Northern States Metals http://extrusions.com Aluminum Extrusions Service Thu, 06 Sep 2018 18:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Northern States Metals to Attend Lightfair International in Chicago, IL http://extrusions.com/northern-states-metals-to-attend-lightfair-international-in-chicago-il/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:42:13 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=1171 Youngstown, OH, April 26, 2018 – Northern States Metals, a leader in the aluminum extrusion industry for nearly 50 years and one-stop full service provider of custom aluminum extruded parts and products, will attend Lightfair International which will be held…

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Youngstown, OH, April 26, 2018 – Northern States Metals, a leader in the aluminum extrusion industry for nearly 50 years and one-stop full service provider of custom aluminum extruded parts and products, will attend Lightfair International which will be held at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois from May 8th to the 10th.

Northern States Metals will join more than 25,000 attendees at the 29th annual Lightfair International, which is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. LFI also features several keynote speakers and the conference offers approximately 200 hours of world-class accredited education. Those in attendance include professionals from design, lighting, technology, architecture, engineering, energy, facility and industry professionals from around the world.

Patrick Cunningham, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Northern States Metals said, “Managing a low-cost, high-quality supply chain in the lighting industry is a challenge. Our aluminum extrusion services are the ideal choice offering innovative solutions that reduce overall component cost and improve logistics efficiency.”

Northern States Metals, a full service, multi-operational organization offering a full spectrum of extruded aluminum services, will be available to share their customers’ success presentation with individuals interested in learning more. Please schedule a meeting in advance to talk with the Northern States Metals team onsite.

About Northern States Metals:

Northern States Metals (NSM), a leader in the aluminum extrusion industry for nearly 50 years, is a one-stop full service provider of custom aluminum extruded parts and products. Whether you have a doodle on a napkin or a prototype, our highly trained design engineers use the latest in CAD CAM technology and their years of expertise in the industry to take your ideas from concept to final design in the most cost effective manner. We design, fabricate, finish, assemble, and package your extruded aluminum products for final delivery. We see your project through from design to shipping so you don’t have to deal with multiple suppliers. We are the leading experts in the industry providing the highest quality products and services, which is why our customers keep coming back to us. For more information, go to www.extrusions.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

Northern States Metals media inquiries, please contact:
Staci Lombardo
slom@extrusions.com
330-799-1855

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Northern States Metals Names New CEO http://extrusions.com/northern-states-metals-names-new-ceo/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:09:09 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=808 Youngstown, OH, August 24, 2017 — The Board of Directors of Northern States Metals, a one-stop, full service provider of custom-designed and engineered aluminum extrusions, parts and products, and owner of Solar FlexRackTM, the leading ground mount solar racking system…

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Youngstown, OH, August 24, 2017 — The Board of Directors of Northern States Metals, a one-stop, full service provider of custom-designed and engineered aluminum extrusions, parts and products, and owner of Solar FlexRackTM, the leading ground mount solar racking system to the commercial and utility scale solar industry, today announced that it has appointed Kenneth A. Mack as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mack will also join the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Mack had been acting as the Company’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since April.

“The board is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Mack as our President and Chief Executive Officer” said Paul Cusson, Chairman of the Board and Founder of the company. “Ken has a track record of strong leadership both inside and outside of the company. He has been a successful executive here during his tenure, and his deep knowledge of operations and manufacturing, together with his vision and business acumen, make Ken uniquely qualified to lead NSM successfully into the future.”

“I’m honored, and I’m grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of talented and dedicated professionals,” said Mack. “Northern States Metals recognizes the synergies between great products, exceptional quality and world-class services and I am proud to be leading a company that is thoroughly dedicated to its customers.”

Mr. Mack joined the company in September 2015 as Executive Vice President of Operations and Engineering. Prior to joining NSM, Mr. Mack was with Permco Inc., as the Director of Global Supply Chain, where he was responsible for manufacturing facilities in the US and China, and with Federal-Mogul Corporation, a $7 billion manufacturer of vehicle powertrain and safety components, with responsibility for over 30 manufacturing facilities. Mr. Mack started his career at General Motors where he spent 16 years in increasing roles of responsibility, in the metal fabricating division and in various engineering and production positions, and ultimately as the Manufacturing Operations Manager and Engineering Group Manager for various divisions of GM.

Mr. Mack holds an MBA and MEM from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University/GMI Engineering & Management Institute.

