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  • Weebly: Practicing what it preaches – Atlas Copco cuts its

    http://earaowen.weebly.com/http://earaowen.wee...
    20 June 2013
    Atlas Copco Compressors’ newly re-furbished compressor room at its GB headquarters in Hemel Hempstead is using the company’s own energy-efficient technology and monitoring services to improve performance, make savings and reduce its carbon footprint.
    An energy audit of the original installation, which supplied air for operating tools, cranes and sandblasting equipment in the workshop of Atlas Copco’s Systems Hemel Hempstead division, found the workshop to be consuming an average of 53,250kwh per year, at an estimated cost of £4792. It was considered high time to undertake a more energy-efficient upgrade of the facility which handles the design, assembly and test of non-standard machines and compressor skid packages.
    Practising what it preaches, the company decided to refit a dedicated compressor room with state-of-the-art equipment that included among other new items an energy recovery unit and the company’s latest data monitoring programme, SmartLink.
    The end result is a 36,850kwh reduction in energy consumption to 16,400kwh, which equates to annual savings of £3316, plus a carbon footprint saving in the order of 20 tonnes per year.
    As well as showcasing Atlas Copco’s ability to provide compressor solutions purpose designed to improve operators’ productivity, the equipment installed serves a variety of purposes. Two rotary screw, oil-injected stationary compressors, a fixed-speed GA18 and a variable speed companion machine, provide air for the custom engineering and repair activities of the workshop as well as supplying source air for an N2 unit which extracts nitrogen gas via a membrane separator to fill the tyres of company vehicles.
    An Atlas Copco, Plug and Play ER energy recovery unit was installed to re-use the heat generated by the two compressors’ oil cooler circuits via a heat exchanger which boosts hot water supply to the workshop and offices. Additionally, the compressor room features an OSC oil/water separator, PD120 and DD120 in-line filters, plus two ES control units, (which is unusual as in a normal installation only one is required. Two have been installed in this instance in order to demonstrate to visiting customers alternative configurations). The entire area is fitted throughout with AIRnet modular alloy pipework.
    The new facility also features the latest data monitoring programme innovation, SmartLink. The programme intelligently gathers, compares and analyses performance data 24/7 to help compressed air users increase maintenance and service efficiency. SmartLink provides an insight of their compressed air production, helps predict potential problems and shows where performance can be optimised and energy can be saved.
    The whole installation project was carried out by members of the company’s Technical Support team. Katarzyna Banas was responsible for designing the layout and the transfer of plant from the original boiler room site, and carried out an audit of the output of the original installation, calculated the requirements for its replacement and continues to monitor the savings potential of the new equipment.
    Practicing what it preaches – Atlas Copco cuts its own energy use by 70%

  • Professional Services

    http://www.unitedadvisorypartners.com/services...

    United Advisory Partners will give your business the tools, resources and services you need to thoroughly evaluate, fund, and administer your business deal. We will help you determine key factors, consequences, deal-breakers and opportunities that stand between you and the decision to buy, sell or finance your business. Find out how your organization can benefit from United Advisory Partners 's extensive experience and full line of investment banking services by contacting a United Advisory Partners financial professional for more information.
    To read more about what United Advisory Partners can do for you, please select the appropriate menu link.
    Business Selling Strategy
    The sale of a private business is usually a unique event in the life of a business. It is not always easy for the business owner to decide whether a sale is the correct course of action. Selling a company demands that company executives manage the myriad of details and logistics of the transaction. A United Advisory Partners financial professional can help you navigate through all of the details involved in such a complex and sometimes emotional transaction.
    Acquisition Strategy
    Buying, acquiring, or consolidating a company can be an effective method of achieving growth. In a well executed transaction, the leading company can expect that the two companies together will be stronger and more profitable than either company was previously. United Advisory Partners partners are experienced in the intricacies of the purchase process. Our continuously updated international database of prospects and nationwide footprint of talent and resources offer clients a unique opportunity to quickly identify and acquire companies for sale. We can even source the equity and debt necessary to fund the project.
    Financing Strategy
    Companies that seek partnership buyouts, acquisition financing, and growth funding occasionally find that customary financing mechanisms don't cover the range of growth activities they want to pursue. That is why United Advisory Partners championed a service devoted exclusively to financing the needs of middle market businesses. United Advisory Partners provides financial advisory services to middle market businesses, working closely with clients to devise the appropriate capital structure to support their ownership requirements and growth strategies. We maintain relationships with private equity firms, venture capital firms, factors, banks, leveraged buyout funds, mezzanine lenders, insurance companies, and finance companies. We assist you in structuring the terms of the financing, addressing inter-creditor issues, coordinating investor/lender due diligence, and working with all parties towards a successful closing.

