KB Electronics, Inc. (KB) is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities to the community regarding environmental concerns and product safety. Our goal is to continually improve on providing safe, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly product to our customers. KB’s dedication to the environment and the community is demonstrated by our commitment of resources to support this policy and to achieve the stated goals. Our dedication is demonstrated by our continued efforts to achieve full compliance to world-wide safety and environmental regulations.
RoHS, RoHS II
The RoHS directive aims to restrict certain dangerous substances commonly used in electronic and electronic equipment. Any RoHS compliant component is tested for the presence of Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Hex-Cr), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). For Cadmium and Hexavalent chromium, there must be less than 0.01% of the substance by weight at raw homogeneous materials level. For Lead, PBB, and PBDE, there must be no more than 0.1% of the material, when calculated by weight at raw homogeneous materials. Any RoHS compliant component must have 100 ppm or less of mercury and the mercury must not have been intentionally added to the component. RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC went into effect July 1, 2006.
The new RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS II) became effective on 3 January 2013. RoHS II addresses the same hazardous substances and the same maximum concentration limits as the RoHS Directive. Therefore, all products meeting the substance restrictions of RoHS I remain compliant to the substance restrictions of RoHS II. The scope of RoHS II is expanding to phase in the previously excluded categories of medical devices, monitoring and control instruments and other electronic and electrical equipment not covered in RoHS II. In addition, CE will require conformity to RoHS II in order to use the CE marking.
Under category 9 exemptions of RoHS II, Industrial Controls are exempt until January of 2017. Therefore all KB products can continue to be sold and utilized in the EU marketplace through 2017 without RoHS II compliance. In an effort to continue to promote green products, KB is working towards completing compliance to the RoHS II Directive 2011/65/EU by the end of 2016.
Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), passed in July 2010, is an attempt to curtail rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from illegally using profits from the minerals trade to fund their activities. Section 1502 is a disclosure provision that requires certain companies to determine whether their products contain conflict minerals and report their findings to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on an annual basis.
KB is a privately owned, non-traded corporation and therefore is not subject to the SEC reporting requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act. However, KB does supply products to publicly traded companies that must comply with this directive. We recognize our responsibilities and we only use established industry recognized suppliers and vendors to procure components.
Presently, KB has received declarations from all of our suppliers that they are aware of the Dodd-Frank Act. All of our suppliers have, or are developing, processes to ensure that there are no “Conflict Minerals” in the parts or materials that they provide that are sourced from illegal mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), or any of its contiguous countries. In common with many other down stream companies involved in tracing the origin of “Conflict Minerals”, it will take time to identify all smelters or refiners involved in the thousands of parts and materials used by KB. Upon discovery that materials used by a supplier may originate from an illegal mine, KB will implement immediate corrective action.
REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It addresses the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. (REACH). The law entered into force on June 1, 2007.
The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, REACH aims to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.
All products manufactured and/or supplied by KB Electronics, Inc. are defined as “articles” in accordance with REACH Article 3(3). SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) will not be released if these products are used within the manufacturer’s ratings and specifications.
Since these products contain SVHCs less than 0.1 (%) mass and tonnage in excess of 1 ton per importer per year, the requirement in REACH Article 7(2) to notify ECHA does not apply. Therefore, the REACH Article 33 requirement to provide safe use information to our customers does not apply.
KB will continue to monitor new or revised legislation in order to include updated materials to the SVHC list and make any necessary changes.
UL is an independent organization that tests and inspects products to ensure that they are physically and environmentally safe. Their goal is to prevent the loss of life and property.
KB products are UL Listed and Recognized under the following Standards:
http://www.kbelectronics.com/UL Certification Documents.pdf
CE is derived from the French phrase "Conformité Européene" which literally translates to "European Conformity". CE is a mandatory mark for certain product groups in order for them to be sold on the European market – specifically into the EU. The requirements are set out in European Directives that cover health, safety and environmental protection legislation.
KB motor speed controllers and accessories are components intended to be installed in a system or a machine and meet all of the CE requirements when used in accordance with all directives. Compliance of the system as a whole is the responsibility of the system integrator for the EMC Directive 2004/108/EC and 2006/95/EC Low Voltage Directive.