About NSM

Northern States Metals (NSM) is a full service provider of custom designed, engineered and extruded aluminum products offering a full suite of services including extrusions, fabrication, finishing, assembly and private label packaging. NSM has served customers across 31 industries, both in the US and internationally, since 1972. More information on Northern States Metals can be found at www.extrusions.com

About Solar FlexRack

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis tracking systems in the commercial and utility scale solar mounting industry. Solar FlexRack also offers full turn-key packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation, providing a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed more than 1.5 GW of solar racking installations in 32 states across America and five countries globally. For more information on Solar FlexRack, go to www.solarflexrack.com and follow us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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Why Aluminum Extrusions http://extrusions.com/why-aluminum-extrusions/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:45:08 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=469 Choose Aluminum Aluminum is one of the world’s most abundant metals and is therefore very cost-efficient. High strength-to-weight ratio combined with extraordinary corrosion resistance and flexibility make aluminum a desirable solution for  product design. Aluminum is cost efficient and meets…

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Choose Aluminum

Aluminum is one of the world’s most abundant metals and is therefore very cost-efficient. High strength-to-weight ratio combined with extraordinary corrosion resistance and flexibility make aluminum a desirable solution for  product design. Aluminum is cost efficient and meets the production needs for a variety of uses.

ALUMINUM
EXTRUSIONS

ROLL FORMED
STEEL

COPPER
EXTRUSIONS

MOLDED
PLASTIC

WOOD

VINYL

Strength (Tensile) Very good mechanical properties. Very high mechanical properties. Average to low mechanical properties. Wide variation in properties from .08 to .8 tensile strength of aluminum extrusions for glass filled compounds. Good compressive properties; variable with the species of wood and moisture content. Low mechanical properties.
Density Lightweight: about 1/3 that of copper or steel. High density; high pounds per cubic foot. About three times heavier than aluminum. Very lightweight; about 60% the weight of aluminum. Very lightweight; about 1/3 the density of aluminum. Very lightweight; about 60% the density of aluminum.
Strength-to-Weight Ratio Very Good. Good. Low. Low-good. Low-good. Low-good.
Corrosion Resistance Excellent; it can be further increased, along with enhanced appearance, through anodizing or other coatings. Poor; usually requires protective coatings for corrosion service. Excellent. Excellent; choice of compound and color important for weatherability (UV). Not directly applicable; decomposes in the presence of some acids. Excellent; high resistance to alkalis and salts but is attacked by organic solvents and strong acids.
Formability Easily formable and extruded in a wide variety of complex shapes including multi-void hollows. Formable to net shapes, and extrusions provide for the placement of metal where it’s needed. Readily formable; thinner cross-sections than aluminum extrusions; metal cannot always be located where best used in design. Excellent formability and easily extrudable. Formable to net shapes. Easily formed or molded into complex shapes. Poor; cannot be routinely formed. Easily formed or molded into complex shapes.
Electrical Conductivity Excellent; on a pound for pound basis, twice as efficient as copper, used in bus and electric connector applications. Poor; cannot usually be used as an electrical conductor. Excellent thermal conductivity. Poor; used as an insulator, high dielectric capability. Poor; cannot be used as an electrical conductor. Usually cannot be employed as an insulator. Poor; electrical and thermal insulating characteristics.
Thermal Conductivity Excellent; ideal for heat exchanger applications. Poor; cannot usually be used as a heat exchanger. Excellent thermal conductivity; second only to silver in industrial applications. Poor; low coefficient of thermal (heat) transfer. Poor. Poor.
Finishing A near limitless array of finishes can be applied including mechanical and chemical prefinishes, anodic coatings, paints and electroplated finishes. Protective coatings such as paint finishes are employed along with electroplated finishes. A variety of coatings and platings can be employed. Color can be integral with material as well as plated, painted, and hot stamped. Paint and stain coatings can be employed. Color can be integral with material.
Recyclability High scrap value; routinely reprocessed to generate new extrusions. Low scrap value. Very high scrap value. Routinely reprocessed but loses properties; reprocessed material is added to new stock. Low scrap value. Low scrap value; routinely reprocessed.
Tooling Economics Extrusion tooling is relatively inexpensive. Generaly, a simple shape will cost only a few hundred dollars. Short lead times for tooling construction. Typical tooling cost are thousands of dollars. Long lead times are required. Inexpensive tooling costs for extrusions. Tooling is expensive; generally in the thousands of dollars. Long lead times required. Very inexpensive. Relatively inexpensive.
Energy Savings Lightwight aluminum extrusions can offer energy savings for transportation vehicles. Life time energy requirements for wrought steel vehicle components are twice those for aluminum components. In transportation vehicles, copper is less energy-efficient than aluminum. Savings for vehicles, processing, insulation. In certain applications. Can offer energy savings in appropriate transportation applications.
Combustibibility Non-combustible; does not emit any toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures. Non-combustible; does not emit any toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures. Non-combustible; does not emit toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures. Combustible; may emit toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures. Combustible; emits toxic fumes while burning. Combustible. May emit toxic fumes when exposed to high temperatures.

