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Session
Workshop 9: How Long Is Enough? – Testing for Premature Obsolescence
Time:
Friday, 20/Sep/2019:
9:00am - 10:30am

Location: Room D Stanford
1st floor

Session Abstract

Anton Berwald and Olaf Wittler, Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM


E-waste generation reached 48.5 million tons in 2018 and it is considered the fastest growing waste stream in the world. On a global level, only 20% of e-waste is treated properly and few data is available for the rest. One of the main principles of the circular economy is to keep products and materials in use as long as possible and therefore to prevent “premature obsolescence”. This workshop will discuss how robust product test procedures can support the development of more durable and longer lasting products by lowering information asymmetries between manufacturers and consumers. These test procedures should take into account the main issues of product failures and premature obsolescence, such as product reliability and durability.




 
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