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Rugged Science Military Testing

Commonly refered to as "Shock", MIL-S-901D is a military specification that outlines shock testing requirements for ship board machinery, equipment, systems and structures. The purpose of these requirements is to verify the ability of shipboard equipment to withstand shock affects which may be occur during a war due to the effects of nuclear or conventional weapons.

Rugged Science has extensive experience in the many methods of testing our computer and networking equipment for shock, including light weight and medium weight hammer tests, as well as barge explosion tests.

Commonly referred to as "Vibe", MIL-STD-167-1 is a testing standard developed by the Naval Sea Systems Command of the Department of the Navy to ensure that equipment, machinery, and systems can withstand specified amounts of environmental vibration testing aboard a US Navy propellor driven ship. 

Type I is used for equipment subjected to the vibration environment found on US Navy ships with conventionally shafted propellor propulsion. Rugged Science has extensive experience in ensuring our computers and networking equipment are ruggedized to handle the specified frequencies and amplitudes of vibration testing.

  MIL-STD-461 is a United States Military Standard that describes how to test equipment for electromagnetic compatibility.  Specifically, MIL-STD 461F details testing specification to ensure the conducted emissions (CE), conducted susceptibility (CS), radiated emissions (RE), and radiated susceptibility (RS) of a system can meet the requirements for the control of electromagnetic interference.

Rugged Science has taken numerous computers and networking devices through successful MIL-STD-461F testing.

The MIL-STD-810 test series are approved for use by all departments and agencies of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). 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; leakage; acceleration; shock and transport shock; gunfire vibration; 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..


Rugged Science Customer Engagement Process

The first step in all Rugged Science projects is to collect the requirements expected of the device requested by the customer.  In many instances, the customer is not entirely sure what those requirements will be, so we have sales engineers and product managers on staff to help define application requirements.

When we feel like we know what is expected of the equipment we've been asked to design or deliver, we will feel comfortable enough to move on to the next step.

Rugged Science has made a successful business out of modifying existing industrial products to meet the challenges and expectations of difficult environments.  Consumer grade products with their lower initial cost may seem to be the more affordable option for industrial customers. However, a total cost of owership (TCO) analysis usually reveals that consumer grade products can end up costing the industrial business much more after factoring in the cost of failures and downtime.  At the other end of the spectrum, over-engineering a custom product can cost large amounts of non-recurring engineering costs and only bring marginal benefits in performance.  Rugged Science has focused on making rugged products that are affordable - that means doing a methodical analysis of all the components in a design, and ensuring that more cost effective yet still reliable alternatives have not been tested.  Rugged Science designs for success and affordability.
  When Rugged Science modifies products, we do so in a scientific and methodical manner, ensuring that we do not alter the primary function of the device, and testing it thoroughly in "real world' conditions.  We try to mimic the customer's environment as closely as possible before finalizing a design, and putting the product through a complete battery of tests to ensure it functions as expected.
Rugged Science tries to leverage successful products and designs of previous projects.  By providing computing devices and networking equipment that have proven time and again to be "tried and true", we can add an earned measure of confidence that the equipment will perform as designed.  Commonality leads to savings in design, time, and logistics for both the supplier and the customer.

Rugged Science is an ISO 9001 Certified Company