Nearly every company is required to provide proof of the origin and usage of determined materials. The use of these materials are subjected to strict restrictions. Infringements against these regulations are punished with high fines or imprisonment.
For companies, regulations such as REACH, RoHS or Conflict Minerals are binding as soon as they directly or indirectly supply a manufacturer. The focus of these regulations are the disclosure and obligation of information according to the origin and composition of the used materials.
Our solutions for product compliance are leading managing the substance compliance information throughout your products' lifecycle and checking your product structure with various environmental compliance regulations (e.g. RoHS, REACH, Conflict Minerals, California Proposition 65, POPs, Biocide etc.).
Product Compliance Software
Our Product Compliance Software helps you manage material data and substance compliance information throughout the product lifecycle.
Product Compliance Consulting
We have bundled our expertise with chance-N to provide customized and cost-effective product compliance consulting for the manufacturing industry.
With Substance Compliance and BOMcheck, we efficiently address our environmental compliance needs while improving our business processes to save time and money.
Michael Burmester , Head of product data and process management, WAGO
Integrated Material Management is the platform to standardize raw material processes across the enterprise and across business functions, to enable steering, transparency and information exchange for all material aspects.
Christine Krämer , Head of CIT-PLDL, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH
Reduce development cost
Reduce risks and costs while streamlining the development of compliant products with thinksteps compliance software. Quickly identify materials of concern and hazardous substances in your products.
Increase efficiency through integration
Increase efficiency with the quick and easy selection and use of materials PLM and various CAD and simulation tools.
Reduce error and costly rework
Reduce error by automating the exchange of material and substance declarations with suppliers and integrating environmental compliance early in the product design stage.
Protect your reputation and brand value
Enhance public awareness of your environmental credentials and position your brand as a leader in corporate social responsibility. Pull ahead of competitors in positive perception of your commitment to product and material sustainability.
Nowadays almost all products are subject to material restrictions.
This does not necessarily mean the prohibition of substances – this may also be the reporting of obligations or provisions, which restricting the use of substances for specific applications. In Europe, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) should be mentioned here.
Depending on the sector the respective substance prohibition are different: for electronics products it is the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), for the automotive industry the ELV (End of Life Vehicles Directive) which bans substances.
Large companies also precept their suppliers with substance prohibition and reporting requirements on material content for the components and materials they purchase. There are also industry-wide standard lists in the electronics and automotive industries.
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) the adherence of material restrictions poses a major challenge. Because whether their products meet the requirements depends primarily on the purchased parts and materials. The information on the compliance of these purchased parts and materials must be requested along the supply chain.
The cooperation of the supply chain depends on the effectiveness of the whole process. Across the supply chain it is a core task of a material reporting process to make the compliance information transparent as well as effective and efficient at the same time.
As a result, a working material reporting process is essential for documenting compliance with substance bans.
What information must be reported?
All information needed that is relevant to prove product and material compliance. The requirements that a product has to accomplish depends on the type of product, the place of launch, the product use and in case of components in which end product it is installed.
To handle product compliance is very complicated - therefore practical and affordable solutions are important for SMEs. thinkstep AG and chance-N have written on their flag to fine and offer these solutions. They have entered into a cooperation to provide customized solutions for SMEs.
Stuttgart/Boston/London, May 17, 2018 – thinkstep, the industry-leading sustainability...