Communication became the central nervous system of today's society. Multiple current new technologies rely on our abilities to connect and communicate with each other at a fast pace. However, the increase of data bandwidth requires hardware components within a network to be more complex and sensible. This result in higher risks of misfunctionment of the devices due to low quality control and wrong manutention during the production and placement within the network. 80% of network failures occur due to defective parts being sent into the field. In parallel, the telecom and datacenter industries need to meet new sustainability goals in term of energy consumption and circular economy. As for today, it represent 3-4% of global emissions and only 20% of the networking components are being recycled.
To address these issues, AQbot was designed as an automated quality control system used to test and refurbish telecom and datacenter components. The test setup design uses collaborative robot integration capabilities combined with open source test equipment to enable consistent testing of key parameters required for the functioning of a network.The sustainable solution enable refurbishing of used components through a re-qualification process to be reused within older infrastructures and reduces the total network waste.