WEST WARWICK, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AstroNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), a global leader in data visualization technologies and a leading provider of flight deck printers, networking hardware and related accessories, today announced that it has received an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the retrofit installation of its ToughWriter® 5 flight deck data printer on six models of the Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) aircraft.
The STC approval allows retrofits of existing flight deck printers in the Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER Series aircraft.
“This STC opens a major aircraft retrofit market worldwide, providing B737NG aircraft with an upgrade path for older flight deck printers,” said AstroNova President and CEO Greg Woods. “Significant operational improvements can be gained by updating older aircraft to the ToughWriter 5. The typical 40 percent reduction in printer weight creates fuel savings, while the ToughWriter 5’s high reliability lowers maintenance costs.”
The ToughWriter 5 is the world's smallest and lightest ARINC 744A flight deck printer. At less than 9 pounds and just 7.3 inches deep, the ToughWriter 5 meets the commercial transport aircraft demands for efficient design without sacrificing quality or capability.
“We value the trust that the aerospace industry has placed in our technology and the confidence in our ability to deliver world-class service and support,” Woods said. “Receiving this STC broadens our leadership in the flight deck printer industry and expands the opportunities to supply our customers with value-added products.”
AstroNova, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT), a global leader in data visualization technologies, designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad range of products that acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats. The Product Identification segment offers a variety of hardware and software products and associated supplies that allow customers to mark, track and enhance the appearance of their products. The segment’s two business units are QuickLabel®, the industry leader in tabletop digital color label printing and TrojanLabel™, a leader in the light-production color label press and specialty printer markets. The Test and Measurement segment includes the Test & Measurement business unit, which offers a suite of products and services that acquire, record and analyze electronic signal data from local and networked sensors. The segment also includes the Aerospace business unit, which makes printers, networking hardware and related accessories. These products are used in the aircraft flight deck to print flight plans, navigation information and performance data and in the aircraft cabin to print maintenance data, receipts and passenger manifests. AstroNova is a member of the Russell Microcap® Index and the LD Micro Index (INDEXNYSEGIS: LDMICRO). Additional information is available by visiting www.astronovainc.com.
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