SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

May 05, 2008 09:15 ET

Astro-Med Introduces High-Performance Dash 20HF Portable Data Recorder

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) today announced the introduction of a high-frequency, portable data recorder, the latest in its "Dash" brand family of data recorders for test and measurement applications. The ultra-compact "Dash 20HF" offers 20 channels of data recording directly to a 250 GB hard drive at extremely high sample rates of 500 kHz per channel.

Commenting on the rapid data capture speed of the high-frequency Dash 20HF, David Kortick, Senior Manager of Product Development, said, "We are pushing the physical limits of hard drives in order to write data at higher speeds in our Dash family. We've designed the Dash 8HF, Dash 32HF and now the Dash 20HF high-frequency recorders to use only the fastest hard drives that can keep up with our data rates."

Beginning with the innovative Dash 8HF data recorder introduced in 2006, Astro-Med's high-frequency Dash recorders have offered a hybrid functionality that delivers the best of both worlds to engineers: isolated analog channels to protect the user and equipment from dangerous signal measurements, and differential channels for common sensor measurements found in industrial, automotive, aerospace and military applications.

"Dash recorders allow engineers to capture data at extremely high sample rates and immediately analyze that information on-screen so they can make decisions at the point of use. In troubleshooting applications, the ability to make a rapid, on-site decision to manage a problem can save our customers a substantial amount of time and money," said Peter Nadeau, Product Manager of the Astro-Med Test & Measurement brand.

The Dash 20HF includes a DVD burner for archiving data for later review and analysis, a Gigabit Ethernet connection for data upload and host control, and two USB 2.0 ports for archiving data to external peripherals. The unit is also available in an optional high-security version called the Dash 20HF-HS for use in sensitive defense and aerospace applications.

Astro-Med Dash data recorders provide an all-in-one acquisition and analysis solution that combines the functionality of a computer hard drive, analysis software, keyboard, and mouse into a single, self-contained unit with a touch-screen interface that captures data in real-time and immediately presents it for review and analysis.

Dash data recorders can be used in virtually any engineering lab or in on-site product verification in applications ranging from transient capture to remote troubleshooting in the aerospace, automotive, defense, electric utility, medical, metals manufacturing, and pulp and paper fields. Astro-Med often uses its Dash data recorders in its own manufacturing process to test and measure its products, including its ruggedized cockpit printers, industrial label printers, PSG and EEG systems, and other Dash recorders.

Astro-Med introduced its first Dash series portable data recorder in 1973, and now offers 7 Dash models which are available in various portable, rackmount, and high-security configurations, including: the Dash 2EZ+, D8Xe, D8XeR, D8XPM, D8HF, D8HF-HS, D18X, D18XR, D20HF, D20HF-HS, D32HF, and D32HF-HS. More information about the Dash brand family is available at

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 sold under the brand names Astro-Med®, Grass® Technologies, and QuickLabel® Systems. Astro-Med, Inc. products are employed around the world in a wide range of industrial, scientific, test and measurement applications, for product identification applications in consumer and industrial markets, and for clinical and research purposes in the field of life sciences. More information is available at

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 FY2008 annual report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

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    Everett V. Pizzuti
    President and COO
    Astro-Med, Inc.
    (401) 828-4000