RP Abrasives Announces RoHS 2 Certification For Stainless Steel Passivation

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RoHS and RoHS 2 certification is no problem for these metal finishers.

We are very happy to be able to offer certification to our customers that our passivation process is both RoHS and RoHS 2 compliant.

RP Abrasives, a leading metal finishing company specializing in passivation, is proud to announce compliance with the European Union’s newly adopted Directive 2011/65/EC, also known as RoHS 2. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive requires that manufactured products sold to and distributed within the EU are certified as free of six hazardous materials—lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether.

Joe Shean, RP Abrasives’ president, said, “As more and more American companies are being impacted by the new requirements that apply to medical devices and to monitoring and control instruments for the first time, we are very happy to be able to offer certification to our customers that our passivation process is both RoHS and RoHS 2 compliant.”

In accordance with the directive, each process involved in the manufacturing of products within the following eleven categories must be tested and certified according to RoHS and RoHS 2 requirements:

  •     Large Household Appliances
  •     Small Household Appliances
  •     IT & Telecommunications Equipment
  •     Consumer Equipment
  •     Lighting Equipment—Including Light Bulbs
  •     Electronic & Electrical Tools
  •     Toys, Leisure & Sports Equipment
  •     Medical Devices
  •     Monitoring & Control Instruments
  •     Automatic Dispensers
  •     Semiconductor Devices

Passivation removes free iron from stainless steel, thus increasing the steel’s rust resistance and rendering it “passive.” RP Abrasives uses a citric acid bath in conjunction with a proprietary process that guarantees RoHS and RoHS 2 compliance, while also meeting required ASTM A-967 and AMS 2700 industry standards.

“This means that our customers can sell portions of their production to Europe without setting aside special inventory and resorting to special procedures,” Shean said. RP Abrasives’ meticulous quality assurance department provides full documentation and testing results on all passivated parts, ensuring that American and European manufacturers in need of the process can avoid the risk of products being recalled or hung up in customs due to non-compliance.

Further information regarding the impact of RoHS 2 on manufacturers and subcontracted processes can be found at http://rpabrasives.com/rohs-2-compliance.html.

About RP Abrasives

Based out Rochester, New Hampshire, RP Abrasives provides metal finishing services to customers across a wide range of industries all over the United States. Specialties include passivation, deburring, polishing and buffing, mass finishing, shot and beat blasting, tumble finishing and plastic finishing. For more information, visit http://www.rpabrasives.com.

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