September 28, 2006 -- OFS, a designer and manufacturer of fiber-optic products, announced that it now offers premises cables and optical connectivity products that are fully RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.
Also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, the RoHS initiative originated in the European Union (EU) and restricts the use of six hazardous materials in electrical and electronic products, a class that includes optical cables, connectors and apparatus. All applicable products sold in the EU market starting July 1, 2006 must be RoHS compliant. Similar regulations will be coming into effect in China in the near future.
"At OFS we integrate environmental and safety considerations into our corporate activities - including the design, production, distribution,and support of our products," comments Bill Kloss, president of the North American FTTx, cable, and connectivity divisions at OFS. "We are also grateful to our suppliers that helped us achieve this goal without compromising the quality of our portfolio."
The company also offers a range of low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) premises cordage and cable products that are compliant not only with the RoHS directive but also with IEC requirements for smoke density and acid gas generation during combustion. The company says it will continue to offer premises cables and connectivity products that serve specific market applications, or meet certain customers' precise requirements.