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 issue for us from a worker-safety standpoint,” Boswell said. “You have the battery adhered to the device and typically you’re going to have to use some type of prying action and in that process you either puncture the battery or you bend the battery and you can cause the battery to ignite.”
Finding high-quality replacement parts also presents a challenge to processors. With a small amount of part suppliers in the U.S., many refurbishers are forced to look overseas for the parts. The cost of expensive replacement materials can also outweigh the overall value of the end product.
“If you can get the part at a competitive price, then it makes a lot of sense to go ahead and repair the device,” he said.
More consumers are choosing to use tablets and 2-in-1 devices as their primary computing device than ever. Although tablet repair has challenges, the need for refurbished tablet devices will continue to grow.
To read Resource Recycling’s article, visit here.