Repair, don’t waste’ Manifesto

Championing the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of repair over replacement

Our mission at ‘Repair, don’t waste’ is to make in-house electronics repair the rule, not the exception, for businesses of all sizes. This huge change in direction for many does not come without challenges; however, our mantra provides incredible benefits and opportunities for industries of all kinds. So why should your company #RepairDontWaste?

-Reduction of waste and emissions-

Are you trying to hit net-zero targets? Repairing circuit boards can rapidly propel your organization towards sustainability and reducing your carbon footprint. The PSA Group which is behind the car brands Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall reported that repair rather than discarding the defective electronic circuit board produces 85% fewer CO2 emissions (Source Apec). By overlooking the effect that repair can have on carbon emissions, many companies are missing out on the environmental and financial impact this can have.

-Machine downtime-

Are timely, costly machine repairs getting you down? Repairing your essential machines in-house provides fast access to ready-to-use stock which in turn reduces downtime and operational losses. Many manufacturers, including a ‘Repair, don’t waste’ convert, find that using third-party companies for machine repair lead to mounting production disruption due to the long repair lead times. By repairing machines in-house, technicians have a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the machine, and by using specialist test and measurement equipment, can eliminate such time-consuming practices.

-Creates quality technical jobs-

Investing in technicians will future-proof your organization. ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ cannot exist in a vacuum – our message requires #RepairHeroes to achieve the results that we know are possible. Repair technicians and engineers are the future of sustainable industry and will help to establish repair and maintenance as a first resort in the face of electronic problems, rather than a last. By investing in specialist test and measurement equipment for the repair of circuit boards, companies are also investing in the employment and education of their own employees – who will gain invaluable and increasingly demanded skills – and the creation of future jobs in their communities.

-Potential for increased PCB performance-

Do repaired electronics perform as well as brand new? A repaired unit can perform as brand new or even better. Modern troubleshooting technologies, training, and international standards ensure that the repaired equipment operates to at the very least the same standard as new units. In many circumstances, root-cause fault analysis at the circuit board level can lead to design improvements, thus taking equipment reliability to a higher standard compared to the original design.

-Saves you money-

Think repairing is too costly? Research indicates that circuit boards that are repaired close to the point of use are 90% cheaper compared to buying a new replacement. By adopting the ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ mindset, companies globally have saved in the regions of thousands, to millions, by repairing their own PCBs in-house.

RDW ALTERNATIVE TO INDUSTRIAL E-WASTE 

The resting place of our discarded electronics is a mystery to most of us

– but why should it be? 

By embracing a more hands-on approach to maintenance and repair, consumers and industry are taking direct responsibility for their contribution towards the E-waste disaster that is currently building. Sustainability is an action that is based on self-sufficiency. By encouraging industry to be accountable for their own waste and waste solutions – which can involve cutting out unnecessary waste completely through the modes of repair and maintenance – it gives the power of responsibility back to those who are actively involved. By being able to maintain their tools of production without external influences, companies can become self-reliant and untouched by the volatile landscape of electronic component shortages.  

Heavy industry has a long history of being wasteful and environmentally damaging – at Repair, Don’t Waste, we believe this image can be changed towards a sustainable, circular future.

Education is key to our movement.

Due to material shortages created by the 2020 world-wide pandemic and its aftereffects, the world has started to view repair in a more realistic light and as a more achievable reality. However, at ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ we don’t just champion repair in times of austerity and lack; we see our movement as the future’s way of operating, permanently. 

By educating people at a base level and visiting the roots of material society, where items were valued and meticulously maintained, we believe that change can happen. Society is now at a point where this change is necessary, and the time for industry to innovate and confront the challenges of our lifetime is here! 

We do not believe that industry is intrinsically bad or evil – it has afforded us the amazing world we have today. Instead, at ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ we believe there is a better, more sustainable way for industry to develop, and this starts with valuing our precious materials and consigning the ‘make-break-waste’ mentality to the past.

We hope our manifesto has given you some food-for-thought about the future of industrial electronics, and how we can actively fight against the growing E-waste problem by mitigating the amount of PCB wastage through repair and maintenance of crucial, expensive machinery.  

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