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Astro Tool History

  • First Patent

    Stephen Buchanan enters the market with the first indent crimp tool patent.

  • First Military Standard Tool

    The first Military Standard crimp tool (MS3191) is released. This tool is still manufactured by Astro.

  • Astro is Incorporated

    Astro is incorporated in California and begins manufacturing precision tools for connectors.

  • Buchanan listed in first Qualified Parts Listing (QPL)

    Buchanan is listed in first Qualified Products Listing (QPL-22520).

  • Second Military Standard

    1971 Military Standard (MIL-T-22520) is issued.

  • Buchanan adds Pneumatic Tools

    Buchanan adds pneumatic tools to its product line.

  • Buchanan is sold to the Amerace Corp.

    Buchanan is sold to Amerace Corp, a manufacturer of aerospace lighting, transformers and cable connectors.

  • Astro Acquires Buchanan Crimp Tools from Amerace

    Astro Tool acquires the assets and all crimp tool products from the Amerace Corp. and Astro moves all tool production to Oregon.

  • Astro Changes Brand Name from “Buchanan” to “Astro”

    Astro rebrands the Buchanan tools as “Astro”.

  • Astro Receives QPL Status

    Astro meets the requirements of the Qualified Product Listing and receives QPL status on MIL-C-22520.

  • Astro Adds Large Gage Crimp Tool

    Astro adds its large gauge crimp tool and accessories to M22520/23 QPL.

  • Astro Adds M22520/40-01 and Receives QPL 2010

    Astro adds the M22520/40-01 crimp tool and receives QPL listing.

  • Astro Updates the M22520/2 and /7

    Astro updates the M22520/2 and /7 in order to make them more user-friendly and ergonomic.

  • Astro Introduces Electronic Crimp Tool

    Astro introduces an innovative electronic equipped crimp tool.

  • Astro Receives Approval from Boeing for 787 Wiring Maintenance Kit 2014

    Astro receives approval from Boeing to design and supply an authorized maintenance kit for the 787 aircraft.

  • It’s Time to Make Astro your Source for Crimp Tools and Accessories!