RoHS and WEEE - EMA Design Automation
A lot of CMs and even some component distributors are doing BOM cleansing and AVL cleansing after the product has been designed. They may get that one design compliant and out the door but it doesn't eco your design back to your library so that your next design is compliant.
It's very passionate with me. We've been doing this for a year now. We have learned so much from our customers. We have seen so many customers and prospects ignoring the problem. They say I will let my CM take care of it. The CM is not going to pay the fine. The CM's lawyer is not going to defend you in court. When you throw the BOM over the wall, the CM may change the design and inadvertently choose a part that is not compliant. Somebody blows the whistle in Europe and they find out that you screwed up. The OEM is liable no matter who did the design or who did the manufacturing. That's the part that drives me crazy. People are not paying attention to the liability.
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