Dura stocks the most relevant magnet alloys which are applicable to DFARS. Dura can design, fabricate, and provide magnets and can fabricate finished magnet compliant with DFARS. The relevant magnet alloys are generally Alnico and Samarium Cobalt (SmCo).
Specialty Metals Clause (48 CFR 252.225-7008 and 7009):
The DFARS clauses listed above specify what is considered a “Specialty Metal” and how it can legally be procured and supplied for pertinent government contracts. More specifically to Department of Defense (DOD) article acquisitions.
The clauses also describe what is considered a “Specialty Metal” and how it may be incorporated into a down- stream product. Several magnetic alloys fall under the classification of a “Specialty Metal.” The most commercially relevant are Samarium Cobalt (SmCo) and Aluminum Nickel Cobalt (AlNiCo), but lesser used alloys can also fall under the Specialty Metals clauses. The best way to mitigate risk is to ascertain if the magnet alloy contains Nickel or Cobalt and determine if the concentrations of these metals are sufficient to classify the magnet alloy as a Specialty Metal.
When an alloy is deemed a Specialty Metal it must be “melted” or produced in the US. Sometimes an approved country of origin may be allowed and this is especially so when the alloy is difficult to obtain in the US or the available supply does not meet the contract specifications. (This exception must be written into the contract and cascaded to all subsequent suppliers.)
* Execute your own due diligence. This information is to serve as a guideline.
48 CFR 252.225-7009 – Restrictions on Acquisition of Specialty Metals
48 CFR 252.225-7008 – Restrictions on Acquisition of Certain Articles Containing Specialty Metals
Dura Magnetics fully supports the goals and objectives of Section 1502 (“Section 1502”) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”), which aims to prevent the use of certain “Conflict Minerals” that directly or indirectly finance or benefit armed groups in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or adjoining countries (as defined in the Act). “Conflict Minerals” include: columbite-tantalite (coltan) (i.e., tantalum), cassiterite (i.e., tin), gold, wolframite (i.e., tungsten) or their derivatives and could expand to include other minerals or their derivatives, as determined by the U.S. Secretary of State.
SmCo and Section 1502 of the Wall Street Reform Act:
Most magnet alloys do not purposely contain the Conflict Minerals, but Samarium Cobalt (1-5) oftentimes does contain a small amount of Tin (Sn). The concentration is quite low, 0.3% to 0.5%, but it is added purposely and therefore its lineage must be traced and reported. The Tin used in Dura’s Samarium Cobalt (1-5) is traceable back to an Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) approved smelter.
Dura Magnetics, Inc. certifies that all SmCo Magnets are in compliance and conform to the European Union’s Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC and 2011/65/EU (RoHS2). All SmCo supplied by Dura Magnetics, Inc. will have less than the RoHS limits stated below for the restricted use substances. This Declaration is based on our analysis, vendor supplied analysis or material certifications, and/or lab test results of the component raw materials used in the manufacture of Dura Magnetics, Inc. SmCo products.
We also strive to remain in compliance with REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), a European Union law that originally went into effect on June 1, 2007. Regulated by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), its purpose is to strengthen the protection of human health and the environment from harmful effects that can be caused by chemicals. Dura Magnetics, Inc. is vigilant in monitoring the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in our magnetic parts, as the list continues to be updated in stages.
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