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    Component Pb conversion helps OEMs find economic equalizer when complying with WEEE

    (Sep 26, 2007)

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive mandates that OEMs make efforts to re-use, repair or re-cycle at least 50-80%, by weight depending on the category of products, of the products that they manufacture.

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    Process for converting leaded devices to lead free works, says study

    Gina Roos

  • Electronics Supply & Manufacturing
    (August 28 2007)

    Bloomington, Ind. - A joint study conducted by E-Certa Inc. and Sanmina-SCI shows it's possible to re-use lead- (Pb) containing parts by converting them to Pb-free for use in consumer-grade electronics. E-Certa has also released an information series based on the joint study that answers many questions posed by OEMs and engineers after the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive imposed a new standard for product design by restricting the use of several materials including lead.

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    (April 2007 )

    A process for converting semiconductors and ICs to RoHS compliance is described in a new flash presentation available for viewing on the E-Certa Inc. web site.

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    European RoHS directive may cause component inventory misalignment

  • Military & Aerospace Electronics
    (January 2007 )

    Many experts predict severe inventory misalignment as a result of the European Union's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive to eliminate lead from solder, according to experts at the Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance (E-CERTA) in Bloomington, Ind.

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    Half of electronic product companies plan to convert component for RoHS compliance

    (Jan 10, 2007 )

    52% according to recent TFI benchmarking study

    In the benchmarking study Gauging Environmental Preparedness and Recommendations for Best Practices (by Technology Forecasters Inc., December 2006), approximately half of the electronic-product companies' surveyed are converting or plan to convert the leads of some lead (Pb) components to Pb-free, and/or from Pb-free to Pb--to make use of available components.

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    E-Certa receives laboratory accreditation and ISO17023 certification from A2LA (from 10/2006 - 03/2012)

  • Globalsmt .net
    (December 19 2006)

    In October, the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation audited the XRF testing processes at E-Certa, a laboratory providing the services of converting semiconductors from lead (Pb) to lead-free and vice versa (for RoHS-exempt applications).

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    When Removing Hazardous Substances from Electronic Components Makes Sense Technically and Economically

  • PCB 007 .com
    Ray Franklin,
    (November 9 2006)

    I first became aware of E-Certa in March of 2006. The idea of converting Pb-bearing parts to RoHS compliance was intriguing. Later, when I saw that a number of companies were applying for RoHS exemptions based on lifetime buys of Pb-containing parts, I thought that was odd given the E-Certa solution. This was clearly a case of "adaptation to scientific and technical progress" that was being ignored by the industry. This interview with Joel Deutsch explains the conversion process and how it can solve the lifetime buy dilemma.

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    Delidding verifies chip authenticity

  • Green Supply Line .com
    By Joel Deutsch, president, E-Certa
    (October 30 2006)

    Counterfeiters are having a field day with electronics. Even material content marking is subject to counterfeiting since counterfeiters may mark devices "no lead" when in fact they are leaded, and vice versa. This is why some suppliers are making delidding a necessary step to verify chip authenticity.

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    E-Certa Leverages Strategy, Research, and Industry Network to Deliver Supply Chain Sanity

  • Tech Forecasters .com
    (October 2006)

    When the RoHS Directive finally came into effect in July 2006, electronics manufactures wishing to do business in Europe needed to comply. While the global supply chain adjusts to delivery of safer and more environmentally sustainable electronic products, many companies may face serious disruptions in their supply chain. Additionally, with increased reliance on remote component suppliers and contract manufacturers, there is a growing risk of counterfeit parts going into end products.

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    E-Certa offers services to address coming challenges

  • EDN
    (August 4 2006)

    Many experts predict severe inventory misalignment as a result of the European Union's- Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Producers that have not managed their component supply chain with precision accuracy may find themselves left with inventory that is no longer usable. Conversely, companies with products that are exempt from the legislation may find shortages of non-RoHS compliant components.

