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TAK Enterprises Gains ISO 9001:2000 Registration

Monday, August 4, 2003
Precision miniature-parts maker TAK Enterprises Inc., Bristol, CT, was awarded ISO 9001:2000 status. The firm produces contacts for the electronics industry, surgical staples for the medical industry, and delicate wire forms for the instrumentation industry. It also designs, manufactures and markets precision wire straighteners, custom feed and cutoff systems and other time-saving machine accessories. Website:

Laser-Drilling Systems Ordered by Pratt & Whitney

Monday, August 4, 2003
Laserdyne Systems, a division of Prima North America, Champlin, MN, has received multiple orders for multi-axis laser-machining systems, totaling more than $1.6 million, from Pratt & Whitney. The laser systems will cut and drill small holes in turbine-engine components. P & W has used Laserdyne systems for more than 15 years to cut and drill in Inconel, Hastelloy and super-cobalt alloys.

ASTM Adds Internet Access
to Standards-Development Process

Friday, August 1, 2003
ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, has launched a new Internet-based system designed to initiate, develop and track draft standards and revisions before and during their balloting stage. The new Work Registration System is accessible from the ASTM website, It allows any interested individual who wants to know whether ASTM is developing or revising a specific standard to access the information. Users can perform keyword searches for new standards and revisions, and sign up for free e-mail notification of new work items in their areas of interest. The new system provides for improved access and involvement for ASTM members at every stage of the standards-development process, according to James A. Thomas, ASTM International president. “Transparency in the standards-development process has als been one of the guiding principles at ASTM,” he says. “The added openness, available to everybody, contributes to a better understanding of the work being performed by ASTM members.”


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