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Frequently Asked Questions about Industrial USB

USB storage is one of the oldest and most recognizable forms of memory on the market. However, it remains as relevant and powerful as ever. For industrial devices, removable and embedded industrial USB memory both play an important role in providing powerful and secure storage, even in rugged operating conditions. Partially because USBs are so familiar and because most people have used them for storage of noncritical data, many industrial OEMs and designers have questions about how to use them effectively for their devices. Are you considering industrial USB storage for your industrial application? Here are the answers to some questions you are likely to have.


What makes industrial USB different from standard USB?

The same differences that separate other forms of industrial memory from commercial and consumer grade options also affect USB storage. These differences include extended temperature ranges, with operating temperatures of -40 degrees C to 85 degrees C. They also include significantly increased tolerance for shock and vibration.


Industrial USBs are available with SLC flash memory. SLC (single-level cell) memory stores one bit of data per cell. SLC memory offers the fastest operating speeds and highest available level of data security.


Is embedded USB or removable USB best for industrial applications?

In terms of reliability, speed, extended temperature ranges, and other industrial storage features, embedded USB memory and portable USB flash drives are comparable. Since one type of industrial USB memory is not better than the other in terms of functionality, engineers can choose the format that best suits their device design.


When choosing between industrial embedded or removable USB drives, there are a few common considerations. What is the size of the device? Is there a need to transport data between unconnected devices? Are there significant capacity requirements? Your industrial USB supplier can help you select the best option based on your answers to these questions.


As with any kind of industrial memory, you should also ensure that you’re getting industrial USB memory that is backed with a locked BOM and lifecycle management. That way, you can be assured that unanticipated combability issues won’t cause costly downtime.


Can I customize industrial USB storage?

If you choose the right supplier, then a wide range of customizations should be available. At Delkin, we understand the need for USB customizations, particularly with portable USB flash drives, which often are enhanced with custom branding. We offer options for customized labeling, packaging, and numbering, as well as customized content loading and connectors. We can also assist with customized testing. This will help you ensure that the USB you’re considering is the best option for your device.


The team at Delkin is ready to answer all of the questions you have about industrial USB and other forms of rugged, embedded memory. Contact us today to discuss your needs. We’re ready to help you find the best storage solution for your device.


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