MIL-STD-202 is one of the most important regulatory standards for defense contractors today. Governing the test protocol for all products and system components with printed circuit boards, it lays out clear guidelines that must be followed if you are to bring your product to this lucrative market.

At NTS, we have more than 50 years of experience testing electronic parts to military and other standards. We can help you meet your compliance requirements in an affordable and timely manner.

Testing Methods for MIL-STD-202 Standard Electronic and Electrical Component Parts

The MIL-STD-202 standard “establishes uniform methods for testing electronic and electrical component parts, including basic environmental tests to determine resistance to deleterious effects of natural elements and conditions surrounding military operations, and physical and electrical tests. For the purpose of this standard, the term “component parts” includes such items as capacitors, resistors, switches, relays, transformers, inductors, and others. This standard is intended to apply only to small component parts , weighing up to 300 pounds or having a root mean square test voltage up to 50,000 volts unless otherwise specifically invoked. The test methods described herein have been prepared to serve several purposes:

a. To specify suitable conditions obtainable in the laboratory that give test results equivalent to the actual service conditions existing in the field, and to obtain reproducibility of the results of tests. The tests described herein are not to be interpreted as an exact and conclusive representation of actual service operation in any one geographic location, since the only true test for operation in a specific location is an actual service test at that point.

b. To describe in one standard (1) all of the test methods of a similar character which appeared in the various joint or single – service electronic and electrical component parts specifications, (2) those test methods which are feasible for use in several specifications, and (3), the recognized extreme environments, particularly temperatures, barometric pressures, etc., at which component parts will be tested under some of the presently standardized testing procedures. By so consolidating, these methods may be kept uniform and thus result in conservation of equipment, man – hours, and testing facilities. In achieving these objectives, it is necessary to make each of the general tests adaptable to a broad range of electronic and electrical component parts.

c. The test methods described herein for environmental, physical, and electrical tests shall also apply, when applicable, to parts not covered by an approved military specification, military sheet form standard, specification sheet, or drawing.”

MIL-STD-202 Testing at NTS

NTS maintains a network of advanced labs around the country to meet the testing needs of defense contractors and other clients. Our experienced in-house engineers provide assistance at all stages of the product development cycle, from assessing your regulatory requirements and determining the appropriate sequence of tests to shepherding you through compliance with both national and international standards. MIL-STD-202 testing is a large component of what we do, and we strive to provide cost-effective solutions for every project.We able to meet all of the required test methods for MIL-STD-202, including:

  • Environmental tests, including salt atmosphere, humidity, thermal shock, sand and dust, flammability and explosion.
  • Physical characteristics tests, including vibration, acceleration, solvent resistance, and high-impact shock
  • Electrical characteristics tests, including DC resistance, capacitance, insulation and voltage

Request a quotation today to test your products to the MIL-STD-202 standard.

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