MIL-STD-810 Rugged Computing Testing

MIL-STD-810 is a set of standards developed to evaluate the ruggedness of equipment and systems in various environmental conditions. Rugged computing testing involves subjecting computing equipment to a battery of tests to ensure they can operate in harsh environments. These tests may include exposure to extreme temperatures, humidity, shock, vibration, dust, and water, among others.

Last Updated: September 18th, 2023 First Published :


MIL-STD-810 Rugged Computing Testing

Devices used in aerospace or military applications must function properly under a variety of circumstances, including high pressure and intense wetness. Additionally, these gadgets must withstand rigorous handling. The U.S. government created military standards to serve as a benchmark for tools made for military use. These standards indicate the stringent testing that instruments must go through before deployment.

Infinita Labs is the place to go if you require verification that your manufactured products adhere to military specifications. We do thorough testing to enable increased mission success and safety.

What Are the MIL-STD-810 Tests?

Before being used in the field, military equipment must undergo rigorous testing under MIL-STD-810. Environmental testing guidelines for rugged computing equipment apply to this technique. Testing confirms that equipment can endure environmental stressors for the duration of its life.

A wide range of harsh environments that military equipment can encounter are tested, including pressure, temperature, fluid contamination, sun radiation, rain, humidity, salt fog, sand, and dust. Data can be obtained and recorded to produce a test report after a product has been tested under the conditions specified by this standard.

Rough rugged computing equipment testing ensures that goods satisfy MIL-STD-810, as some items are simply “intended to meet” this specification. MIL-STD-810 tests are the best approach for military organizations and other organizations to determine whether military devices will function as they should in the field.

How Are MIL-STD-810 Tests Conducted?

By putting equipment through testing in a lab that mimics the conditions they could encounter in the real world, manufacturers can make sure their goods adhere to this military requirement. Several MIL-STD-810 test procedures are:

  • Immersion: This test checks whether the apparatus can endure full or partial immersion and continue to function.
  • Explosive atmosphere: This test can be carried out in a lab to show that the computing equipment can operate in potentially explosive environments without igniting anything or that an explosion inside the device won’t spread to the exterior of the casing.
  • Testing for sand and dust can evaluate whether it will affect sensitive electronics in system components or military vehicles.
  • Testing for salt fog examines if finishes and coatings shield equipment exposed to salty surroundings. Tests may also examine how salt fog affects electrical and physical components.
  • Testing for fungus: This test tries to ascertain whether fungus can grow on equipment and whether it is still operable in the presence of such growth.
  • Solar radiation: This test can assess the heating effects of solar radiation and the potential for degradation if devices will be exposed to the sun while they are in use.
  • Temperature shock: Using this test, you can find out if unexpected temperature changes will harm your equipment physically or have an impact on how well it works.
  • The altitude test, also known as a low-pressure test, ascertains whether the computing apparatus can function in a low-pressure or rapidly changing-pressure environment.
  • High/low temperatures, along with humidity The effectiveness of a device in various weather conditions is covered by these three tests for rugged computing equipment.

A set of standards is selected for military standard testing based on the expected use of the item. The tests used for products meant for aviation may not apply if they will be used in a ground vehicle. For a gadget intended for use in a truck, for instance, an altitude test might not be necessary. To assure impartiality about the test results, the tests are typically carried out by a third-party laboratory like Infinita Labs.

Video 01:MIL-STD-810 Testing

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