Rugged work conditions require a rugged mobile tablet

Your field workers and mobile workforce need every bit as much computing power as your workers sitting behind office desks. But your mobile employees also need devices that can withstand the harsh conditions they often work in – from temperature extremes and wet or dusty conditions to work environments where equipment may be subject to vibration, shock and the occasional drop on the floor.

Comark can help – with rugged mobile tablet options that combine all the functionality mobile workers require with the durable construction and performance that harsh conditions demand.

What you need in a rugged mobile tablet

As you consider which rugged mobile tablet to buy for your mobile workforce, keep these five criteria in mind.

  • Manufactured to be tough. A rugged mobile tablet must withstand the harsh conditions of fieldwork – everything from the burning temperatures of outdoor construction work to the freezing conditions of cold chain management. Devices must survive being dropped repeatedly, as even your most careful employees will sometimes lose their grip. The screen on a rugged mobile tablet must be protected from shattering, and the electronics must withstand strong vibration, shock and electromagnetic interference.
  • Reliable power. A rugged tablet may be in the field for hours without a charge. That means you'll need devices with long battery life and hot-swappable battery options.
  • Multi-touch screens. It's hard to type on a tablet screen with a gloved hand, which makes a capacitive multi-touchscreen an essential technology for any rugged mobile tablet. Workers must be able to input data with a variety of tools, including stylus, touch and an on-screen or external keyboard.
  • A readable display. Workers may need to consult their device in direct sunlight, requiring rugged mobile tablets with bright, non-glare, sunlight-readable displays.
  • All the peripherals. From barcode readers and front and back cameras to POS technology and Wi-Fi and cellular communications, a superior handheld rugged tablet will enable a wide variety of peripheral devices for capturing data and communicating with others.

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Comark: high-performance rugged mobile tablets

Comark is a leading manufacturer of highly reliable, ruggedized computer and display solutions for customers in industrial and building automation spaces. In mission-critical applications and in the harshest conditions, our customers trust Comark ruggedized solutions to provide superior performance and reliability were other solutions fail. Supported by 40 years of experience and an impeccable track record, our off-the-shelf and custom-engineered solutions result in higher uptime levels and lower total cost of ownership for our customers.

We offer two rugged mobile tablets that are as tough as the people who use them. Blurring the industrial-consumer divide, the COMARK-8 and the COMARK-10 offer a sleek and eye-pleasing ergonomic design with the environmental and impact protection to withstand harsh demands of industrial environments. Built on common PC architecture that allows operating system independence, these rugged mobile tablets provide the flexibility, reliability and superior performance that today's mobile workforce demands.

The COMARK-8 and COMARK-10 can serve as a military rugged tablet, and Comark mobility products also feature rugged PDA options and vehicle-mounted rugged notebook computers.

Features of Comark's rugged mobile tablet

Comark's rugged mobile tablets offer options for an 8" screen (COMARK-8) and a 9.7" screen (COMARK-10). Powered by an Intel® 1.86 GHz quad core processor, these tablets feature a cover lens tested to take a 1/4 pound ball bearing drop at 5.75 feet directly to the screen.

Other features include:

  • Windows® 10 32/64bit, Windows® 7 32/64bit, Android 6/8 or Linux Ubuntu 14.04 operating system
  • Removable battery pack: 3950mAh lithium ion battery with 6hrs of usage @ level 7 brightness
  • Integrated bridge battery for hot swapping of main battery (1min)
  • 8MP CMOS camera with flash
  • Multiple data radio communication, including an Intel a/b/g/n (a/c) module, cellular independence supporting AT&T and T-Mobile, Bluetooth 4.0 and standalone GPS
  • Support for payment module solutions: EMV L1/L2 certified, pinpad, MSR, NFC L1/L2 certified, 1D/2D imager plus more. Contact us if you don't see what you want.

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A rugged mobile tablet for the harshest environments

A rugged mobile tablet from Comark is designed to withstand some of the harshest conditions the world has to offer. Comark tablets have been tested for their ability to withstand:

  • Water/dust: IP54 protection from dust, with limited ingress, and protection against water spray from all directions with limited ingress
  • Temperature extremes: Storage temperatures from -4°F to +149°F (-20°C to +65°C). Operating temperatures from +14°F to +122°F (-10°C to +50°C)
  • Impact: Can withstand multiple 4-foot drops to concrete
  • Shock: Operating: 30G (11ms), non-operating: 40G (11ms), crash: 50G (11ms)
  • Vibration: 5~500Hz 1G PTP
  • EMI/EMC: FCC class B, CE

FAQs: what is a rugged mobile tablet?

A rugged mobile tablet is a mobile computing device that is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of industrial jobsites, fieldwork and other non-office settings. A rugged mobile tablet is manufactured with components that can withstand extreme temperatures as well as shock, vibration and the impact of a drop. A rugged tablet is also encased in protective housing to prevent ingress of water, dust, sand and dirt.

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Rugged mobile tablets and ruggedized PDAs have benefits for workers in many industries, including construction sites, warehouses, distribution centers, transportation, automotive, oil & gas, agriculture, retail floors, food & beverage and fire & life safety.

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Comark: rugged solutions for today and tomorrow

Comark is dedicated to providing highly reliable computer and display solutions that will serve our customers' needs both today and for years to come. With Comark, you can rely on:

  • Unprecedented reliability, with products designed to exceed expectations and to work reliably where other machines fail.
  • Long-term performance, with a guaranteed minimum 5-year product lifecycle and available upgrade path.
  • A valuable partner, with a team that is deeply invested in both the performance of our rugged technology as well as the business objectives of our customers.
  • Best-in-class lead times, because we know that deadlines are important – which is why we work around the clock to meet them.

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