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Restriction of Cadmium in Relay Contacts, Fujitsu Components offers alternatives

Fujitsu Components Europe

Hoofddorp, July 20, 2015 The EU directive 2011/65/eu, (RoHS-2), in effect since 2011, restricts the use of 10 hazardous substances above a certain threshold level, when used in electrical and electronic equipment. However a number of exemptions still allow the use of these hazardous substances. For the substance Cadmium (Cd) the use is allowed in electrical contacts. However this exemption to the restriction of Cd will expire on July 21, 2016. This means that from that date onwards, the use of Cd in relays is not allowed and therefore will not be available anymore.

Alternatives for Cadmium relays

Fujitsu Components has prepared several options to help design out the Cd containing relays, and by replacing these by Cd free relay types. Fujitsu Components offers alternative solutions and replacement relay types. Depending on the applications and specific contact loads, it may be possible to use existing relay types, with cadmium free AgSnO2 or AgNi contact material. In other cases, please consider the information for new alternative relay types.
List of options for the JS relays:
Option 1: Change to existing and readily available Cd free types with AgSnO2 contact material, capable of 100k ops. on N.O. contact and 50k ops. on N.C. contact
Option 2: Change to a new Cd free contact material type capable of 100k ops. on both the N.O. contact and N.C. contact in a sealed version.
Option 3: Change to a new Cd free contact material type capable of 100k ops. on N.O. contact and 100k ops. on N.C. contact, open ventilated version.
See issued product change notifications for details, and other affected relay types. Similar replacement options are available for the Cd containing VE, JY, VS and LZ relay types.
Interested in the Fujitsu Components Cadmium Free Relays or Fujitsu’s Components other solutions? Please contact Fujitsu Components Europe by e-mail: or by phone: +31 23 5560910

Fujitsu Company Information

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Fujitsu Components Europe B.V. is responsible for managing the sales, marketing and distribution of its relays, touch panels, thermal printer mechanisms, wireless modules, beacons and connectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Fujitsu Components Europe is headquartered in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.

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Company:Fujitsu Components Europe B.V.
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Date: 20 July, 2015
City: Hoofddorp


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