December 12, 2010 | Mark Paradies

Would You Call This a Quality Issue? A Production Issue? An Equipment Reliability Issue? Maybe Human Performance? Or All of the Above?

Screen Shot 2010-12-12 At 10.17.04 Pm

Engadget reported that a split-second power dip at a Toshiba plant in Japan may cause a 20% drop in shipments from the plant. Here’s the story:

Here’s a quote from the article:

It’s more than a little crazy to think about, but a 0.07-second power disruption in Japan yesterday may have just caused as much as a 20 percent drop in chip shipments from Toshiba. The root of the problem is that the backup system at Toshiba’s Yokkaichi memory chip plant failed to kick in because the brief drop in voltage was more severe than the system was designed for, which has not only forced the plant to halt production until Friday, but may have caused irreparable damage to scores of chips in production at the time of the outage. As The Wall Street Journal reports, it’s still not clear exactly how much damage was caused, but if, for instance, the systems controlling the so-called clean room were shut off, all chips inside would likely be ruined.

What do you think? How would you categorize this incident’s impact?

Show Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *