Astro-Med Announces Contract With Rockwell Collins for ToughWriter 5 Flight Deck Printers at the International Paris Air Show

June 18, 2013

PARIS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/18/13 -- At the 2013 International Paris Air Show, Astro-Med, Inc (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced it has been awarded the flight deck printer contract for the Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) Pro Line Fusion flight deck to be installed on Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. The terms of this new contract significantly build upon the long-standing relationship between the two companies. Astro-Med's ToughWriter® 4 printers are currently installed on Bombardier Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft; under the terms of the contract, Rockwell Collins may choose to use the state-of-the-art ToughWriter® 5 printer on new Global 5000 and 6000 aircraft and retrofit existing aircraft.

According to Rockwell Collins, the Pro Line Fusion flight deck is, "a fully integrated flight deck... [that] helps pilots manage, monitor and master flight automation, with key elements that make flying safer and more enjoyable." The Global family of aircraft, in which the Pro Line Fusion flight decks will be installed, "are designed to feature superior speed, cabin volume, range and technology to offer passengers the ultimate business jet experience," says Bombardier.

The ToughWriter 5® is the latest airborne printer from Astro-Med, and holds advantages over other printers in size, weight and power. This new model weighs less than 9 pounds, and is 7.3 inches deep, making it the world's smallest flight deck printer. It offers the highest print quality available for text and graphics, and boasts industry-leading print speed and optional Wi-Fi connectivity. The ToughWriter 5 is on display at the Paris Air Show in the CCI / FRENCH SME PAVILION, Hall 4, stand D 185.

"We are immensely proud of the work we do with Rockwell Collins on Bombardier's innovative aircraft programs," said Thomas W. Carll, vice president and worldwide director of sales. "This contract provides Bombardier with one of the most advanced printers available, and strengthens our relationship with Rockwell Collins."

Bombardier pilots and operators flying with ToughWriter 5-equipped Rockwell Collins flight decks will benefit from:

  • Improved print quality for both text and graphics
  • High speed printing at up to 5 seconds per page
  • Reduced weight
  • Compact design at only 7.3 inches deep
  • Upgrade path to Wi-Fi
  • 10/100BaseT and ARINC429 communication ports


Astro-Med (NASDAQ: ALOT) has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized flight deck 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

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. The company's expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 19,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

Thomas W. Carll
Vice President
Tel: 877-867-9783

Source: Astro-Med, Inc.

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