Big data-acquisition advance comes in a compact package

For developing a portable data-acquisition system, the Dash MX, Astro-Med Inc. in West Warwick won the national NASA Tech Briefs product of the month competition for October and is now in the running to capture the product-of-the-year award from the technology magazine. More

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Big data-acquisition advance comes in a compact package

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MAD DASH: Everett V. Pizzuti, president and CEO of Astro-Med Inc., stands beside his company’s new product, the Dash MX.
Posted 11/21/11

For developing a portable data-acquisition system, the Dash MX, Astro-Med Inc. in West Warwick won the national NASA Tech Briefs product of the month competition for October and is now in the running to capture the product-of-the-year award from the technology magazine.

Everett V. Pizzuti, president and CEO of Astro-Med, said his company already is receiving orders for the Dash MX, even though the product was only introduced to the market in early November.

“We’ll be making our first deliveries in December,” he told Providence Business News.

The Dash MX is a high-speed, multi-channel system engineered for capturing high-frequency data and transient signals, according to a release from the company.

A key to the product’s expected success is its small size. “We packed a lot of technology into one small, rugged package,” Pizzuti said, including an internal rechargeable battery for backup and up to 30 minutes of operation.

While he declined to specify how much Astro-Med spent to develop the device, a process that took more than a year, Pizzuti said most products Astro-Med recently introduced cost in the range of $500,000 to $1 million each to develop. Most of Astro-Med’s products are manufactured in West Warwick or at an Astro-Med plant in Rockdale, Mass.

The Dash MX is designed for applications ranging from manufacturing-process monitoring to remote troubleshooting, the company said. The device can be used in the automotive field, as well as aerospace, electric utility, telecommunications, pulp and paper, metals manufacturing, steel mills, research and development labs, as well as the medical, scientific and educational markets.

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