Hopewell Precision, Inc. has a large customer base. With that large base comes a list of requirements that needs to meet different customers in different areas. Some requirements changing on a daily basis. Because of the amount of Military work that Hopewell Precision, Inc. performs we have come into contact with a lot of Mil-Spec Requirements that are normally on a different scale and level than the commercial requirements. Regardless, Hopewell Precision, Inc. has and does welcome all changes to both industries.
One area that has played a direct role in being “greener” has to do with a customer directive called “RoHS”
The RoHS directive stands for “the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment”. This directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
The RoHS directive and the UK RoHS regulations came into force on 1 July 2006. The number of plating facilities within the United States still has a long way to go to meeting the directive. There is still concern among the US manufacturing community in areas such as adhesion & salt spray effect. This would be a large concern for Military work.
As of right now Hopewell Precision, Inc. has only one customer that requires this spec and Hopewell Precision, Inc. is proud to serve that customers requirements as well as adding it to other commercial accounts. Certification accompanies all such work.
Hopewell Precision, Inc. also has some Military accounts that require us to use only vendors that are on their qualification list. This is the world we live in and we leave this up to the military community to make these changes. We are ready when they are.