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What Does "MIL-STD-810G" Even Mean?

MIL-STD Rugged Windows Tablet Construction For many semi-rugged or fully rugged products on the market, you'll often see the notation "MIL-STD-810G" listed under the product specifications and touted in various marketing documents and projects. But what does "MIL-STD-810G" actually mean?

Essentially, MIL-STD-810 is test series that will approve or disapprove a product to be used by all departments and agencies of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). And while the tests were developed specifically for military products and applications, the standard is often used for commercial products as well, such as rugged tablets

The MIL-STD-810G tests are intended to: (i) Define environmental stress sequences, durations, and levels of equipment life cycles; (ii) Be used to develop analysis and test criteria tailored to the equipment and its environmental life cycle; (iii) Evaluate equipment's performance when exposed to a life cycle of environmental stresses; (iv) Identify deficiencies, shortcomings, and defects in equipment design, materials, manufacturing processes, packaging techniques, and maintenance methods; and (v) Demonstrate compliance with contractual requirements.

Under MIL-STD-810G, there are dozens of possible tests one could perform on a product, from low pressure and solar radiation to ballistic shock and gunfire shock. However, the most popular test methods are for general shock, aka the "drop test", rain, humidity, sand, dust, temperature and vibration.

Watch the Surface 3 rugged case go through the drop test.

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