NTS Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

1660 Wall Street, Suite 100
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
T: 847.934.5300 | F: 847.934.4600
Ellie Taylor - General Manager
Sales | Customer Service | Brochure

Facility Highlights

  • EMI / EMC Testing
  • Environmental Testing
  • Mechanical Testing

Special Programs

  • State-of-the-art Vibration Capabilities
  • Mechanical Shock
  • Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT)
  • Environmental Stress Screening
  • Ingress Protection (IP) Testing
  • Reliability Testing

Chicago's Full Service EMI / EMC and Environmental Testing Lab

NTS Chicago, formerly Trace Laboratories, has over 30 years' experience meeting customers’ needs and providing testing solutions.

We have recently completed moving from our Palatine facility to our newly constructed 40,000 square foot facility in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Click here to check out the time laps video of the construction of our new EMI/EMC, reverberation chamber, and more.

NTS Chicago is capable of a myriad of tests on materials, subsystems and  final products. Our location now includes full EMI capabilities and blowing sand and dust to compliment our vibration, thermal shock and cycling, temperature humidity, acceleration, corrosion, altitude and HALT/HASS testing. We can easily handle both standard and custom test designs. Our goal is to provide our clients significant gains in reliability and durability for their products.

What sets us apart from our competition? According to our customers, NTS Chicago tops the list in quoting responsiveness, personal service, and technical expertise. For straightforward quotes, NTS Chicago’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, allowing us to better serve you in product validation.


NTS Chicago has over thirty years’ experience partnering with our customers to provide significant gains in compliance, reliability and durability for their products through seamless communication and program management. With the addition of a full suite of EMC capabilities, we now offer a one-stop-shop solution for qualification requiring both EMC and environmental simulation requirements such as military, avionics, automotive, off-road automotive and aerospace.

EMI / EMC Testing

NTS Chicago provides electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility testing services to a wide variety of industries including heavy machinery (farm/tractor) and industrial components, automotive systems and subsystems, consumer electronics, medical devices, aerospace, and energy.

EMI / EMC Testing Highlights

  • Emissions
    • Radiated E-Field Emissions
    • Radiated H-Field Emission
    • Conducted Emissions AC Mains
    • Conducted Emissions Telecomm
    • AC Power Line Harmonics
    • AC Power Line Flicker
    • Power Quality
  • Immunity
    • Radiated E-Field Immunity
    • Power Frequency H-Field Immunity
    • Conducted Immunity
    • Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Immunity
    • Electrical Fast Transient/Burst Immunity
    • Surge Immunity
    • Voltage Dips, Short Interruptions and Voltage Variation Immunity
    • Automotive Transients, Load Dumps
    • Indirect effects lightning
  • 5 meter semi-anechoic chamber with 10’x10’ door, 12,000 lb capacity turntable, vehicle exhaust system and troubleshooting projection screen inside the chamber.
  • Large, sectioned ground plane with pre-configured commercial immunity stations for expedited testing.
  • Four EMI test chambers
  • Reverberation Chamber for testing above 400MHz
  • Full vehicle automotive testing
  • Specifications covered:
    • Automotive Testing to JDQ 53.3, JDQ 202, JDQ 203, load dumps, transients
    • Commercial Product Testing – FCC, EMC Directive, CISPR, 61000-X-X
    • Medical Directive Testing – 60601-1-2
    • Military; MIL-STD-461(D,E,F)
    • Avionics (RTCA/DO-160(D,E,F,G)
    • Other customer standards as requested

Environmental and Dynamic TestingThermal Shock Chambers

NTS Chicago employs state-of-the-art equipment used to facilitate vibration profiles including random, sinusoidal and mechanical shock. Utilizing systems capable of up to 25,000 force pounds, NTS is able to test products with heavy payloads and aggressive profiles. We perform many tests in accordance to ASTM, GM, IEC, ISTA, MIL-STD-202, MIL-STD-810, RTCA-DO-160 and customized profiles used to simulate and accelerate real-world conditions.

Our dynamics lab’s capabilities also include impact, free-fall drop and transit/transportation testing. Testing can also be conducted while controlling temperature, whether it is steady state or thermal cycling.

In addition to performing the testing, our expert team of test engineers offers turnkey solutions including field-data replication, fixture design, fixture characterization, resonance detection, transmissibility and dampening functions. NTS has an internal machine/tool shop for quick, on-site modifications and has experts familiar with Solidworks, ProE and CAD software.

  • Temperature / Humidity Testing
    • 9 Standing Temp/Humidity Chambers
    • 2 Walk-in Temp/Humidity Chambers (11’x12’ and 6’x8’)
    • Temperature ranges -70 to 130°C
    • Humidity control throughout condensing range of 5 to 90°C
  • Altitude Chamber
    • 100,000 feet with temperature -55 to 150°C
    • Rapid Decompression
  • Thermal Shock/Thermal Cycling
    • 9 Single-Zone Thermal Cycling Chambers (varying sizes up to 36”x36”x36”)
    • 10 Dual-Zone Thermal Shock Chambers (20”x20”x18” test volume) -75 to 200° C
    • Large Dual-Zone Thermal Shock Chamber (42”x42”x42” test volume)
  • Icing/Freezing Rain
  • Blowing Sand - Wind speed greater than 18 m/s, ambient at 55°C
  • Blowing Dust - Wind speed from 1.5 m/s to over 20 m/s at ambient and 55°C
  • Settling Dust per IP5X and IP6X (under pressure)
  • Explosive Atmosphere
  • Ingress Protection IPXX
  • Water Spray / Water Jetting
  • Salt Fog / Salt Spray
  • CASS testing
  • Solar Radiation
  • Gravel Bombardment
  • Chemical Compatibility / Chemical Resistance
  • Advanced cycling and abrasion testing
  • Flammability
  • HALT/HASS Chambers (30”x30”x30” and 48”x48”x48”)
  • Vibration – 25,000 force pound, 18,000 force pound, 6,500 force pound electrodynamic shakers
  • Vibration at Temperature
  • Constant Acceleration / Centrifuge
  • Loose Cargo Vibration
  • Package Drop
  • ISTA Package Testing

More Information

Click here to download the NTS Chicago fact sheet for more details on specifications, tests, and capabilities. Contact us today to discuss your next program!

Updated February 7, 2017