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UMD-Led Research Finds Subtle Signs of Water on Faraway Planets

College Park, Md (PRWEB) December 03, 2013

Using the powerful eye of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, two teams of scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.

The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few exoplanets – planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. But this is the first study to conclusively measure and compare the profiles and intensities of these signatures on multiple worlds.

University of Maryland Astronomy Prof. L. Drake Deming led the census of exoplanet atmospheres that produced the new findings. Deming and colleagues characterized two of the five planets in a study published Sept. 10 in Astrophysical Journal. The findings for the three other exoplanets were reported in the same journal today.

"To actually detect the atmosphere of an exoplanet is extraordinarily difficult. But we were able to pull out a very clear signal, and it is water," said Deming, an expert at using data from space and ground-based telescopes to deduce the characteristics of exoplanets, from massive “hot Jupiters” to planets with more Earth-like traits.

"We're very confident that we see a water signature for multiple planets," said Avi Mandell, a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and lead author of the journal article published today. "This work really opens the door for comparing how much water is present in atmospheres on different kinds of exoplanets, for example hotter versus cooler ones."

The observations are the latest in a wave of new insights about exoplanets, made possible by new information from Hubble and NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which searches a nearby region of the Milky Way for Earth-sized planets capable of supporting liquid water.

These exceptionally challenging studies can be done only if the planets are spotted while they are passing in front of their stars. Researchers can identify the gases in a planet's atmosphere by determining which wavelengths of the star's light are transmitted and which are partially absorbed. Deming's team employed a new technique with longer exposure times, which increased the sensitivity of their measurements.

In both studies, scientists used Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 to explore the details of absorption of light through the planets' atmospheres. The observations were made in a range of infrared wavelengths where a pattern that signifies the presence of water would appear if water were present. The teams compared the shapes and intensities of the absorption profiles, and the consistency of the signatures gave them confidence they saw water.

The five planets -- WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b -- orbit nearby stars. The strengths of their water signatures varied. WASP-17b, a planet with and HD209458b had the strongest signals. The signatures for the other three planets, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b, also are consistent with water.

The Sept. 10 research paper described findings for HD209458b and XO-1b, while today’s publication describes WASP-12b, WASP-17b and WASP-19b.

The five planets are hot Jupiters, massive worlds that orbit close to their host stars. The researchers were initially surprised that all five appeared to be hazy. But Deming and Mandell noted that other researchers are finding evidence of haze around exoplanets.

"These studies, combined with other Hubble observations, are showing us that there are a surprisingly large number of systems for which the signal of water is either attenuated or completely absent," said Heather Knutson of the California Institute of Technology, a co-author on Deming's paper. "This suggests that cloudy or hazy atmospheres may in fact be rather common for hot Jupiters."


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New Study Finds Americans Jumping Ahead in Energy Efficiency

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

The United States has made great strides in becoming more energy efficient and is well positioned for future growth in the sector, according to consumers and the industry in a new study from the Rexel Foundation for a better energy future, a recently launched charitable initiative founded by Rexel, a global leader in the professional distribution of products and services for the energy world.

Published today, the Rexel Foundation energy efficiency study found that 75% of US consumers have made energy efficiency improvements to their homes in the last five years, ahead of the UK (68%) and France (70%) and just slightly behind Germany (76%). In addition, 70% of US consumers plan to make energy efficiency improvements in the near future and an overwhelming majority (93%) stated that they are convinced that investing in energy efficiency products will enable them to reduce their energy bills.

The views of electrical contractors support this trend with 97% confirming an increased awareness with regard to wasting energy among their client base, as well as increased knowledge of energy efficiency products and solutions (89%). They also said their clients have become more conscious of the return on investment (87%) and the depletion of natural resources (79%). These numbers were statistically higher than in the other European countries. An overwhelming majority of electrical contractors surveyed (79%) also felt that that the United States is advanced in adopting energy efficiency versus the other countries polled (namely the UK, France and Germany).

However, this study also shows that despite perceptions of progress in energy efficiency, there are several key obstacles that are holding US consumers back from making further improvements. While US consumers agree that investing in energy efficiency will save them money, for 59% the cost and other financial considerations are holding them back, followed by renters who feel the investment is not worth their while (22%). But not knowing who to turn to for advice (18%), the overwhelming choice of products (18%) and the complexity of products (11%) were also cited as major obstacles.

Chris Hartmann, Executive Vice President & CEO, Rexel Holdings USA, said: The Rexel Foundations energy efficiency survey highlights that, as a country, we are ready to make meaningful improvements to our homes and lifestyles in order to become a more energy efficient society.

However, there are still areas where the industry needs to work together to help consumers increase their rate of adoption. Even simple and relatively low cost solutions such as switching to LED can make a significant difference for renters and homeowners alike. By raising awareness of the benefits, providing a simplified product offering and advising consumers on the right solutions for them, we can ease the financial obstacles cited in this study and make progress in energy efficiency.

