Northfield, Minn. – Northfield Automation Systems recently published its monthly “News and Notes” company highlights for August.
“It’s been a fast-paced summer,” said Darin Stotz, director of sales and marketing. “We’re currently gearing up for our 2011 open house (to be held on August 17) and getting several systems ready to ship to customers. The timing works out well in that visitors to our open house will have a chance to see a number of recently completed pieces of equipment. We’ll have a vacuum laminator, atmospheric laminator, robot system, electrical test with vision system and a winding system with accumulation all on display.”
Other company highlights include:
TEAM GROWTH – NAS continues to experience growth from both its core customer base and emerging markets. To accommodate this growth and to ensure that the company continues to meet its goals for customer satisfaction, NAS recently added four positions, including an additional controls / electrical engineer and a design engineer. “I’m very proud of the team we’ve built here,” said Mark Wegner, company president and co-founder. “The addition of these four individuals makes our already strong team even stronger.”
THE REAL WORLD – A recent case study by automation control systems manufacturer Bosch Rexroth states: “In recent years, one solar cell panel manufacturer has been able to reduce the cost of solar cell panels dramatically – thanks to innovative machinery developed by Northfield Automation Systems using Bosch Rexroth shaftless motion control system.” Read the entire case study here.
WHEN WE SAY “CUTTING EDGE…” – With ongoing work developing highly customized vision and robotics systems, NAS continues to work at the front edges of technology. “The work we’re doing and the systems we’re developing are really exciting,” said Dr. Gary Larsen, NAS principal engineer and co-founder. “In many cases we’re providing a solution that quite simply did not previously exist in the industry… we’re literally breaking new ground.” Larsen emphasizes that everything NAS does is focused on helping customers run more efficiently and – ultimately – more profitably. He continued, “The new technology tools are just another way to ensure that we’re helping our customers meet and exceed their end goals.”
QUALITY, QUALITY, QUALITY – “We take a great deal of pride in the fact that we develop long-term relationships with the vast majority of our customers,” said Darin Stotz, noting that NAS has customers with whom they’ve been working for more than 10 years. “To ensure that we continue to do the things we need to do in order to retain these and other customers, we’re at the front end of developing a customer satisfaction program. This program will put into place means for customers to provide us with the feedback we need to continuously improve how we work. From day one of a sales relationship to the final day of equipment training, we want to be able to measure how we’re doing. And this program provides us with an important tool to assist with that measurement.”
FROM THE PRESIDENT – “We constantly stress the importance of remaining firmly focused on providing solutions for our customers. This is at the very core of who we are as a company. We do a whole lot more than simply crank out equipment. We strive to design, develop and deliver the right systems for our customers… systems that help them meet their manufacturing goals and maximize profitability. Our approach is to become an extension of our customers’ engineering team, developing a relationship based on trust and respect. For us, there is nothing more rewarding than hearing a customer tell us how we exceeded his or her expectations.” — Mark Wegner, President and Co-Founder
Founded in 1992, Northfield Automation Systems, Inc., designs, engineers and fabricates automation machinery for OEMs and high-volume, custom manufacturers. Our engineers provide consultative support for streamlined manufacturing processes with turnkey, integrated equipment. Our vision is to become the global leader in web-based, high-precision, roll-to-roll processing of thin-film applications, including flexible electronics, display, solar, flexible battery and organic electronics. Northfield Automation Systems has nearly 75 years of combined experience in roll-to-roll thin material handling, and can work from lab scale to high-volume production. The company is located in Northfield, Minn., which is 35 minutes south of the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area.