It’s Not Easy Being Green

The EBN Velocity online theme this month is “green,” which means different things to different people. There's lots of talk about the material that goes into electronic equipment, what those materials contain, and what to do with them once their usefulness is over. The discussion is now going further, not only to the materials that…

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Get Ready for ‘Design for Disassembly’

Probably one of the best efforts in the world for managing electronic waste is under way in the European Union. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation covers all components, subassemblies, and consumables that are part of a product when it is discarded. The EU's definition of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) includes all…

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Bridging the REACH Gulf With Sitmae

In this continuing series on resources and services related to the European Union's environmental protection regulation known as REACH, for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of CHemical substances, I have covered some key providers including GreenSoft Technologies, Design Chain Associates, Total Parts Plus, and EEContent.com. I also mentioned a few others that, like EEContent.com and…

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US Green: 50 States, 50 Laws

Within both the US and the EU, member states are intent on developing and enforcing their own directives. Environmental guidelines are no different — even with an overarching authority (the federal government in the US and the EU Commission in Europe) in place, guidelines differ from place to place. The electronics supply chain is used…

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Avnet’s Vallee Passes the Torch

A bigger footprint than the one Roy Vallee stamped on {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} over the last 20 years may be difficult to imagine. When Vallee assumed the role of president and chief operating officer at the company in the spring of 1992, the top electronic components distributor had fiscal year sales of $1.8 billion. Revenue…

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