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Source: Dismantling Guide for IT Equipment, which was elaborated within the SRI project and financially supported by SECO and UNIDO, June 2015

World Resources Forum (WRF)

Mathias Schluep, St. Gallen / Switzerland

Dismantling and Recycling Centre (DRZ)

Markus Spitzbart, Vienna / Austria

Institute for Materials Science & Technology (Empa)

Fabian Blaser, St. Gallen / Switzerland

Health and Safety

Dismantling a power supply doesn’t include any harmful steps. Nonetheless workers should wear personal protection equipment like gloves, goggles, apron and robust shoes.

  1. Remove the steel casing, clean it and put it aside.
    • Remove the steel casing, clean it and put it aside.

  2. Remove all components like cooling  fan, PWB, capacitors,  copper coils by cutting off cables and wires and place them aside. Remove all components like cooling  fan, PWB, capacitors,  copper coils by cutting off cables and wires and place them aside. Remove all components like cooling  fan, PWB, capacitors,  copper coils by cutting off cables and wires and place them aside.
    • Remove all components like cooling fan, PWB, capacitors, copper coils by cutting off cables and wires and place them aside.

  3. The  PWB contains relatively large      aluminium boards acting as heat sinks. Remove them and place them aside.
    • The PWB contains relatively large aluminium boards acting as heat sinks. Remove them and place them aside.

    • Take care that aluminium is properly cleaned. Aluminium recyclers refuse impure parts.

  4. Separate  the  remaining  materials  according to their type and go on with the appropriate data  sheet  (e.g.  aluminium,  ferrous  metals, cables,   plastic,   further PWBs, capacitors  etc.).
    • Separate the remaining materials according to their type and go on with the appropriate data sheet (e.g. aluminium, ferrous metals, cables, plastic, further PWBs, capacitors etc.).

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