HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Comments
View Comments: Oldest First|Newest First|Threaded View
Jennifer Campbell
User Rank
Gold
Don't Throw the Baby out with the Bath Water
Jennifer Campbell   6/29/2011 4:07:54 PM
NO RATINGS
Here is a comment received by Geoffrey Orsak from an avid reader of his Design News column:

Your latest column entitled "From Treasure to Trash" hit a chord with me because last week I had an LCD monitor go out on my work computer system.  Being an engineer I took it apart and found that the screen itself was the problem.  Quickly I determined that I could replace the whole monitor a lot cheaper than fix the old one.  What bothered me is how much perfectly good product I had to throw away as I lowered the old monitor into the e-waste dumpster. The stand and the mechanism that adjusted the height and swiveled and tilted was perfect and a really robust design.  In fact everything but the failed component could have performed for many years to come.  It is great that more companies are recycling their electronic waste but it still takes a lot of energy to create something that only lasts a few years.
 
Just like your article suggests, there should be value going forward in our society to engineer for the afterlife of a product.  If the most likely to fail part of any product could be removed and replaced easily and inexpensively wouldn't it be great.  We do it on some products like automobiles, light fixtures, and sponge mops.  I think it's time we started making longer life electronic gadgets instead of "throwing away the baby with the bath water."



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Back in January we asked our readers to send us photos of their desks and workbenches – and they delivered.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Family of industrial PCs is preconfigured to work with Aerotech's A3200 motion controller.
The US Congress has extended an important tax credit for solar energy, a move that’s good news for future investments in this type of alternative energy and for many stakeholders in the solar industry.
People don’t like change, but as did the three industrial revolutions before it, Industry 4.0 will deliver painful change and irrecoverable harm to those that don’t adapt.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
1/28/2016 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/8/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/18/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
2/24/2016 11:00 AM PT | 2:00 PM ET
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Jan 11 - 15, Designing ARM Devices Using Segger Tools
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service