ASQ - Electronics and Communications Division

Special Interest Groups

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)

Goals:

  • Invite articles on RoHS for the ECD newsletter Continuity
  • Encourage member discussion on RoHS-related issues on the ASQ discussion boards
  • Educate the Quality Community on RoHS at future conferences
  • Solicit and submit papers on RoHS to ASQ conferences
  • Encourage publication of RoHS related articles in Quality Progress, Quality Digest and other publications

The group is looking for members interested in joining the conversation and looking at quality’s role in the management of issues related to RoHS compliance.

WHAT IS RoHS?

RoHS is the reduction of hazardous substances. Legislation is pending, or has been enacted around the world to document and/or reduce the amount of hazardous substances used in manufacturing. The 6 primary substances that are associated with the RoHS designation include: Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB) and Polybrominated Diphenylethers (PBDE). Legislation varies around the world. EU RoHS, China RoHS and Japan Green are some examples of released standards, along with state specific legislation in California in the U.S. Many companies have turned to their quality function to manage their RoHS compliance needs. This includes working with documentation of design requirements, ensuring due diligence is met, and evaluation of the reliability of the new systems. RoHS legislation will ultimately affect any company in the electronics and communications industries.

Chairpersons: TBD

Electronics

Goals:

  • Invite articles on electronics for the ECD newsletter Continuity
  • Encourage member discussion on electronics-related issues on ASQ discussion boards
  • Educate the Quality Community on current electronics issues at future conferences
  • Solicit and submit papers on electronics to ASQ conferences
  • Encourage publication of electronics-related articles in Quality Progress, Quality Digest and other publications

The Electronics special interest group covers a wide range of markets including data networking, supply chain management, industrial automation, audio and video systems, security and surveillance, aerospace and many other specialty electronics markets. Products include test equipment, copper and fiber optic cables, connectors, cable management products, power equipment, RFID products and a variety of microelectronics equipment.

Manufacturing of electronic equipment has a long history dating back to the early 20th century. Quality and reliability have played leading roles in advancing the development of tools to manage the manufacturing and distribution of electronic equipment. One example is the manufacture of components which reduce failures in the field from harsh environments. Another is automated data collection using barcodes and RFID products.

Chairpersons: Bernie Carpenter

Nanotechnology

Goals:

  • Invite articles on nanotechnology for the ECD newsletter Continuity
  • Encourage member discussion on nanotechnology-related issues on ASQ discussion boards
  • Educate the Quality Community on current nanotechnology issues at future conferences
  • Solicit and submit papers on nanotechnology to ASQ and other conferences
  • Encourage publication of nanotechnology -related articles in Quality Progress, Quality Digest and other publications

Nanotechnology is the application of nanoscience. Nanoscience and nanotechnology involve working with matter on an ultra-small scale of a size of one nanometer – one-millionth of a millimeter. Examples of nanotechnology processes include Carbon Nano Tubes (CNT), Resonance Tunneling Devices (RND), Quantum Cellular Automata (QCA), Nanowires, and Nanofilms. Industries and products that use nanotechnology include but are not limited to Electronics, Communications, Textiles, Healthcare/Bioscience, Construction and Automobiles. Nanotechnology has been researched upon and is being worked upon in the Industry, Academia and Government in varying degrees.

Chairpersons: Saniv Rai, Marc Kelemen

Communications:

Goals:

  • Invite articles on communications for the ECD newsletter Continuity
  • Encourage member discussion on communications-related issues on ASQ discussion boards
  • Educate the Quality Community on current communications issues at future conferences
  • Solicit and submit papers on communications to ASQ and other conferences
  • Encourage publication of communication related articles in Quality Progress, Quality Digest and other publications

The Communications special interest group interacts with the telecommunications industry through participation in the QuEST Forum conferences and local ASQ sections. Members of the committee contributed to the creation of the QuEST Forum and the development of the Telecommunications quality management standard TL 9000.

Chairpersons: Tom Yohe

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