SANTA CLARA, CASigmaQuest Inc., a provider of software for managing product quality throughout manufacturing and a product’s lifecycle, has announced that its software helps OEMs track the quality and performance of products that have been revamped to adhere to the RoHS Directive.
“Adhering to the RoHS Directive has been a huge obstacle for many electronics companies, as removing the newly banned substances can impact the performance and reliability of products from cell phones to automotive components,” said Nader Fathi, CEO of SigmaQuest. “It is well understood that replacing a substance such as lead from the soldering joints on a printed circuit board with another substance can cause all kinds of product performance issues, including the higher melting requirements of the newly revamped soldering points. SigmaQuest’s SigmaSure suite helps OEMs find, fix, detect and avoid issues resulting from the transition from non-RoHS to RoHS compliance.”
SigmaSure on-demand, web-based software features several modules where the impact of moving to RoHS compliance can be checked. Through its Manufacturing and Test Insight software, it is reported that users can continuously monitor their manufacturing chain’s product quality data anytime and anywhere, and OEMs can measure the impact of how new, RoHS-compliant components affect their end products. 
Through the Supplier Quality Insight module, it is said that OEMs can track the quality of their core suppliers’ components, including those modified for RoHS compliance, before committing to the assembly of broader product offerings. Further, SigmaQuest’s RMA Insight module reportedly delivers instant knowledge about defects, trends and the root cause of failures on products returned by end customers.
In addition to helping OEMs better manage product performance and quality the software helps to provide “due diligence” information by creating technical files that are loaded with supporting documentation that confirms RoHS compliance. 
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