HOBI Weekly Blog Recap 12/11-12/15

The following is a recap of the HOBI blog during the week of 12/11-12/15. U.K. students research cheaper tools for identifying plastics Team Matoha, a group composed of four undergraduate students at Imperial College London, is looking into developing low-cost instruments that will manually identify and sort plastic materials based on resin type. OEM representative…

Enhancing repairability of lithium-ion batteries in mobile devices

Enhancing Repairability of Lithium-Ion batteries in Mobile Devices by: Craig Boswell Concern for safe battery removal — particularly in mobile devices — is prompting processors, industry organizations and OEMs to examine design, manufacturing and disassembly procedures. Due to the highly volatile nature of lithium-ion batteries, establishing a set of industry safety standards and manufacturing protocols…

OEM representative promotes design for disassembly

Craig Melson, a program manager at techUK, penned an article for New Electronics, a U.K. trade publication for electronics engineers, where he discussed the emerging repairability and recyclability expectations facing the electronics industry. Melson also addressed the important key role that electronics engineers play in ensuring that devices are repairable and recyclable. “Whilst innovation and…

HOBI weekly blog recap 8/21-8/25

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 8/21-8/25 Samsung reveals Galaxy Note 8 Samsung revealed the highly anticipated Galaxy Note 8 device at a conference yesterday. The device’s predecessor, the Galaxy Note 7, experienced a public failure after all devices were recalled due to combusting batteries. Certain e-scrap metals excluded…

European Parliament officials issue resolution to increase lifecycle, repairability of electronics

European government leaders are taking steps to improve the repairability of electronic devices. Earlier this month, the European Parliament approved a resolution that calls European Commission countries to action in creating more easily repairable electronics with longer lifespans. The resolution does not place any mandatory course of action, but signified government officials’ intentions to establish…

HOBI weekly blog recap 6/26-6/30

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/26-6/30 New Petya ransomware attack spread to more than 60 countries A new ransomware attack is running rampant across PCs worldwide. The malware, identified as a type of Petya ransomware, began targeting organizations worldwide Tuesday morning. This attack follows the high-profile WannaCry ransomware…

Greenpeace, iFixit study raises questions about device repairability

Yesterday, Greenpeace released findings from their device repairability assessment. The study, sponsored in conjunction with iFixIt, spanned two years and reviewed 40 different smartphone, tablet and laptop devices from 17 different brands according to iFixIt’s repairability scale. IFixit rates device repairability by multiple factors, including time taken to repair, upgradability and modularity, and availability of…

Craig Boswell weighs in on the challenges of tablet processing

Last month, Resource Recycling published an article about the ongoing challenges of repairing and refurbishing tablets. Tablet repair can be time consuming, costly and dangerous if the wrong techniques are used. Craig Boswell, HOBI International, Inc. President, explained tablets’ compact design and use of adhesive can pose a safety threat for workers. “That’s a significant…

HOBI weekly blog recap 2/13-2/17

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 2/13-2/17 Two educational technology concerns and their solutions Technology in the classroom brings opportunities for increased lesson plan flexibility, outside-the-classroom resources and improved teacher-student interaction. What to do with old devices after Valentine’s Day New tablets, smartphones and wearable technology are popular gifts…

Right to Repair bills proposed in five states could be first step to sustainable device repair

According Android Authority, new Right to Repair bills have been proposed in five states, including Kansas, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New York. If enacted, Right to Repair legislation is a step towards a more sustainable electronics repair and refurbishment industry. This legislation would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts and provide service manuals to independent…