The MIL-STD 810 standard of the U.S. Army Developmental Test Command (DTC) defines specifications and test procedures for the resistance of products to rain, shock, vibration, dust, moisture, salt spray, and extreme temperatures. Proof of compliance with this standard is essential for the reliability and durability of devices used in rough environments.
It is often assumed that the "810 Standard" alone is synonymous with the MIL-STD series of standards. Which is of course not correct. There are many other standards in use, such as the MIL-STD 461 for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) or the Navy MIL-S-901D for equipment to be used on US naval ships.
The MIL-STD 810 standard is very complex and diverse, containing a wide range of individual environmental standards. Assessing conformity therefore takes great effort and comes with high costs.
This is why, with product knowledge, the devil's in the details. There are many suppliers of rugged products who fail to provide more than a general indication of the conformity of certain product properties with the MIL-STD 810 standard, even if this only applies to part of the standard (e.g., only temperature, method 501).
Modern computers operate in a "noisy" electromagnetic environment, with interference created by radio and radar equipment, microwave transmitters, other computers, and various electronic devices. On top of this, computers in systems environments such as vehicles or containers have to manage extraordinary levels of interference (irradiation/emission) generated by the device itself as well as other military equipment, such as IED jammers. In recent years, in the context of networked operations management, protection against electromagnetic interference has gained tremendous importance.
EMC requirements vary widely from one application to the other (e.g., land vehicles versus aircrafts) and even within specific application cases (e.g., on-deck and below-deck on naval ships). The MIL-STD 461 standard therefore specifies a wide range of requirements for an equally wide variety of environments.
Many applications only require compliance with "commercial" EMC standards, which is why roda computer offers customers the option of dispensing with further modifications to cut costs on the selected platform; however, it is important to note that most military applications require a high level of protection against EMC interference.
Therefore, roda computer takes the EMC properties of its products very seriously. In addition to certifications by an independent laboratory, regular product tests are carried out in an in-house test environment.