  • Professional Services

    http://www.unitedadvisorypartners.com/the-firm...

    United Advisory Partners will give your business the tools, resources and

    services you need to thoroughly evaluate, fund, and administer your

    business deal. We will help you determine key factors, consequences, deal-

    breakers and opportunities that stand between you and the decision to buy,

    sell or finance your business. Find out how your organization can benefit

    from United Advisory Partners 's extensive experience and full line of

    investment banking services by contacting a United Advisory Partners

    financial professional for more information.
    To read more about what United Advisory Partners can do for you, please

    select the appropriate menu link.
    Business Selling Strategy
    The sale of a private business is usually a unique event in the life of a

    business. It is not always easy for the business owner to decide whether a

    sale is the correct course of action. Selling a company demands that

    company executives manage the myriad of details and logistics of the

    transaction. A United Advisory Partners financial professional can help you

    navigate through all of the details involved in such a complex and

    sometimes emotional transaction.
    Acquisition Strategy
    Buying, acquiring, or consolidating a company can be an effective method

    of achieving growth. In a well executed transaction, the leading company

    can expect that the two companies together will be stronger and more

    profitable than either company was previously. United Advisory Partners

    partners are experienced in the intricacies of the purchase process. Our

    continuously updated international database of prospects and nationwide

    footprint of talent and resources offer clients a unique opportunity to

    quickly identify and acquire companies for sale. We can even source the

    equity and debt necessary to fund the project.
    Financing Strategy
    Companies that seek partnership buyouts, acquisition financing, and growth

    funding occasionally find that customary financing mechanisms don't cover

    the range of growth activities they want to pursue. That is why United

    Advisory Partners championed a service devoted exclusively to financing the

    needs of middle market businesses. United Advisory Partners provides

    financial advisory services to middle market businesses, working closely with

    clients to devise the appropriate capital structure to support their ownership

    requirements and growth strategies. We maintain relationships with private

    equity firms, venture capital firms, factors, banks, leveraged buyout funds,

    mezzanine lenders, insurance companies, and finance companies. We assist

    you in structuring the terms of the financing, addressing inter-creditor issues,

    coordinating investor/lender due diligence, and working with all parties

    towards a successful closing.

  • Clients & Guests

    http://www.unitedadvisorygroup.com/?page_id=7

    It’s never been easy for most people to save money for their retirement. And making sure they’ve got enough to make it through retirement years has always been a concern. But with the economic issues we face today, many retirees are deeply worried, and for good reason.

    At United Advisory Group we know what you are facing. We know what issues affect you and what concerns you have. And more importantly, we have solutions. You see, we’ve been in business for over 23 years and during that time we have worked exclusively with seniors and retirees.

    We are experts in financial planning and market leaders in providing answers for the problems you face. We have assisted thousands of clients and not one has ever lost money following our advice.

    So give us a closer look. Then contact us. You won’t get high pressure sales talk. You’ll get thoughtful analysis of your specific situation and then sound, practical ideas for securing your retirement and your legacy. Talk to us. You won’t be disappointed

  • About Us

    http://www.unitedadvisorygroup.com/?page_id=5

    Our companies have been in business since 1986 and, since inception, we’ve stayed focused on serving middle income, retired couples and individuals. Over this almost quarter of a century, we’ve gained an incredible knowledge about the challenges our clients face, the issues that affect them and the concerns they have.

    We’ve developed solutions that are tailored to their individual situations and deliver to them the peace of mind our clients deserve. And we’ve consistently done this with Integrity, Dedication and Professionalism.

    Integrity

    We know that our clients must put their trust in us if we are going to be able to help them. We consider that trust an obligation and we take it very seriously. So we listen closely to what they say, we provide advice that reflects their specific situations and we only sell products that designed to protect their assets, protect their income and protect their retirement.

