MIL-STD-810 is a series of performance and manufacturing guidelines set the Department of Defense for military and commercial equipment and applications.
These guidelines specify allowable parts and environmental condition ranges in which a device must be able to operate to meet compliance.
MIL-STD-810 is a generally accepted standard of ruggedization testing and compliance for mobile computers and equipment.
These laboratory test methods are broken down into 24 categories and resultant procedures appropriate to the environment in which the equipment is expected to be used.
But it should be noted that the actual tests are carried out according to pre-defined test plans and criteria.
The tests are normally natural environment field tests or laboratory tests – or a combination of both. The test procedure is dependent on the environment tested. The procedure and its execution provide the basis for collecting the necessary information.
In reality, MIL-STD-810 addresses a broad range of environmental conditions that include:
- Low pressure for altitude testing
- Exposure to high and low temperatures plus temperature shock (both operating and in storage)
- Rain (including wind-blown and freezing rain)
- Humidity, fungus, salt fog for rust testing
- Sand and dust exposure
- Explosive atmosphere and leakage
- Shock and transport shock
- Gunfire and random vibration
The standard describes environmental management and engineering processes that can be of enormous value to generate confidence in the environmental worthiness and overall durability of a system design.
The MIL-STD-810 standard also contains military acquisition program planning and engineering direction to consider the influences that environmental stresses have on equipment throughout all phases of its service life.
Some of the products tested will carry a MIL-STD-810E rating. Others may be compliant with a MIL-STD-810F rating. Then there’s the MIL-STD-810G rating which is a revision of MIL-STD-810E and MIL-STD-810F.
The tests and methods are more or less the same but much of the standard has been rewritten to provide clearer direction.
MIL-STD-810 Training Course by Tonex
MIL-STD-810 Training is a one-day course that focuses on the purpose of the various MIL-STD-810 tests as well as the test environment and equipment.
Participants will also learn the various methodologies required to perform each test.