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Prior to making a purchasing decision, it is critical to look into what kinds of testing, if any, are conducted by the equipment manufacturer. Testing that closely simulates the conditions that mobile computing equipment experiences in actual use helps manufacturers pinpoint potential trouble areas, optimize their designs, and maximize long-term reliability.
Click on any of the below to learn how Havis testing ensures superior performance and quality.
- Crash Simulation
- Air Bag Deployment
- Shock & Vibration
- Ingress Protection (IP)
- Latch Cycle Testing
Mobile computing equipment can be subjected to significant forces in the event of a crash. If improperly secured, laptops, keyboards, and other components can become potentially lethal projectiles. To ensure that the mounting solutions you are considering can withstand the physical stresses of a crash, ask the manufacturers if they have conducted crash simulation testing. These tests, conducted under carefully controlled laboratory conditions, allow manufacturers to determine how their equipment is likely to hold up in the event of a vehicle crash.
Air Bag Deployment
Simulating what happens when a mobile computer and its mounting system are struck by a deploying air bag, this test helps mounting system manufacturers determine if their equipment can withstand the force of impact. This test does not determine air bag compatibility, however. It also helps us position the mounting system to stay out of the dispersal path of the air bag if it deploys.
Shock & Vibration
Equipment in patrol vehicles can be subjected to heavy vibration in the event of a high-speed pursuit over rough or uneven surfaces. A mount that vibrates can transmit damaging shock to a computer. Even during normal use, a mount that vibrates excessively can lead to eye strain, typing errors as well as undue wear and tear on the laptop's chassis, electronics and hinges. Mounting solutions that pass stringent vibration testing in the laboratory are a fleet manager's assurance that they will perform satisfactorily under even extreme real-world conditions. Most companies refer to MIL-STD-810F for this test.
Be sure to ask which components in the mobile computing system have been tested. HAVIS tests EVERYTHING in the system, mounting and docking equipment.
This test determines the ability of a mounting solution to withstand attempts to forcefully remove a locked mobile computer. A mounting solution that fails this test -- as well as any manufacturer that fails to perform this test -- should be avoided if the security of the laptop is a concern. Although this testing is somewhat subjective, it is critically important for manufacturers to consider theft resistance when designing their products.
Ingress Protection (IP)
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has established a worldwide standard for rating the ability of electronic devices to withstand exposure to dust particles and water. The ratings, called "Ingress Protection" or "IP" ratings, contain two digits. The first digit indicates the relative ability of a device to resist the ingress of dust and can have a value from 1 to 6. The second number indicates the ability of an enclosure to resist the ingress of moisture and has a value of 1 to 8. Higher numbers indicate greater protection. Devices with the highest ratings are typically more expensive than those with lower ones.
The range of climatic conditions in which mobile computing equipment is used spans extremes of temperature, from sub-zero to sub-tropical. Environmental testing subjects components to a range of temperature conditions in order to determine how well they perform and to identify any potential problems before they release the products to the marketplace.
Almost everyone has experienced the annoyance of an electrically powered device interfering with a radio's reception. A device that interferes with mission critical radios is not only annoying, but potentially dangerous. EMI/RF testing is conducted to ensure that docking stations do not emit or transmit electromagnetic interference or radio frequencies that could potentially disrupt the function of the patrol vehicle's communications equipment and other electronic devices.
Latch Cycle Testing
Even the most well-made products can eventually fail as a result of normal usage. Quality-conscious manufacturers like Havis will likely perform a variety of other tests to ensure that their products will provide a reasonably long service life under typical operating conditions. Such tests may include repeated docking and undocking of laptops, tests of motion device position locking systems, and similar repetitive component durability analyses to simulate a lifetime of use.
The latch on a Havis docking station is opened and closed 30,000 times while a computer is docked. That is far more than the product will ever see in the field.