Due to insufficient semiconductor production, you may already be waiting for a new car or graphics card. Canon warns that the crisis has also affected the production of consumables. The Japanese company therefore decided to temporarily produce toner for chipless printers.
“Due to the continuing global shortage of semiconductor components, Canon is currently facing difficulties in securing specific electronic components that are used in multifunction printer (MFP) consumer products. These components perform such functions as detecting the remaining amount of toner,“States on the web.
It is not clear how long Canon will have to produce chip-free toners. However, the company states that this may mean reduced comfort for users. The printers will continue to run, but without detecting toner capacity, the printer will think that the cartridge is empty or inoperable. The user will have to confirm the dialog manually.
Dozens of multifunctional models of the imageRunner series will be affected, ie printers intended for large companies with the highest cartridge consumption. Canon is not yet planning such a measure for home or small office models.
However, the semiconductor crisis – and several ongoing lawsuits – could force manufacturers to change policies. Not only has Canon been accused of not printing in black and white when the printer runs out of yellow. Or that you can’t even scan with an empty cartridge. Alternatively, the manufacturers make every effort to prevent the use of unofficial cartridges. We can look for chips behind it all.