SEMI Whitepaper: Recommended Size and Weight Metrics for Identify Equipment as “Large-Scale” for EU RoHS2

SEMI Whitepaper: Recommended Size and Weight Metrics for Identify Equipment as “Large-Scale” for EU RoHS2

How will the "large scale" definition under EU RoHS impact your operations?

How do suppliers of semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing equipment determine whether their equipment meets the “large-scale” qualification for “Large-Scale Stationary Industrial Tools” per the European RoHS Directive?  

The European Union RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, known as RoHS2 became effective January 3, 2013. It is a revision (a ‘recast’) of the original EU RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC. A significant change in RoHS2 is the introduction of definitions for two types of equipment that are excluded from the scope of RoHS2 —  large-scale stationary industrial tools (LSIT), and large-scale fixed installations (LFI). Several parameters are given for identifying these equipment types, including that they be ‘large-scale.’ However, RoHS2 does not provide any guidance as to what ‘large-scale’ means.

SEMI has a working group addressing member compliance issues related to the EU RoHS regulation. The group has worked on addressing RoHS regulatory exclusions for "Large-Scale Stationary Industrial Tools" (LSIT or LSSIT). As part of the on-going activities for this, the group produced a Whitepaper recommending size and weight metrics for addressing "large-scale." The White Paper is for use by SEMI members and their partners to help them understand how their products may fit under the exclusion.

The final Whitepaper document is published here: www.semi.org/en/sites/semi.org/files/docs/EHSDivision-2013.03-LargeScaleWhitepaper.pdf

For more information, contact Sanjay Baliga at SEMI at sbaliga@semi.org.

Note: The SEMI RoHS Working Group (and other organizations) use the acronyms LSIT and LFI for “Large-Scale Stationary Industrial Tools” and “Large-Scale Fixed Installations”, respectively. The FAQ treats the hyphen differently and uses LSSIT and LSFI as acronyms. The former set is used in this whitepaper.

April 9, 2013