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Keith Sellers - Laboratory Director
NTS Baltimore, formerly Trace Laboratories, is a unique addition to the NTS services portfolio for its specialization in root cause failure analysis and materials testing. Our technical experts and engineers specializing in chemical, electrical, environmental, and mechanical testing are in the top of their field.
What sets us apart from our competition? According to our customers, NTS Baltimore tops the list in quoting responsiveness, personal service, and technical expertise. For straightforward quotes, NTS Baltimore’s goal for turnaround is one working day. If you have technical questions or require help designing a test plan, you’ll work one-on-one with our technical experts, many who chair industry standards writing committees. NTS Baltimore maintains leadership roles in key industry committees, including ASTM, IPC, SAE, and SMTA. This allows us to advocate for you, represent your product in the industry, and better serve you in product validation.
Failure and Contamination Analysis
NTS Baltimore is a world-renowned failure analysis lab with expertise in electronic and mechanical product failure modes across numerous industries. Our advanced analytical techniques aid us in completing in-depth analyses such as contamination analysis, material characterization and properties, counterfeit detection, failure analysis and more.
Printed Circuit Board (PCB) and Electronics Testing
Printed circuit boards are the foundation for any printed circuit assembly. Our internationally accredited laboratory is approved for PCB testing to IPC-6012, IPC-6013, IPC-6016, IPC-6018, MIL-PRF-55110, MIL-P-50884, or MIL-PRF-31032. This includes the bare PCB, the finished assembly (PCA), and the raw materials that comprise the PCB and PCA. We have been assessing board quality for over 30 years, in addition to performing full root cause failure analysis. To ensure the conformance of your product, it is recommended to engage in PCB testing when using a new supplier or changing a step of the manufacturing process.
NTS Baltimore has decades of experience as an ASTM testing lab for over 1,000 ASTM test methods. We are ISO 17025 and A2LA accredited. Our experts are members of many different ASTM committees and have participated for more than 20 years. We have contributed to the publication of hundreds of ASTM methods. Our specialty goes well beyond being a standard ASTM testing lab. In addition to testing in direct accordance with ASTM test methods, we offer unique solutions by modifying individual methods to meet the needs of our customers. This includes adapting methods to accommodate unique samples or requirements.
NTS Baltimore has a long history of testing and accreditation to the standard that outlines requirements for IPC qualified laboratories, IPC-QL-653: Certification of Facilities that Inspect/Test Printed Boards, Components, and Materials. Our staff is heavily involved in industry groups such as the Assembly and Joining Committee, Testing Committee, J-STD-004 Flux Specification, SIR task, and Ionic Conductivity task. We have the resources and experience to discuss, develop, perform, and interpret IPC qualification and conformance to some of these common standards:
Click here to download the NTS Baltimore fact sheet for more details on specifications, tests, and capabilities. Contact us today to discuss your next program!