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Industry View: Medical Electronics OEMs: Prepare for Lead-free

The old saying, “It’s never too late,” applies to some Johnny-come-lately medical electronics OEMs that aren’t ready to comply with the EU’s upcoming new RoHS directives. The initial 2006 directive didn’t include medical electronics, but now RoHS will. This means medical electronics OEMs must discard eutectic SMT-based designs and think of SMT lead-free products.

In the past year, I’ve worked with leading medical electronics OEMs to prepare them to comply with this new directive. Companies like these have organized plans to enter into lead-free product designs successfully, and thus have a competitive edge. Others who have remained complacent and have not given lead-free much thought may be in for some costly surprises.

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