Saelig has laucned RepairDontWaste.com – 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 are 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, airplanes, 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.
Replacing faulty industrial technologies for new ones is wasteful, 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. The common replace-not-repair mentality urgently needs to be superseded across the business spectrum, a vital step in eliminating waste, lowering emissions, and saving precious resources.
ABI Electronics’s ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ movement seeks to draw the attention of business leaders, academia, and even a wider audience to the benefits and techniques of developing the capabilities to efficiently ‘repair-not-replace’ industrial electronic systems. This website was designed to give access to relevant technology and training for repair techniques, sharing the knowledge and best practices implemented by leading organizations that are reducing waste, costs, with the bonus of creating quality technical jobs across the world.
The website includes helpful posts, articles, and videos, and it is intended that the website will evolve to bring even more tips, advice, and case studies from across the world, in industries such as manufacturing, defense, aerospace, rail transport, energy, and others. 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 organizations. RepairDontWaste.com 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.