Semiconductor shortage forces Canon to ditch toner copy protection chips


Semiconductor shortages have forced Canon’s hand, and it is abandoning the practice of adding copy protection chips to its toner cartridges, at least in some areas. Instead, to help its customers keep printing, Canon Germany shared clues about the deviation from the warnings that will inevitably appear with carts without a chip. Twitterer Mario w states that Canon also sends e-mails to registered customers of the affected printers.

At the time of writing, Support specifically states that consumables for a number of its ImageRunner multifunction printer (MFP) series will be affected by the chip shortage. However, these appear to be entirely laser / toner based devices, so previous reports of chipless ink carts may not be entirely correct.

Canon’s action under pressure might bring a smile to users who hate the idea of ​​printer ink and toner protected by security chips. In addition, Canon’s compulsion in Germany to describe how to get around the dreadful warning about “non-Canon” supplies is somewhat satisfactory. However, there are a few downsides to this from a consumer perspective.

Ignore the warnings, but no chip means no toner level feature

If you have a new, genuine Canon toner (or a copy / refill), it doesn’t seem too complicated to bypass the warnings and keep using your MFP. However, depending on the MFP model number, you will need to click Close, Agree, or Press OK at the correct time in the appropriate print / copy dialog box. Hopefully this screen click or UI stimulation needs to be done once per cartridge change.

(Image credit: Canon)

Canon highlights another downside to the chip-less consumables the company has to sell. The chips in the carriage have logged the page count, so they can no longer help alert the user when the cartridge is likely to be empty.

Last but not least, Canon assures users who purchase non-chipped cartridges that “there is no negative impact on print quality when using consumables without electronic components.” Additionally, the Japanese imagery mainstay says it will restart chip cart sales as soon as “normal supply is restored.”

Customers of other printer brands could be worse off

It will be interesting to see if other printer and consumable makers have to act the same way as Canon because of the chip shortage issues. In one respect, Canon is not the worst offender with its real warnings about carts – other printer manufacturers will block the use of carts without a chip or copies / refills that don’t quite have it. good chip code.

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