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Elite Electronic Engineering, Inc.

1516 Centre Circle Downers Grove Illinois 60515 USA Work Phone: 001 630-495-9770 x149 Website:

Biographical Info

Started in the Spirit of Service and Innovation

As leaders in the EMC industry since 1954, we at Elite take pride in the capabilities of our chambers and equipment, as well as, pride in our staff’s depth of knowledge and dedication to our customers.  If accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness are things that you look for in EMC and Environmental Stress Testing and Certification, think Elite. Each day, we make quotes, test products, certify devices, write reports, give free coffee even–all with that same commitment to excellence and customer service that Elite founded nearly 70 years ago.

In many ways, Elite Electronic Engineering began aboard a United States Air Force bomber. Flying out of Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, the bomber is equipped for the first time with a new, aerial camera. That camera could produce consistent photographic intelligence by adjusting automatically to the plane’s altitude and speed. As soon as the camera turned on and began to function, its electronics began to interfere with the bomber’s autopilot programming. In no time, the camera was turned off and the bomber was back on the ground. An urgent call was placed to the manufacturer’s new young engineer in Chicago, James C. Klouda—Elite’s founder. With a little sleuthing—and a little shielding— Mr. Klouda made the necessary adjustments to the firm’s prototype model to reduce interference, and the next flight test went off without a hitch.

Elite’s founder went to work expanding his knowledge—and understanding the application—of EMC testing technology. About five years later, James Klouda approached the military about creating an engineering firm with a testing focus on EMC. Those in the defense industry who knew of his talents encouraged him to do so.

Our Values

The original values that Elite is founded on still hold true today:

  • Continual investment in new technology and training
  • Focus on providing the highest value of service to the customer
  • High standards of integrity and hard work

Our Vision

The company is substantially larger, the technology is much more advanced and the customer base is greatly diversified, but one thing has not changed in nearly 70 years: James Klouda’s vision and values reflect our every day in the way Elite conducts its business–and treats its customers.

Those principles have helped Elite become a leader in the industry—and have helped the company grow consistently. In 1954, Elite had two employees and operated out of a 2,500 square foot storefront in south Chicago. By 1973, the company had 20 employees and occupied 22,000 square feet. Today, with over 80 employees, and more than 70,000 square feet, Elite offers unmatched capability and equipment.

Providing Comprehensive Testing Solutions

There is no substitute for practical experience when it comes to product design and qualification testing. Elite has accumulated over 60 years of technical experience across a broad range of industries that can be an effective asset to your team. Whether you need advice about testing standards or customized analysis software, we are ready to take on any challenge. When more specialized engineering services are required, we rely on a trusted network of consultants and partners for expert advice and dependable independent analysis.

The majority of our workforce consists of test engineers dedicated to servicing our customers’ needs. In addition to extensive practical experience, most of our test engineers are certified by iNARTE. We continuously invest in education to stay on the leading edge of technology and deliver maximum value for our customers. Our engineers are actively involved in several industry organizations and serve on rulemaking committees, so they have an unmatched knowledge of industry practices and standards.

Details of out testingservices can be found:


Vibration & Shock Testing

EMI/EMC Testing

Categories: Battery Testing, HALT/HASS, Test Services

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