MIL-STD-810

What is the MIL-STD-810?

This standard is an equipment testing standard by the United States Department of defense. It describes in detail testing procedures designed to determine how equipment holds up under a variety of conditions the equipment may encounter while being used, transported and stored. These conditions include temperature, impact, vibration, humidity, and more. Note that while the standard is extensively used for testing of rugged computing equipment, it was not specifically designed for that type of equipment. As a result, some tests are ambiguous when applied to computing equipment.

With MIL-STD 810, which many consider as the rugged standard, it may be more appropriate to think of it as a set of environmental standards, rather than a single specification.

Methods:

  • MIL-STD 810 Method 500 Low Pressure (Altitude)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 501 High Temperature
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 502 Low Temperature
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 503 Temperature Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 504 Contamination by Fluids
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 505 Solar Radiation (Sunshine)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 506 Rain (Wind/Blown Rain)
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 507 Humidity
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 508 Fungus
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 509 Salt Fog
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 510 Sand and Dust
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 511 Explosive Atmosphere
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 512 Leakage
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 513 Acceleration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 514 Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 515 Acoustic Noise
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 516 Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 518 Acidic Atmosphere
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 519 Gunfire Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 520 Temp, Humidity, Vibration
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 521 Icing, Freezing Rain
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 522 Ballistic Shock
  • MIL-STD 810 Method 523 Vibro-Acoustic/Temperature

How to Know if a Computer Meets MIL-STD 810?

Because some vendors can a bit vague, or even misleading when it comes to MIL-STD 810 compliance, here are some questions you should ask the vendor:

  • Which MIL-STD 810 testing methods were used?
  • Which parameters were tested?
  • Was testing done by an independent facility?
  • Has this computer passed field verification trials, or been successfully proven on a mission?

If you have questions about Crystal Group’s product testing or our rugged product line, please contact us or call us at: 877.279.7863.

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