Cervoz develops, produces and markets industrial storage and memory products for the professional, critical, and diverse industrial applications. Established in 2006, Cervoz specializes in embedded components for the demanding Industrial PC market and has built up our industry experience for over a decade. We deeply understand this industry, and thus are able to offer our high quality embedded products with legacy and mainstream technology, long-term availability, BOM (bill of material) control, high reliability and top compatibility.
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As humans, we have been raising livestock for thousands of years. How we raise these animals affects the meat and other commodities they produce. Our customer is in the business of making raising livestock more effective. As a leader in its field, the company specializes in creating computerized systems for feeding livestock. These automated systems allow for the livestock to be fed with precision, which reduces waste and human labor while increasing the quality of the end product. The customer came to us looking for embedded solutions for this feeding system. The system is made up of a screen for setting up the feeding schedule, as well as the dispenser holding the feed and the different cables involved in providing power and connection. Cervoz presented the customer with a comprehensive range of Flash storage form factors, from the smallest M.2 and half size mSATA to the mSATA and the standard 2.5” SSD. From there, we looked at storage solutions with different functions and benefits, including the cost-effective T380 Family, the high-endurance T385 Family, and the power loss protection Powerguard T376 Family. Ultimately, the customer chose the M.2 T405 for fast data processing for the OS and the 2.5” T376 SSD for large volume data storage and analysis. The combination of different form factors and TLC technology made this a cost-effective solution for the customer who would be using the pair for all of its machine units. As for the expansion cards, we suggested using different solutions from our serial series, some that came with the MECFIX, a proprietary versatile mounting mechanism that gives more ports to the machine at different mounting angles. After deliberating, the customer chose the MEC-COM-M334 serial port which supports the RS232/RS422/RS485 3-in-1 function. This was one of our first experiences working in smart animal husbandry, and it has been a great example of how our products for storage are useful as the livestock and agricultural industry look to automate. Want to read more success stories from Cervoz? Click here now.
A lot has been written comparing solid state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs). Both have their pros and cons, and even if forced to choose, no one can really say one is better than the other for every application. As the newer storage device, an SSD differs from an HDD primarily in how it stores data. Instead of using moving parts to store and access data, SSDs use memory technology in the form of chips, also known as NAND Flash. This difference (i.e. the lack of physical moving parts) is what gives SSDs the edge when it comes to speed, form factor, and ruggedness. Compared to each other, the SSD can be anywhere from 4 times to 20 times faster than the HDD depending on the product. The SATA III SSD, one of the earlier SSDs, is nearly 4 times as fast in operational speed as the HDD, while the NVMe SSD (Gen 3 x 4), a newer model, is nearly 20 times faster. As for form factor offerings, the SSD comes in a lot more shapes and sizes than the HDD. The SSD can come in a 2.5”, mSATA, M.2 2242, M.2 2280 and Half Slim version to name a few, while the HDD only comes in 2.5” and 3.5”. Unfortunately, for all of the SSD’s advantages, its NAND Flash controller ICs are also more expensive, and as we have witnessed this past year with the global shortage, more difficult to produce. In other words, where HDDs have their advantage is in price and cost per capacity. Even as SSDs have become cheaper, HDDs will always cost less per gigabyte. This is the main reason HDDs are not being phased out of the market anytime soon. In fact, the trend now is to adopt a hybrid approach, using both SSDs and HDDs for different parts of the application system. For instance, we can use SSD’s strengths for storing an operating system. The SSD’s speed will shorten booting time and make accessing data faster. Meanwhile, we can use the HDD and its cost-effectiveness for storing large volumes of information that a business may need to archive for recordkeeping. While both SSDs and HDDs are storage solutions, it might be more helpful to look at them as different storage tools. Based on your business needs, you can mix and match the different SSDs and HDDs on the market to achieve the most optimal set of solutions.
Meat processing is a labor-intensive operation that involves hand-eye coordination and dexterity to cut, saw, debone and package. The speed and pressure of the job, combined with the presence of sharp objects, have resulted in a high rate of injuries that employees sustain while on the job. Such labor challenges are the reason why, even before Covid-19 and the shortage of labor that came with it, the industry has been looking into and gradually adopting means of automation. As meatpacking workers continue to face health and safety risks, meat processors need to figure out how to further automate as soon as possible. The ability to withstand extreme cold temperatures is one of the main requirements that storage modules must fulfill, no matter how big or small the operation in the plant. Other requirements include data-processing capability and speed. At the end of the workday, plants wash down their equipment for cleaning and sanitation. While industrial PCs in these settings typically have Ingress Protection (IP) at a level that offers resistance against high-pressure water jets, some plants may consider investing in water-proofing for internal components of their machines as well. Cervoz has developed a range of storage and memory solutions suitable for automation. Particularly for meat processing plants, we recommend our Wide Temperature TLC SSDs. Our Wide Temperature storage modules can operate normally in extreme temperatures of -40˚C to 85˚C. The TLC technology, meanwhile, allows for the fast data transmission and storage that machines need to communicate and operate. For additional memory support, Cervoz offers the latest DDR4 DRAM modules, which also come in the wide temperature series, to facilitate the speedy transmission of volumes of data. For the additional layer of water-proofing, Cervoz can equip its Flash and DRAM products with conformal coating, the thin protective film protects against moisture, dust, chemicals, and sunlight. Think this may be the solution for your application? Contact a Cervoz Sales Representative now to learn more.
3D NAND is the latest in flash memory technology that has significantly increased performance and capacity for each unit of cell. While 2D NAND builds a flat, one-story cell structure, 3D NAND takes advantage of the space above, building a vertical structure that can therefore accomplish more. With 3D NAND flash, the SSD performs faster and better while consuming less power and costing less per GB. 3D NAND is developed and designed to overcome the limitations of current planar technology, accomplishing the aforementioned advantages without sacrificing product reliability.