Dream Cargo: Inspection-Free Shipment

In a previous article, I introduced a very innovative, needful device that helps track containers in real-time while providing sensory information that includes, temperature, humidity, shock, GPS, door open/closed, and general atmospheric data to a remote monitoring station. (See: Star TRECs for the Supply Chain .) In this follow-up article, I want to comment on…

The Many Faces of Environmental Rules

Just when the supply chain thought it had the EU's Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) figured out, along came the RoHS recast. The update clarified a number of vagaries in the original version but also expanded the scope of the mandate to include a wider range of electronic equipment. (See: Revised RoHS Directive Adopted in…

Illusions of ‘Conflict-Free’ Minerals

The hubris over “conflict minerals” has resumed again. Several high-tech companies are being hailed as heroes that are “pioneering progress toward wiping out the use of conflict minerals,” according to a Reuters report. The Enough Project's annual score card for electronics companies trying to cut out conflict minerals from the supply chain showed many Western…

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…

China RoHS: Still Waiting on Catalogue, Clarity

Not since the European Union implemented its Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has a region gotten so much attention from the electronics industry. For years, the supply chain has been awaiting the details of China's electronics-waste restrictions, known as “China RoHS.” Since regulators first announced intentions to limit waste in high-tech equipment, electronics manufacturers have…