(BURLINGTON, Vt. – Feb. 24, 2019) – Ford is again working to support the U.S. auto industry by packaging parts that are made in America, say company officials.
Ford is working with Monolithic Technologies (Monteckefeller, N.Y.), with the goal of improving the condition of all of the chips in America’s cars.
Working closely with current global Tier 1 suppliers, Ford said it could save tens of millions of dollars, while guaranteeing high quality and consistent levels of accuracy.
The automaker said it used data from 8.5 million engine beats during Q1 2019 to determine that quality metrics for models up to model number nine were “above performance metrics” for 2017 to 2018 models.
The standard estimated life of key chips within engines is five years. This is based on similar systems used by Chrysler and GM with slightly different configurations.
Ford Vehicle Performance Engineer Trevor Vaughn said, “The fact that chips are continuing to live for longer than five years shows that they’re doing well. And I don’t think a major chip quality issue would have any material effect on Ford’s product.”
“This is an industry we all recognize is in transition,” said Doug VanDagens, Ford vice president, global quality. “Working with Tier 1 suppliers like Monolithic Technology and other players in the value chain, Ford is committed to being the industry’s champion in helping ensure that the cars we build in the United States remain on the road for decades to come.”
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