The abbreviation MIL-STD-810 conceals an important guideline. The term stands for a military standard according to which devices can be tested for resistance to harsh conditions. The standard helps tablet PC manufacturers to qualify rugged hardware – such as rugged tablets – for specific purposes.
As a buyer, you can use the knowledge of the standard to understand what exactly distinguishes a semi rugged tablet from a fully rugged tablet. This is advisable – after all, as a buyer you want to choose a tablet that is perfectly suited to its area of use:
- On a construction site, for example, rainy or snowy weather, falls and also vibrations or shocks are simply part of the job.
- In industrial use, resistance to negative pressure (vacuum), heat or even chemicals can play a role.
No buyer can carry out the necessary stress tests himself. Therefore, in addition to the more familiar IP protection classes such as IP65, military standards also provide good orientation. The MIL-STD-810 standard developed by the U.S. military is important because it can also serve as a benchmark for commercial manufacturers of robust devices.
This military standard defines detailed conditions for the acceptance of a device type on the basis of clear, verifiable tests. The test catalogue is constantly being updated. Current devices have often been developed with a view to the MIL-STD-810G standard, which has been in place since 2008. The most recent update is currently called MIL-STD-810H (as of May 2019).