The objectives of FairTECH®

Fair development of technical products is an essential cornerstone of our technically oriented economic system. Our organization ensures transparency and communication.

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Mean Time To Failure



are exposed to several stresses. MTTF is the abbreviation for the average operating time until a malfunction or a failure occurs (Mean Time To Failure). Depending on the type of the technical device and the intensity of the stress the time of operation or rather the life time can be very different. But what happens if the manufacturer has designed into an intentionally reduced life time?

Intentional obsolescence

If the

life time

is reduced intentionally this is known as planned obsolescence ( planned obsolescence or built-in obsolescence). In this cause the life time is reduced intentionally by several measures during design and manufacturing of the product. By order of the German parliamentary group Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen a report was presented in spring 2013 which shows that German households pay about 101 billions Euro a year more as necessary because many of the sold products have an intentionally reduced durability (source: Wikipedia). Also very interesting is the ARTE documentation » The Lightbulb Conspiracy - Planned Obsolescence « from the year 2011.

Show how FairTECH® you are

Hidden behind the manufacturing of potential FairTECH® products stand in may cases undertakers for which as human beings and as business partners fair proceedings are of major importance. Responsible firms stand with their names fully behind the quality of their products and services. Usually there are undertakers which assert themselves in the actual mass markets with its low quality low cost products. So show your customers how FairTECH® your products are. Beside this you will become a supporter for sustainability.

Communicating Quality

Fair development of technical products is an essential cornerstone of our technically oriented economic system.

The FairTECH® organization performs independent tests and the transparent presentation of product data concerning their fair technical specification and their duration.

FairTECH® supports as an institution any manufacturers which follow a sustainable life time strategy for their products and it offers a communication platform as well as a confidence building marketing feature.

FairTECH® ensures for the customers that the products are developed under the FairTECH® label so that such products offer a long life time and long lasting joy.

FairTECH® products are designed fairly and even after long years accessible and repairable.

FairTECH® products are tested independently and certified by FairTECH®. Competent partners perform the test proceedings.

The technical testing institutions perform independently their checks based on national and international standards. The German accreditation body DAkkS has certified testing laboratories and certification authority.

From kitchen blender up to magnetic resonance scanners, from smart phones to irons, from optical measurement devices to complex measurement environments - nearly any electrical device can be tested and certified by FairTECH®.

After the initial filing to the decision according to the assignment of the FairTECH® certificate usually 2 to 4 months have to be spent. The different measurement procedures and the associated analysis lead to different settlement times.

Yes. If any diagnosed weaknesses are fixed the FairTECH® tests can be repeated.

To ensure a life time transparency for the end customer the evaluation indicator set includes amongst others the testing of "guaranteed minimum life time, minimum availability of spare parts, modularity, retrofitting capability, repairability, reusability, the use of standard parts, the complexity of tools which have to be used to take apart the product, and the ease of accessibility of valuable and recyclable components and materials".

In addition to the commonly noted technical data concerning the life time could be listed.

This would end the asymmetrical knowledge about the product between customer and manufacturer. The value of products bought to perform services result from the benefit which could be gathered over the time of use. Seller and buyer know the price. The benefit out of the use of the products is usually also known by both parties.

Price over period of time

Usually only the manufacturer knows the time in which a benefit can be derived of the use of his product. At the manufacturers site an embracing test protocol is passed through which covers the areas health, safeness, durability, and possible sources of malfunctions. These testing processes deliver for the manufacturer an extensive knowledge of the properties of his product and they allow to include limited specifications into the product design (e.g. reduced number of operating hours, number of switching cycles, or control cycles).

The product knowledge could be noted together with the FairTECH® label by the manufacturer. This would result in a much better decision base when it comes to buying decisions. This is the only way how the consumer has a the possibility to determine the value of a product over the intended time of use (usefulness).

FairTECH® criterion

The product is tested in relation to planned obsolescence.


FairTECH® criterion

The product is tested in relation to technical accessibility. This kind of accessibility determines if in case of a defect the reason for the malfunction can be determined without damage to the product or causing further defects.


FairTECH® criterion

The product is tested in relation to its repairability. An important factor are the complexity and the nesting of technical components which can result in an unnecessary replacement of complete modules.



FairTECH® employees and experts can act free and independent. Neither lobbyists nor manufacturers or certain product labels have any influence related to testing and analysis. Nearly all technical products can be tested according to FairTECH® regulations.

Win-win situation> for the planet & humanity

Many products which come into question for the FairTECH® label are of high quality. Low cost products out of the same market segment are offered cheaper. This leads to wrong buying decisions made by quality conscious end customers. The FairTECH® label and the FairTECH® seal can change this. The winners are satisfied customers and quality oriented manufacturers.