This year’s International E-Waste Day is centred around shedding light on ‘invisible’ electronic waste owned by the world’s consumers. Electronic items permeate every corner of our living environments in the western world – from homes, to offices, to shops and community centres, you can find multiple electronics in every modern-day situation. E-Waste Day focuses on what happens to these items when they are no longer working or become obsolete in our lives. At #RepairDontWaste we ask – what happens to industrial electronics when they too have served their purpose?
Your next equipment delivery will be made up of obsolete parts without you knowing it. Here’s what you have to do.
In February 2021, Willian Santos of ABI Electronics wrote an article urging industry leaders to come to their senses about the value of repair in the face of staggering obsolescence. The COVID-19 pandemic made it undeniable that a radical change in industries such as defence, aerospace, automotive, and rail had to happen – and fast – largely due to OEM-driven obsolescence of the systems and machinery required to keep planes, trains, wind turbines and solar inverters, robotic equipment and general critical infrastructure in operation. Two and a half years later, many industry-leading companies are still oblivious to the fact that their much-needed obsolescence solution is right under their nose – Repair, Don’t Waste.
Our movement recently had the opportunity to share our ethos with the world via Interesting Engineering’s exciting new podcast, Lexicon. By delving into the issues of E-Waste and the fight to repair industrial electronics, ABI’s International Sales Manager Willian Santos explained why time is up for the break-and-replace mentality, and how the world needs to change to usher in a new era of sustainability in industry.
International Sales and Marketing manager Willian Santos of ABI Electronics was recently interviewed by Rail Director magazine regarding the importance of repair over replacement of electronic circuit boards, specifically in the rail sector. As a founder of the #RepairDontWaste movement, Willian shared great insight into how the industry’s largest players are challenging current trends and embracing electronic repair as a sustainable practise for today and the future.
Over the past 4 years, GE has saved 20 million dollars by consigning the act of throwing away a faulty PCB to the past. Their strategy now? Repair, Don’t Waste.
At ABI we believe that investing in your own in-house repair and maintenance capabilities is absolutely necessary for all industries who are focused on emissions and e-waste reductions. ABI offer specialist test and measurement systems to enable companies to do so, whilst advancing their own sustainable mobility and goals. Are ABI’s ‘lifesaver’ systems too good to be true? Why not find out for yourself!
VLT Carioca, also known as Rio de Janeiro Light Rail, has made a huge commitment to the #RepairDon’tWaste movement by investing in specialist test and measurement equipment provided by ABI Electronics. With this investment, VLT are securing a future that is immune to component obsolescence, costly machine downtime whilst taking huge steps towards net-zero targets.
Willian Santos of ABI Electronics and RepairDontWaste.com recently had the pleasure of being a special guest on the UK’s top manufacturing-focused podcast and had the opportunity to speak about the evolution of the ‘Repair, Don’t Waste’ movement and the successes it has made so far.
In this second episode of ABI Labs RevEng Edition, we will show you how ABI’s reverse engineering system #RevEng works, the ins and out of the RevEng instrument, how to set it up, how to create a new project and generate the netlist and finally, how to import it into a CAD software to draw the schematic.
AmePower’s investment in ABI’s electronic troubleshooting system BoardMaster and reverse engineering equipment RevEng will provide exclusive capabilities to AmePower for highly sophisticated refurbishment, recovery, and modernisation of power electronics used in railway.