“Center of Excellence in Eco-materials” and “Capability Building for Thai RoHS Alliance”

Supported by Thai Industrial Standards Institute, Ministry of Industry

Program : Environmental and Energy Management Technology (B8-1)

 

Concerns over the environmental impacts of industrial products and questions over the energy crisis have triggered a worldwide trend of environmental control policies and legislation. Since industrial products have potentially larger impacts than on-site emission, attempts to protect the environment and human health have shifted to cover product design. Of all other industrial products, electrical and electronics, and automotive products are among the fast growing products that require such attention. Environmental regulations of prime importance at the present are, for examples, EU RoHS, WEEE and ELV directives.

The challenging tasks for the “Center of Excellence for Eco-materials” and the objectives in the project on “Capability Building for Thai RoHS Alliance” are to increase capability in technology and production processes and to enhance the exchange of knowledge and experience among the producers and other sectors. This has been achieved through technical co-operations, educational seminars and interactive forums. After assessing the capability of the industrial sector, appropriate training courses including e-learning have been developed to suit the needs of the industry. Topics that are of much interest to the industry are new laws and legislation, for example PFOS and REACH-sVHC, risk assessment and the fundamentals of trace element analysis. In addition, technical consultancy and training has been given to the government authorities involved.

The laboratory for Materials Technology for Hazardous Substance Free Products has also carried out various activities with other laboratories in the industrial, commercial and government sectors through method validation scheme, Thai RoHS/ELV Interlaboratory Study 2008 and technical seminars. By enhancing the technical capability of a network of laboratories, it will in turn enhance the competitiveness of Thai industry in the production of cleaner products.

Technical seminar and training on “REACH-sVHC”, involved 293 members of the “Thai RoHS Alliance”, was held on October 21, 2008 at the Auditorium of Thailand Science Park’s Convention Center.

 

A three-day course on “Analytical Method Validation” was organized during July 28-30, 2008. The instructor, Dr Matthew James Foot, an expert from the National Measurement Institute in Australia, explained the general principles of method validation and demonstrated some practical techniques that can be applied in the laboratory, highlighting the test methods in IEC 62321. This course was attended by 22 participants from 15 difference organizations.

 

Project leader :

Dr Nudjarin Ramungul (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Research Team :

Dr.Aree Thanaboonsombut, Dr. Apinya Panupat,Narueporn Vaneesorn,Supamas Danwittayakul, Charoenchai Lieng-on, Panida Muangkasem,Nuttakorn Keratipaiboon, Nopparat Thaweewatthananon, Sumattana Worapanyanont, Nantana Tongplub,Duangkamon Jiraroj,Phetcharaporn Ninwilai,Sukwasa Sinchareonlert, Saisamorn Khunhom