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North Star Imaging

	 The	 company	 initially	 worked	 with	
other	manufacturers	to	produce	its	systems	 before	 bringing	 that	 capability	 inhouse	in	the	late	1990s.	"We	decided	to	
become	self-sufficient	and	invest	in	the	
engineering	and	operational	capabilities	
needed	 to	 manufacture	 those	 systems	
ourselves,"	he	adds.	
	 North	Star	Imaging	produced	its	first	
computed	 tomography	 system	 in	 2002,	
shortly	 after	 assuming	 responsibility	
over	its	own	manufacturing.	North	Star	
added	 its	 inspection	 services	 group	 in	
2006.	The	demand	for	both	manufacturing	and	inspection	services	led	the	company	to	expand	its	facility	in	2009.	
	 In	 2010,	 the	 company	 was	 acquired	
by	 Illinois	 Tool	 Works	 (ITW),	 a	 leading	 diversified	 manufacturing	 company	
with	more	than	100	years	of	history	and	

more	than	800	individual	business	units.	
North	Star	Imaging	is	part	of	ITW's	test	
and	 measurement	 business	 segment.	
"ITW	 brought	 in	 new	 knowledge	 and	
several	best	practices,	as	well	as	new	expectations	 for	 operational	 efficiency,"	
Taylor	says,	noting	the	company	became	
ISO	9001	certified	after	the	acquisition.	
"Because	of	this	knowledge,	we've	been	
doing	quite	well	for	the	past	six	years	and	
growing	rapidly."	
	 International	 expansion	 has	 been	 a	
high	 priority	 for	 North	 Star	 Imaging	
since	 the	 acquisition.	 The	 company	
opened	 its	 first	 overseas	 location	 in	
Paris	in	2012.	In	2015,		aside	from	North	
Star's	 facility	 in	 Irvine,	 the	 company	
added	a	site	in	the	United	Kingdom	and,	
this	year,	in	China.	
	 "I'm	 thrilled	 with	 the	 way	 we've	 ad-

Midwest

opted	ITW's	positions	and	the	way	we've	
been	able	to	embrace	their	philosophies	
and	implement	them	in	such	a	way	that	
we	 can	 exceed	 customers'	 needs	 and	
provide	 them	 the	 quality	 and	 support	
they	expect,"	Taylor	says.	mt
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