Mobile Computers Survive Testing

Panasonic Computer Solutions, manufacturer of Toughbook mobile computers, announced that its Toughbook U1 computer and others in the line are the first to be certified by an independent third party test lab to meet the newer and more demanding MIL-STD-810G standard for environmental conditions. The company said its Toughbook 30 laptop, Toughbook 19 convertible tablet and Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile handheld replacement passed 20 critical MIL-STD-810G tests applicable to mobile computers, as well as IP65 ingress protection and ASTM D4169-04 vehicle vibration tests. Testing was conducted and certified by an internationally respected third-party laboratory. According to Panasonic, mobile computing environments are often more demanding than what is laid out in military standard testing criteria. Because of this, Panasonic had its Toughbook 19, 30 and U1 tested beyond MIL-STD-810G, based on its 15 years of customer experience managing mobile deployments in extreme conditions. All of the products were drop tested 26 times from 4-, 5- and 6-ft heights. While MIL-STD-810G allows up to five samples to be used, Panasonic said it only used one unit each for the Toughbook 19, 30 and U1—the same unit was used for the 26 drops at 4 ft, then was dropped again 26 times from a height of 5 ft, and then the same exact unit was dropped 26 times from a height of 6 ft. In short, each unit tested survived 78 drops between heights of 4 to 6 ft.

As featured in Womp 2009 Vol 07 -