So what is Rugged?

So what is Rugged?

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From a user’s perspective, a mobile device that is rugged is one that is able to withstand all kinds of working conditions. This means that the device can continue to operate even when exposed to tough conditions for the duration of its lifespan, which can be several years. However, a true business-rugged device is more than just reliable hardware.

The exact meaning of Windows and Android rugged devices may vary depending on the type of work being performed. For instance, a mobile device used by mobile workers in a warehouse is likely to be dropped frequently and may be exposed to a lot of dust, but may not need protection against extreme temperatures or rain. 

On the other hand, a forester will require a device that is protected against water and has a wide temperature range but may not be too concerned about dust.

Overall, rugged mobile devices are designed to be tough and durable, able to withstand harsh environments and physical stresses. They offer greater protection and reliability than standard consumer-grade devices, making them ideal for use in a range of industries and work environments.

Are rugged devices the right tool for the job?

When it comes to using mobile devices for work, it’s important to find the right high-performance tool for the job. A knowledgeable buyer of fully rugged mobile devices will carefully assess the working conditions that the device will be subjected to and choose a rugged device that meets those requirements.

In fact, it’s a good idea to select a device that is more rugged than what is actually needed to ensure that it can withstand unexpected drops and knocks. Conker offers a range of business-rugged devices that can be tailored to meet your specific needs. With the NS6, which has a 6-inch screen, you can expect a lightweight, small, and versatile device that is perfect for a range of tasks.

Moreover, the NS6 comes with an optional barcode scanner that is particularly useful for businesses that need to capture, send, and store data regularly. To learn more about barcode scanners and the industries that they support, check out our informative blog.

Four Factors That Make a Device Rugged

The level of ruggedness of a rugged device is best defined by its environmental specifications. There are three common and useful specifications to consider:

The first is the temperature range, which defines the operational temperature range of the unit. Using a device above or below this range may cause it to fail. For instance, consumer devices may not work properly within commercial freezers for products.

The second specification is MIL-STD-810G, which consists of a series of environmental tests to prove that equipment qualified to the standard will survive in the field. Originally, this standard was used to test military equipment, but these days it is used to test a wide range of both military and civilian rugged devices, including mobile devices.

The third specification is the IP rating, which stands for Ingress Protection. This rating is used to specify the level of environmental protection of electrical equipment against solids and liquids. It tells us what size and amount of solids or liquids can get inside the fully rugged device’s enclosure and potentially cause damage.

And the fourth specification is the ATEX Certification, which consists of a comprehensive certification standard that was originally developed in the European Union guarantees that devices, machinery, and components not only comply with stringent safety requirements but also undergo rigorous testing to minimise the risk of explosions or fires in hazardous environments.

Considering these specifications when purchasing rugged tablets or handhelds can help ensure that it can withstand the working conditions it will be exposed to, making it a more reliable tool for your business needs.

IP Definitions – What level do you need?

understanding IP Rating numbers

First digit

Protection against dust

Second digit 

Protection against water

0: No protection   0: No protection
1: Protection against solids up to 50 mm   1: Protected against dripping water
2: Protection against solids up to 12 mm   2: Protected against dripping water (tilted)
3: Protection against solids up to 2.5 mm   3: Protected against water spray
4: Protection against solids up to 1 mm   4: Protected against splashing water
5: Protection against dust; limited ingress   5: Protected against water jets
6: Totally protected against dust   6: Protected against a nozzle under pressure
  7: Protected against immersion (1 meter for 30 min)
  8: Protected against submersion (at depth, under pressure)

IP (Ingress Protection) ratings are displayed as a 2-digit number to indicate a rugged device’s level of protection against dust and liquids. The first digit represents the degree of protection against dust, while the second digit represents the degree of protection against water.

There are 7 levels of dust protection, ranging from level 0 to level 7, and 9 levels of water protection, ranging from level 0 to level 8. 

However, most rugged devices that operate on either a Windows or Android Operating System have a minimum dust protection level of 5 and a minimum water protection level of 4. The levels of protection can have a significant impact on the device’s performance, especially at the extreme ends of the scale.

For example, a device with a dust protection level of 5 may still allow some dust to enter, whereas a device with a dust protection level of 6 is completely dustproof. Similarly, a device with a water protection level of 4 can withstand splashes of water, but a device with a water protection level of 8 can withstand immersion in water for extended periods.

An IP67-rated device is completely dustproof and can withstand immersion in water for at least 30 minutes to a depth of 1 metre. 

This type of device would be ideal for use in very dusty or dirty environments or in situations where the device may accidentally fall into a body of water, such as a lake or stream. On the other hand, an IP54 rating only provides limited protection against dust and water and should not be fully immersed.

Manufacturers of business-rugged devices are increasingly using the term IP68, which can be confusing without additional information. While IP67 already offers strong protection against water immersion, IP68 can offer even greater protection. 

However, it is important to consider the specific details of the device’s IP68 rating before making a decision. If the 1-metre for 30 minutes mark of IP67 is not enough for your needs, it is important to compare the specifics of a device that promises IP68.

If you want to learn more about rugged IP ratings, you can find additional information by following the link provided.

Rugged Devices For Tough Environments

Having a good understanding of a rugged device’s specifications and what they mean can be highly beneficial in assessing the device’s suitability for your needs, both in terms of how well it will perform in the field and how long it will last.

For example, the device’s IP rating (Ingress Protection rating) can give you a good idea of how well it can resist dust and water ingress. This is especially important if you work in environments that are particularly dusty or prone to water exposure. The higher the IP rating, the greater the protection the device offers against these elements.

Other specifications to consider include the device’s drop resistance, which can help you gauge its durability and resilience to physical impacts. The battery life and charging time can also be important factors to consider, especially if you work in remote locations where power outlets may not be readily available.

Additionally, the processor speed and RAM can affect the device’s overall performance, which may be important if you need to run multiple applications or perform complex tasks on the device. The display size, resolution, and brightness can also impact the device’s usability and visibility, especially if you need to use it outdoors or in bright sunlight.

What Would you like to do now?

Conker Rugged Devices

Conker is a leading provider of rugged Windows and Android rugged devices designed for use in demanding environments. Our devices are built to withstand the toughest conditions, including extreme temperatures, dust, water, and physical impacts.

Conker’s rugged devices are ideal for a range of industries, including construction, logistics, healthcare, field service, and more. We offer a range of devices, from tablets to handhelds and wearables, all specifically designed to provide reliable performance in challenging environments.

One of the key features of Conker’s rugged devices is their durability. They are built to withstand drops, shocks, and vibrations, with many devices tested to military standards for ruggedness. This means that they can withstand the kind of wear and tear that would quickly render a consumer-grade device unusable.

In addition to their durability, Conker’s devices are also designed for ease of use and functionality in the harshest environments. They offer a range of features tailored to specific industries, including barcode scanning, GPS tracking, NFC technology, and more. Many devices also have long battery life and are designed to be used in a variety of lighting conditions, including bright sunlight.

Conker also offers a range of accessories to complement their devices, including docking stations, mounts, and protective cases. This makes it easy to customise your device to meet your specific needs and work requirements.

Overall, Conker’s rugged devices are an excellent choice for businesses and industries that require reliable, durable, and functional mobile devices for use in challenging environments.

Conker’s technical support is a key part of our commitment to providing reliable and functional rugged devices. With a range of support options and packages available, we make it easy for customers to get the help they need when they need it.

With a range of devices and accessories to choose from, get in touch and we can help you find the perfect device to meet your needs.

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Conal McGuirk

Conal McGuirk

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