Industrial Control DesignLine Blog
We know that electronics have many different test methodologies and
standards when it comes to defining reliability. From my
experience in semiconductor reliability test I know of many JEDEC
standards including HAST (highly accelerated stress test), HTOL (high
temperature operating life), LTOL (low temperature operating
life, Autoclave, among other,--but have you heard of the "tiger test"?
Perhaps the "elephant stomp test". Brian Caufield
of Forbes.com puts the Panasonic Toughbook rugged laptop through a few
"unconventional" electronics reliability tests. Check out the
article here, and be sure to watch
the video if you get the chance. I must admit, I am
impressed. But I doubt that contract manufacturers will be
getting their own tiger's in order to conduct environmental hazard
For more on creative Toughbook testing, check out youtube videos such
as this one.