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Utilizing Robotics NSM Increases Throughput

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.