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A systematic method to qualify the repairability of technical products

Streibl, Franz

FG Transdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in der Elektronik

This publication presents a general analysis of common repair processes and scenarios on which basis it continues to establish objective parameters to qualify a product's repairability by methods suitable for technical standardisation. The concepts revealed in this paper were developed independently to improve the quality of the debate on repairability within the technical standardisation working group 3 of the joint technical committee 10 of the CEN and CENELEC european standardisation bodies, as well as the respective mirror committee in the german national standardisation body DIN. The scope of technical standards does not consider social, economic or legal categories, nor does it explicitly reflect on the application of current or past repair practices. It is the objective of this paper to provide technically precise distinctions and clear definitions of the technically relevant aspects involved in a technical repair process of products, the latter which are necessarily also technical to be subjectable to technical standardisation. This is the background for the claim in the title that this paper discusses technical products, which can therefore also be read as products subject to technical standardisation. A discussion of the legal application of a respective technical repair standard (or the effects thereof) for the purpose of regulation, or its socio-economic effects, are not the subject of the current paper.