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    Reasons increase to check authenticity of components

    (July 27 2006)

    Hazardous-substance restrictions, counterfeit risk, and wrong parts

    "Don't judge a book by its cover" has never been more apt among electronics components as it is now. Electronic components' exterior packages may look alike, but the leads may contain lead when the systems-manufacturer is seeking to comply with lead-free requirements, or the chip inside may be a counterfeit bought more cheaply by a third-party manufacturer, or a tape or bin of parts may just have been accidentally swapped at the dock or assembly line. "De-lidding" is an increasingly popular service to ensure that the parts used are the parts specified; the service includes lift the lid of a component package and using a metallurgical microscope--with software for a camera hook up--to capture images of the die inside the package, to check for authentic identification.

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    Now that the RoHS directive's deadline is upon us - best 7 options for getting economic value from non-compliant parts
  • By Pamela J. Gordon

    (Jul 13, 2006)

    According to Technology Forecasters Inc. benchmarking studies comprising electronic-product companies and their suppliers, we anticipate that millions of non-compliant components will be stuck without products needing them.

    Likewise, hundreds of electronics companies with products not covered by hazardous-substance restrictions will face non-compliant-component shortages, delays, and increased prices. The Restrictions of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) deadline was July 1st, and now the lion's share of electronic and electrical products headed for the European market for sale should have no more than the maximum allowable percentage of six substances: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB (polybrominated biphenyl), and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ether).

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    New process changes leaded to lead-free, lead-free to leaded
  • Rob Spiegel's Blog

  • Design
    (June 29 2006)

    A new company in Bloomington, Ind. has been launched to help manufacturers through the transition to RoHS-compliant electronic components. E-Certa (Environmentally Certified Electronic Trade Alliance), a consortium of five companies, was founded to bring technologies together to convert leaded components to RoHS compliant. This service is designed to help manufacturers that have an overstock of non-compliant parts.

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    Technology transforms non-compliant RoHS parts into compliant ones
  • By Sally Cole Johnson

  • Reed
    (June 13 2006)

    How will the electronics industry deal with the millions of dollars of inventory containing RoHS-banned substances once the Directive takes effect on July 1?

    One possible solution: convert the non-compliant components into compliant ones.

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    Brokerlynx Chat Live 2006

    (April 29 2006)

    In 2005, 87 representatives from 33 companies attended the first annual "Chat Live" event hosted by, a subsidiary of Oxygen Electronics, in Las Vegas Nevada. Topics ranged from ESD and Packaging Quality Standards to the handling of problems associated with counterfeited and cloned product.

    It is our pleasure to announce the Second Brokerlynx "Chat Live" event. This year topics will include:

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    Convert Leaded IC's to RoHS Compliant

    (March 22 2006)

    E-Certa announces the first licensing agreement from New Way Technologies and Licensing Inc., for their (Patented) process to perform a total RoHS compliant conversion from lead to no lead (along with all other restricted material) for IC's and Semiconductors.

    This revolutionary process has been successfully engineered and tested and is available to become an integral part of current and future inventory control needs.

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    Services offer semiconductor testing and conversion.

    (March 21, 2006)

    Independent RoHS compliance service center, E-Certa, converts semiconductors that contain lead to lead-free, RoHS-compliant devices. Service provides customers with X-ray fluorescence test results, certificate of compliance, new package labeling, and Material Composition Declaration form to ensure due diligence. Other services include conversion of no-lead to leaded components for military and any other RoHS-exempted applications, and recycling and reclamation services for WEEE compliance.

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    Trade alliance launches RoHS/WEEE services

    (March 18 2006)

    E-Certa (Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance), comprised of a five-company consortium, has launched a series of environmental solutions that include component conversion, testing, recycling and sourcing services to help companies comply with the European Union's RoHS and WEEE directives.

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    Trade alliance launches RoHS/WEEE services
  • By Gina Roos

  • Green SupplyLine
    (01/27/2006 2:01 PM EST)

    Bloomington, Ind. - E-Certa (Environmentally Certified Electronic Resale Trade Alliance), comprised of a five-company consortium, has launched a series of environmental solutions that include component conversion, testing, recycling and sourcing services to help companies comply with the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directives.

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