive over the past decade due to organic growth and the acquisition of companies like Fan Technology in 2000, Spartan Europe in 2008 and Electro Cables in 2015.  Still family-owned it is now an SME with a turnover of just over £13 million.
It is a challenge to maintain growth and profitability in a changing market in which large, broad-line, multinational distributors dominate with the top 10% of distributors controlling more than 90% of total sales. 

Aerco’s basic principals are to form strong working partnerships with both suppliers and customers while continuing to invest in long-term price agreements and call-off orders.  These, backed up by a large stock holding of top quality products and high customer service levels, will be the keys to continued success.


Defense de Fumer
28/09/2016 14:22:23 NewsCable News

On the 4th May 1982, HMS Sheffield, a Type 42 Guided Missile Destroyer being deployed in The Falklands Conflict, was attacked by two Argentinian Super Etendard aircraft armed with Exocet Anti-Ship Missiles. The missiles scored a direct hit, but whether or not they exploded is open to conjecture and debate. However, what is beyond debate is that damage caused by the missile impact severed the high-pressure fire main on board, and the resultant fire, caused by burning rocket propellant, ignited diesel oil from the ready-use tanks in the engine room, and other inflammable materials used in the ship's construction. Twenty crew lost their lives, and the fires continued to burn unchecked for a number of days after the ship was abandoned. The ship finally floundered on the 10th May.

On the 18th November 1987, a lit match dropped on an escalator at Kings Cross Tube Station resulted in a fire. Thirty-one people, including London Fire Brigade officers, died and 100 people were taken to hospital, 19 with serious injuries.

Although there were other major contributing factors in both cases, the use of PVC insulated cable is both situations did not help, and probably made bad things worse.

When PVC burns, contained within the smoke is Hydrogen Chloride gas. When this condenses with water vapour, or onto a wet surface, Hydrochloric Acid is formed. On the Sheffield, this acid burnt through the printed circuits on the Fire Fighting equipment, allowing the fire to get out of control, and at Kings Cross, people in poorly ventilated areas, trying to escape, choking and suffocating in the dense acrid smoke, were unable to safely evacuate.

We learn by our mistakes, and new materials were sought that could replace PVC, but without the harmful effects of acidic smoke. Hence the introduction of Zero Halogen cable, which is produced without using any of the Halogen group of elements, Florine, Bromine, Iodine and Astatine, as well as the Chlorine found in PVC. Materials within the Polyethylene family have always been favourite, as well as Silicone, but recently a new weapon has been added to the arsenal.

Alpha Wire Inc, for whom Aerco Ltd are Premier Distributors in the UK, have recently introduced the EcoGen range of cables. EcoGen products contain no halogens, phthalates, or heavy metals. The mPPE thermoplastic insulation and jacketing can also be easily recycled. They meet RoHS and WEEE requirements for the elimination of hazardous substances and recyclability.

If you have a need or desire to move away from using PVC insulation, contact us at Aerco Ltd, and we shall be happy to guide you to the right product for your requirements.

To learn more cable and wire services and products at Aerco, please message us  or call us on 01403 260206.