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SMT - Environment as part of the Business
(Surface Mount Technology Ltd.)
SMT-Environment as part of the Business


Experience Sharing in Philips Consumer Electronics (PCE) in Achieving WEEE and RoHS
(Philips Electronics Hong Kong Limited)
Experience Sharing in PCE in Achieving WEEE and RoHS


Equip Environmental Consideration In Product Design
(Fook Tin Technologies Ltd.)

Introduction
Technological innovation and development is increasing the resource efficiency of household appliances, indeed the new generation of appliances is far more efficient than previous models. Eco-design plays a critical role for household appliances, as the analysis of their life cycle reveals that the major consumption of energy (e.g. electricity, raw material, water, etc) happens in the use or operation phase which can be avoided when environmental concerns have been included during the design stage. A success story from Fook Tin Technologies Ltd. demonstrates how the environmental criteria to be fully considered in Product Design.

Article:            Equip Environmental Consideration In Product Design


Shinhint Group - Environmental Achievement (Chinese version only)
(Dongguan TaiSing Manufacturing Factory)
 Taising Manufacturing Factory - Environmental Achievement

Shinhint Group – Tai Sing Industrial Co. Ltd. is a vertically integrated manufacturing service provider. It’s major products include: multimedia speaker systems, portable and wireless multimedia speaker systems, home theatre system, personal communications, gaming headsets and other mulitmedia devices with major customers from America, Europe and Japan. Its environmental efforts are linked and stem from an overall mission to make environmental awareness and protection part of its everyday activities. Through better product design, closer control of production processes, and greater material reuse and recycling, Shinhint Group incorporates environmentally conscious planning into its overall framework, create health and safety practices and work environments for its employees.

Awareness of social and environmental issues in the electronics industry supply chain is increasing among the public, our customers, NGOs, investors and the media. Various green requirements are emerging worldwide, such as the RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) Directive, adopted in 2003, which requires limitation of six hazardous substances (Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Chromium IV, PBB and PBDE) in electrical and electronic equipment. Since non-compliant products cannot enter the Europe market, there is a pressing need for manufacturers endeavour to elevate their “green competence” in order to maintain market competitiveness.

To guide its efforts to manage hazardous substances in products in compliance with the RoHS Directive, Shinhint Group has established 3 core principles.

1. Upstream Management
Certified suppliers are audited periodically to confirm proper RoHS practices. In addition, Shinhint Group includes RoHS conformance clauses in the procurement contracts to contractually drive supplier performance in order to facilitate the control, reduction or elimination of a range of hazardous substances. Suppliers are required to sign declaration letter, with third party testing report as supporting document, to declare the supplied materials do not contain hazardous substances that exceed the maximum concentratin limits under the RoHS directive. In addition, suppliers are requested to put appropriate RoHS labels on the packing boxes as identification to facilitate warehouse management.

2. Quality Assurance / Control
Before new parts or materials can be used for production, they must be inspected to confirm that they satisfy the required hazardous substances contents. At the mass production stage, mass-produced parts are sampled and inspected regularly. If a component does not pass inspection, appropriate measures are taken, including task force establishment, product identification and segregation, root cause analysis, corrective and preventive action implementation,  halting procurement from suspected suppliers. When necessary, product recall from customer may also be required.

3. Application of Measurement Tools
Shinhint Group’s hazardous substance management system is supported by the application of scientific measurement tools. If invisible hazardous substances were managed via declaration documents alone, prohibited substances might accidentally enter products. To prevent this from occurring, suppliers are required to submit appropriate certificates and measurement data. Shinhint Group has also implemented internal control systems that involve using measurement devices, such as XRF device, for inspecting product quality and to help keep prohibited substances out of products. It is important that when interpret XRF analysis results, the limitations of this technique should be considered. The XRF screening analysis should be used to establish a "pass", "fail" or "borderline" result only. The numerical result obtained should be considered as reference. No further analysis should be required if a clear pass or fail is obtained.  Additional more accurate analysis might be required, however, if a borderline result is obtained.

In order to comply with the RoHS Directives efficiently and effectively, support from business operations is inevitable. RoHS management covers a wide range of elements throughout the production cycle, including product design, supply chain management, material assurance, production management and quality control. Among all the major aspects, effective supplier management is the most challenging one for Shinhint Group to realize RoHS management.

Shinhint Group recognizes the importance of efficient supply chain management in facilitating management of hazardous substances in its products. To comply with the European Union’s RoHS Directive and other related requirements, Shinhint Group has taken significant strides, including the development of “Green Supply Chain”. In addition, Shinhint Group has established other initiatives, such as ISO 14001 environmental management system and Eco-design, to strengthen the partnership with its suppliers.