Why Choose Rugged Computers
Why should you go rugged?
The answer is simple. Rugged computers are able to not only extend your efficiency on the field and in rough environments, but also give you a benefit of your personal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). They will also result with a quick return on investment (ROI) of your money as the bottom line.
If you need a handheld device, the ruggedness is definitely something you should consider. After all, this is the core value of a handheld product, which may be easily compromised – especially in exposed working conditions and having in mind its multiple uses.
On average, a handheld product lasts from three to five years. Depending on the type of work which is done on it, however, this lifespan may vary. Rugged devices are proven to last more – but what is rugged for someone may not be for another user. Practically, ruggedness is defined by testing various environmental specifications – and officially, it is tested with the temperature range, military standards (MIL-STD) and IP rating tests.
We are listing each of these testing points below.
The temperature specifications define the operational temperature range of a device. For handheld devices, a broad range of temperature is needed. Therefore, the best products to choose are rugged – since they can operate from -40 C up to 60 C.
The IP definition stands for Ingress Protection, and is known as the protection standard against solids and liquids. The rating of IP is displayed using two numbers, where the first describes the protection against dust – and is measured from 0 to 6. The second one, though, is the measurability for protection against liquids (water) and is measured with nine levels, from 0 to 8 accordingly.
Each of our rugged computers and devices are at least IP65 rated. This means that they are completely dustproof and can withstand even jets of water – which is ideal for rough working conditions.
MIL-STD TESTING METHODS
The US Military Standards is a testing method known as MIL-STD-810G ratings on equipment for military. However, nowadays this standard has been applicable to civilian use as well – and is one of the main testing standards upon which rugged tablets are tested.
The MIL-STD ratings include 24 laboratory tests that surround various environments, temperatures, shocks and vibrations. However, there isn’t a mobile device that has been tested with all 24 methods – mostly because these regulations do not apply to mobile computing. However, the more tests a rugged unit passes, the more rugged the unit is. The highest results are known for the top-shelf rugged units such as the BATL BT67 model, tested using between 8 and 10 MIL-STD-810G methods.