Walking into a military compound like marine corps base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, located several miles north of ATEC’s corporate headquarters, few civilians imagine what thorough testing each piece of technology they encounter undergoes. Jeeps humming along in the distance are lightning-proof after undergoing indirect lightning testing. Inside a laboratory, walls tested by sound level meters offer refuge from noise pollution. Military testing standards pervade every part of military life; even the ground below a marching unit holds tested machinery, the piping beneath the troops’ feet carefully measured by flow meters.
MIL-STDs, or military standards, are requirements approved by the U.S. Department of Defense that engineers must conform to when developing and testing military technology. Standardization encourages defense contractors who supply government goods to craft safe and efficient products, and many times commercial manufacturers ensure their products undergo EMC testing as well; a smartphone which can withstand the blistering desert heats of Afghanistan is well-qualified to serve civilian needs.
- EMC - Electromagnetic Compatibility
- Power Quality
- Environmental Testing
Defense Test Equipment
EMC testing determines how devices react when exposed to electromagnetic interference or if the device itself produces EMI. MIL-STD461G governs EMC testing and is composed of radiated emissions, conducted emissions, radiated immunity and radiated emissions testing.
Power Supplies & Loads
MIL-STD-1275, 1399 and 704 discuss appropriate testing for the power quality of land, sea and air transportation respectively, specifying electrical qualities like operating voltage limit and transient characteristics for a wide array of vehicles.
MIL-STD-810 ensures gear will survive everything from salt fog to scorching heats and gunfire. MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883 are concerned with semiconductors and microcircuits, utilized in everything from desktop computers to Apache helicopters.