North Star Imaging was founded in 1986 by Ken Ness as a Nondestructive 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.
Throughout the 1990’s North Star Imaging expanded their equipment representative and accessory supplier business across the USA and opened a facility in Houston, TX. NSI also began designing and manufacturing their own turn-key x-ray systems and liquid penetrant systems.
In 2004, NSI outgrew their St. Paul, MN site and moved into a brand new facility in Rogers, MN. The company also 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 late 2010, North Star Imaging, Inc. was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and became part of their Test and Measurement group. ITW is a leading diversified manufacturing company with over 100 years of history and over 800 individual business units.
Over the next two years, NSI partnered with ITW sister company QSA Sentinel to manage their NDT equipment and accessory supplier business. NSI then greater focused their efforts on their core business of innovating, designing and manufacturing 2D Digital X-ray and 3D Computed Tomography systems, software and scanning services.
In 2012, with demand continuing to increase both nationally and internationally, North Star Imaging nearly doubled the square footage of their facility in Rogers, MN. The same year, NSI added a physical location in Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.
In 2013, North Star Imaging, Inc. 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 satisfaction.