Astro-Med, Inc. News Updates
May 15, 2013
WEST WARWICK, RI -- Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) and Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE:HON) have signed a long-term manufacturing and product life cycle support agreement to make the Astro-Med ToughWriter 5 ruggedized cockpit printer available for Honeywell's business aviation and regional air transport cockpits, including the Primus Epic cockpit. Under the terms of the deal, Astro-Med anticipates annual demand in excess of 150 ToughWriter 5 printers.
The contract significantly builds on Astro-Med's existing partnership with Honeywell in which the Company furnishes cockpit printers on larger commercial aircraft. Under the new agreement, Astro-Med will also supply ruggedized cockpit printers for business jets on Honeywell integrated avionics platforms, and bring a best-in-class printing solution for Honeywell cockpits that lowers operational cost for business jet operators.
According to the Company, the ToughWriter 5 will be soon be available for retro-fit and forward-fit on Honeywell Primus Epic-equipped Embraer 170/190, Gulfstream GIV/V and Dassault Falcon F900/F2000/F7X aircraft and retrofit of Gulfstream 450/550, subject to regulatory certification.
"We are pleased and proud that Honeywell is continuing to entrust its cockpits to Astro-Med ruggedized cockpit printers. This ToughWriter 5 business jet contract is the latest in a series of agreements between Honeywell Aerospace and Astro-Med that we believe bring strong benefits to both companies," said Thomas W. Carll, Vice President.
Pilots and operators flying ToughWriter 5-equipped Honeywell cockpits will benefit from:
- Improved print quality for both text and graphics. High print quality for the flight deck (300 x 600 dpi)
- Ease of installation as a drop-in replacement in approximately 10 minutes
- High speed printing at up to 5 seconds per page
- Simple, one step paper loading
- Reduced weight - at over 5 pounds lighter than the current non-Honeywell printers installed in Primus Epic cockpits.
- Compact design at only 7.3 inches deep
- Growth path to Wi-Fi-enabled tablet interfaces
- 10Base2, 10/100BaseT and ARINC429 communication ports for maximum flexibility
- Can be covered by Honeywell's SPEX Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) parts exchange and Avionics Protection Plan (HAPP) worldwide warranty for optimized cost management
About Astro-Med, Inc.
Astro-Med has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized airborne printers for more than a decade. These ruggedized printers and related ruggedized Ethernet switches are used in the most demanding military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard, and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing C-17, B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Astro-Med is proud to manufacture in Rhode Island, USA. Additional information about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at http://www.astro-med.com/ruggedized_products.
Thomas C. Carll
April 24, 2013
Astro-Med Has Been Awarded Parts Manufacturing Approval (PMA) From the Federal Aviation Administration; Astro-Med's PMA Approval Enables the Company to Independently Sell Its ToughWriter 4 Ruggedized Airborne Printers for Certificated Production and Retrofit Aircraft Installations in the United States
WEST WARWICK, RI -- Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced today that it was awarded Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) by the FAA for a configuration of the ToughWriter® 4 ruggedized airborne printer. The PMA approval is significant because it permits Astro-Med to independently provide its ToughWriter 4 ruggedized airborne printers for use on certificated production and retrofit aircraft in the United States.
PMA is a combined design and production approval for modification and replacement articles. PMA was awarded after an intensive audit of Astro-Med's Quality Management System focused on how Astro-Med designs, manufactures, and installs replacement or modified ToughWriter 4 ruggedized airborne printers.
"Our success in being granted FAA FAR Part 21 PMA approval from the Federal Aviation Administration is an important step in the expansion of our Avionics business and it allows us to better serve a broader spectrum of this market. With this first PMA under our belt, Astro-Med intends to pursue additional printer models and other products for PMA approval in parallel with expanding our aircraft eligibility installed base. We are proud of having achieved this milestone," said Thomas C. Carll, Vice President.
The Astro-Med ToughWriter 4 ruggedized airborne printer is designed for both cockpit and cabin environments and provides crisp, uniform printing on 8.5-inch wide letter width roll paper. There are multiple versions of the ToughWriter 4 to fit the varying demands of commercial aircraft, and multiple options available including night vision compliant display lighting, and different front panel colors to match cockpit or cabin color scheme. For more information about the ToughWriter 4, visit http://www.astro-med.com/ruggedized_products/high_speed_printers/toughwriter_4.
About Astro-Med, Inc.
Astro-Med has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized airborne printers for more than a decade. These ruggedized printers and related ruggedized Ethernet switches are used in the most demanding military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard, and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing C-17, B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Additional information about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at http://www.astro-med.com/ruggedized_products.
Thomas C. Carll
April 3, 2012
Powerful – Portable – Priced-Right!!!
Astro-Med, Inc., a world leader in the data acquisition and recording market, today introduced its new TMX®-18 High-Speed Data Acquisition System, offering best in class efficiency for general purpose data capture, review, archive, and analysis. The TMX-18's high resolution, 17" touch screen display, as well as pre-defined set up options, makes test setups quick and easy. The TMX-18 features 18 channels of data recording to a 1 TByte hard drive dedicated solely to data capture, allowing for data to be recorded for months on end in one single file.
"Information that would typically take hours to extract is now available in minutes, and in many cases, even in real-time," said Jon Lee, National Sales Manager of the Astro-Med Test & Measurement Group. "With its advanced processing technology, the TMX-18 data acquisition system solves one of the biggest challenges in the test and measurement field: reducing downtime."
Featuring Astro-Med's latest LookBack and QuickReview technologies, the TMX-18 enables instant review of several GBytes of data during ongoing long-term data capture. In addition, embedded scope capture and intelligent triggering capabilities preserve hard drive space while minimizing archive time.
"Until now, many engineers would have to export their data into other software to analyze it, which can be very time consuming," said Lee. "Advanced derived channel technology in the TMX-18 enables real-time mathematics on the fly with no processing latency."
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