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We are in the business of saving lives and science is everything: it provides laws, processes and reliable, predictable outcomes that we successfully use to combat the unpredictable, wild, dangerous forces of nature (also known in some circles as "bad luck' or "misfortune' or even "fate").
We are exacting, obsessive, serious and accurate. When your life is on the line, these are the qualities in a company that you want. We don't apologize for being overly meticulous, self critical AND obsessed with quality. We design products to outperform any regulation set for us by government agencies because that is what our customers expect, that is why the industry respects us, and more importantly, that is what we expect from ourselves.
Science and obsessive engineering provide a product that unlike nature, plans or luck, is not subject to whims. Our company's existence is one based upon the principle of continuous improvement. We spend prodigious amounts of time and money finding new ways to challenge our products.
In other words, our testing efforts often begin where governmental standards stop. "Quality' to us means x-raying PCB solder joints smaller than pinheads (that solder, by the way, contains no heavy metals). It means knowing the exact chemical and metallic composition of every component in every one of our products. It means developing tests to validate every claim we make. It means flat-out rejecting any failure ratio that our competitors consider acceptable. Simply put, we believe any discrepancy ratio at all is unacceptable, when lives hang in the balance.
All of ACR Electronics, Inc (ACR/Artex) activities are subject to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversight and periodic audit under the Federal Aviation Regulations (F.A.Rs). The ACR QMS is documented in a Quality Manual and procedures that are approved by the FM. Artex ELT products are approved by the FM to Technical Standard Order (ISO) C-126, and to the corresponding European qualification - ETSO 2C126. To better serve our customers, ACR/Artex has a contracted FAR-145 approved Repair Station, subject to separate FM approval and oversight.
To meet the requirements of our OEM-Customers, ACR/Artex has registered its OMS to the international quality system standards AS9100C (Aerospace) and ISO-9001. ACR's Registrar is TUV USA and is listed in the IAQG's OASIS database.
The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") has adopted a new rule and form, as mandated by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act"), to require companies to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") or an adjoining country (together with the DRC, "Covered Countries").
Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to direct the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of 'conflict minerals' if those minerals are "necessary to the functionality or production of a product' manufactured by those companies or contracted by those companies to be manufactured. Under Section 1502, the term 'conflict minerals' includes tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten. Congress enacted Section 1502 because of concerns that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups is helping to finance conflict in the DRC region and is contributing to an emergency humanitarian crisis.
While ACR Electronics, Inc. (ACR), a privately held corporation, is not subject to the Conflict Minerals rules and reporting requirements, we understand that some of our customers may be. ACR is committed to supporting our customers' compliance efforts with their Conflict Minerals reporting requirements.
In order to comply with the intent of the Conflict Mineral requirements, ACR sources from suppliers who have performed their due diligence with their products and associated supply chains. ACR sources electronic materials from OEM franchised or licensed distributors, who do not engage directly with smelters. ACR does require reasonable due diligence in accordance with the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Conflict-Free Sourcing (CFS) Initiative from approved suppliers of materials for our products.
ACR is therefore able to represent that, to the best of our knowledge, our products do not contain Conflict Minerals. We will continue to work with our suppliers to ensure that we are able to identify the presence of Conflict Minerals within our supply chain, and the representations made within this Conflict Minerals Compliance Statement remain accurate.
ACR Electronics. Inc. (ACR) promotes human health, safety, and environmental protection and awareness throughout its activities from a product lifecycle perspective. ACR's products do not contain substances harmful to human health or to the environment. ACR expects its business partners in the supply chain to:
a) adhere to health, safety and environmental standards throughout their processes;
b) be aware of the international regulations such as EC No. 1907/2006 REACH (Registration, Evaluation. Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), Directive 2011/65/EU (2002/95/EC and successive amendments recast) of the European Parliament on the Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment; and
c) work towards a progressive substitution of the most dangerous chemicals. ACR fulfills its obligations under REACH, i.e. informing its customers if products contain more than 0.1% by weight of any substance that is on the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List, maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
ACR will fulfill its obligations under RoHS. The restricted substances (Lead/Pb; Mercury/Hg; Cadmium/Cd; Hexavalent Chromium/Cr 6+; Polybrominated Biphenyl/PBB: Polybrominated Diphenyl/PBDE) are not intentionally added but may be present as impurities and do not exceed the maximum allowed value. ACR's Megaphones, EM-1A and EA-1D, are not RoHS compliant as they are assembled with leaded solder. It is ACR's position that aviation products are not subject to RoHS requirements.
ACR will continue to work with our suppliers to ensure that we are able to identify the presence of RoHS and REACH substance restrictions within our supply chain, and that the representations made within this Statement remain accurate.
Should your company have any questions associated with this REACH and RoHS Compliance Statement, please contact ACR's Quality Department.