Curtis-Straus’ roots date back to 1979, during the genesis of the EMC revolution. Isidor Straus founded one of the first FCC-accredited test sites in the country (DS&G) and hired a bright young MIT student, Jon Curtis, who would become the lab’s chief engineer.
The steady market demand for EMC regulation testing exploded with the introduction of the EU EMC Directive. To respond to that need, in 1997 a new venture was formed with a mission to build a boutique lab driven by “technical expertise, operational excellence with a superior customer experience.” Equipped with no more than a white party tent, a rented HP spectrum analyzer, and a set of Roberts antennas, Curtis-Straus was born. By 1999, an 18,000 square foot facility in Littleton, Massachusetts was operating four fiberglass all-season “Open Area Test Sites” (OATS), two anechoic RF chambers, and a full complement of immunity testing equipment.
By 2001, Curtis-Straus had become a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), and became one of the few Verizon-accredited “Independent Test Labs” (ITL) in the country.
As the world grew smaller and domestic manufacturers started to think more globally, Curtis-Straus needed bigger and broader regulatory compliance testing solutions to meet their client’s needs. In 2005, Curtis-Straus was acquired by Bureau Veritas, one of the largest and most well-respected players in the global certification market. Overnight, Curtis-Straus was able to provide local clients with global market access product safety testing services.
Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services is a global leader in testing, inspections and certification.
The electrical and electronic business line, which includes Curtis-Straus LLC, provides clients with integrated, comprehensive “one-stop” testing services to avoid duplication of tests and to speed up the time to market.
Services include comprehensive electrical and electronic product certification and testing solutions for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), EMC Smart Grid, Safety, RF, Telecom, Bluetooth, GCF/PTCRB, Wi-Fi, OTA, WPC Qi, LoRa, Battery, Photovoltaic (PV inverter), Digital TV and Broadcasting, NEBS, Railway Electronic Devices, Eco-design of ErP, and power consumption.
Our “total solution” approach with a variety of capabilities helps clients shorten the time to market for their products including IoT/IT devices, mobile devices, communications devices, wireless products, household products, battery products, power supply products, wireless chargers, lighting products, industrial, scientific and medical devices, and photovoltaic inverters.
Our mission is to help clients create products with higher economic values, establish brand names with greater reliability, and achieve decisive competitive advantages in the market. In the area of electronics and electrical products, we provide market entry services for over 150 countries, and our ability to provide manufacturers in many fields with diverse CB (Certification Bodies) certification solutions is also leading the industry.
With a global network of labs located in the United States, China, Taiwan, and Korea, we provide fast and convenient services to clients. For more information about our global locations, visit group.bureauveritas.com/investors.
Curtis-Straus is located in a 60,000 square foot facility in Littleton, Massachusetts. With two anechoic EMI chambers, two indoor “OATS” sites, a ferrite tiled shielded room, and more than 12 radiated/conducted/EMC ground planes, Curtis-Straus is the largest and most modern-equipped EMC/safety facility in New England.