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Is the S811+/S801+ marked with Environmental Friendly Use Period (EFUP) information?

Eaton is changing Reduced Voltage Soft Starter (RVSS) label information to reflect China RoHS-2 compliance beginning with the S811+N…, S811+R…, S801+N…, and S801+R units produced after July 2016. 

Figure 1 - Old Mark                                     Figure 2 - New mark

Environment Friendly Use Period (EFUP) is the period of time before any of the (China) RoHS-2 substances are likely to leak out, causing possible harm to health and the environment.

If all 6 of the hazardous substances are less than the maximum concentration values, the product may be labeled with the letter “e” within a circle composed of two (2) arrows as shown in Figure 3.

If any of the hazardous substances is greater than the maximum concentration value, the product must be labelled with a circle composed of two (2) arrows containing a number that gives the EFUP in years; for example, a circled 10 indicates an EFUP of 10 years as shown in Figure 3. 

Figure 3 - EFUP Symbols

The China RoHS-2 is considered to be more stringent  than the European (EU)-RoHS-2 as there are no “exemptions” allowed. Under current EU-RoHS-2 standards, an “exemption” is use of a hazardous substance that is utilized in a specific function, e.g. cadmium that is used for electrical contacts, that is not factored into the overall product concentration value.

RoHS itself does not require any specific product labeling. Eaton, like other manufacturers, has adopted a mark that is placed on the product to allow users to quickly identify that the product is in compliance. Other methods may be used to indicate compliance. For example one major manufacturer adds an “-R” to the catalog number to differentiate between products that are RoHS compliant and those that are not.

The new RoHS-2 directive standardizes product compliance markings from non-defined/non-approved/inconsistent markings by mandating the use of the CE mark.

Products bearing the CE mark are in compliance with EU RoHS-2 standards.

Products bearing the Chinese ROHS-2 mark are “certified” by the manufacturer to indicate that the device has been determined to comply with the requirements of the mark as noted above. There is no official enforcement agency that determines compliance with the Chinese RoHS. Each manufacturer self-certifies to the content of RoHS restricted substances and their respective concentration value(s).

Chinese RoHS-2 regulates the identical six (6) substances along with identical maximum concentration values as the EU RoHS-2.

North American standards organizations such as UL and NEMA do not have any RoHS-2 compliance requirements.

Substance group

Maximum concentration of the substance in any individual homogeneous material in the part

Cadmium/cadmium compounds

0.01% by weight (100 ppm) of homogeneous materials

Hexavalent Chromium compounds

0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) of homogeneous materials

Lead/lead compounds

0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) of homogeneous materials

Mercury/mercury compounds

0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) of homogeneous materials


0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) of homogeneous materials


0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) of homogeneous materials