Introduced in 1990 as part of National Products Inc. (NPI), RAM® Mounts is the leading manufacturer of rugged and versatile mounting solutions for nearly any application and device – including phones, tablets, cameras, GPS systems, laptops, marine electronics, printers, radios, and much more.
As the most innovative product line of its kind, RAM® Mounts offers approximately 5,000 modular components. Built on the interchangeable ball and socket system and designed around an elastomeric rubber ball, these components incorporate non-slip functionality as well as shock and vibration damping. The unique design of the patent-protected RAM® Mounts system provides quick installation, adjustability, and durability – all at a low cost.
Backed by more than 400 employees, RAM® Mounts is proudly located in Seattle, Washington in the same neighborhood where the company was started. Utilizing the finest assembly hardware, durable composites, stainless steel, rubber, and aluminum, RAM® mounting solutions have been synonymous with quality and performance for more than two decades. No matter where life takes you, depend on RAM®.
In addition to RAM® Mounts, NPI is also the creator of the award-winning IntelliSkin® and GDS® Technology™ ecosystem of products. Drop-tested IntelliSkin® sleeves provide protection for a wide range of phones and tablets, allowing users to securely charge, dock, and sync devices using GDS® Technology™. Accessories such as GDS® desktop and vehicle docks are fully compatible with any device wrapped in an IntelliSkin® sleeve. When the time inevitably comes to upgrade your device, the standardized GDS® charging connector makes it easy so you can always use the latest technology.
RAM® Mounts shares NPI’s mission to manufacture inventive solutions that improve lives – striving everyday to be the world leader of premier mounting solutions. RAM® is proud to apply the core NPI values in everything we do:
National Products Inc. (NPI) was founded by Jeff Carnevali in 1990 and is the parent company of both RAM® Mounts and PRO PULL Prop Pulling Tools. Located in Seattle, Washington, NPI manufactures products that are distributed around the globe. Providing some of the most innovative and durable products available, NPI has rapidly become an industry leader and continues to gain respect from both electronics manufacturers and those needing the finest tools for marine use.
NPI offers a diverse set of manufacturing capabilities, resulting in the ability to efficiently manufacture quality products. With an in-house design staff and rapid prototyping capabilities, NPI is able to quickly engineer and produce quality items for the ever-changing electronics market. With rubber injection, sand casting, metal fabrication, composite injection molding, and die cast facilities all within one half mile of each other, coordinating and developing new products is trouble-free. You can trust that National Products Inc. will continue to provide products and support to the industries and customers that have made NPI a success.
NPI offers full service product design and development services to our customer base. With a talented design staff and access to a large catalog of patented and patent pending products, NPI can quickly and efficiently assist our OEM partners realize their product ideas.
Ensure your products are designed and tested using the best possible practices available, including SolidWorks CAD software, FDM rapid prototyping, direct metal casting prototyping, mold design and manufacturing, electrical engineering, laser cutting, stamping, and shake and vibratory testing.
With one of the most state of the art and highly efficient powder coat lines in the Pacific Northwest, NPI applies a high-quality finish to many of its cast products. Nearly fully automated, castings are washed, dried, powder coated, and cured without the need for human intervention, and without introducing human error. Both speed and efficiency lend themselves to a quality finish and lower product cost. With the powder coating facility next door to the die cast facility, castings can be produced and coated all within 24 hours allowing for quick turnaround times and product delivery. Using state of the art processes, NPI has taken every opportunity to assure that all processes are achieved in the most environmentally conscious manner.
NPI has a modern and efficient aluminum die casting facility. Machines are capable of running molds having anywhere from 1 to 24 cavities, with the possibility for additional capacity depending on customer needs. Complete with all the support equipment necessary to create a look and finish free of sharp edges or corners, these products are strong and safe. Castings of high strength and quality are produced in significant volumes to meet the ever increasing needs of the growing NPI customer base. The customer can choose to use products cast from common RAM® Mounts dies or take full advantage of the in-house design team to create a custom mold to produce parts specific to their application. NPI will create and store the mold and produce castings as you need them. Freedom to choose, freedom to create, and freedom to grow are what sets NPI apart from other manufacturers.
