Industrial for a Reason

The devices, though capable of thousands of insertions and removals, will be left in place for several years, and the electrical connectivity (and device itself) must not be compromised by the environment; not only vibration but also temperature extremes and high humidity.

Many applications require the use of removeable memory devices. However, if the environment is harsh, commercial devices, such as USB memory sticks and SD cards, are unsuitable for use, and industrial devices and their corresponding receptacles should be employed.

For instance, most large wind turbines are fitted with condition monitoring systems that sample vibration levels at frequent intervals, and removable memory devices are often used for local storage, even when remote monitoring is possible.

Product selection should therefore not be taken lightly, as the removable memory device might be part of a system worth millions of pounds. For example, wind turbines typically cost between £1m and £2m per rated MW of power. For this reason, one of Nexus Industrial Memory’s customers recently subjected a Datakey product to highly accelerated life testing to simulate 20 years’ worth of vibration. All tests passed.

And there’s more…

Designing for harsh environment operation is just one aspect of two presentations that will be given by experienced engineer and former technical journalist Richard Warrilow, on behalf of Nexus Industrial Memory, at the 2019 Engineering Design Show; specifically the New Electronics conference at 14:15 on Wednesday 16th October and the 12:30 workshop (theatre 3) on Thursday 17th October.

Richard also recommends visitors to EDS call by Nexus Industrial Memory’s stand (L18) to discover how Datakey removable memory devices are not only rugged but also how they are more durable and provide better security than commercial devices. There will also be live demonstrations on the stand at 11:00 on both days.