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Utilizing Robotics NSM Increases Throughput http://extrusions.com/utilizing-robotics-nsm-increases-throughput/ Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:52:13 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=428 Northern States Metals (NSM) utilizes robust and highly configurable robotics. Mechanical stops are positioned with flawless accuracy and work is executed with systematic precision. Production is monitored and inspected for sustained quality control. Not only does the technology contribute to…

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Northern States Metals (NSM) utilizes robust and highly configurable robotics. Mechanical stops are positioned with flawless accuracy and work is executed with systematic precision. Production is monitored and inspected for sustained quality control. Not only does the technology contribute to a safer work environment, but it has increased throughput by an impressive 25%.

With a vast global network of aluminum extrusion services and fully customizable in‐house services, NSM efficiently managed the production of a renewable energy charging station for ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. NSM was tasked with machining, polishing, finishing, coating and assembly of the units.

The contemporary appearance and quality requirements of the EV charging station accelerated NSM’s own technology plans. The company advanced their capabilities through robotics reducing production time and ensuring exceptionally high quality standards consistently. It’s proven to have been a valuable investment. Robots ensure a high-quality polished aluminum surface finish on the EV charging station maintaining a “high-tech” appearance through years of exposure to weather.

NSM acts as a single-point-of-contact for customer’s supply chain requirements. The extruded component service company manages the entire logistics program and final assembly, testing and packaging of the EV station product enabling direct shipment to end‐users. This allows the team at ChargePoint to focus on their core competency, developing and expanding their national network of electric charging stations to support the monumental technology shift underway in the automotive industry. The concept of EV charging stations, as easily accessible as gas stations are today, will transform the adoption and practicality of the electric vehicle. Some of the benefits will be the dramatic reduction of carbon dioxide and a healthier environment.

Ken Mach, COO, President and Interim CEO, NSM, commented, “Northern States Metals has a long standing commitment to deliver the highest level of quality at the most cost‐effective pricing. We are proud to be a part of the Electric Vehicle industry and it’s our mission to help them evolve their visionary products.”

The ChargePoint Bollard is constructed with high strength-to-weight ratio and is corrosion resistant. The total turnkey product is light-weight and easily joined. Highly recyclable, the aluminum bollard is constructed for durability and is weather resistant. The initial prototype design and testing spanned 12 months.

With nearly 50 years of experience in the extrusion industry, these kind of advancements are the hallmark of Northern States Metals commitment to superior quality and customer service.

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Why Choose Northern States Metals? http://extrusions.com/why-choose-northern-states-metals/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:34:21 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=318 Northern States Metals (NSM), a leading provider of aluminum extruded components and services, is a one-stop, full service organization. The company has a vast global network of aluminum extrusion services along with fully customizable, in‐house facilities offering design engineering, fabrication,…

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Northern States Metals (NSM), a leading provider of aluminum extruded components and services, is a one-stop, full service organization. The company has a vast global network of aluminum extrusion services along with fully customizable, in‐house facilities offering design engineering, fabrication, finishing, assembly and packaging. With nearly 50 years of experience in the extrusion industry, Northern States Metals’ commitment to ingenuity, superior quality and customer service assure the most innovative solutions for their clients’ most difficult aluminum design and extrusion problems. Customers choose Northern States Metals because they simplify business with single-point-of-contact accountability, deliver the highest level of quality and the most cost-effective pricing. Northern States Metals is the best choice for all your aluminum extrusion service needs today and well into the future. Learn more at http://www.extrusions.com.

 

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Renewable Energy: Northern States Metals Meets the Challenge http://extrusions.com/renewable-energy-northern-states-metals-meets-the-challenge/ Wed, 24 May 2017 19:29:53 +0000 http://extrusions.com/?p=423 ChargePoint has built the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. They provide the charging stations, mobile app and network that allow people to charge EVs everywhere they go. It’s taken ambitious vision and perseverance to create the new products…

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ChargePoint has built the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network. They provide the charging stations, mobile app and network that allow people to charge EVs everywhere they go. It’s taken ambitious vision and perseverance to create the new products needed to support that kind of growth. It also took a dedicated extrusion component partner, called Northern States Metals (NSM), with an extraordinary depth of knowledge and experience to help bring their vision to life.

The initial opportunity was for a bollard prototype for the EV charging station. NSM Engineering worked closely with the ChargePoint on the intricate extrusion required. Goals included producing a sleek, high‐quality, state‐of‐the‐art appearance that would also be durable, cost‐effective and quick to produce. It sounds challenging and it was. Using NSM’s knowledge of structural engineering, design efficiency for extrudability, and quality management, the team developed a program that produced a spectacular product without the (often unavoidable) high scrap rate. The program required several iterations. The NSM team maintained regular communication cross‐developmentally to work through challenges and dial‐in all design and marketing requirements. The final prototype exceeded all expectations.

We were impressed with the quality of Northern States Metals services, their design ingenuity to help us reduce costs and their attention to customer satisfaction.”  – Pasquale Romano CEO, ChargePoint

With nearly 50 years of experience in the extrusion industry, these kind of advancements are the hallmark of Northern States Metals commitment to superior quality and customer service.

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