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Established in 1940, ATAGO has continuously made strides in the research and development of a wide variety of optoelectronic products, mainly refractometers. ATAGO products are used in a variety of industries, from food and beverage processing to petrochemicals and metalworking. ATAGO has established its reputation as a trusted brand and enjoys the fullest confidence of end-users not only in Japan but also in 154 countries worldwide.

In July of 2002, ATAGO U.S.A.,Inc. Established a new office in North America to better service our valued customers in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America.

"Located in Bellevue, Washington, in the heart of the thriving Great Northwest, ATAGO U.S.A., Inc. is now in a better position to provide technical and sales support to all our valued distributors and end-users. ATAGO U.S.A., Inc. is committed to working more directly with distributors, responding quickly and efficiently to every customer inquiry, and comprehensively researching our dynamic marketplace. Information collected will be used to pursue the future development of scientific instruments to the benefit of industries and people around the world."


ISO has been developing voluntary technical standards for almost all sectors of business, industry and technology since 1947. So, if the first you heard of us was in connection with ISO 9000, then you are probably asking yourself, "How come I have never heard of ISO before?" The answer is that if you are asking yourself the question, then you are probably not an engineer because if you were, you would almost certainly have come into contact with at least some of ISO's technical standards. With the exception of ISO 9000, the vast majority of ISO standards are highly specific. They are documented agreements containing technical specifications or other precise criteria to be used consistently as rules, guidelines, or definitions of characteristics to ensure that materials, products, processes, and services are fit for their purpose. If that sounds like engineering talk, you're absolutely right! It also explains why ISO standards were, before ISO 9000, principally of concern to engineers and other technical specialists concerned by the precise scope addressed in the standard.