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Datamax-O'Neil Product Development
Datamax-O'Neil Printers Testing
DESIGNED AND TESTED FOR
Several tests are performed during the design phase but the single
most important test when designing for ruggedness and reliability is
the drop test. Drop tests are a subjective process that is often
misrepresented. The correct way to perform a drop test is to subject
a single printer (i.e. the same unit through out the test – not
interchanging units of the same model) to a variety of drops.
At O’Neil, we perform drop tests using a single printer throughout
every phase of testing. For example, when testing O’Neil’s rugged
A single printer is dropped from a height of 6
feet on each of its six faces.
After each drop the printer is checked to ensure
proper battery connection, printhead stability, print quality,
charging-pin integrity, and any mechanical problems that may not
be readily apparent.
The printer is put into an environmental test
chamber at -20 C simulating frigid climates or walk-in
The complete drop test procedure is repeated to
ensure that maximum performance is maintained.
The same printer is placed in an environment
chamber where temperatures are raised to +50 C.
The drop test is repeated a final time for a
total of 18 drops.
THE 4t FACTOR VIDEO
We don’t recommend trying this with your O’Neil printer
and we certainly don’t drive over printers as part of our regular
testing program but… after numerous testimonials from customers, we
decided to recreate some of their experiences plus try a few
scenarios of our own. As you watch the video, notice that there are
no cut-away’s or quick edits. Remember that the same O’Neil 4t
printer was used in every segment.
“Running the Gauntlet” Video (WMV Video - will open with your