SOURCE: Astro-Med, Inc.

March 10, 2008 09:30 ET

Astro-Med Signs Contract With Rockwell Collins to Provide Cockpit Printers for Bombardier Aircraft

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide ruggedized cockpit printers for Bombardier's new Global Vision cockpit.

Astro-Med's ruggedized printers will complement the new Pro Line Fusion avionics suite provided by Rockwell Collins. The Pro Line Fusion suite features large high-resolution displays, an intuitive human-machine interface, open system architecture, and an array of communications capabilities that improve information management for pilots. Rockwell Collins has been selected to provide systems integration for the Global Vision flight deck, featured in Bombardier's ultra long-range Global Express XRS* and high-speed Global 5000* business jets.

Astro-Med's real-time, high-resolution ToughWriter® cockpit printers will provide pilots with additional information for decision-making, including printed maps of flight plans and weather patterns, and hard copy reproduction of other information displayed on screen. Enhancing information availability is a key feature of Bombardier's newly designed Global Vision cockpit.

Astro-Med's compact ToughWriter® airborne printers will be manufactured in a custom color and print configuration for integration inside the Global Vision flight deck.

Astro-Med previously announced this contract on March 26, 2007, but did not name Rockwell Collins because Rockwell Collins had not publicly announced its agreement with Bombardier.

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) 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

About Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

* Either registered or unregistered trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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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 FY2007 annual report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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