Environmental Testing is something that varies in its meaning from industry to industry, with different tests and requirements used in each. In rugged computing, a number of tests are carried out on a product to ensure that it is able to operate and be stored in all manner of extreme conditions. The tests carried out can be anything from placing the product in a temperature chamber to ensure it works at high or low temperatures all the way to simulating the fall off of the back of a vehicle to make sure it can withstand sudden shocks.
When working with aerospace and defence projects there are strict environmental testing rules that need to be met. These are typically to the DEF STAN 00-35 standard (for UK projects) and MIL-STD-810 (for rest of world projects) and are seen as the minimum standards that hardware needs to comply with.
There is a lot of information available for each of these standards, so for the sake of not writing a thesis length article here, we’ll just cover the basics for each and why they are important. If you do want to learn more about a specific test, put a comment below and we can get some more information across to you.