Below is a recap of this week’s blog posts including Google’s new operating system and how it helps preserve old devices, how proper data center decommissioning can help protect your company’s data, a new recycling technology and an MRF using AI technology to sort.
One of the most common obstacles of technology is the constant need to upgrade equipment. Due to the frequency at which new devices are developed and released, new equipment becomes outdated within a few years, and as we’ve all experienced, much slower than it used to be. When devices become too slow to function properly, users purchase more brand new devices, but Google may have developed a solution to the issue.
Data centers are arguably the most important piece of equipment an enterprise can own. Because of the large amounts of company information they store, data centers can be a prime target for hackers, and if not disposed of properly, can be extremely vulnerable to data theft. IT asset disposition is the process of environmentally friendly electronics disposal, and ITAD facilities like HOBI offer data center decommissioning services to make the process a little smoother.
Electronics recycling is a growing industry that focuses on disposing of electronics in an environmentally friendly manner, but a major issue in the industry is extracting rare earth metals without destroying the rest of the materials in the process. However, a new method of extraction that will allow recyclers to extract metals from e-scrap without affecting other metals has recently entered the pilot plant stage.
As technology advances, the idea of robots becoming a normal part of our daily lives isn’t so far off. We have self check-outs at grocery stores, ATMs that withdraw our money, no-contact cash apps, electronic menus, and now a recycling equipment manufacturer has developed an automated sorting system that programs itself on a “loop” to sort different materials using AI technology. Developed by Bulk Handling Systems, the sorting system uses temporary storage bunkers and conveyors laid out in loops to carry mixed containers through the AI-powered optical sorter multiple times.