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Part I. RoHS: Interpower's Commitment to Compliance in Europe

Posted on 4/13/20 2:11 PM

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive restricting certain “hazardous” substances used in electrical and electronic equipment in European countries. RoHS ensures electrical/electronic products used in Europe are RoHS compliant in not exceeding the maximum concentration levels for hazardous substances listed in the directive. Substances currently banned under RoHS: lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), hexavalent chromium (CrVI), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), and four different phthalates: DEHP, BBP, BBP, and DIBP. Please find the “RoHS Table of Restricted Substances” below to find the full spellings of each phthalate and the accepted levels of each substance. All Interpower products manufactured for the European market meet RoHS limitations for each substance.  

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Topics: RoHS, European Union Compliance, international power components

Strain Reliefs/Cable Glands: Providing Protection to Power Cords

Posted on 3/4/20 2:08 PM

The main purpose of a “strain relief” or “cable gland” is to provide protection to a power cord. They help extend cord life and add stability to the equipment. In generic terms, it is used to secure a power supply cord to a piece of electrical equipment. The term strain relief is commonly used in North America, while cable gland is the preferred term in Europe and other continents.

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Topics: electrical safety, cable glands, strain reliefs, international power components

New Products: Designing for Compliance

Posted on 12/30/19 7:31 AM

Keep the end destination in mind when beginning to design a new electrical or electronic product.

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Topics: designing for export, testing agencies, international power components

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