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COG is publishing a series of reference booklets about various aspects of electronic components

Component Obsolescence Group (COG) : 20 October, 2005  (New Product)
Now, as the industry moves towards the cutoff date for the elimination of hazardous material and devices, the latest publication is designed to provide a comprehensive step-by-step evaluation of the impact and mitigation of technical and obsolescence risks associated with the transition to Pb-free solder and RoHS compliance, most of which will still be viable and helpful once the legislation is in force.
Primarily as a result of a DTI initiative and through the full support of members of the Component Obsolescence Group's External Liaison Group, COG is publishing a series of reference booklets about various aspects of electronic components and other areas threatened by obsolescence and the ways in which these impact on elements of industry. The 'Obsolescence minefield' series of publications are designed to be comprehensive, very informative but easily understood by both engineers and management. Some of the subjects covered in the series include date coding, the supply chain, long term storage of components and the pitfalls associated with redundant stock.

Now, as the industry moves towards the cutoff date for the elimination of hazardous material and devices, the latest publication is designed to provide a comprehensive step-by-step evaluation of the impact and mitigation of technical and obsolescence risks associated with the transition to Pb-free solder and RoHS compliance, most of which will still be viable and helpful once the legislation is in force.

Problems as well as solutions are highlighted.

There is little doubt that the transition has been, and will continue to be, a 'minefield' of a magnitude that has not previously been experienced by industry.

Perhaps even more pertinent, it requires manufacturers and users to enter unknown territory and new challenges in technology.

Although much has already been written on the subject, COG, in association with Alan Brewin of the National Physical Laboratory (a leading edge organisation in the assessment and evaluation of RoHS requirements) has just published a 24-page and very comprehensive booklet 'The Pb-free minefield' which has been fully supported and sponsored by Elfnet - the European Lead-Free Soldering Network, an EU-funded project aiming to bring together Europe's research experts to optimise and accelerate the lead-free transition.

Obsolescence has been identified by Elfnet as one of a set of priority issues requiring urgent action.

Dr Jeremy Pearce, Elfnet Co-ordinator, comments that the work of COG, including publication of this latest guidance document, is a major contribution in achieving this aim and encapsulates the major problems and the definitive answers that the legislation will almost certainly generate.

COG's Mike Trenchard emphasises the urgency of the problem-solving exercise: 'There is already a danger that exempted customers may soon find that there is no leaded stock left'.

The NPL's Alan Brewin warns that too many user and manufacturers are overlooking or ignoring areas that are crucial to a viable implementation of the EU Directive.

The booklet goes well beyond much of the material that has been published to-date and offers a single source of information that will be invaluable to industry.
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