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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer Issue 2014

28 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S

28 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Dennis R. Cowhey Dennis, R. Cowhey, started Computer Insights, Inc. in 1981 and is currently CEO. He served for many years on the Illinois CPA Society Computer Information Systems Committee. He is a frequent author of articles for Industry Trade Magazines. Before starting Computer Insights, he served as Central District Manager for a division of Litton Industries (now part of Northup Grumman). That company offered Inventory Control Systems to Retailers. Prior to that, he was a Credit and Financial Analyst for National Credit Office division of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. He received his education at Chicago City College and DePaul University. IS LOT CONTROL IMPORTANT TO YOU Lot Control Is Not For All Fastener Companies The concept of lot control has been important in the Fastener industry for many years. During the 1980’s there were a number of high profile cases where counterfeit parts were sold. Some of these parts failed and the Fastener industry found itself under the government’s microscope. The outcome of all the government scrutiny ultimately became the Fastener Quality Act which was created in 1999. It took almost 10 years to pass and many of the Act’s most onerous provisions were eliminated. The Industrial Fasteners Institute reports, “The Fastener Quality Act (FQA) was signed into law by the President on June 8, 1999. The final law contained several exemptions which removed most fasteners from coverage. Exemptions Do Not Eliminate Need Notwithstanding exemptions that are in place, many customers absolutely require lot control and traceability on many fasteners. Aerospace, Atomic Energy, Automotive, Construction and Marine industries all have extensive lot control requirements. If a fastener is designated as requiring lot control, Distributors accept responsibility for maintaining lot control and traceability. If the Distributor sends the product out for plating or any type of rework, the Distributor, in effect, becomes the manufacturer of that part and therefore must maintain traceability all the way back to the origin of the part. RoHS Compliance The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU) was transposed into UK law on January 2, 2013. Working in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the National Measurement Office (NMO) is the UK market surveillance authority responsible for enforcing the RoHS Regulations within the UK. These Regulations implement the RoHS Directive which bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than the agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated biphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. Some distributors track these RoHS parts as separate part numbers, while others track RoHS compliance by lot number, using the same part number for both. For the original part, the information required includes: Manufacturer Lot Number Date of Manufacture Country of Origin Melting Country Heat Number RoHS Compliance (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) DEFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement) • Expiration Date (sometimes) please turn to page 138

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