One important aspect of the ITAD industry is reducing the amount of e-waste we generate each year, and one way to accomplish this is through the resale of used electronics. Repairing and refurbishing old electronics extends the devices’ lifecycles and prevents manufacturers from having to use more raw materials to make more. However, in order to maximize return on used devices, it’s important to prepare and pack your IT assets carefully and efficiently so that no equipment is lost or damaged.
The first priority should be data security and device protection. Every used piece of equipment will almost always have residual data left and it is critical that all devices containing data be identified so that the data can be erased.
Depending on the device, there may be different methods of packaging, but there are several practices to follow that apply to all devices. In addition to identifying all devices with residual data, close inspections of equipment should be conducted before and after packaging. All BIOS passwords should be removed before packaging as well, and every box/pallet/skid should be labeled so no equipment goes unaccounted for. It is also smart to add another layer of packaging to prevent mishaps or damage. HOBI recommends wrapping every fully packed container in clear poly, then again in black poly labeled “Do Not Stack.”
Using reinforcements such as cardboard and bubble wrap to cushion packaged devices prevents any cosmetic damage to the equipment as well. For larger devices such as PCs, towers, and monitors, HOBI recommends placing cardboard between each row of devices as a sturdy barrier to prevent the devices from damaging one another. Monitors should be stacked screen to end, or vice versa for optimal safety when in transit.
Smaller devices such as laptops, LCDs, servers and miscellaneous devices like hard drives and circuit boards, should be wrapped in bubble wrap or cushioned somehow between each device and the container walls. HOBI suggests reinforcing all sides of packages with styrofoam to prevent jostling and movement during transportation, and secures hard drives and circuit boards with anti-static bubble wrap.
There are many things to consider when transporting fragile IT equipment, and every precaution should be taken in order to protect each and every device from damage. HOBI International takes great care in securing and labeling each pallet for a smooth, transparent process, and ensures that every single device is accounted for.
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