How important is having rugged equipment?

      2016-11-08

      You’ve often heard the expression that test equipment is rugged for the field. But what does this really mean? Is it that important? Well, we had a perfect example of what rugged equipment is recently in Rome, as you can see in the photo.

      When it’s time to test, weather can’t hold back a technician who is ready to get the job done. Here are five essential characteristics that your test equipment must have in order to be ready for outside-plant testing.

      1. Water and dust resistant: Having waterproof equipment is essential for avoiding job delays due to bad weather, conditions and a grimy environment. Testing in a manhole or in the rain occurs often and your equipment needs to be up to the challenge. Make sure your equipment is IEC IP54-rated against dust and water.
      2. Portability: having a small and lightweight unit will allow you to enter into small spaces.
      3. Wide touchscreen: Go for an interface that was designed with simplicity and efficiency in mind. A large touchscreen display featuring colored icons and graphics for easy configuration and operation makes it simple to use for both experienced and novice technicians.
      4. External accessories: Avoid products with external pins or accessories that can easily be broken or lost.
      5. Connected: A unit that is connected to the cloud or your smart phone makes easy reporting possible; no need for notes or paperwork.

      The unit used in Rome in the rainy weather was a MaxTester 635G, which includes all the above criteria that are crucial for making a piece of equipment completely rugged for the field. If you make sure that your next tester has similar characteristics you will be able to test in pretty much any conditions.