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MIL-STD-810H testing is the test standard most commonly used to determine if a product can withstand the effects of difficult environmental conditions.

Version H represents the eighth version of this military test standard.

Even though MIL-810H is a DoD standard, many commercial products are tested to it. The term “ruggedized products” is often associated with devices that have met the requirements of MIL-810-H testing.

This military standard contains materiel acquisition program planning and engineering direction for considering the influences that environmental stresses have on materiel throughout all phases of its service life.

It is important to note that this document does not impose design or test specifications. Rather, it describes the environmental tailoring process that results in realistic materiel designs and test methods based on materiel system performance requirements.

Testing to MIL-810 H can be mandatory if the end user is the military. It can also be mandatory if the product is a component that can eventually be used in a military product. In these cases, testing is mandatory.

MIL-810 testing can also provide a marketing advantage since many products are marked rugged or ruggedized. This term and the statement of MIL-810 compliance can provide a competitive advantage over other products.

It is important for manufacturers to conduct market research and speak with sellers and distributors before developing a test plan. Whether the testing is mandatory or voluntary, working with a MIL-STD-810-H testing facility provides a number of benefits, such as:

  • MIL-810 is a foundation for environmental testing. The specifications provide guidance that can be further enhanced as needed. Manufacturers can use the testing to determine stress sequences, test levels and durations that are actually encountered in the field.
  • There could be a contractual requirement that the product meets the requirements. By working with a lab, the manufacturer can show compliance with the contract.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers MIL-STD-810H, a 3-day course that focuses on the purpose of MIL-STD-810H tests, the test environment and equipment, and the methodology required to perform each test.

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