This modern composite and rubber injection molding facility features a vast inventory of machinery to accommodate the needs of customers. NPI has 30 composite and rubber injection molding machines, including a state of the art, two-color co-injection machine for running high volume parts efficiently and cost effectively. Each machine is capable of running thousands of parts per day and can be ramped up depending on customer demand. Most of the injection molding machines are equipped with fully automated robotics and the latest controller electronics. Our composite facility is equipped with a fully automated vacuum-fed material delivery system
Installed in 2009, NPI has added a new state of the art shock and vibratory test center. Our electro-dynamic machine allows for both vertical and horizontal orientation of test samples and high-stress testing with up to 50 g’s of applied force. Accelerometers are attached to the mounting system as well as the device to achieve real time feedback and accurate report generation.
RAM® Mounts also offers a broad range of manufacturing capabilities including:
Chad Remmers: So every company starts somewhere, and a lot of companies talk about being started in a garage. Here at NPI, not only was our first building in a garage, but our second one was too. In 1990, Jeff Carnevali founded National Products Inc. – manufacturing an innovative solution to remove propellers off of boats. As he became an inventor known in the marine marketplace, he listened to customers requests, and created RAM® Mounting Systems as a response to their needs. While we don’t make propeller removal tools any longer, the original core group of people that came together in those surroundings did so not because of the environment, but because they shared a love of manufacturing products that solved problems. As NPI has evolved over the years, a lot of things have changed. But the core essence of manufacturing products to make our customers lives better has not only lived on – it’s intensified.
Jeff Carnevali: Hi, I’m Jeff Carnevali, founder and CEO of National Products Inc. – the manufacturer of RAM® Mounts, IntelliSkin® and GDS® Technology™.
When it came to articulating our mission, vision and values with employees, the idea was to bring the company closer together under a unified goal – gathering input from people who have been with us for more than 20 years and from new leaders who bring a fresh perspective. We carefully crafted these core beliefs to take into consideration all the roles here at NPI, and our purpose for why this company exists. I believe a team is only as good as the sum of its members, and by understanding who we are, why we’re here and where we want to go, we’ll have the best chance of making this the best company possible.
With that said, I’m excited to share our mission, vision and values.
Michael Turner: At NPI, our mission is to manufacture inventive solutions that help improve our customers lives. Our mission is our purpose. It’s why we’re here doing what we do today. From the very beginning, we’ve always been driven to create unique products that help our customers in their experience in whatever they’re doing.
We truly care about our customers and the people who use our products. We will always manufacture inventive solutions that improve our customers lives. That’s why we chose this as our mission statement.
Cliff Lucas: Our vision guides us to achieve our goals. From the quality of the parts and the innovation of our products to the service we provide our customers, we take pride in what we do. We want RAM® to be the name people go to first. At NPI, our vision is to be the world leaders of premier mounting solutions.
Dave Wilkinson: Our core values define who we are as a team. They drive how we treat each other and how we do business. Together we’ve selected our core values that best represent who we are as a company. Our core values are – taking action. We move efficiently and responsibly to achieve the intended results. At NPI, we believe in moving fast and efficiently. From creating a new solution all the way through product to final delivery. Commitment. We persevere through the challenges we face. We value commitment to each job role, with the understanding that every role in the company adds to the big picture.
Jack Kropp: Our next core value is honoring relationships. We believe in being candid, learning from each other and finding joy in the work we do. We value being honest, having integrity and working together, and supporting each other as a team to produce results. Customer focus. We listen carefully and respond effectively to provide the best solutions. Oftentimes, we’re able to anticipate the needs of our customers and design proactively to fill that need before it arises. We have thousands of components to produce some of the most inventive products companies have dreamed of. We also value the opinions of our customers, and gather feedback to implement across all departments to inspire positive improvements about our company.
These values will guide how we hire new team members, how we make decisions, how we encourage each other and in determining if we’re doing the right thing at NPI. They will guide our actions as we continue to strive to deliver on our mission and vision.
Jeff Carnevali: I’d like to thank each and every one of our employees, partners and customers for all their contributions to help get us where we are today. As we continue to grow, I challenge each and every one of you to not only know the mission, vision and values, but to live them in your everyday life here at NPI.