So what is Rugged

When it comes to mobile devices, what does rugged mean? From a user perspective, rugged is the tablet or mobile device’s ability to keep operating under all exposed working conditions. Moreover, this does not just happen once, but for the life of the unit, which can easily be 3 – 5 years. Nevertheless, true business-rugged devices are more than reliable hardware. In this article, we will take a better look at the actual meaning of business-rugged devices.

Moreover, depending upon the kind of work being performed, what business-rugged devices mean for one user may not be rugged for another. For example, a mobile device in a warehouse is likely to be dropped often and may be exposed to a lot of dust, but is unlikely to face extreme temperatures or rain. On the other hand, a forester will need a unit with protection against water and a wide temperature spec but is probably not too concerned about dust.

Is business-rugged devices the right tool for the job?

A mobile device is really just a tool used to help you do your work. So the cardinal rule for a user is: to find the right tool for the job. An experienced purchaser of mobile devices will carefully evaluate what kind of working conditions the unit will be exposed to. In addition, they will dive into product specifications to find a unit that is rugged enough for these conditions.

Furthermore, it is also a good idea to select a unit that is actually more “rugged” than what you need. It is far better to be too rugged than not rugged enough. After all, you will never know when any of your team members may encounter drops and knocks that require a robust device.

Conker offers a range of business-rugged devices that meets your specific rugged requirement. Moreover, Conker’s rugged devices can be tailor-made according to your business needs. As a result, you can expect bespoke solutions to your specific issues. Having just 6 inches screen NS6 promises to be a lightweight, small, and multi-functional tool. Conker’s NS6 comes with an optional barcode scanner.

This comes in handy if you operate a business that consistently requires capturing, sending, and storing data. Check out our extensive blog about barcode scanners and the industries that it supports.

Conker’s Business-Rugged Devices To Check

The Conker NS6 is one of the most unique business-rugged devices in the market today. It runs using a full Windows 10 Enterprise. As a result, you can expect the performance of a powerful computer inside your pocket.

Describing Rugged Devices

The level of rugged is best defined by its environmental specifications, and the 3 most common and useful specifications are: 

  • Temperature range
  • MIL-STD-810G  (formerly MIL-STD-810-F)
  • IP 

You will find these specifications listed on the product datasheet.

The temperature spec defines the operational temperature range of the unit. Working with a unit above or below this spec may cause the unit to fail, for example, consumer devices will not work within commercial freezers for products. 

MIL-STD-810G standard consists of a series of various environmental tests to prove that equipment qualified to the standard will survive in the field. Originally, this test measures the standard of military equipment. These days companies and industries use MIL-STD-810G to test a wide range of both military and civilian products. As a result, you’ll find mobile devices having this as a feature.

IP stands for Ingress Protection. These ratings are typically used to specify the level of environmental protection of electrical equipment against solids and liquids. In other words, it tells us what amount of size of solids or liquids can get inside the enclosure and possibly damage the device.

The IP Definitions – What level do you need?

You will find IP ratings displayed as a 2-digit number. The first digit reflects the level of protection against dust. The second digit reflects the level of protection against liquids (water).


First digit

Protection against dust


Second digit 

Protection against water

  0: No protection     0: No protection
  1: Protection against solids up to 50 mm     1: Protected against dripping water
  2: Protection against solids up to 12 mm     2: Protected against dripping water (tilted)
  3: Protection against solids up to 2.5 mm     3: Protected against water spray
  4: Protection against solids up to 1 mm     4: Protected against splashing water
  5: Protection against dust; limited ingress     5: Protected against water jets
  6: Totally protected against dust     6: Protected against a nozzle under pressure
        7: Protected against immersion (1 meter for 30 min)
        8: Protected against submersion (at depth, under pressure)

From the chart, we can see that technically speaking, the dust spec has 7 different levels, level 0 to level 7 and the water spec has 9 different levels, level 0 to level 8. But, practically speaking, rugged computers all have at least a dust protection level of 5 and a water protection level of at least 4. Nevertheless, at the operational ends of the scale, the levels can make a big difference. For example, a dust level of 5 means that some dust can get into the unit, whereas a level 6 unit is completely dustproof.

Understanding Ingress Protection

In another example, an IP67-rated unit is totally dustproof and is capable of immersion in water for at least 30 minutes to a depth of 1 meter. This unit would be an excellent choice in either a very dusty or dirty environment or one where it may be possible to drop the unit into a body of water like a lake or a stream. On the other hand, an IP rating of IP54 protects in a limited way from dust and water and should never be fully immersed.

Increasingly, business-rugged devices manufacturers are using the term IP68. What is important about the IP68 rating is that you need additional detail in order to evaluate the true meaning. If IP67 is immersed in water, how can IP68 be more rugged? The secret is in the additional detail. If the 1-meter for 30 minutes mark of IP67 isn’t enough for you, you should be sure to compare the specifics if a device promises IP68.

Rugged Devices For Tough Environments 

Knowing what the specifications are and what they mean can provide invaluable information about how a unit will function in the field and over the long term. Speak to a Conker Consultant about the specifications to help you pick out the best Conker Rugged Device for your business.

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About Conker

Founded in 2008, Conker is a British producer of business-rugged tablets, touch screens, and mobile devices, providing durable and reliable systems for successful digital transformation.

The firm’s consultative approach delivers fit-for-purpose solutions that improve productivity and streamline business processes, supported by its easy-to-work-with UK-based service team. Customers include Eastern Forklift Trucks Limited and the food waste company, Winnow Solutions. Conker has a partnership with Fusion UEM by VXL and intends to expand its technology partnerships.

Led by founder and CEO, James Summers, Conker’s collaborative approach now empowers mobile workers to measurably improve productivity and make their lives easier by automating the mundane and streamlining business processes.

The business has received recognition within The Financial Times’ FT 1000: Europe’s Fastest-Growing Companies (2018) and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 (2017). The company legally trades as Tablet Technologies Ltd. For more information visit: