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Design Features of Current Tablet Computers to Facilitate Disassembly and Repair

Produktgestaltungsoptionen aktueller Tablet Computer in Bezug auf Demontage und Reparatur
: Nissen, Nils F.; Stobbe, Lutz; Oerter, Markus; Scheiber, Sascha; Schlösser, Alexander; Schischke, Karsten; Lang, Klaus-Dieter

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Created on: 3.4.2014

Korea Institute of Industrial Technology -KITECH-, Seoul:
Proceedings of the 8th Ecodesign 2013 : Jeju, Korea, December 4th-6th
ISBN: 978-89-8245-067-9
International Symposium on Environmentally Conscious Design and Inverse Manufacturing (EcoDesign) <8, 2013, Jeju/Korea>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IZM ()

Tablet computers (or slates) are a tremendously growing market and are increasingly encroaching on the traditional desktop and laptop sales. The high sales numbers combined with potentially short use times lead to concerns about whether tablets can be disassembled easily for recycling or - before that ultimately becomes necessary - for repair. Several current tablet models have been disassembled to support this study and are compared in terms of non-destructive opening for repair purposes and partly destructive disassembly for end-of-life scenarios. Examples from the disassembly are examined in terms of the connection types used and the tools needed for a high quality disassembly. Without a deeper life cycle view the analysis should not be understood to pinpoint a 'new' major environmental problem, but to deliver specific facts and observations.