Grab your picket signs! Minnesota e-scrapers are teaming up to push for a “right-to-repair” law. This would allow access to tools and necessary information to refurbishment and asset management professionals eager to repair electronic devices.
Unfortunately, OEMs have a tendency to make repairs especially difficult to the average consumer, leading them to trash and replace the device.
To design for disassembly is to think about the ultimate destiny of electronic devices during the design-stage of a product’s development.
Why design for disassembly?
OEMs must consider the after-affects electronics have on the environment. By encouraging design for disassembly in the early design phases, this will decrease regulation and potential liability while maintaining competitiveness in a marketplace of increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.
Design for disassembly is of interest to IT asset disposition (ITAD) and management experts, like HOBI International, who also incorporate refurbishment practices. OEMs who design for disassembly make an effort to construct more environmentally friendly devices. ITAD organizations are able to recycle and refurbish electronics more efficiently when devices have been designed with disassembly and repairability in mind.
The design for disassembly concept is especially relevant now that newer, more innovative mobile devices are flooding the market and workplace. ITAD and IT asset management organizations must continue to stay ahead of game. With so many models on the market, electronics recyclers are constantly looking for the best way to recycle, refurbish and dispose these smartphones to diminish the growing stream of harmful e-waste.