Themed to drop specs this week , this weekly Q&A summary answers all the questions sent in about drop specs. We normally cover anything topical or popular so eclectic but it’s worth sharing so don’t forget that if you have a question then just let us know via twitter on @ruggedandmobile or using #RAMQQ or using Facebook.
1. What do you consider fully rugged in a drop test?
We like to see 1.5M, anything lower, say 1.2M and a device is durable but not necessarily fully rugged in our eyes. With so many 1.2M devices coming onto the market, it’ll be interesting to see if they are rugged enough.
2. What are the gradings on a drop spec?
They tend to be measured in full feet so 1.2M or 4 feet, 1.5M or 5 feet and so on. There’s the odd 1.0M if memory serves me right!
3. Do you drop test devices and do you share the information?
The answer in short is yes we do, especially the adopted brands we sell because we either get a free device for destroying or we can repair them and use them for our own demo stock. We don’t test formally, why bother with that when someone has already done it, so we do it “Gadget show” style. Seriously though we drop them out of windows or drag them along the road etc to see just how far they will go. Come to us for help deploying your kit and we’ll gladly share what we know!!
4. Why is it necessary to drop onto concrete?
Well there are a few reasons we can see:
- Firstly, concrete tends to be what users in the real world work on top of. Retail, warehouses, depots, roads etc so why test onto anything else?
- Secondly concrete is very hard and unforgiving on rugged devices so it’s a serious test if dropped onto concrete.
- Steel for example will flex and bend so is far more forgiving to anything dropped onto it.
5. What’s more important a drop spec or IP rating in your view?
Definitely, without doubt, the drop spec. Users can do a lot to protect against water and dust anyway but a drop will happen when you least expect it! This is backed up by official figures from the VDC where they state dropping a device is at least as twice as likely to fail a device than water and hugely more likely than dust damage.
Keep sending those questions in using #RAMQQ on twitter @ruggedandmobile or email.