HERNDON, Virginia (December 28, 2012) — The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI) today announced the publication of a white paper addressing the harmonization of environmental data management.
The paper, available from the iNEMI website, covers:
- The growing demand for data, especially with the proliferation of environmental legislation
- Options for industry to collect, store and report on part/product material content
- Success in other industries (beyond electronics manufacturing)
- Issues regarding protection of intellectual property
“This paper was developed by iNEMI’s Environmental Leadership Steering Committee, or ELSC,” said Bill Bader, CEO of iNEMI. “We wanted to provide a nonpartisan view of available options along with a high-level description of how these various options are executed. It was also our intention to deliver a set of recommendations to help simplify and align environmental materials data reporting.”
The iNEMI white paper supports the direction of the global standard IEC 62474 (Material Declaration for Products of and for the Electro Technical Industry). iNEMI was also a strong advocate and participant in the development of the IPC-1752 (Materials Data Management) standard.
“We’ve gotten strong support from our members for the recommendation outlined in the white paper,” continued Bader. “They feel it is very important that the electronics manufacturing supply chain align on a standardized approach to data collection and reporting if we are to create any kind of economic efficiencies and data quality improvements across the global supply chain.”
iNEMI members supporting the white paper and its recommendations include:
The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative’s mission is to forecast and accelerate improvements in the electronics manufacturing industry for a sustainable future. This industry-led consortium comprises more than 100 manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations and consortia, government agencies and universities. iNEMI roadmaps the needs of the electronics industry, identifies gaps in the technology infrastructure, establishes implementation projects to eliminate these gaps (both business and technical), and stimulates standards activities to speed the introduction of new technologies. The consortium also works with government agencies, universities and other funding agencies to set priorities for future industry needs and R&D initiatives. iNEMI is based in Herndon, Virginia (near Washington, D.C.), with regional offices in Shanghai, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Tokyo, Japan. For additional information about iNEMI, go to http://www.inemi.org.