New website promotes electronics repair over waste

Thursday, 17 March, 2022

New website promotes electronics repair over waste is a new website created by UK-based ABI Electronics as a place to promote the virtues and techniques of repairing electronics products rather than discard and replace. This website highlights a movement started in 2015 for implementing the benefits of creating a repair-first approach in every business.

The modern world runs on electronic systems that are designed to last many years. An enormous amount of natural resources is used to produce semiconductor chips and other electronics components, destined to be mounted on printed circuit boards that are critical to modern technology. These expensive circuit board assemblies are used in industrial applications to help control vehicles, production machinery, aeroplanes, wind turbines, etc. Typically costing from a few dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, they are ultimately used to manage power, safety systems, complex industrial equipment, monitoring devices and many other applications.

ABI Electronics believes that replacing faulty industrial technologies with new ones is wasteful and unnecessary, and aggravates the burgeoning e-waste issue. According to the United Nations University, more than 50 million tons of e-waste are produced globally every year, needlessly feeding world landfills. ABI’s ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ movement thus seeks to draw the attention of business leaders, academia and an even wider audience to the benefits and techniques of developing the capabilities to efficiently repair industrial electronic systems. intends to explore the technology, training and standards available to ensure that critical assets are effectively repaired rather than replaced, thus reducing costs, waste, carbon emissions and downtime, inspiring the next generation of cost-saving repair heroes. The Training Resources section of the website provides access to resources about the technology, training and standards required for the effective implementation of a ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ strategy in businesses and organisations.

The website was designed to give access to relevant technology and training for repair techniques, sharing the knowledge and best practices implemented by leading organisations that are reducing waste and costs, with the bonus of creating quality technical jobs across the world. The website already includes helpful posts, articles and videos, with the hope that it will evolve to bring even more tips, advice and case studies from across the world — from industries such as manufacturing, defence, aerospace, rail transport, energy and others.

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