SPECTRO Information Package Details RoHS and ElektroG Screening and Analysis Of Electrical Instruments and Components

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Kleve, Germany, November 10, 2005 - SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a global leader in X-ray Fluorescence (ED XRF), and Optical Emission spectrometry, has a free information package available for those interested in the analytical requirements for the European Union’s RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directives.

The package includes an informative, six-page brochure, “Screening and Analysis of Electrical Instruments and Components,” as well as instructive application reports. The package was developed to help affected businesses deal with the new regulations and offers explanations of the analytical instruments and methods best suited for examining potentially harmful substances.

The RoHS directive forbids the use of the hazardous metals cadmium, lead and mercury as well as hexavalent chromium and the brominated flame retardants containing PBB and PBDE. The limiting value for cadmium in all electrical and electronic instruments and components marketed in the EU is set to 100 mg/kg. The concentrations for lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium as well as the bromine-based flame-retardants, PBB and PBDE, are not allowed to exceed 1,000 mg/kg. The WEEE directive defines recycling quotas for old appliances, regulates the recycling and reuse of electrical and electronic waste.

SPECTRO’s brochure, which is available on-line in German and English at: http://www.spectro.com/pages/e/p300150.htm, serves as an easy to understand introduction for companies in the electrical and electronics industries. It summarizes key points within the guidelines and provides an overview of the products and technologies used to examine the products defined in RoHS and ElektroG and for determining that limiting values have been met.

The brochure concentrates on two of the procedures recommended by the International Electro-Technical Commission in the IEC 111 24/CD: Energy Dispersive X-R-ray Fluorescence Analysis (EDXRFA) that allows for quick quantitative screenings with minimal sample preparation and Optical Emission Spectrometry with Inductively Coupled Plasma that provides additional clarity if the measurement results from the EDXRF analyzer are considered ambiguous.

In addition, SPECTRO’s website offers four current application reports from SPECTRO that illustrate in detail how the RoHS limiting values can be verified with the EDXRFA spectrometers XEPOS, MIDEX and MIDEX M as well as the SPECTRO CIROS VISION ICP OES.


SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. As a division of the AMETEK, Inc. group, SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. Innovation, instrument concerns and customer relations are its main activities. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 23,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world. SPECTRO has over 400 employees.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with an annual turnover of approximately 1.4 billion US$. AMETEKs corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operative excellence, strategic acquisitions and alliances, geographic and market expansion as well as new products. AMETEKs common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index

Please contact Tom Milner for additional information, Tel: +49.2821.892-0, 
Fax: +49.2821.892-2200, E-Mail: spectro.info@ametek.com