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Using Industrial CF for Control Systems & Automation Applications

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In today’s manufacturing facilities, ever increasing levels of automation are being implemented into control systems. As such, the demand for flash storage for machine control, process monitoring, and programming updates has never been higher. Because of the demands of the operating conditions in most manufacturing facilities, embedded memory solutions must be rugged, industrial grade devices that won’t fail in high-stress situations.

 

Because of these operating conditions, it is not surprising that developers in the controls/automation industry are turning to industrial CompactFlash storage. Using industrial CF for controls/automation applications offers the dependable storage necessary in applications that are being used in demanding manufacturing facilities and other environments in which automation and machine controls are at work. The solid-state construction and different voltage ranges of CF cards make them a clear solution for controls/automation application needs.

 

Why is industrial CF the right choice for controls/automation applications?

Although CF cards are found in a wide range of consumer applications, for controls/automation needs, industrial grade cards are essential. The environments in manufacturing facilities are inherently problematic for non-industrial cards. Wide fluctuations in temperatures, temperature extremes, and high levels of shock and vibration are the norms for the operating environments in which controls/automation application storage cards have to function. Only industrial cards are designed to withstand those demands without any loss of functionality.

 

What are some of the features of industrial CF cards that are ideal for controls/automation applications?

The high reliability in rugged operating conditions is naturally one of the most attractive features for controls/automation industry developers, but there are other benefits to using CF cards for storage as well. They have low power consumption needs as well as power and voltage anomaly protection. They can support different levels of authentication and have enhanced security features, including the option for password protection.

 

Industrial CF cards from Delkin are highly customizable. Private labeling, conformal coating, image loading, and host-specific testing are just some of the available customization options.

 

Will CF card design changes impact functionality?

Controls/automation applications cannot be subject to unexpected downtime. Any error can make entire facilities grind to a halt. Industrial CF cards from Delkin feature a controlled bill of materials, which is critical to avoiding unexpected functionality flaws. The controlled BOM means that no change to critical components, including the flash, firmware, and controller, will be made. A change to one of those components would dictate a product number change. You will also receive advanced notice of any upcoming changes, so you can plan accordingly to avoid any downtime.

 

Delkin offers industrial CF cards in a range of capacities for controls/automation application needs. Consult with a team member for more information about industrial CF for controls/automation applications or other industrial applications.

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