Thursday, October 13, 2016

Samsung recall Millions Galaxy Note 7 productions

Galaxy Note 7 - The recall Galaxy Note 7 raises its own problems related to the large number of devices made with useless and turned into piles of "junk" electronics. 

Millions of units of Galaxy Note 7 that failed to circulate it would not be repaired, reconditioned, or resale. 

"We have a process to dispose of these phones safely, "said Samsung regarding the fate of the Galaxy Note 7, sebagiamana summarized KompasTekno of Motherboard, Thursday (10/13/2016). 

Even so, the failure of Galaxy Note 7 is a tragedy for each phone constrained environment with material is not small. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 2013 had issued a forecast that the average cell phone requires raw material weighing 75 kg to be produced, although the weight eventually less than half a kilogram. 

Meanwhile, the amount of material that can be recovered by recycling the phones are relatively few. Of the 50 types of rare metals used in Galaxy Note 7, for example, only about a dozen that could be taken back. 

"Indium (used on the touch screen), rare metals such as neodymium magnets in speaker and microphone, cobalt in the battery (will be lost)," said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, the raw material of smartphones that can not be recycled.

that's not counting the impact on workers in the upstream collecting raw materials. Their work so useless.

"It is sad that (phones) should go directly to the recycling without ever used," said Wiens. 

Samsung itself take steps to ensure their products can be as friendly as possible to the environment and workers, for example by using material organic and committed not take raw material from controversial sources, such as from mines that employ underage workers. 

But it does not change things that only a small fraction of materials which can be recovered by recycling mobile phones. The value of materials recoverable is estimated that only a few dollars. 

That's why mobile phone manufacturers tend to remanufacture products, for later resale. It is more economical and environmentally friendly than try to recycle and transform the mobile phone into other goods. 

Only a small part

Although there was massive with 2.5 million units recalled in the recall the first course, a failure case Galaxy Note 7 is actually only a small part of the overall environmental impact caused by modern human life. 

Figures 2.5 million was less than 1 percent of the total market of smartphones worldwide totaled 342 million units in just three months, the second quarter of 2016, according to IDC research institute. 

Industry smartphones was only one part of the production activities of various waste materials are difficult recoverable, such as rare metals earlier. 

misfortune experienced by Samsung could have been avoided by using a removable battery on the Galaxy Note 7 -If true batteries are at the root of the problem. 

"If Samsung could send a new battery pack that has a capacity of 95 percent of the time, which is more secure than ever, of its state will be fine," said Wiens. 

the battery that can be released earlier has always been a standard feature phones Galaxy series flagship, before it began to disappear along with the adoption of the form factor unibody . 

If only Samsung wear a removable battery for the Galaxy Note 7, the effect of the issue of Galaxy Note 7 to the company will not be as now, as well as with its impact on the environment. 

What power, Samsung chose to plant a battery built-in attached with glue so it is very difficult to repair or recycling. 

Rice has become porridge, but at least the manufacturers of smartphones can learn from this case. Just as the oil leak that gives the opportunity to try new cleaning techniques, recall the mass might be able to produce mobile recycling methods more efficient.

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