NTS Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Trace Labs

1660 Wall Street, Suite 100
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
T: 847.934.5300 | F: 847.934.4600
Kevin Mehaffey - General Manager
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Facility Highlights

  • EMI / EMC Testing
  • Reverberation Chamber
  • 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, Radiated H-field, Coducted AC mains, Conducted Telecom, AC Power LIke Harmonics and Flicker
  • Immunity: Radiated E-field, Power Frequency H-field, Conducted, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), Electrical Fast Transient/Burst, Surge, Voltage Dips, Variation and Short Interruptions
  • 5 meter Semi-anechoic chamber: 44' x 32' x 18' wtih turntable and vehicle exhaust
  • 3 MIL-STD Semi-anechoic chambers: 24' x 24' x 14', 20' x 20' x 12' and 40' x 43' x 16'
  • Ground-plane: 20' x 25' divisible
  • Reverberation chamber: 20' x 14' x 12' mode-stir with HIRF capability
  • Specifications covered: FCC Part 15, EMC Directive, CISPR 11, CISPR 22, 61000-X-X, JDQ502, JDQ503, 60601-1-2, MIL-STD-461, RTCA DO-160

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.

  • 9 Standing Temp/Humidity Chambers
  • 2 Walk-in Temp/Humidity Chambers (11’x12’ and 6’x8’)
  • HALT/HASS Chambers (30”x30”x30” and 48”x48”x48”)
  • 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
  • Altitude up to 100,000ft at -55 to 150° C
  • Blowing Sand
  • Blowing Dust
  • Settling Dust
  • Ingress Protection IPXX
  • Water Spray / Water Jetting
  • Salt Fog / Salt Spray
  • CASS
  • Vibration – 25,000 force pound, 18,000 force pound, 6,500 force pound
  • Vibration at Temperature
  • Package Drop
  • ISTA Testing Explosive Atmosphere 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 October 6, 2016