Product testing: Why we take things apart

A positive development

The good news is that today’s rugged products are far better than in the past. We used to see plenty of seals that could not possibly seal, connectors that could not stay connected, parts that were certain to break, layouts that were too complex to work, and cooling systems that were not up to the job.

We saw materials, seals, screws and soldering that could not possibly survive even minor abuse or even survive repair or maintenance. We saw plastic clips that would break, screw sockets that would fail, seals done wrong (or omitted entirely), and materials that simply made no sense.

Although sleeker designs, rugged computers have become far better than in the past when it comes to its main duty – ruggedness.

It is better now, and perhaps our many years of documenting and discussing what’s inside rugged systems how they are made has contributed in a small way to that progress. And even if not, it has probably helped raise awareness of interested parties in what’s inside of all those important and often costly tools for tough jobs, tools that must not fail.

So that is why we here at RuggedPCReview take things apart and show what it looks like inside. We could save ourselves a lot of time and effort not doing it, but then we wouldn’t be doing our job. And we wouldn’t do a favor to manufacturers who often learn from our third-party analysis, and we certainly wouldn’t do a favor to our readers.

By: Conrad H. Blickenstorfer