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SMP Technology Inc. RoHS Compliance

What is RoHS Compliance?
The European Union set forth the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive to establish environmental guidelines and legislation to reduce the presence of six (6) materials deemed hazardous to the environment. To comply, products entering the EU must not have a homogeneous presence of these materials above the following levels by weight percentage:

Lead (Pb) < 0.1%
Mercury (Hg) < 0.1%
Cadmium (Cd) < 0.01%
Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI) < 0.1%
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) < 0.1%
Polybrominated Diphenyl Esters (PBDE) < 0.1%

At SMP Technology , we recognize our responsibility as a supplier of interconnect products and components used within electronic-based systems and products that are targeted for RoHS compliance. We are fully committed to offering RoHS compliance on all of our products. We have completed a comprehensive evaluation and analysis program both internally and with our suppliers to establish and publish RoHS compliant statements for our products on our website.
Determining SMP Technology RoHS Compliance
To determine if the product is RoHS Compliant, please first refer to our website at For each part number that is RoHS compliant, we show in the “How To Order” section on the data sheet a suffix “Z” which indicates that the part is RoHS compliant.


We recognize that you may have specific questions regarding RoHS certification for SMP components and products. We will be happy to process all such requests as quickly as possible. Please direct any such requests to SMP Technology Technical Support via email at by calling 831-438-9191

Methods Determining RoHS Compliance
RoHS Compliance is determined by a combination of supplier certification and engineering design verification. At this time , SMP Technology ‘s products are determined to be RoHS Compliant. In many cases, the Compliance was through a stated Exemption to the RoHS Directive. As a supplier of interconnect products, SMP Technology Inc. uses various materials including s Brass and Stainless Steel which contain lead as a percentage of weight above the 0.1% threshold, but are allowed through the Exemptions as of the October 21st, 2005 RoHS Directive amendment. SMP Technology Inc. uses these Exemptions to the RoHS Directive where applicable.

What are the Exemptions?
RoHS Directive text as of the Oct 21st, 2005 amendment is underlined, and how it applies to SMP Technology’s products is indicated below each Exemption.

"Applications of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) which are exempted from the requirements of Article 4(1)":

5. Lead in glass of cathode ray tubes, electronic components and fluorescent tubes. 
Some SMP Technology products use resistive and/or dielectric inks that contain lead in a glass phase and fall under this exemption 5.

6. Lead as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0.35% lead by weight, aluminum containing up to 0.4% lead by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4% lead by weight. Most SMP Technology ‘s products use metal alloys that contain lead below the maximum concentration values specified under this exemption 6. Specifically: aluminum alloys, brass, stainless steel, beryllium copper and phosphor bronze.

7. Lead in solders for servers, storage and storage array systems, network infrastructure equipment for switching, signaling, transmission as well as network management for telecommunications.  All SMP Technology’s cable assemblies are made using solder containing lead (unless lead-free solder is specified), and may be used in network infrastructure equipment and therefore would fall under this exemption 7. This exemption is application specific, however, and we therefore leave it up to our customer to determine whether this exemption applies to their application.

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