Automation Direct launches new CPU for its programmable logic controllers

Automation Direct’s new CPU
Automation Direct’s new CPU 

Automation Direct has added two new “feature-enhanced” CPUs to its DirectLogic DL405 programmable logic controller product line.

The D4-454 and D4-454DC-1 provide all the capabilities of the D4-430, D4-440 and D4-450 CPUs, using updated microprocessor technology allowing the D4-454 to be the CPU of choice for the DL405 family.

Both D4-454 CPUs include a built-in power supply and four communication ports.  Continue reading Automation Direct launches new CPU for its programmable logic controllers

Human-machine interface league: The impact of digital decay for older industrial devices

Philip Oakey
What, him? Together in electric dreams… Phil Oakey of The Human League in his heyday, with mullet out of sight for once. Oakey had no idea about cloud computing.

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial automation supplier EU Automation examines how digital decay is affecting industry

The 80s: an era of double denim, floppy disks and such classics as Don’t You Want Me, by The Human League. Back then, the concept of storing the vinyl collection of your standard new romantic as well as enough movies to rival the local video shop on a “cloud” was unimaginable and let’s be honest, ridiculous.

Today, data storage for consumer and industrial technology is advancing rapidly, but what does this mean for older industrial devices?

Digital decay describes storage media, or anything stored in computerised form, gradually decaying over time. Much like the spine of a well read book will crack and its pages will fade and crease, digital media is also vulnerable to breakdown and deterioration over time. For consumers, the throw out and upgrade attitude to storage devices is fine, but for industrial manufacturers it’s not quite so simple.  Continue reading Human-machine interface league: The impact of digital decay for older industrial devices

Fischer flash drive now ‘five times faster’ with USB 3.0

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Fischer Connectors has launched the USB 3.0 version of its “ultra-portable, miniature, lightweight and extremely tough Fischer Rugged Flash Drive”.

This memory stick has been specially designed for the safe transportation and storage of sensitive data in harsh environments, such as industrial settings.

The company says the USB 3.0 Fischer Rugged Flash Drive is even faster, smaller and more user-friendly than the USB 2.0 product introduced to the market in 2011.  Continue reading Fischer flash drive now ‘five times faster’ with USB 3.0