Factory floors contain any number of simple to complex machines used to perform specific tasks needed to create the end product. As product requirements change, there is often a need to update the code describing the latest “job” of the tool - or possibly an entire operating system and application upgrade.
Industrial SLC USB Flash Drive can make updating as simple as transferring a file to your computer. The Industrial part of the name is for a rugged device that is made to last many years in a harsh factory environment. By definition an Industrial flash storage device should be based on SLC NAND - the most reliable type of NAND available.
SLC NAND is important to ensure reliable operation at temperature and over long periods of use. This can be logging data from a specific tool or just providing a safe and reliable storage for the operating system and application.
Systems malfunctioning in the middle of an important order or having to wait days to get replacement code for an embedded system which was being operated from a failed consumer USB flash drive are unacceptable to most manufacturers.
Typically, consumer USB flash drive are made from the lowest cost flash memory storage available since they’re expected to meet a very low retail price point. Duty cycles for these parts are usually limited to transferring a file from one computer to another every few days or weeks.
It doesn’t take a lot of reliability to accomplish this minor task and if worst comes to worst, the part failing doesn’t usually lose any important data and only costs a few dollars for a new part.
Industrial USB Flash Drive cost quite a bit more than their consumer counterparts. This is for the better memory, physical construction and controller architecture and firmware design. But, when faced with a line down situation most companies would agree the choice of a Reliable USB Flash Drive is worth the cost.
Cactus looks forward to discussing your OEM applications which require USB Flash Drives or other flash storage devices. If you need assistance with an OEM design, please contact us.