We've had this one in the works for the past 8 years. A customer of ours requested this component to be added to our GracePort. At the time, the technology to extend and extract data from an SD card simply didn't coincide with our programming port. Today, that technology is alive and well and now it can be installed within your very own custom GracePort.
There's still an advantage and preference of portable data storage over wireless transferring of data. All networking is great, but there's still something more secure about having a backup that people prefer. With the SD Card adapter, you're able to upload all your PLC programs and verify them on-site.
The P46 GracePort is a great addition to any programmers who routinely access PLCs that use SD Card components. Extending the SD Card connection to the outside of the cabinet provides a safer and more efficient means of access and programming.
We've been carrying a similar portable data storage GracePort for a long time called the P11; a USB component option for GracePort. This allows a USB connection to perform all the same storage and uploading functionality as the SD Card with some minor variations. Depending on the application, your system may have one or the other.
Here's how SD Memory Cards are typically used with Programming Controllers:
Also, the Memory Card can be removed even when power is being supplied to the CPU Unit, so data can be exchanged with personal computers or spreadsheet software while the Programmable Controllers are operating.
The P46 GracePort with SD Card components is available to be added your custom GracePort today. Contact our sales team if you would like to learn more about this component option.