SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

March 27, 2008 09:30 ET

Astro-Med Signs Contract to Provide Airborne Printers for In-Flight Entertainment System

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced today that it has signed an agreement with a leading in-flight entertainment manufacturer to produce cabin printers as an option for use with in-flight entertainment systems to be installed on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty printing systems used in aerospace, industrial, and medical applications.

Under the contract, Astro-Med will manufacture a version of its ToughWriter® ruggedized printer to print hard copies of ground communications for use by flight attendants and other aircrew. Hard copies of airport maps, flight itineraries, gate information, and troubleshooting data for other in-flight systems will be printed on standard A4 and B4 size pages.

It is anticipated that Astro-Med will begin making deliveries on its contracts in the second quarter of 2008. The agreement is the latest application of Astro-Med's ToughWriter® airborne printer as part of an in-flight entertainment system. Astro-Med already furnishes cabin printers for in-flight entertainment systems on the Boeing 777, 747, and 767 aircraft. In addition, Astro-Med furnishes cockpit printers which are used to print airport maps and audio ground communications on the Boeing 787, Boeing C-17, and C-130 aircraft.

"We are pleased that leading providers of in-flight entertainment systems are choosing our printers, and look forward to continued selection of Astro-Med airborne printers for use in the passenger cabin as well as in the cockpit," stated Everett V. Pizzuti, President and COO of Astro-Med, commenting on the contract.

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

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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.

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