Drop and Shock Resistance
Dropped computers are a common cause of hard disk failures and broken LCD displays. Panasonic computers are tested to ensure they can survive falls as well as sudden high-force impacts to any part of the product's casing.
Drop tests have been certified1 by an independent test lab and performed in accordance with MIL-STD-810G, Method 516.6, Procedure IV (Transit Drop Test). The drop surface is 2" thick plywood over a steel plate over concrete. After each drop, Toughbook computers are visually inspected and a functional check (boot-up into Windows) is performed. The Toughbook mobile computer is sequentially dropped in non-operating mode, onto each face, edge and corner for a total of 26 drops. While MIL-STD-810G allows up 5 samples to be used, Panasonic only used one unit on all of its fully-rugged models. Even more noteworthy, the same unit is used for all of the drops from all angles and heights. For example, the Toughpad FZ-N1 used just one unit for the 26 drops at 4 feet, then the same unit was dropped again 26 times from a height of 5 feet, and then the same exact unit was dropped 26 times from a height of 6 feet. So one unit survived 78 drops between heights of 4 to 6 feet.
Quality Assurance Panasonic's commitment to quality is unrivaled, with more than 500 checks and tests conducted on every unit throughout the manufacturing process.
Panasonic's internal testing process goes beyond MIL-STD requirements. Technicians subject our computers and tablets to drop tests while the units are operating. Moreover, the units are dropped onto a harder surface than what is used for MIL-STD tests.
The various tests that Toughbook mobile computers undergo:
|Model||MIL-STD-810G Drop Resistance|
6 foot 1
6 foot 1
5 foot 1
4 foot 1
10 foot 1
10 foot 1
1 Tested by a national independent third party test lab following MIL-STD-810G Method 516.6, Procedure IV for transit drop test.