The Minebea Group of Companies has long taken an active role in efforts to increase awareness and to address such environmental issues as global warming and the use and elimination of hazardous chemical substances. We have always taken an active role in environmental protection, and with the RoHS Directives we have done the same.
NMB’s products are RoHS compliant. Fans, Blowers and Motor Certifications (PDFs) The selection of pages found on this section of our web site will assist you in understanding the RoHS guidelines and banned substances.
Please feel free to contact our RoHS Coordinator for more information.
Gladys Alandy 818.341.3355 Ext. 4473
What is RoHS?
RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) is a European Union (25 member nations) requirement. The RoHS Directive declares that by restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment the risks of environmental destruction and human health will be minimized. This directive further explains that “electrical and electronic equipment” or “EEE” relates to equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields.
What is the WEEE Directive?
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
The basic objective of the WEEE Directive is the prevention and reduction of waste electrical and electronic equipment through sorted collection and reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of such waste so as to reduce the disposal of waste. It also seeks to decrease the environmental burden.
The WEEE directive will take effect on August 13, 2005. At that time Member States shall ensure that systems are set up that allow final holders and distributors to return such waste at least free of charge. It also requires that the products being sold after August 13, 2005 be properly marked with the WEEE logo as described in Annex IV in the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC dated January 27, 2003.
What are the banned substances?
- Lead and lead compounds
- Mercury and mercury compounds
- Cadmium and cadmium compounds
- Hexavalent Chromium compounds
- Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated Dipheny Ethers (PBDE)
Which NMB/Minebea products are affected?
All electronic components. These include NMB’s cooling Fans and Blowers, all Motors, Keyboards, Speakers and Ball Bearings. Please contact NMB’s RoHS Coordinator for compliance information regarding all other NMB products.
What is NMB/Minebea doing to comply?
NMB/Minebea is complying 100% with the EU Directives for RoHS and WEEE. RoHS is handled internally and the WEEE implementation is being driven by our customers. NMB/Minebea has been working with our suppliers to make sure that parts and materials comply to both European, Japanese and other customer specific requirements are being met. Our internal standards, such as the Minebea Green Procurement Standard go well beyond the European
requirements for RoHS.
Minebea’s Green Procurement Standard aims to clarify the “banned or controlled chemical substances” used in raw material, parts, components and packaging materials procured by the Minebea Group of Companies and inform the Group and suppliers of such substances in order to reduce the environmental burden and achieve compliance with the related laws. The Company’s Green Procurement Standard not only complements RoHS Prohibited Chemical Substances, as well as JGPSSI requirements, but expands its scope on prohibited substances. Where the European Directive restricts the use of six (6) substances, the Minebea Standard restricts the use of 18 substances.
How will compliance be demonstrated?
All NMB/Minebea products shipped that are compliant to the RoHS requirements will have the following identification on the master carton:
Product part numbers will not change. NMB/Minebea has a Corporate Environmental Affairs Group in Japan that maintains our internal data base on all customer requests.
Where can I get a listing of RoHS compliant certificates for NMB products?
- NMB Cooling Fans & Blowers – Select compliant certificate from all our RoHS compliant fans & blowers. If you have a specific request, please contact NMB’s RoHS Coordinator.
- NMB Miniature and Instrument Ball Bearings – Ball bearing products are in compliance with the RoHS Directive. If you have a specific request, please contact NMB’s RoHS Coordinator.
- NMB Small Motors – The vast majority of our OEM small motors are in compliance. If you have a specific request, please contact NMB’s RoHS Coordinator.
- NMB Keyboards – Our custom made OEM keyboards are RoHS compliant. If you have a specific request, please contact NMB’s RoHS Coordinator.
Who can I contact to request a compliance certificate for one of NMB’s products?
You can contact the following RoHS dedicated coordinators for requests
Fans and Fan Trays / Mechanical Assemblies / Spindles / Cool Leaf
Gladys Alandy 818.341.3355 Ext. 4473
Motors and Resolvers / Ball Bearings / MCD and Lighting Devices
Nisakorn Brown 248.919.2257