Computer chip shortage

Glenn Owner/Technician Texas Posted   Latest  

Can anyone see the forest for the trees with this issue?

There are plants halting production all around the world due to computer chip shortages. In our current world of electronics, I can see a huge flood of price increases. This is not only affecting vehicles, but practically everything with electronics being produced.

I can eat potato chips, but I cannot eat computer chips.

Heck, I am glad I still own vehicles with points and manual window cranks.

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Trevor Technician
Colorado
Trevor
 

I own a 1992 K1500 with the TBI 5.7L with a manual transmission. I don't ever see myself getting rid of it On another note, I want an Xbox Series X. But given this “shortage” I can't get one. And no, I'm not paying a scalper over what retail is

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Tom Owner/Technician
Tennessee
Tom
   

I liked everything about those trucks except for those walking triangles temp adjustment…. Tom

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Trevor Technician
Colorado
Trevor
 

Yeah, I am not a fan of it either. But it's literally the only thing I don't like. Well, that's a lie. I don't like how gutless it is lmao

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Grant Technician
Illinois
Grant
 

I learned at Automotive News that it began when all automotive manufacturers cut their chip orders last year in response to the pandemic. And now all have been unable to secure sufficient supply in response to the quick rebound in demand for their vehicles. Automakers compete with the consumer electronics industry for semiconductor/chip raw materials. There is no short term solution for that…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

A one week power disruption in TX puts them behind 3 months or more? You see where this is going? Everybody is claiming tragedy and mayhem to hold out for more money.

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Fred Owner/Technician
Virginia
Fred
 

The dredded manufactured shortage!

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Bob Technician
Massachusetts
Bob
 

The worst part of this is that the shutdowns are a self inflicted wound.

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Timothy Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Timothy
 

It isn't just a power outage Glenn, but a total disruption of many vital services that's the issue in TX. Many places/cities were without anything (water/power/gas) for several weeks. And yes, JIT inventory means just that: if there aren't any supplies filling the pipeline, then when the pipeline needs refilled, it takes a while. Mother Nature doesn't manufacture a shortage, but really stupid…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Yep, I was here for the event. It is crazy how TX is still a ‘we will do it on our own’ state and too proud to ask for help. The state has slowly become a politics for profit mentality. It just has not gotten has bad as other states yet. The heads of ERCOT ran away and the energy companies are filing for bankruptcy to escape responsibility. It is a bad situation. Meanwhile the consumers pay the…

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Timothy Owner/Technician
Wisconsin
Timothy
 

My cousin, who has done everything from manage line crews, to being a lineman, and a foreman over entire departments for the power distribution industry, in other states, says he's seen cobbled-together crap in TX that would never be allowed in any of the other states he's been in! Much of it because of non-standardization issues across the state. Have an old style system, and the next town over…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Tim, I agree, there are some that take the ‘KISS’ principle to a whole different level. Sometimes keeping it simple can be dangerous. “Rig it” is a way of life in some areas. As for TX, there are massive cultural differences that exist here that I have not witnessed in other states. Much of Texas is still very rural and rustic. Hand dug wells for water and wood stoves for winter heating…

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Eric Instructor
California
Eric
 

So much for “just in time” inventory and stocking theory.

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Bob Engineer
Michigan
Bob
 

Glenn, All, It's not just automotive, it's many industries. Hi-Tech companies like Apple have a much larger segment of chip usage, therefore more clout in competition for the remaining fab space. As mentioned, since automotive cut their orders in 2020, they have dropped down the list of delivery priorities. Part of my retirement hobby list is music and I just got an email from Moog music that…

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