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What is a Mil-Spec Computer?

By ·Categories: Tech Explained·Published On: July 12th, 2022·1.7 min read·

We often get asked – what is a Mil-Spec computer? Mil-Spec computers are designed for the most extreme environments and most challenging computing applications. Constructed of ultra-rugged materials both inside and out, Mil-Spec hardware is often subjected to specialized testing to meet various standards and certifications. Mil-Spec PCs are built to resist airborne debris, extreme temperatures, shock & vibration and in many cases moisture, with Mil-Spec hardware often being IP65 rated for water resistance.

What are Mil-Spec computers used for?

You might think with this naming convention that these super tough computers are intended exclusively for military use. However, Mil-Spec PCs are currently being employed in a wide range of heavy industrial markets. With more and more systems requiring substantial computing power, Mil-Spec equipment is being deployed to ensure consistent operation and reduce downtime and maintenance needs, especially in remote locations where servicing hardware is difficult to impossible. Offshore oil rigs, oil & gas pipeline monitoring installations, heavy construction equipment and aerospace integrators are all using Mil-Spec computers to monitor and control mission critical equipment.

What is MIL-STD 810G?

Originally established by the US government, MIL-STD 810G outlines testing procedures to ensure that the equipment will withstand the environment and conditions in which it will be deployed. For rugged computing hardware, MIL-STD 810G is used to identify systems tested to operate reliably in the face of vibration, mechanical shock, temperature shock and extreme temperatures.

OnLogic rugged computers tested to MIL-STD 810G 

OnLogic offers a large selection of rugged computers that are tested to MIL-STD 810G for shock and vibration. For example, CAPiTA MFG was looking for a solution that could be mounted right in the manufacturing line to assist with their digital transformation. The Karbon 300 Series was selected because the system can withstand that level of vibration – it has been designed and tested to MIL-STD 810G.

Karbon 300 by OnLogic

Questions about the best solution for your tough environment? Contact our sales engineering team today! 

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