    Dedication

    We believe that our clients, our advisors and our employees are all partners in an effort to deliver extraordinary results. At United Advisory Group “acceptable” performance isn’t. We expect to provide each of our partners exceptional rewards for exceptional results. So we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to reach that level of performance, every day, with every opportunity.

    Professionalism

    Many of our advisors and staff have been with us for a long time. And that means that they have focused much of their careers in the retiree market. This produces a LOT of institutional knowledge and experience in helping retirees and it shows in everything we do. From fully understanding the products and services that are available to our clients, to carefully choosing only the best ones to recommend to our clients, we provide our clients market leading solutions for their financial needs, delivered by advisors and staff that we believe are among the best in the industry.

  • Brightbridge Wealth Management Headlines : Stronger U.S. eco

    http://www.release-news.com/business/266498-br...

    The pall of Europe’s debt crisis is obscuring evidence that the rest of the global economy is in decent shape. Stock markets slumped Friday after European finance ministers said the Greek government must take more steps to secure further aid, triggering the departure of six ministers from Prime Minister Lucas Papademos’s cabinet and fuelling violent street protests in Athens. But away from the noise and confusion of European capitals, and contrary to the outlooks of gloomy Wall Street forecasters, U.S. companies are steadily hiring and investing, generating momentum that will help offset whatever harm comes from Europe’s troubles. While Greece plunged deeper into chaos, the U.S. Commerce Department released data showing U.S. imports surged at the end of 2011, the latest signal that the world’s largest economy finally is on track for a lasting recovery. Canada, Mexico and China were among the beneficiaries, as the U.S. trade deficit with its largest trading partners widened. U.S. imports jumped 1.3 per cent in December, to $227.6-billion (U.S.), the biggest one-month increase since July, 2008. Consumption accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. gross domestic product, making imports an important barometer of economic health. Demand was strong across industries, including capital equipment such as machinery and semiconductors, which climbed to a record. The trade numbers follow stronger-than-expected hiring figures, including a report earlier this week that showed the four-week moving average for initial jobless claims fell to 366,000, the lowest level since the end of the recession. Combined, the hard U.S. data describe an economy that is healthy enough to stand without the support of government stimulus. “We believe the growth in the U.S. is broadly based enough, and has been around for long enough, that it is sustainable,” said Peter Hall, chief economist at Export Development Canada. “The U.S. economy is like a cork under water. At some point, you can’t hold it down any longer.” The power of the United States as a global economic engine was also evident in Canada’s latest trade figures. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper toured Guangzhou, China, in a bid to broaden trade links, a new report by Statistics Canada showed Canadian exports to the U.S. soared in December, causing Canada’s trade surplus with its southern neighbour to swell by almost $1-billion (Canadian), to $5.5-billion. Canadian exports to non-U.S. destinations increased 2.5 per cent to a record $11.8-billion, but overall, the figures were a reminder that Canada’s prospects remain tightly linked to the those of the United States. While that proved difficult during the financial crisis, Canada stands to benefit as the U.S. recovery becomes entrenched. Yet sentiment remains dim. Recalling their ill-fated enthusiasm of a year ago, Wall Street forecasters speak openly about ensuring they don’t make the same mistake again. Traders are obsessed with how a Greek default would reverberate through capital markets, even though the country’s $305-billion (U.S.) economy is smaller than that of Ontario. American consumers also are conflicted. The initial reading of the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index, released Friday, slid to 72.5 in early February from 75 previously, which was the highest in a year. Overall confidence dipped despite a generally stronger stock market and an acknowledgment that the prospects for employment are picking up. “Business conditions are better than the perception out there,” Jayson Myers, an economist and head of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters industry association, said Thursday during a visit to Washington. But pessimists are quick to point out that business conditions can change rapidly. The U.S. economy looked strong at the starts of 2010 and 2011, only to fizzle. Economists at London-based HSBC said in a report this week that there is little reason to be enthusiastic about the North American and European economies until wages start growing more quickly than inflation. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech in Orlando on Friday that the U.S. economy will grow below its potential as long as the housing market remains dormant. But housing is one of the reasons Mr. Hall foresees strong growth over the next few years. The U.S. housing market has fallen so far that only about half as many homes are being built as are needed to keep up changes in the population. That can only get better, he said.

