With Tuxera FlashFX™ flash management software, WAGO was able to design the most responsive PLC on the market.

The need for speedy PLCs

In the world of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and remote I/O systems, speed and responsiveness are the ultimate measures of performance. Built for such applications as controlling complex industrial automation processes and building automation, split-second timing and fast response time are crucial to the success of WAGO’s customers.

The challenge

WAGO PLCs use the Mentor Graphics NUCLEUS operating system, an OS which has been popular with the industrial segment for its small footprint and simple license structure. WAGO needed a flash file system that could meet their requirement for fast writes to the flash.

In their search to find the right flash manager, WAGO discovered Tuxera’s FlashFX™ products. Engineers on the project were immediately impressed by the simple integration process. Our FlashFX products comes standard with drop-in support for over 300 well-known flash parts, a feature that enabled the WAGO team to integrate Tuxera’s FlashFX solution quickly.

What really impressed WAGO engineers however, was that the write performance to the flash was 40-95% faster than the other solutions they had tried. “We were impressed by the seamless integration of Datalight* FlashFX Pro into the existing software,” said Jurgen Gorka, WAGO Product Manager. “That combined with the superior performance of the Datalight product makes it an easy choice for both WAGO and our customers.”

The results

Using Tuxera’s FlashFX solution, WAGO was able to design a more responsive PLC than is available anywhere else on the market. WAGO customers have the assurance of knowing that the system will not bog down due to slow flash writes, remaining available and highly responsive no matter what demands are placed on it. Customers also benefit from the added endurance provided by our FlashFX software, with features like bad block management and advanced wear-leveling algorithms.

* This customer success story has been updated in 2021. Datalight was originally mentioned as the software provider in this story. As of 2019, Datalight Inc. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Tuxera Inc. Tuxera now owns all of Datalight’s former products, including the ones mentioned in this project. Tuxera is dedicated to providing superior technical know-how in data storage challenges and responsive customer support.

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