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How can I relate the results of MIL-STD-810 salt fog testing to the life time of my product?

April 20, 2016

This is a very common question that we get asked quite often and unfortunately there is no correlation between what the product sees in the salt fog chamber to what it will experience out in the field. In order to...

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Breaking Ground at NTS Chicago!

March 1, 2016

We are pleased to announce that work has started on NTS Chicago’s new facility in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Opening this summer, the new location will accommodate the aggressive expansion of our capabilities to include advanced electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, additional...

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Ensuring the Reliability of Products with Environmental Stress Screening

November 23, 2015

ESS is a series of tests aimed at the identification of potential manufacturing flaws. By utilizing more intense versions of temperature and vibration test methods, ESS is able to accelerate failure at weak points. This allows manufacturers eliminate units more...

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Q & A: What is the correct order for Sand, Dust, and Salt Fog in MIL-STD-810

September 25, 2015

Question: I have a military customer who requiresBlowing Sand, Blowing Dust, and Salt Fog tests according to MIL-STD-810. However, my customer did not specify which test should be performed first. Is there a specific order in which these tests should...

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NTS is now in Orlando, Florida!

August 12, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Qualtest of Orlando, Florida is now NTS Orlando! Qualtest was established in 1986 and is an internationally accredited, full-service testing provider with two testing facilities in the greater-Orlando area. The environmental facility offers an...

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Common IP (Ingress Protection) Testing Failures and How to Avoid Them

June 25, 2015

by Erik Rohr, Senior Test Technician, NTS Chicago A product that is used outdoors, in a dusty factory, or near your morning latte will often require some level of tested and certified protection against the ingress of dust and water....

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Solar Testing Explained: MIL-STD-810 and Commercial

June 23, 2015

The first question a customer always asks is: “Why should I do solar testing and which test should I use?” The answer to the first part is relatively simple. You should perform solar testing if your product will be exposed...

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Making of the Mission to Mars: Testing with Liquid Nitrogen & Oxygen

June 16, 2015

Mars is mysterious because no one has yet been there to colonize and understand the planet for what it really is. How dangerous will it be? Is it logical to aspire to live there? These are questions many might ask...

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For Airplanes, It’s One Test After Another

May 5, 2015

Aerospace engineers and everyday passengers alike have confidence when getting on an airliner that it’s safe to fly. But few people actually appreciate all the testing that goes into ensuring their airplane can withstand many different conditions and events that...

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Understanding Testing in a Reverberation Chamber

February 3, 2015

A reverberation chamber (mode tuned/mode stirred chamber) is a shielded enclosure or resonant cavity for RF testing which is statistically isotropic, random polarity, having RF uniformity within specified limits. Typically it has a paddle (or tuner) which stirs up the...

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