  • Brightbridge Wealth Management Headlines Airbnb Offers $50,0

    http://www.care2.com/news/member/797895348/322...

    (1888PressRelease) August 21, 2011 - Airbnb announced a $50,000 insurance policy and the formation of a 24/7 customer support hotline Monday after two users recently said their use of the company's travel services had left them the victims of vandalism and theft.

    Up to this point, Airbnb - a website that connects travelers with people who are willing to host travelers - had been on a hot streak: It had landed high-profile celebrity and tech investor Ashton Kutcher as an advisor, as well as a funding round of $112 million, which valued the company at $1.3 billion.

    In June, an San Francisco Airbnb user identifying herself as E.J. said on her personal blog that a person who rented her apartment on the website had trashed her home and stolen her jewelry, some cash and electronics, among other things. E.J. followed up that post with one Thursday accusing Airbnb of trying to get her to remove her original blog post as well as neglecting to help her recover from the "nightmare" of a situation.

    Another Airbnb user, Troy Dayton, told the website TechCrunch that he too had his home vandalized by someone who had rented his apartment through the service and that he'd come home to find "meth pipes everywhere."

    After a back-and-forth between TechCrunch and investors in Airbnb, Chief Executive Brian Chesky wrote a blog post Monday saying his San Francisco start-up hadn't handled its users' situations correctly and was looking to make things right.

    "Last month, the home of a San Francisco host named EJ was tragically vandalized by a guest," Chesky said. "The damage was so bad that her life was turned upside down. When we learned of this our hearts sank. We felt paralyzed, and over the last four weeks, we have really screwed things up."

    The CEO apologized for Airbnb's mistakes and said the last few days have given the company a "crash course in crisis management."

    Chesky said that Airbnb is working with the San Francisco Police Department to set things straight for E.J. and that a suspect is in custody.

    "I hope this can be a valuable lesson to other businesses about what not to do in a time of crisis," he said. "With regards to EJ, we let her down, and for that we are very sorry. We should have responded faster, communicated more sensitively, and taken more decisive action to make sure she felt safe and secure. But we weren't prepared for the crisis and we dropped the ball. Now we're dealing with the consequences."

    In an attempt to "make it right," Chesky said Airbnb would launch its $50,000 Airbnb Guarantee on Aug. 15, which it says will provide up to $50,000 in insurance for any loss or damages at the property of an Airbnb "host" by someone who made their reservations through the company's website.

    Next week, the site will launch a 24/7 hotline for its users to report any problems with its service or to complain about other users, he said. If an Airbnb user can't reach anyone when they need to, Chesky said he'd be reachable by email at brian.chesky ( @ ) airbnb dot com dot

    "We will extend this program to E.J. and any other hosts who may have reported such property damage while renting on Airbnb in the past," he said.

  • US Stocks Climb as Oil Prices Boost Energy Shares

    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120323-7...
    --Dow, S&P 500 gain as energy shares track higher with crude oil prices

    --Nasdaq little changes as Apple shares weigh on the index after a brief trading halt

    --BATS Global Markets shares halted on day of IPO as its exchange went haywire

    NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--U.S. stocks erased earlier losses and tracked higher after a rebound in energy shares overshadowed a decline in new-home sales in the U.S. that indicated the housing market remains shaky.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 48 points, or 0.4%, to 13094 on Friday afternoon as Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) jumped 1.8% and Chevron Corp. (CVX) ...

  • HIGH-TECH GAS LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM UNVEILED BY PG&E

    http://micronassociates.net/hi-TECH/
    PG&E unveiled high-tech equipment to better monitor leaks in its sprawling network of gas pipelines, saying it would help the beleaguered utility achieve its goal of becoming the world’s safest gas company. The system, which combines car-mounted instrumentation and software, can detect the tiniest of leaks a football field away and PG&E said it will enables the company to survey pipelines five times as frequently at no additional cost.”This mobile methane detection equipment is radical. It is unlike anything that exists in the world today,” said Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president for Pacific Gas & Electric’s gas operations. According to Micron Associates Stavropoulos was hired seven months ago to address safety problems that came to light in the aftermath of the deadly 2010 pipeline explosion of a PG&E gas pipeline in San Bruno, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.