National Instruments Announces Plan for New RoHS Compliant Products
NEWS RELEASE Sept. 20, 2005 National Instruments today announced its plan to release environmentally friendly products as part of the NI Hazardous Substances Reduction initiative. This NI initiative is a voluntary program modeled after the European Union Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which restricts the use of harmful substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium in new equipment.NI already has RoHS-compliant versions of its GPIB interface chips available and plans to release RoHS-compliant versions of other leading products starting in Q1 2006. With the new products, engineers and scientists can build systems that meet anticipated future environmental requirements. NI recognizes that eliminating certain hazardous substances from our products is beneficial not only to the environment but also to NI customers and employees, said Andy Krupp, NI director of quality. Through this NI initiative, the company demonstrates its commitment to customers by helping engineers design and develop environmentally friendly products using NI components. The European Union RoHS directive restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market in the European Union after July 1, 2006. The RoHS directive applies to eight categories of electrical and electronic equipment but excludes products in Category 9, Monitoring and Control Instruments, under which NI products fall.About National InstrumentsNational Instruments is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PCI, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,600 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. In 2004, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past six years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. For more information, Contact National Instruments or visit their web site at www.ni.com/environment.
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