Birds’ corporate culture of providing the RF industry with the most reliable and dependable products dates back to the company’s founding in 1942. J. Raymond Bird designed and manufactured his products to last for generations of continuous use. Bird’s commitment to quality and reliable products is demonstrated by the significant number of Model 43 Wattmeters that are still in active service sixty (60) years after their introduction.
The Bird quality management and RF metrology systems are a critical component to the high reliability, accuracy and performance of all Bird products. Bird’s Quality Management System and corporate Quality Manual is certified to ISO/IEC 17025 and is written in accordance with ISO 9001:2008.
Our RF Metrology System Control is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and with traceability directly to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Our Quality Organization is a key participant throughout the entire product life cycle from the initial investigation to new product introduction to production and product support and to final support life activities.
Thanks to quality management and RF metrology systems, Bird can deliver superior RF reliability.
Accreditation Certificate No.2626.01
Bird is committed to provide its worldwide customers with products that are environmentally compatible while also meeting our commitment to quality, performance, and reliability. We are complying with the European RoHS Directive and China RoHS regulations. Bird also is compliant with the European Community directive 2002/96/EC (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment, WEEE) in respect to products sold within the European Union. This marking has been added to electronic products that are marked with the CE Mark.
What is RoHS?
Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (ROHS) became European Law in 2003. RoHS restricts the use of lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) in electronic equipment. These materials are also restricted per the China RoHS regulations.
In 2007 China’s RoHS regulations became law, this includes the same substances but the rules for compliance are different.
What is WEEE?
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is the European Community directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment which, together with the RoHS Directive, became European Law in 2003, setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. The scope is to prevent the generation of electrical and electronic waste and to promote reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery in order to reduce the quantity of such waste to be eliminated, whilst also improving.
What is REACH?
REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The new law entered into force on 1 June 2007. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. At the same time, innovative capability and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry should be enhanced. The benefits of the REACH system will come gradually, as more and more substances are phased into REACH.
Bird RoHS Compliance Report
Although in the European RoHS Directive, Monitoring and Control Instruments is not included within the scope of the RoHS Directive per Article 2 and Annex 1A, it is Birds objective to produce products that are materially compliant. Birds Monitoring and Control Instruments that are materially compliant will be marked accordingly.
The European RoHS Directive allows for specific exemptions from the requirements of Article 4(1) per the Annex. The following exemptions apply to many of our products.
• Exemption 1 — Mercury in compact florescent lamps not exceeding 5 mg per lamp.
Some LCD displays used in our product have a backlight that may contain low levels of mercury. These applications are exempt from the directive.
• Exemption 6 – Lead as an alloying element in steel containing up to 0.35% lead by weight, aluminum containing up to 0.4% lead by weight and as a copper alloy containing up to 4% by weight.
Because of their good electrical and RF properties we use many of the copper alloys that use up to 4% lead.
For the China RoHS all products are marked with the 50 year use life and have a sheet that identifies the hazardous materials that the product contains.
Radio Infrastructure Products
The majority of Radio Infrastructure Products can be ordered European or China RoHS compliant through special request.
Please contact factory to verify the RoHS status of the exact model numbers for your application.
The following products are currently not available as European Union RoHS compliant:
- Any product (mostly VHF Signal Boosters) using crystal filters, because crystals naturally contain lead
- All battery-backup options for Signal Boosters
REACH Position Statement
Bird is committed to meet the requirements of the EC REACH regulations. We do not use any restricted substances identified by the regulations in our manufacturing processes and we are actively working with our suppliers to assure that none of these substances are used or being procured through our supply chain. We strive to ensure that our product line is compliant with the requirements of the REACH regulations. We will continually review that status as more chemical substances are added to the regulations.
For additional information visit the REACH site at: