Archive: Oct 2015

REACH and Consolidated

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In 2006, the European Union passed regulation EC 1907/2006, the REACH Regulation. Beginning in 2007, the REACH regulation seeks to improve and protect human and environmental health from harmful chemicals.

What is REACH?

Laying out guidelines for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), provisions of the REACH Regulation are being gradually phased in until 2018.

Using a “no data, no market” approach, the regulation puts the onus of chemical risk management on manufacturers. In order to import goods to, or export goods from, the European Union, manufacturers are required to gather information on the chemicals they use and register it with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The goals of REACH are multifaceted. The regulation aims to:

  • Develop a comprehensive database of chemicals used in or imported to Europe
  • Evaluate any ill affects these chemicals may have on human health or the environment
  • Authorize approved chemicals and controls for chemicals that cause concern
  • Facilitate the progressive replacement of harmful chemicals
  • Restrict, limit, or otherwise ban chemicals which pose unacceptable risk
  • Promote hazard assessment methods that do not require animal testing

With these aims, the REACH Regulation will fill informational gaps about the huge number of chemical substances that have been manufactured or important into the European market. This will allow the ECHA to make educated decisions about restrictions of certain substances, and consumers to make educated decisions about which products they use.

How REACH Impacts Consolidated

reachThe European Union’s REACH Regulation doesn’t apply solely to manufacturers and importers of chemicals. It applies to every industry, manufacturer, or importer whose products contain or were made with chemicals. This includes electronics, wiring, and cabling, what we produce here at Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable.

Technically, Consolidated is not required to adhere to REACH Regulation recommendations, standards, or directives. As a company established outside of the European Union, we are actually exempt. And yet, we still put a great deal of effort into ensuring that our products meet REACH approval standards.

Why? Because Consolidated cares. The health of our staff is important to us, as is the health of end users and of the environment. The European Union’s REACH Regulation is setting important health and safety standards, and our products are only improved by our efforts to meet them.

For more information on Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable’s efforts to meet REACH Regulation standards and how it can benefit your company and your customers, visit ConWire.com today.

Select the Best Power Cord Jacket for Your Needs

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What you need to know to ensure your final product is durable, reliable and operates both safely and efficiently.

Power CordsThe jacket is a vital component of a power cord. It protects the power cord’s inner conductors from external factors, such as harsh temperatures or environmental conditions. The jacket also ensures a power cord’s electric current does not come in contact with users—and also keeps the current separate from other electrical conductors, like metal surfaces.

A power cord jacket plays a crucial role in the durability, reliability, safety and efficiency of the product. So, when designing a power cord, it is important to select the right jacket type for your application.

In order to choose the best power cord jacket material for your needs, consider the following factors:

  • Voltage: Determine the amount of voltage the cord will experience. At Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable, we offer power cords rated to 300 V and 600 V. Power cords rated to 300 V are typically used for light-duty, commercial applications, while cords rated to 600 V are suited for industrial, heavy-duty applications.
  • Environment: Where a power cord will be used will help to determine the best jacket type.A power cord being used outside or in an application where it will be exposed to caustic chemicals will require a more protective jacket material versus a cord simply being used in a dry, indoor environment.
  • Temperature: Temperature of the environment in which your product will be used is another important consideration. The type of power cord jacket to be used in an application must take into consideration the range in temperature it will experience. Extreme cold can cause a power cord jacket to crack while extreme heat can cause expansion, loosening, bubbling, or even melting.
  • Flexibility: Power cords that will experience a lot of movement and frequently transported will require a flexible jacket to avoid cracks or breaks in the insulation.

CaptureThere are a number of other areas to consider when choosing the best jacket type for your power cord. To learn more about selecting the right jacket material for your needs, simply click here or select the button below to download our new eBook, Power Cords Volume 1: Jackets.

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Happy Manufacturing Day 2015!

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October 2 marks the fourth annual celebration of Manufacturing Day. This year, nearly 1,000 manufacturers across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico will celebrate the event by opening their doors to the public for open houses, demonstrations, expositions, conferences, and other events.

Manufacturing Day, often shortened to MFD DAY, was founded in 2012 by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and the Manufacturing Institute.

These four organizations — among the largest and most important trade organizations in the country — joined together to find a way to help improve the public perception of manufacturing in America.

By bringing manufacturers together with the public, MFG DAY serves several important purposes.

First, it literally brings manufacturers together. MFG DAY has given American manufacturers from across the country and across innumerable industries a way to unify their voices. They can identify common challenges and work together to develop solutions.

Second, MFG DAY allows manufacturers, and manufacturing as a whole, to help dictate their public image. Many Americans have an antiquated view of industry, and MFG DAY allows manufacturers to invite the public to learn what it’s really like.

Third, manufacturers can use MFG DAY to address one of the most serious problems they all face — the shortage of skilled labor. MFG DAY is a vital opportunity for manufacturers to show the public that a career in manufacturing can be very rewarding.

And finally, MFG DAY gives manufacturers the chance to help their communities thrive, for this generation and for all future generations.

Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable hopes Manufacturing Day 2015 is a huge success for all participants and that our future generations find themselves inspired by the manufacturing industry.