Replacing floppy drives and floppy disks on the shop floor is a big decision to make. While it can seem intimidating, it is easier to get started than ever.
From this MFG Talk Radio article:
Reason 1 – Replace old floppy drives that are no longer working.
Instead of paying a lot of money for a specialist to come and fix your floppy drive, simply slide the old floppy drive out of the machine in question and slide in this emulator. It requires no system configuration or debugging, and it will mimic the functions of your floppy drive as if it was still there.
This emulator work with nearly any existing 720k/1.44MB capacity DOS format floppy drive. 28 or 32 pin ribbon cables systems are supported & will connect to your existing power cable. Better yet – it has plug and play abilities with Haas machines.
Reason 2 – Eliminate the process of finding old media.
When looking for floppy disks on reputable buying websites, prices for floppy disks can cost an unseemly amount compared to more modern data storage options like USB sticks. When you opt to buy them cheaper from independent sellers, you don’t know if you are getting a legitimate product, or simply throwing your money away. For flea market wanderers – there are way more interesting things to discover at these events than hoping to find old floppy disks.
A one-time purchase of a floppy emulator means never having to seek out and overpay for this old media again. Also, 2010 onward is when manufacturers stopped producing floppy drives and floppy disks, so any of these products you are buying are either used or have been sitting on a shelf for quite some time.
Reason 3 – Unlike a floppy disk, this device has a wide set of abilities and compatibility.
The floppy emulator works in PCs and CNC machinery such as Haas, Mazak, Fadal, Mitsubishi, Omniturn, Centroid, Robots, Flame Cutters, Greco boxes, and more. It has been tested on hundreds of models of machines and continues to be tested with even more controls on a daily basis.
For more information, please visit this website.