About item North America

For us, it started in October of 1996, when item North America’s founders decided to leave item Industrietechnik GmbH in Solingen, Germany, to start a new life in the United States. Having been with item International since 1976, item North America was founded with a strong understanding of item’s high quality extruded aluminum framing system. Akron, Ohio, was decided on as the location to start what is known today as MB Kit Systems Inc., dba item North America.

item North America utilizes the high-quality Machine Building Kit System of item International to design and construct extruded aluminum mechanical solutions, including linear actuators, material handling systems and machinery for a wide range of industrial applications. Compared to other extruded aluminum framing systems, the differences in aluminum extrusion quality are obvious from a side-by-side comparison, but the advantages go far beyond aesthetics. The high straightness tolerance and precision of the item extruded aluminum profiles enable us to design and build impressive custom linear actuators from off the shelf components.

At item North America, we understand the benefits of utilizing the high-quality item Machine Building Kit System. The versatility of the modular, extruded aluminum framing system has its own inherent advantages by enabling engineers to easily alter and revise a machine design or process. The range of over 300 lightweight aluminum profiles and thousands of accessories enable our engineering group to select the most appropriate components for each application.

Our engineers specialize in dynamic applications; designing belt-driven linear actuators with travel from a few inches to over 100 feet. We also build ball screw actuators up to 110 inches in length, available with 5- and 20-pitch screw. In addition to linear motion systems, we are experts in robust structures, sub-structures, machine bases, frames, material handling applications, workbenches, special application enclosures and machine safety hard guarding.

item’s high-quality Machine Building Kit System is not the only value you get from working with item North America. Additionally we offer no-cost engineering services, as well as an experienced sales team with customer service a first priority.  Our team works closely with distributors, end users, and original equipment manufacturers to design extruded aluminum linear motion systems, machinery and framing solutions using the most appropriate aluminum profiles and other components available.

For more information, call 888-729-4500 or fill out our form.

Upcoming Events

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Columbus, Ohio - Booth 338
March 31 - April 2, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Akron, Ohio
April 1-2, 2015

Michigan Safety Conference

Lansing, Michigan - Booth 307
April 14-15, 2015

The Big M

Detroit, Michigan - Booth 129
June 2-4, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

New Orleans, Louisiana
June 17-18, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Chattanooga, Tennessee
June 24-25, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Worcester, Massachusetts
July 1-2, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Memphis, Tennessee
July 15-16, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Lynnwood, Washington
August 11-12, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Phoenix, Arizona
August 19-20, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Sacramento, California
August 26-27, 2015

Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM

Sandy, Utah
September 2-3, 2015

Rockwell Automation
Automation Fair

Chicago, Illinois
November 18-19, 2015



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