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UC Components, Inc. is proud to be a socially and environmentally responsible business partner. We work hard to continually update our products, materials, and machining practices to conform to all of the latest standards and classifications. As a company that conducts business both domestically and worldwide, we have chosen to comply with the following initiatives to ensure a better world for all:

  1. ISO 9001:2015 Certified
  2. California Proposition 65
  3. Conflict Minerals
  4. DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement)
  5. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)
  6. RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances)
  7. WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

What do these mean for you, our environment, and our products? Read about each of the initiatives or certifications in more detail below.

1.) ISO 9001:2015

What is ISO 9001:2015 Certification?

ISO 9001:2015 is a quality management standard that guides the way a company meets all regulatory requirements relating to all products and services offered by the certified company.

ISO 9001:2015 specifies that the certified organization:

  1. demonstrates its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
  2. enhances customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

Online references for more information:

  • ISO.org – The official ISO website
  • Wikipedia – More information about ISO certification

Please take a moment to view or download our statement (click the logo below):

Lucideon ISO 9001 Logo

2.) California Proposition 65 : The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986

What exactly is Prop. 65?

This proposition was passed in California in 1986 to protect the state’s drinking water sources from being contaminated with chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The standard hopes to reduce or eliminate the use of the chemicals in consumer products and requires businesses to inform Californians about the use of or possible exposure to such chemicals.

Online references for more information:

  • OEHHA – The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment website
  • Wikipedia – More information about Prop. 65

Please take a moment to view or download our statement (click the logo below):

CA Prop 65 Logo

3.) Conflict Minerals

As a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the rules adopted by the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission relating to Conflict Minerals in August 2012, many manufacturing companies are required to make disclosures regarding whether such minerals are contained in products in their supply chain.

Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the following minerals and their derivatives are defined as conflict minerals:

  • Columbite-tantalite (Coltan) refined into tantalum (Ta)
  • Cassiterite refined into Tin (Sn)
  • Wolframite refined into Tungsten (W)
  • Gold (Au)

Specifically, the Act requires that manufacturing companies report annually to the SEC on whether they use Conflict Minerals that are necessary to the functionality or production of a product that they manufacture or contract to have manufactured, and which originate from the Democratic Republic of Congo (the “DRC”) or any of the adjoining countries namely; Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo Republic, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

In response to this act, the position of UC Components, Inc. is that none of the above listed conflict minerals are known to be used in any of the products being supplied to you with the following exceptions:

  • Gold (Au) in our gold-plated fastener line
  • Tungsten (W) in our tungsten-disulfide coated fastener line

UC Components, Inc. has polled its suppliers for information regarding the presence of Conflict Minerals and their derivatives in the products that they supply to us. Based on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided by our suppliers, UC Components, Inc. can confirm that none of the materials incorporated into the products supplied to you contain Conflict Minerals even in trace amounts with exception of those items listed above. Those products containing said Conflict Minerals have been vetted for compliance.

Online references for more information:

  • Conflict Minerals Final Rule – Securities and Exchange Commission statement (PDF)
  • RMI – Responsible Materials Initiative website
  • SEC News – US Securities and Exchange Commission site (background information on the development of the Dodd-Frank Act)

Please take a moment to view or download our statement (click the logo below):

Conflict Minerals Logo

4.) DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement)

What exactly is DFARS?

DFARS is a standard by the Federal Acquisition Regulations System (FAR) and refers to the acquisition process of certain articles containing specialty metals.

Online references for more information:

  • DPAP – The Defense Pricing and Contracting website
  • What is DFARS? – Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI) website
  • Wikipedia – More information about FAR

5.) REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals)

What exactly is REACH?

REACH, also known as Directive EC/1907-2006, is a European Union (EU) standard that refers to all of the chemicals used in making a product throughout the supply chain. The regulation undertakes the identification and definition of chemicals of concern, and preparation of said chemicals, that are contained in products for use in the European Union. It details registration obligations of manufactures and suppliers to assure compliance.

Online references for more information:

  • Europa – The European Union’s main website
  • What is REACH? – The European Union’s definition webpage
  • Wikipedia – More information about REACH

Please take a moment to view or download our statement (click the logo below):


6.) RoHS (Restriction on Hazardous Substances)

What exactly is RoHS?

RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, is a European Union (EU) standard that restricts the use of specific hazardous materials previously commonly found in electrical/electronic components and products. These restricted materials are hazardous to the environment and can cause injury or death from exposure during manufacturing and disposal.

What materials are restricted under RoHS?

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Cr+6 (Hexavalent Chromium)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
  • Bis (2‐Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Online references for more information:

RoHS – The main European Union website

Wikipedia – More information about RoHS

Please take a moment to view or download our statement (click the logo below):

RoHS Logo

7.) WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

What exactly is WEEE?

WEEE, also known as Directive 2002/96/EC, is a European Union (EU) standard that states all electronic products are designed with environmentally-safe recycling and recovery in mind. Basically, WEEE standards regulate the safe disposal of components or equipment.

Online references for more information:

WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Logo

From our humble beginnings in 1974 UC Components has grown from a small “mom-and-pop-shop” into a second-generation, family-owned business with approximately 30 employees on staff. We continue to work hard to lead our field by providing superior quality products specifically designed for vacuum applications. We proudly serve OEMs, end users, government labs and facilities, universities, and other customers around the world from our location on the cutting-edge of California’s Silicon Valley. We will continue all possible efforts to be your environmentally responsible business partner. If you need a customized statement from us about any of our initiatives or certifications please contact us directly. We look forward to working with you!

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