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15% off for all USB-Floppy-Emulators

You receive 15% discount on all USB floppy emulators with your first order via fax or email

Do you ask yourself the question how you can get for your old or used machines an additional benefit and how you can upgrade this efficiently? Many machines and devices are still using floppy disk drives as the only means of data input. CNC, milling, injection mold, or embroidery machines, laser cutting devices and integrated control systems, just to mention a few, are still being fed data with floppy disks several times a day. But what do to, if the production of conventional floppy disks is discontinued?

15% discount on all USB floppy emulators with your first order via fax or email - only for new customers

Swap your legacy diskette drive with the new USB Floppy Emulator „brand ipcas“. The old floppy disk drive is replaced 1:1. The connection is identical, it produces virtually no downtime and there are no further changes have to be made.

The USB floppy drive breathes new life into your system!:

  • You’ll be storing up to 100 floppies on one single USB memory stick!
  • You’ll be using your data on a truly reliable data carrier with a high-capacity and long-term-secure data carrier!

And, you save your customer an additional benefit of there used machines. Well-known companies such ENGEL, KUKA, Bosch and Siemens are already using our solution. Always be one step ahead of your competitors and receive 15% discounting on our list price of EUR 249.00 net on all USB floppy emulators by first order. This promotion is valid until October 13, 2013 and only for new customers on first order via fax or email.

Have we sparked your interest? You can find further information on our USB floppy emulators on our homepage under: Please send us a fax to +49 (0)9131/ 767778 or an Email to “” if you are interested. Our Team from our branch office in Erlangen is looking forward to hearing from you!
Please do not forget to refer to this offer in order to obtain the discount.

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Floppy Emulator – USB Floppy Disk Drive Replacement

Floppy-Emulator SlimlineThe new SlimLine Floppy Emulator has arrived!

We have developed a flat version of the USB Floppy Emulator, based on the Floppy Emulator V2.
The drive is connected via a 26-pin flat ribbon cable to the floppy disk controller of the machine, system or instrument.
The flat design allows a direct replacement of a conventional 3.5" slimline floppy disk drive with the Floppy Emulator SlimLine from ipcas.
Flat floppy disk drives were installed not just in laptops; they were used especially in compact industrial controllers, sophisticated measuring instruments and in musical instruments.

A Floppy Disk Drive Emulator from ipcas is always the right choice!

Whether you want to replace, an HD or DD, a 3½" – or 5¼" drive or a slimline drive, we have the right emulator for you.

USB Floppy Emulator V2 – The all-rounder

USB Floppy Emulator V2

Up to 100 floppy disks can be stored on a single USB pen drive. They can be accessed via the selection button of the emulator.
The 3.5" sized emulator supports all popular FAT12 file system formats with a sector size of 512 bytes / sector, and is compatible with

  • 3.5" – 1,44MB: 80 tracks / 18 sectors
  • 5.25" – 1,2MB: 80 tracks / 15 sectors
  • 3.5" – 720kB: 80 tracks / 9 sectors

Floppy-Emulator SlimLine – The flat version

Floppy Emulator SlimLine

The flat SlimLine Floppy Emulator is connected via a 26-pin ribbon cable, a usual with slimline disk drives.
The technical compatibility corresponds to the USB Foppy Emulator V2.

USB Floppy Emulator V3 – The individualist

USB Floppy Emulator V3

This emulator supports almost all disk formats.
Unlike the V2 or the SlimLine version the file system interpretation is not performed by the emulator. The (virtual) disks are stored on a USB pen drive as images and are loaded to the emulator when in use.
This disk format independence allows the use of the USB Floppy Emulator V3 particularly well everywhere where special formats or non-standard formats are used.
In addition, the main hardware features of the emulator can be set totally jumper-free.
These include the transfer rate, the rotation speed, selection of the drive-select pin and many more.

There are very varied areas of application for a floppy disk drive emulator.

Still, many systems and machines use old floppy disk drives, here is a small selection:

  • embroidery machines
  • power looms
  • programmable sewing machines
  • portable level recorder
  • CNC machines
  • embedded controller
  • VMEbus cards
  • PMC modules
  • robot controllers
  • oscilloscopes
  • industrial controllers
  • games consoles
  • electronic musical instruments

All of these plants, machinery and instruments can be operated with a future-proof USB Floppy Emulator from ipcas.

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KETRON SD 5 Keyboard: Floppy Disk Drive retrofitting – USB Floppy Emulator

Guest Post from a satisfied customer of Southern Germany:
(Translated, original post in german language >>)

Floppy Disk Drive retrofitting:
USB Floppy Emulator for KETRON SD 5

In older keyboards – e.g. in my KETRON SD 5, the input device is a floppy drive und the internal RAM memory is supplied with information by a floppy disk.
I would never replace my KETRON SD 5 with a modern keyboard however; the reason is the good quality.

