SOURCE: QuickLabel Systems

September 05, 2007 09:30 ET

Astro-Med, Inc. Granted Patent for High-Speed Color Thermal Transfer Label Printing

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) - Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) has been granted a patent for a method of printing rapidly without loss of print quality on a thermal transfer label printer. Earlier this week, Astro-Med announced that it also received a patent for its QuickLabel Systems brand Vivo! electrophotographic label printing system.

U.S. patent 7,256,805 relates to a unique firmware algorithm which eliminates undesirable print artifacts encountered when printing die-cut labels at high speed using thermal transfer technology. According to the company, the patent was filed in February 2005, and the algorithm is now standard in Astro-Med's line of QuickLabel Systems thermal transfer process color label printers.

Commenting on the patent, Michael J. Sullivan, Vice President of R&D, said, "This algorithm is the result of our continuing drive to improve the quality and performance of digital color label printing. Patents of this type are particularly satisfying because they provide a practical solution by combining a wide variety of engineering skills. Although the focus of this patent is software, it would not have been possible without experience in media, mechanism and sensor technologies. This multi-discipline approach to product development should continue to produce improvements in all our label printing products."

Everett V. Pizzuti, President and COO, said, "This patent protects our high-speed, high-throughput thermal transfer label printing technology, which is a significant portion of our label printer business. I'm proud to recognize that it is our fifth patent relating to thermal transfer label printing. There's no question that our QuickLabel printer family offers the broadest selection of digital label printing features and price points on the market today for the in-house, short-run digital color label printer segment."

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high tech specialty printing systems, electronic medical instrumentation, and test and measurement instruments employed around the world in a wide range of industrial, scientific, and medical applications. More information about Astro-Med is available at www.astro-medinc.com. More information about the company's QuickLabel Systems brand digital color label printers is available at http://www.quicklabel.com/products/label_printers/multi_color.html.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements, and actual results may vary from those expressed or implied herein. Factors that could affect these results include those mentioned in Astro-Med's FY2007 annual report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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