Profile: AstroNova Inc (ALOT.OQ)
20 Oct 2016
AstroNova, Inc., formerly Astro-Med, Inc., incorporated on January 9, 1969, designs, develops, manufactures and distributes a range of specialty printers, and data acquisition and analysis systems. The Company operates through two segments: QuickLabel and Test & Measurement (T&M). The Company sells specialty printing systems, and test and measurement systems under the brand names, including QuickLabel. The Company offers both hardware and software, which incorporate technologies in order to acquire, store, analyze and present data in multiple formats. The Company serves markets, such as aerospace, apparel, automotive, avionics, chemicals, computer peripherals, communications, distribution, food and beverage, general manufacturing, packaging and transportation. The Company's products are distributed through its sales teams and authorized dealers in the United States. The Company sells to customers outside of the United States through its branch offices in Canada, Europe and Asia, as well as with independent dealers and representatives.
The Company's QuickLabel segment offers product identification and label printer hardware, software, servicing contracts and consumable products. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand include digital color label printers and specialty original equipment manufacturer (OEM) printing systems, as well as a line of consumables, including labels, tags, inks, toner and thermal transfer ribbon. In addition, QuickLabel sells special software used to design labels and other identification marks for a range of applications especially in the field of packaging. QuickLabel provides training and support through trained service technicians. The products sold under the QuickLabel brand are used in industrial and commercial product packaging and automatic identification applications to digitally print custom labels and other visual identification marks. In the aerospace market, the Company provides airborne printers.
In the color label market, QuickLabel offers a range of entry-level, mid-range and high-performance digital label printers. QuickLabel products are sold to manufacturers, processors and retailers labeling products on a short-run basis. The QuickLabel models include the Kiaro! family of high-speed inkjet color label printers, and the QLS-4100 Xe color thermal transfer label printer. QuickLabel also sells and supports its Pronto! family of barcode printers, which utilize single color-thermal transfer label printing technology, as well as a range of custom designed OEM printers.
Test & Measurement
The Company's T&M segment offers a suite of products and services that acquire and record visual and electronic signal data from local and networked sensors, as well as wired and wireless networks. The recorded data is processed and analyzed and then stored and presented in various visual output formats. The Company supplies a range of products and services that include hardware, software and consumables to customers. The segment also includes a line of aerospace printers that are used to print hard copies of data. Its products include the Daxus portable data acquisition system, TMX high-speed data acquisition system, Dash 8HF-HS data recorders, Everest telemetry recorders, ToughWriter, Miltope-brand and RITEC-brand airborne printers, and ToughSwitch ruggedized Ethernet switches.
The Company's airborne printers are used in the flight deck and in the cabin of military, commercial and business aircraft to print hard copies of data required for the operation of aircraft, including navigation maps, arrival and departure procedures, flight itineraries, weather maps, performance data, passenger data, and various air traffic control data. ToughSwitch Ethernet switches are used in military aircraft and military vehicles to connect multiple computers or Ethernet devices. The airborne printers and Ethernet switches are ruggedized to comply with rigorous military and commercial flightworthiness standards for operation under extreme environmental conditions. The Company furnishes ToughWriter airborne printers for numerous aircraft made by Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, Lockheed, Gulfstream and others.
The Company's family of portable data recorders is used in research and development (R&D) and maintenance applications in aerospace and defense, energy discovery and production operations, rapid rail, automotive, and a range of other transportation and industrial applications. The TMX data acquisition system is designed for data capture of long-term testing where the ability to monitor high channel counts and view a range of input signals, including time-stamped and synchronized video capture data and audio notation is important. Everest telemetry recorders are used in the aerospace industry to monitor and track space vehicles, aircraft, missiles and other systems in flight.
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