KETRON SD 5 with USB-Floppy-Emulator

With the IPCAS USB floppy emulator for USB pen drives, the known disadvantages …

  • Sensitive to mechanical wear and tear
  • Problems with dust, oil and other adverse environmental conditions
  • Malfunction due to permanent mechanical load
  • Low memory capacity

… of conventional floppy disks, which anyway are hardly to buy, can be totally attributed to the past.

Most salient features:

  • The old floppy disk drive is replaced 1:1. The connections are identical, so no further changes have to be made.
  • The USB Stick at the USB Floppy Emulator replaces the old diskette entirely. USB memory components have long life spans and high capacities.
  • The new USB floppy drives and USB memory components are practically immune to impacts from magnetic fields, dust or shock.
  • The contents on 100 floppies can easily be placed on one single USB Stick. That saves a lot of time and costs!

To replace the equipment I’m proceeds as follows:

USB Floppyemulator - Ketron SD-5 Floppy Disk Drive Data Cable Connection to the Floppy-Disk-Controller
  1. Opening the keyboard (screws located on the bottom)
  2. Slide back the panel of the keyboard
  3. Removal of the floppy disk drive (FDD)
  4. Detach of the data cable from the floppy drive controller
  5. Inserting a floppy controller computer cable to the floppy connector
  6. Connect this cable and the power supply cable (4-pin.) to the emulator.

Now the keyboard will switch on and the floppy drive (with inserted USB flash drive) are energize and the keyboard reports: not formatted.
After that, the format command must be executed according to the display information.
Then the emulator should set to 01 (with the Up button). The UP switching and formatting and will resist until 99.

Floppy-Emulator: Keyboard KETRON SD 5 during operation Keyboard - Floppy Emulator - USB

If the formatting performs, you play the songs on the respective place (00-99), then – start playing – as usual.
When the formatting is completed, copy the songs on the respective place (00-99). Afterwards, as usual, start the playback.

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FloppyEmulator: USB Disk Format Tool – console application

The "USB Disk Format Tool" is a small console application to format a USB flash drive for use with the Floppyemulator.

The USB Disk Format Tool is now available for download in the support area and on the product page.

Supported operating systems: Windows 2000/XP (x86)

Using the USB Disk Format Tool and the USB Disk Index Selector together (for example in a batch script), a variety of actions can be automated.

  • automated formatting
  • automated switching
  • automated selection

Of course, the USB Floppy-Emulator works completely operating system independent when using only one disk image per USB flash drive.

If you are only looking for a comfortable USB-Flash-Drive disk images format tool, you can use the "USB floppy format tool for Windows" (also available in the support area).

USB Floppy Emulator: USB Disk Index Selector Tools

Floppy Emulator: USB Disk Index Selector Tool USBSelector-exeThe USB Disk Index Selector tool is a small console application for the USB-Floppyemulator. Simple activities such as switching between virtual disks can be automated.

The driver UFBFfilte.sys can be installed and de-installed with the console application USBSelector.exe, without additional and extensive software. This tool allows you to switch through the index and select/set a floppy disk image for use.

The example script “test.bat” shows how to automatically switch through 10 disk indexes on a USB Device “H” and create a file on each disk.


@echo off

set basePath=%~p0
set usbApp="%basePath%\USBSelector.exe"
set drive=H:

@echo *** Install driver for %drive% ***
%usbApp% -d%drive% -i

@echo *** Create a test file on index 0-9 ***
for %%i IN (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9) DO (
	@rem @echo Select index %%i, write file %drive%\00%%i.txt ...
	%usbApp% -d%drive% -n%%i
	@rem @echo errorlevel=%errorlevel%
	if not %errorlevel% NEQ 0 @echo 00%%i > %drive%\00%%i.txt
	rem use the ping command to wait for a little while ...
	ping -n 2 -w 1000 >nul

:do UnInstall
@echo *** uninstall driver ***
%usbApp% -d%drive% -u


Please note:
After switching a little break must be made before switching again.
The number of actual disk indices is not checked.

Supported operating systems: Windows 2000/XP (x86)

Of course, the USB Floppy-Emulator works completely operating system independent when using only one disk image per pen drive.

The USB Disk Index Selector Tool is now available in the support area and on the product page.

USB Floppy Emulator – Neu User Guide

Neu User Guide: USB Floppy EmulatorWe are constantly enhancing and expanding our products.

The new USB Floppy Emulator user guide is available now.
You can download the current version on the product page or from the support area.

USB floppy Emulator – new manual

USB Floppy Emulator Manual/User GuideThe new manual/user guide for the USB floppy Emulator is available now. You can download the current manual on the product page or from the support area.