Industrial equipment owners ranging from CNC equipment, welding equipment, and industrial controls are rapidly losing their right to repair as manufacturers take steps to block repair. The tactics are identical to those used by other OEMS in other industries - they simply stop selling parts and tools and block access to diagnostics, firmware, and service documentation.
For example, HAAS Automation no longer supports their older controls and will not provide replacement parts or assistance in repair of existing parts. Some CNC machines that are less than 10 years old are no longer supported. These machines are expected to last decades and usually cost more than $60K each.
ProWelder Guide Editor Brian Green explains how welding equipment repair is also monopolized - leading to more challenges for manufacturers in his Guest Editorial.
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