One of our key objectives at Vitec is to be an industry leader in environmental performance, making environmental affairs an integral part of Vitec Electronics Corporation’s processes. As a designer and manufacturer of magnetic components, it is our goal to phase out restricted materials from our products in support of our customer’s implementation plans. In most cases, we only require an additional 2-4 weeks to provide a RoHS compliant version of a device. This is in addition to product’s standard lead time and only applies to the initial order. The only exception to this is our transfer molded products utilizing Thermo-set plastics that are yet to be available in a RoHS compliant formula.
On-going collaboration with our suppliers has proven valuable in this endeavor. Clear communication and regular audits have given us the assurance we need in our suppliers ability to achieve environmental compliance based on our established time schedules.
Our own manufacturing and product development has progressed according to plan and we have made considerable progress in transitioning towards a lead-free manufacturing process. The challenge of replacing lead and the other banned substances is compounded by the fact that lead-free solder and plating materials require substantially higher reflow soldering temperature. This can adversely affect all materials used in manufacturing our SMT transformers and inductors. Substantial engineering effort has gone towards evaluating and qualifying new materials that will be able to handle these higher temperatures. At the link http://www.viteccorp.com/RoHS/RoHS_SMD_Profile.jpg you will find a typical solder reflow profile used in lead-free soldering applications which we currently use for the qualification of our SMT parts and recommend for processing our compliant products.
In our product development process, we continue our efforts to achieve higher environmental goals and better-established guidelines. To distinguish our RoHS compliant products, we have devised a part numbering system that would allow for an effective inventory management of these components during this transition. All products updated with lead free materials will bare a letter “R” after the three-digit series designation. For example, the current part number 59P9078 will be introduced as 59PR9078 to designate RoHS compliance.
As an industry leader in environmental performance we look forward to your continued support and feedback.