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Xplore XC6 Drop Test Engineering Notes

The engineering team at Xplore Technologies has been designing and engineering the most rugged tablet PCs on the market for more than a decade. Through 17 years of focused research, development and refinement, Xplore has tested numerous tablet prototypes using our in-house testing facilities located in Austin, Texas.

Much of the work that goes into the research and development of each Xplore product is to ensure that the tablet will withstand the harsh conditions and work environments of our customers. Thorough testing is done to ensure that every ultra and fully-rugged tablet PC can stand up to the rigor and extreme conditions that field workers are exposed to in the industries where rugged technology is used. Testing products allows our design team to find innovative design solutions to real-world use that might include using components that enhance the rugged features or changes in materials used. Consumer tablets can't withstand the impact of falls or accidental drops that are a risk in the field. With a Xplore rugged tablet PC that can withstand drops, there won't be downtime or loss or productivity due to replacement and repair.

One of the engineering tests that we perform at Xplore during the design and engineering phase is the transit drop test. Xplore's rugged tablet PCs are engineered to meet MIL-STD standards, specifically, Method 516.6–Shock. These standards set the requirements for the tablets to operate in environments such as construction sites, oil rigs, airport operations and even military scenarios where they might fall during normal field use. The Military standards are important to civilian enterprise workforces because they give organizations confidence that the hardware selected is durable and will not fail.

Of the eight procedures performed for Method 516.6, Procedure IV, or Transit Drop, is one of the most important.From a height of 7 feet, the ultra-rugged XC6 is dropped directly onto plywood and also dropped from a height of 4 feet directly onto concrete. Both tests are performed while the tablet is running to measure the system functionality after the drop. The tablet is dropped a total of 26 times on each corner and face, to test for weaknesses that each part of the tablet could sustain from a drop.

With total cost of ownership (TCO) as major distinction between consumer tablets and rugged tablet PCs, these MIL-STD standards are extremely important to the industries where Xplore technology is used in rugged conditions.

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