Solution leverages automation, control technology to simplify compliance to European RoHS/WEEE directives
Redwood City, CA — February 8, 2006 — E2open, a provider of software and services for visibility and control over distributed global supply networks, today announced that its Eco-Compliance Solution fully supports the new IPC-1752 standard data format developed jointly by IPC, Association Connecting Electronics Industries, the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) and RosettaNet.
The standard, developed over the last 18 months with direct input from some of the world's largest electronics companies, is expected to be published this quarter. It was established to simplify the way companies share their information about the restricted materials used in electrical and electronic products.
E2open said its Eco-Compliance Solution streamlines the process for companies and their trading partners to gather and exchange critical data about their products by automating and controlling the creation, distribution, submission and analysis of IPC-1752 Material Declarations.
The provider added that the solution is designed to help companies navigate complex compliance issues related to the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, and supports both the collection of information from suppliers and the submission of standard material declarations to customers.
"All electronics [original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)] must have access to technical documentation and supplier declarations and be able to provide these upon request of European Union regulators. Our Eco-Compliance Solution allows such declarations to be created, meeting all the requirements of the new standard and providing the documentation to support a due diligence defense," stated Richard Kubin, E2open vice president and product lifecycle management and chair of the IPC 2-18 Declaration Process Management subcommittee responsible for development of the IPC-1752 standard.
E2open said the Eco-Compliance Solution includes the ability to gather detailed evidence of compliance with a fully documented audit trail and manage the analysis, tracking and reporting of part, product and supplier compliance levels. E2open added that it is committed to updating the solution to meet any further changes that may be made to the EU environmental directives as well as other regulatory requirements as they are established.
Relying on its experience in and contributions toward the development of RosettaNet Automated Enablement (RAE) electronic data format, the underlying technology of IPC-1752, E2open made contributions to the IPC-1752 development process, including providing business and technical resources to chair the committee, co-writing the standard, designing the draft forms, and testing the formats and process in real customer scenarios.
"E2open worked side-by-side with IPC, iNEMI and RosettaNet to develop an effective way for the industry to monitor and maintain records using standard formats," said Greg Clark, E2open president and CEO. "The E2open Eco-Compliance Solution represents another piece of the puzzle in effectively managing global supply networks, and we are proud to offer our customers such a competitive business advantage."
Additional Articles of Interest
- — For more information on the supply chain impact of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulations, see these SDCExec.com articles.