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About Rugged Science

Rugged Science is a Maryland-based company specializing in the ruggedization and passive thermal management of rugged Embedded Computers, shock-hardened Operator Interface Panels, ruggedized LCD Displays, and other industrial-modified rugged solutions. The central design philosophy at Rugged Science is rooted in three precepts:

  • LISTEN:  Ensure we have a clear understanding of our customer's requirements
  • THINK: Based on identified requirements, ensure our specified embedded device will always work in its intended application or environment
  • EXECUTE:  Focus methodically and implacably on keeping end customer costs LOW

Our products and solutions start with customer requirements and the demands of the intended application, both technically and environmentally. An appropriate industrial off-the-shelf product in our partner portfolio is identified. Finite element analysis is conducted to reconcile the demands of the application against the industrial specifications of the product. As technical risk areas are identified, Rugged Science will modify the industrial product to meet the demands of the application.

Design Costs Already Covered in COTS
80 %
Industrial Modification Costs
20 %

Over time and many projects, our experience has shown that the 80/20 maxim tends to hold true.  In most cases, over 80% of the design costs will have been already covered in an industrial off-the-shelf product. The remaining 20% involves modification of the original design to meet project or application specific requirements. By focusing relentlessly on “modifying” versus “customizing”, Rugged Science can deliver a high performance, ruggedized product at an affordable end customer cost.


Rugged Science Capabilities

Company Certifications and Qualifications

  • ISO 9001:2008 Certification Registration
  • GSA Schedules Certification Registration
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Commercial And Government Entity Code (CAGE)
  • Central Contractor Registration (CCR)
Embedded Computers, Ethernet Switches, HMI and OIPs, and Ruggedized LCD Displays have all been designed and tested to meet the following military qualifications for shock, vibration, EMI, and humidity:
  • MIL-S-901D
  • MIL-STD-461F
  • MIL-STD-167-1
  • MIL-STD-810G
Rugged Science Industrial Products have been certified to a wide variety of qualifications including:
  • FCC
  • CE
  • UL
  • RoHS
  • EtherCAT
  • EN50155
  • DNV
  • ABS

Rugged Science Ethos


The Rugged Science mission is to provide high quality embedded automation products that meet all customer and application requirements for an affordable end customer cost.
Our vision is to become a world class partner to our customers so that they come to trust us for our in-house electrical, mechancial, and testing capabilities. Rugged Science focuses on the design, ruggedization, manufacturing, and distribution of embedded computers, displays, and HMIs that offer a wide range of modularity, flexibility, and high performance. It's this very flexibility of the products in our portfolio that make them critical to a variety of key markets, including:
  •     DoD, Military, Marine, and Aerospace
  •     Ground Vehicles, and Locomotives
  •     Utility, Energy, Power, Oil and Gas
  •     Building Automation and Management
  •     Industrial Automation and Process Control
  •     Petroleum, Chemical and Pharmaceutical
  •     Process and Discrete Manufacturing
  •     Machinery and Consumer Packaged Goods
  •     Government and Education
The Rugged Science strategy is to employ top quality design engineers and sales engineers that LISTEN to the customer requirements.  The science is then applied to ruggedize the best device without over-engineering changes to an off-the-shelf industrial product. The end result is a high quality, affordable product that solves our customer's problem and makes us both successful.

Rugged Science Starts Up

Rugged Science starts up in 2011 after being spun-off from the engineering group of a mid-size Defense Contractor.  The initial focus is to provide affordable embedded computers and HMIs to the defense market.


Rugged Science Forms Two Divisions

To better serve customers, Rugged Science reorganizes into two divisions. The Military Division is focused on DoD agencies that require more extensive testing and documentation. The Industrial Division focuses on the transportation, factory automation, security and surveillance, and commerical marine industries.


Expanded Product Lines

Rugged Science launches new product lines for rugged industrial ethernet switches and rugged tablets.  Sharp, experienced employees and product managers join the team.  Products are targeted for both industrial and military applications.




US Navy Contract

Rugged Science wins a large contract to design, test, qualify, and manufacture rugged embedded computers and Operator Interface Panels for the entire US Navy Aircraft Carrier class.


Focus on Quality

Rugged Science pauses from a hectic growth pattern to focus on quality and internal processes. The company achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification and also deploys an Enterprise Resource Planning system to ensure complete visibility and tracking along the supply chain.


Broaden Our Product Scope

Rugged Science will continue to focus on growth in the industrial market, with new sales engineers in key geographic markets across the United States.  Rack-mount and blade servers will be an addition to the product portfolio in 2016.


Rugged Science is an ISO 9001 Certified Company