Besides end-to-end networking, digitally controlled production processes have to be the most striking feature of Industry 4.0. But even a split-second loss of power can mean important process data is lost forever, thus bringing production to a halt and incurring hefty costs. Spectra GmbH & Co. KG, which specializes in developing and manufacturing custom industrial PC systems, aims to circumvent this risky scenario with the enhanced solid state drives (SSD) from its M336 range. Thanks to their built-in Powerguard function, these drives are set to prevent a costly, irreversible loss of important process data.
In the event of a sudden power outage, integrated tantalum capacitors permanently charged with 12 volts ensure that the voltage is maintained 80 times longer than standard products, thus allowing operators enough time to save all data that is still in the process of being stored or booted. What's more, Spectra has extended its M336 SSD range with M.2 form factor models, which require 40 percent less space than comparable mSATA drives and can therefore also be integrated into small CPU boards and compact embedded solutions. These small data recovery devices come with storage capacity ranging from 32 GB to 256 GB and function at temperatures from zero to 70 degrees Celsius. For particularly harsh conditions, Spectra offers a variant that boasts an even greater operating temperature range of between -40 and +85 degrees Celsius.