Aerospace & Defense Quality, Compliance and Test Capabilities

At Nortech, quality control and rigorous testing are the twin pillars of our commitment to product excellence. Our state-of-the-art automated electrical testing processes ensure that every assembly meets the highest industry standards. Each unit, without exception, undergoes stringent testing for continuity, insulation resistance, and dielectric breakdown, guaranteeing safety and reliability.

From start to finish, your products have to perform (day after day, month after month, year after year). That’s why we’ve created a Quality Management System (QMS) that complements your critical applications. Our continued attention to detail from beginning to end makes Nortech Systems one of America’s most respected and trusted manufacturers. Our product quality is unsurpassed. We maintain a quality system thatis certified to ISO 9001 and AS9100 requirements. We’ll also meet your individual specification needs upon request.

Quality Management System

  • SAE AS9100 Registered
  • ISO 9001 Registered
  • Materials 100% traceable to manufacturer’s certification of conformance
  • Serialized manufacturing records traceable to tools and personnel
  • Experienced in managing purchase order flowdown requirements (quality clauses)
  • Calibration system to meet requirements of ANSI/NCSL Z540

Workmanship and Inspection

  • Cable and wire harness assemblies manufactured and inspected in accordance with IPC/WHMA-A-620 Class 2 or 3
  • Soldered assemblies manufactured and inspected in accordance with IPC-A-610 Class 2 or 3 and IPC/ J-STD-001 Class 2 or 3
  • Assemblies 100% tested and inspected
  • Assemblies provided with First Article Inspection Reports (FAIR) in accordance with SAE AS9102
  • Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) to your requirements
  • Experienced in customer specific workmanship standards

Continual Improvement

  • Lean Focus Program


  • In-house IPC certified Master Trainer
  • Manufacturing and inspection personnel trained, as appropriate, to IPC-A-610 Class 3, IPC/WHMA-A-620 Class 3, and IPC/J-STD-610 Class 3

Risk Management

  • Design and process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) analysis for assemblies
  • Foreign Object Debris (FOD) program
  • Business (Disaster) Continuity Plan

Regulatory & Compliance

  • Fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts prevention program to SAE AS5553
  • Member of Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) registered
  • Export licensing services available
  • Export Administration Regulations (EAR) compliance
  • Arms Export Control Act compliance
  • Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)/Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliance
  • Small disadvanted business programs available
  • Defense Priority and Allocation Requirements (DPAS) compliance
  • CMMC compliance through Exostar
  • IPC/WHMA-A-620, IPC-A-610, and IPC J-STD-001 Compliance
  • Specialty Metals compliance
  • No pure tin compliance as required
  • Records retention to your requirements
  • REACH Compliance
  • Conflict Minerals Compliance
  • Environmental Policy

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Test Capabilities

Our Quality Management System complements your critical applications. 
Due to our workmanship and inspection process, Nortech Systems is one of 
America’s most respected and trusted manufacturers. We maintain our quality production outcomes through several tests including: 
  • 100% Inspection to your drawings
  • All assemblies are serialized including all utilized tooling
  • Torsional flex test
  • Strain relief flex test
  • DC circuit resistance/dielectric withstanding voltage to 5000 VAC/insulation resistance
    • All assemblies at minimum receive continuity and IR/500 VDC DWV
    • All units are tested using mating connectors harnesses on automated test equipment
  • Environmental Tests such as:
    • Cable immersion Testing
    • Air Pressure Test (Bubble Testing)
    • Hydrostatic and Cyclic underwater pressure testing to 1000 psi
    • Thermal cycle testing -94 F to 355 F (-85 C to 180 C) with programable cycling
    • Thermal shock testing
    • All tests are held to the IAW IPC/WHMA-A-620 quality standards
  • Other Inspections
    • Optical comparator 
  • and much more

We maintain a quality system that is certified to ISO 9001 and AS9100 requirements. We will meet your individual specification needs upon request.

Dielectric Withstanding Voltage

  • Automatic test 0-1500 VDC, 0-1000 VAC, up to 1856 test points
  • Automatic test 0-5000 VDC, 0-5000 VAC, up to 32 test points
  • Manual test 0-3000 VDC, 0-2500 VAC

Insulation Resistance

  • Automatic 0-1500 VDC, 10 Gohms, up to 1856 test points
  • Manual 0-5000 VDC, 100,000 Megohms


  • Automatic to 1856 test points
  • Manual via buzzer or mutimeter

DC Circuit Resistance

  • Automatic 3 mohm-380 ohm, 4 wire, up to 1856 test points
  • Manual .01 mohm to 1 ohm, 4 wire, 1 amp @ 1 volt
  • Kelvin clips
  • Manual via multimeter

Network Analyzer 9 kHz to 8.5 GHz

  • VSWR
  • Insertion Loss
  • Surface Transfer Impedance
  • Cable Impedance
  • Phase Matching

Capacitance 1.0 pF to 199.99 mF

Camera Link

  • Eye Pattern
  • BER testing

USB 3.0 / 2.0:

  • Functional Test

Category cable

  • Fluke DTX 1800 Cable Analyzer

Fiber Optic Test

  • Interferometer measurements for end face geometry and surface profile
  • Optical Loss 850, 1300, 1310, 1550 nm wavelength
  • Return loss for single mode +6 to –60 dbm
  • 400X Visual Inspection
  • Crimp Contact/Terminal Lug Pull Test to 0-1000 pounds
  • Cable Pull Test to 250 lbF
  • Flex Life Testing
    • Rolling Flex
    • Torsional Flex
    • Strain Relief Flex
  • Cold Flex Testing
  • Contact Insertion/Extraction Force .5 lbF to 80 ozF
  • Cable immersion testing to 1 meter
  • Water spray testing
  • Air pressure test (bubble testing) to 0-60 psi
  • Hydrostatic underwater pressure test to 1000 psi with programmable cycling
  • Thermal cycle testing -94 F to 355 F (-85 C to 180 C) with programmable cycling
  • Thermal shock testing
  • Burn in
  • Optical comparator
  • Mitutoyo CMM
  • Mitutoyo Vision System
  • In-Circuit test (ICT)
  • Functional test
  • Flying probe
  • X-Ray Inspection
  • Automated Optical Inspection (AOI)
  • Custom designed and manufactured test systems

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