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Midwest

North Star Imaging

north star imaging credits
much of its success in
manufacturing to its staff.

market," Taylor says. "The defense
market is very dependent on government funding, but overall very good
for us, and we're also seeing more investment from medical device manufacturers than we have in the past."
The increased use of CT systems
for testing in several industries is
also a growth area for the company.
"Standards organizations such as ISO,
ASTM and SME are adopting this technology for metrology just as they did
for coordinate-measuring machines
(CMM) and laser scanners years ago.
This technology offers the opportunity to take very precise measurements
internally without cutting into parts or
destroying them," he adds. "We've invested in this technology and are helping the early adopters who are putting
it to use and seeing a yield from it."
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Manufacturing Process
North Star Imaging offers a standard
line of X-ray and CT equipment that
can be customized with various options based on customer needs, Director of Operations Larry Whitman says.
The company's fabrication capabilities include welding, metal-working and assembly. North
Star Imaging also performs system
integration, which involves placing
components such as X-ray tubes and
X-ray detectors and manipulators
into fabricated cabinets.
North Star Imaging's manufacturing staff members are continually trained on all of the options and
equipment upgrades offered by the
company. Final performance testing requirements include standard
North Star Imaging systems tests

and any special tests the customers may require. "They fully understand the options and capabilities
of the systems we manufacture for
our customers and are able to adjust
our testing techniques to ensure our
systems meet the required specifications," Whitman says.
Taylor credits much of the company's success in manufacturing to its
staff. "Our people make the difference
- we have a lot of staff that have been
here for many years and helped our
company grow," he says.
In addition to having many veteran employees, North Star Imaging
also actively recruits staff by partnering with community colleges
near its facilities.
North Star Imaging's suppliers
also play a critical role in the company's ability to manufacture exemplary systems. "We believe in building solid relationships with our
suppliers," Whitman says, noting
the company regularly meets with
its vendor base. "We believe in communicating the good and bad - we
talk about quality issues we may be
having as well as things that are going well."

Decades of Growth
The company this year is celebrating
its 30th anniversary. North Star Imaging was founded in 1986 in St. Paul,
Minn., as a manufacturer's representative company specializing in industrial X-ray testing equipment and
accessories. The company expanded
into digital radiography and X-ray
system manufacturing in the early
1990s. "That was a big shift for North
Star," Taylor says. "Having a product
line of our own meant taking on more
responsibility, making a greater internal investment and getting to know a
brand-new market."


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