It’s common knowledge that computers are no longer confined to the office space. Or, more accurately, perhaps, the office is no longer confined to the prototypical cubicle or workstation.
The industrial sectors have carved out their own specific niches in the world of electronics, ones that demand specific factors.
These needs range greatly, depending on the type of electronics the company utilizes and the tasks that it’s required to carry out. Large scale industrial machinery that is dependent on repetitive motions or monitoring relies on automation, which requires a computer on the premises. Certain electronic components simply can’t cut it in an industrial setting, especially in the case of hard drives.
What modern industrial computing demands is a hard drive standard that can withstand the rigors of the warehouse floor while continuing to give the best performance. Luckily, a solid state flash disk fills this niche perfectly, utilizing flash memory over traditional disk drives and natural rugged characteristics
Solid State Flash Disk Performance Standards
What separates a solid state drive from other types of storage is speed and overall construction. Most hard drives adhere to the traditional disc format. While effective for mass storage needs and office environments, the traditional format is deficient in its ability to quickly write and retrieve data for use. The discs need to spool up and physically move to be read, taking time and generating heat.
A solid state flash disk does not operate in the same way; it is a single board that houses Flash or DRAM memory that holds data. Because there are no moving parts, they are less susceptible to damage or data loss due to rigorous vibrations or drops. This factor makes a solid state flash disk naturally suited to rugged equipment.
Best Case Uses for a Solid State Flash Disk
Where does this storage standard best fit? The obvious answer is equipment that needs fast access to data but can withstand violent movement, such as large scale pattern cutters in a wood shop or assembly machines in a warehouse.
These kinds of electronics require quick access to information in a more rugged setting. The prohibitive factor of a solid state flash disk is its storage cap.
Large SSDs are not uncommon, but may be excessively costly for use in your project. However, the type of computing needed on a warehouse floor does not necessitate a large drive; a fast and reliable drive is the predominant need.
Brian Luckman is the President of New Era Electronics. He has worked in the industrial OEM market for over 25 years, serving a variety of different industries, gaining a strong reputation for his expertise and a thorough understanding of how to properly service OEM customers. In 2000 he began New Era Electronics and the company continues to grow. He’s a husband and father and enjoys exploring the outdoors.
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