Over 30 Years of Innovation
North Star Imaging (NSI) was
founded in 1986 by Ken Ness as a Non-destructive Testing (NDT) equipment
representative and accessory supplier based in the St. Paul, MN area. The firm
specialized in industrial X-ray testing. NSI served the upper Midwestern states
of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
In 1991, NSI manufactured their
first Digital Radiography system. Throughout the 1990’s, NSI continued to
expand their equipment representative and accessory supplier business across
the USA. In 2002, NSI manufactured their first Computed Tomography system.
In 2004, NSI outgrew their St.
Paul, MN site and moved into a brand new facility in Rogers, MN. In 2006, the
company formed their Inspection Services Group (ISG), which provides need based
consulting services for anyone needing X-ray and/or Computed Tomography
scanning. The company’s X-ray and Computed Tomography systems and services
business continued to flourish and in 2009 they expanded their Rogers complex
by 33% to keep up with demand.
In 2010, NSI was acquired by
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and became part of ITW’s Test and Measurement
segment. ITW is a leading diversified manufacturing company with over 100 years
of history and over 800 individual business units.
In 2012, with demand continuing
to increase both nationally and internationally, NSI nearly doubled the square
footage of their facility in Rogers, MN.
In 2013, NSI was awarded with ISO
9001:2008 certification as a result of significant changes and improvements to
their Quality System to increase efficiency, reduce errors and enrich customer
In 2015, NSI opened two
additional facilities, one in Irvine (CA) and the other in High Wycombe (UK) to
meet the growing demand for need based inspection services.
In 2016, NSI opened an Asia
office in Suzhou, China.
In 2018, NSI opened an additional
facility in Marlborough, MA, making this the 6th global facility of NSI, with
each site offering as-needed Inspection Services to customers.
In 2020, NSI moved our California
facility to a larger location in Aliso Viejo, California to make room for our
new High Energy X-ray System.
Truly a Global Company
Today, North Star Imaging is one
of the leading manufacturers of 2D Digital Radiography and 3D Computed
Tomography systems in the World. Additionally, each worldwide location houses
state of the art equipment for demonstration and need based X-ray/CT Inspection
Services. No matter your location, NSI has local employees ready to help
evaluate your needs, explain the technology and provide thorough training upon
installation. Furthermore, each NSI location employs dedicated service
personnel, so local help is never more than a phone call away.
NSI Quality Policy
The people of ITW North Star
Imaging are committed to understanding and achieving our customer's
expectations and providing world class imaging products and services driven by
a culture of continual improvement.