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

  • Chemical Exposure Testing
  • Electrical 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

NTS Chicago, formerly Trace Laboratories, has over 30 years' experience meeting customers’ needs and providing testing solutions. NTS Chicago is capable of performing a myriad of tests on materials, subsystems and  final products. 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.

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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.

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.

  • Altitude
  • Combined Environmental (with Temp, Humidity & Power Cycling)
  • Decompression/Over Pressure
  • Oven/Accelerated Aging
  • Temperature/Humidity
  • Thermal Shock/Thermal Cycle
  • Thermal Stress
  • Acceleration - Centrifuge/Constant/Rotary
  • Drop/Impact - ISTA/Package Testing
  • Mechanical Shock
  • Vibration and Vibration with Temperature
  • ASTM Flammability and UL Flammability
  • High Pressure & High Temperature
  • Icing
  • Ingress against Solid Foreign Object
  • NEMA
  • Rain
  • Settling Dust
  • Water Drip, Water Immersion, Water Splash, Water Spray
  • Explosive Atmosphere
  • Gravel Bombardment
  • Solar Radiation - Day Sunlight, Day Sunlight with Humidity & Water Spray, – Xenon Weather

Electrical TestingChicago Electronics Testing

  • AC/DC High Voltage
  • Automation - High Speed Data Acquisition
  • Capacitance
  • Continuity Monitoring
  • Current Measure
  • Dielectric Strength
  • Dissipation Factor (Tam Delta)
  • DWV - Dielectric Withstand Voltage
  • High Pot
  • Inductance
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Leakage Current
  • Low-level Contact Resistance
  • Moisture Insulation Resistance
  • Power & Current Cycling
  • Q Factor
  • Resistance
  • Resistance Temp Coeficient
  • Surface/Volume Resistivity
  • UN/IATA Battery Testing
  • Voltage Drop

Mechanical Testing

  • Abrasion
  • Adhesion
  • Bend
  • Breaking Force/Strength
  • Cable Endurance
  • Compression/Compression Set
  • Durometer Hardness
  • Fatigue Life
  • Insertion/Engaging/Withdrawl
  • Mechanical Durability/Cycling
  • Microsection
  • Peel Strength
  • Plating/Coating Thickness
  • Push/Pull/Deflection
  • Resistance to Solder Heat
  • Rework Simulation
  • Separating Force
  • Shear/Lap Shear
  • SolidWorks Fixture Design
  • Strain Gauge
  • Tensile/Elongation/Flex
  • Torque/Torsional Strength

Chemical Testing

  • Copper-Accelerated Acetic Acid-Salt Spray (CASS)
  • Chemical Compatibility
  • Chemical Resistance
  • Contamination by Fluids
  • Fluid Compatibility
  • Fluid Immersion
  • Fluid Resistance
  • Fluid Susceptibility
  • Porosity
  • Salt Spray/Fog/Mist
  • Solderability

Test ProgramsHALT Test Chamber

  • Environmental Stress Screening
  • First Article Inspection
  • Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT)
  • Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS)
  • IPC Products & Training
  • Package Testing (ISTA & ASTM)
  • Printed Circuit Board Analysis
  • Product & Design Validation (PV & DV)
  • Qualification, Acceptance& Conformance Testing
  • Reliability/Durability Testing
  • Solder Joint Reliability
  • Supplier Surveilance Testing
  • Tin Whisker 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 May 12, 2016