With new technology from this manufacturer, extruders of pipe, tubes, and hoses will be able to comply with California’a Proposition 65 environmental law as well as the European Union’s RoHS and WEEE standards for electrical and electronic products while achieving production cost savings. Under increased regulations coupled with Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, seeks to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in potable water. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive tries to eliminate the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. WEEE mandates treatment, recovery, and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. This manufacturer has developed an extrusion crosshead to produce 3-layer, ABA pipe, tubing for drip irrigation, and hose structures. The inner layer is composed of less expensive regrind material surrounded by two thin virgin polymer layers.
Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, U.S.A.; +1-401-828-7600; www.guill.com