HARDWARE/SOFTWARE: Other World Computing’s Voyager product line includes a docking mechanism that allows users to insert any standard 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA I/II hard drive with up to 2.0TB capacity. It also allows connection to a Mac or PC via quad-interface options, including FireWire® 800, FireWire® 400, USB 2.0 or eSATA.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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