Sunday, October 30, 2011

Is your supply chain under water? Flooding in Thailand

As reported by CBC News a third of Thailand is submerged underwater; Bangkok escapes worst of Thailand flooding.

You may be wondering what this has to do with Software Safety or Embedded Systems. Alas our supply chains are now global, be it Earthquakes (Europe monitoring stations, US World Monitoring, Small daily US Quakes [Did you know Arkansan has more daily earthquakes than California?]), Volcanoes (will the Super Volcano Uturuncu be blowing its top anytime soon?), or Flooding around the world, our ability to get parts to build our widgets suffers along with the effected people of the region whom should always come first.

Places like Benchmark Electronics, Toyota, Rohm (Will a simple resistor stop you from shipping your widget?), and Toshiba; Toshiba Semiconductor (Thailand) Co., Ltd. "Damage status: The water is 3 meters high on the site and the surrounding area and approximately 1.5 meters deep in the buildings. Facilities are damaged but no employees have been injured in the factory.", Toshiba Storage Device (Thailand), Co., Ltd. "Damage status: The water is 2 meters high on the site and the surrounding area and more than 1 meter deep in the buildings. Facilities are damaged but no employees have been injured in the factory." - This one is already having a ripple effect on hard-disk prices and supply shortages. Many other places have also been effected.

Worries of disease and chemical contamination of the water are starting, as people are beginning to develop skin rashes.