Even T&M is going green. Trilithic has redesigned its Seeker MCA, a component of its automated leakage management system; the product has been equipped with energy-saving components that include rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Offering one of the best energy-to-weight ratios, no memory effect and a slow loss of charge, the batteries contain no metallic lithium, consume less energy and operate at exceptionally high efficiency.

Similar efficiencies have been used with success in other Trilithic products. The company reports that technicians using the 860 DSPi digital installation analyzers have noted for years the exceptional long life of the batteries that need to be charged on average just once a week. Of all the efficiencies built into the 860 DSPi, the ability to operate the instruments in the field for longer periods of time on a single charge, with the back light and without intrusive battery-saving methods, was a key design feature.

“Investment in clean energy components is both an economic and environmental imperative,” noted Trilithic product manager Thomas Powell. “While the U.S. hasn’t issued aggressive mandates for electronic waste, we’re anticipating new legislation in the near future.”

Trilithic said it has initiated compliance with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS). Adopted in July 2006 by the European Union, the directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronics and electrical equipment.

The company also has established standards to meet recycling and recovery mandates for electrical goods as established by European law in February 2003 in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE).

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