Saint Paul, MN, April 4, 2007
Ergotron, the worldwide leader in computer and video display mounting equipment, is pleased to announce it is taking proactive steps toward ensuring a cleaner, safer environment by eliminating all hazardous substances from its global product line. For 25 years, Ergotron has been dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of its customers by providing ergonomic mounting solutions for electronic equipment. This concern over the welfare of its customers led Ergotron to implement environmental policies on a global basis.
In recent years, Ergotron has become increasingly committed to act in a responsible manner to protect natural resources. As a result, Ergotron enacted corporate procedures to ensure compliance with national and international environmental regulations, specifically in regards to the European Union Directive RoHS (restriction of hazardous substances) and WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment).
The RoHS directive applies specifically to hazardous substances found in electronic equipment, while WEEE refers to the disposal of electrical equipment. By its very nature, Ergotron is fortunate to have few compliance issues with regards to RoHS and WEEE. However, because of its good environmental citizenship, Ergotron decided to go beyond green and meet RoHS guidelines on all its products, not just electrical components in addition to WEEE standards.
Since 2005, Ergotron has had a strategic team in place focused on eliminating hazardous substances from its global product line. The team’s first call to action was to go back to every supplier not only to obtain a letter of compliance, but to complete third party tests, verifying that the materials used in Ergotron products are environmentally safe. If a supplier was found to use unsafe materials, Ergotron either forced the issue with that supplier or changed suppliers all together. As of January 1, 2007, all Ergotron products became compliant with RoHS directives.
“We make material choices that eliminate our worry for environmental contamination,” explained Pete Segar, Senior Vice President of Engineering and Chief Innovation Officer for Ergotron. “As a result, our material costs have gone up, yet we have not passed that cost onto our customers. This shows our level of commitment to the environment and enforces our legacy of promoting human health.”
The European Union has also enacted the WEEE directive, requiring that manufacturers of electronic equipment be responsible for managing the collection and disposal of electrical components. As of August 13, 2005 all affected Ergotron products have been marked with the WEEE marking, in accordance with the European Standard EN 50419. Although Europe has pioneered the legislation for the proper disposal of WEEE, there are several other regions throughout the world that are implementing similar requirements. In order to serve its business and household customers more effectively and to ensure they comply with all government regulations, Ergotron closely follows the status of international legislation regarding WEEE.
In addition to the enforced environmental policies, Ergotron has refined its product testing procedures to ensure the safety of its customers. Ergotron established two classes of testing to be completed on every product, design verification and quality control.
First, design verification testing is done to validate quality, performance, reliability, robustness and safety. This is done to ensure new product concepts can function how they are intended to function. Once the concepts pass this rigorous and often destructive testing phase, the production of new product concepts begins. Quality control testing begins at this stage.
Quality control testing is broken into three categories, in process quality control, finished good quality control and outgoing quality control. This means that Ergotron products are tested at three different times throughout the development process. All this occurs before a product ever leaves the factory in China. To ensure product safety, Ergotron has gone above and beyond what is required by testing agencies by cycle testing and load testing each product. Each product is designed it to withstand 4x its maximum load margin, which provides additional safety margin.
“We have an ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our worldwide customers,” explained Dr. Segar. “We strive to meet, and in most cases beat, worldwide regulations for product testing and environmental compliance. If something is important to performance, reliability, safety or the environment, we test it.”
For 25 years, Ergotron products have been improving the human interface with digital displays. Ergotron’s award-winning line of mounting solutions provides complete flexibility to move a display where it’s needed most, enhancing viewing comfort. Robust construction ensures easy installation and display security.
Founded in 1982 by VESA FDMI standard author and visionary Harry Sweere, Ergotron’s products have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 20 years. Our history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 35 patents and our growing portfolio of beautifully designed mounting products for computer monitors, notebooks, and large flat panel displays and TVs that are as easy to use as they are to mount.
Constant Force (CF™) lift-and-pivot motion technology in wall and desk mount arms, stands, mobile carts, pivots and vertical lifts require less effort to achieve more motion, improving the user’s experience when viewing any digital display for work or entertainment. Ergotron is a global company with sales efforts headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Amersfoort, the Netherlands, and Singapore. For more information on Ergotron or our products, please visit www.ergotron.com or call Ergotron at +1-651-681-7600.