Agilent has announced that the majority of its electronic test and measurement products are now designed for compliance with the European Union’s restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The EU directive, known as RoHS, will restrict the sale of equipment containing more than a specified level of lead, mercury, cadmium and other substances, and is slated to take effect in 2017 for test and measurement equipment.
Agilent has used the RoHS compliance directive as a catalyst for overall sustainability and reliability improvements throughout the design, supply-chain and manufacturing process, and leads the test and measurement industry by meeting the RoHS requirements ahead of schedule. The company’s multi-year effort to design compliant products has involved substantial investment in research and development as well as extensive process and production re-engineering.
In the process of eliminating harmful and resource-depleting chemicals and materials, Agilent invested heavily in exploring alternative materials and methods to be used in its future products. The company is committed to social and environmental responsibility in minimizing the ecological footprint of its products.
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