The Rexel Foundation Study in Focus

A Strong Desire to Change

With 70% of consumers planning to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes in the next five years, the energy efficiency sector holds great potential. Solutions that ranked the most popular among respondents include LED lighting, insulation (window, wall, etc.), occupancy sensors and energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems.

Data also shows that todays younger generations of consumers are more likely to make such improvements. It appears that those aged 18-34, who have grown-up in a world embedded in technology, are more comfortable utilizing todays newer, more technologically advanced products and solutions. Excluding energy audits and passive measures such as upgrading insulation of windows, walls and roofs, the age demographic of people planning active technology driven energy efficient upgrades in the next five years can be split as follows:


College Faculty Survey Finds Their Use of Social Media Has Evolved

Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 19, 2012

College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson. The survey results will be presented during Pearsons Social Media for Teaching and Learning event today at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The annual survey of nearly 4,000 teaching faculty from all disciplines in higher education, representing U.S. higher education professors, examined both the personal and professional impacts of social media.

Key findings of the survey include:

64.4 percent of faculty use social media for their personal lives, 33.8 percent use it for teaching
41 percent for those under age 35 compared to 30 percent for those over age 55 reported using social media in their teaching
Faculty in the Humanities and Arts, Professions and Applied Sciences, and the Social Sciences use social media at higher rates than those in Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science
Blogs and wikis are preferred for teaching, while Facebook or LinkedIn are used more for social and professional connections
88 percent of faculty, regardless of discipline, reported using online video in the classroom

"Faculty are clearly becoming more comfortable leveraging social media in their personal, professional and instructional lives, said Jeff Seaman, Ph.D., co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group. Social media is no longer seen as time-consuming to learn and use, which shows that faculty are more proficient and better acquainted with the social media tools available to them.

While there continue to be barriers to widespread adoption of social media for teaching, the study showed that these concerns are decreasing. Compared to 2011s social media survey, every adoption barrier measured has decreased in concern, with a dramatic drop in the perception among faculty that social media takes too much time to learn or use. Other barriers cited include privacy, the integrity of student submissions and the need or desire to separate course and personal accounts.

Pearson is committed to deeply understanding innovative teaching practices, especially the effective use of technologies for teaching and learning. This is the third year we have collaborated with the Babson Survey Research Group. Our goal is to help broaden the understanding of how the use of social media in teaching and learning can benefit both faculty and students, said Hester Tinti-Kane, VP of Marketing, Social Media Strategy and Research, Pearson.

The complete report and infographic for the 2012 study, How Todays Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media, are available as a free download at The report is also available in multiple eBook formats.

About Pearson

Pearson, the worlds leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab/Mastering, education services including custom publishing, and content-independent platforms including the EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio online learning platform.

About Babson Survey Research Group

The Babson Survey Research Group at Babson College ( conducts regional, national, and international research projects, including survey design, sampling methodology, data integrity, statistical analyses and reporting.

Media Contact: Susan Aspey, susan.aspey (at) pearson (dot) com or (800) 745-8489

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Debt Consolidation USA Finds Debt Negotiation a Way to Reduce Medical Bills Amid Rising Health Care Costs

New York, New York (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

The US Supreme Courts decision to uphold President Barack Obamas Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have brought hope to millions of Americans struggling to get health insurance but with health care costs reportedly rising faster than the countrys inflation rate, many are still faced with the prospect of paying for bigger medical bills. recently revealed that debt negotiation could bring relief to many Americans drowning deep in medical debt.

Acting as a mediator between creditors and debtors, Debt Consolidation USA has been able to present viable options to clients for either lowering their monthly payments for consolidated debts or getting their total medical debts decreased. A recent Arizona client shares, At, I found the perfect solution to my medical debt. This company offered to represent me to my debtors, lower my monthly payments and actually eliminate the debt within four years or less. They do all this without lending me any money or putting me into more debt. They do not do this through a loan. Instead, the debt advisers here help you to amass a large sum of money with which they negotiate with your debtors.

The latest report from the Commonwealth Fund, an advocate for health reform, indicates that while a number of young adults have joined or stayed on their parents health plans due in part to the ACA, 41 percent still cant afford health care and 36 percent of that figure are currently unable to pay off medical debts. Debt Consolidation USA aims to help a percentage of those with medical bill problems by offering to professionally negotiate on their behalf. This could mean no more harassment from creditors during a critically difficult time in dealing with a financial fallout from an illness and a practicable way out of debt.

Says Debt Consolidation USA, is a leading information and referral source for debt management and credit counseling. We have been helping people handle their financial issues for nearly a decade. Be it credit card consolidation or debt settlement, we are your source for help and assistance as you seek to restructure your financial foundation.

Aside from providing professional assistance in negotiating the reduction of medical bills, Debt Consolidation USA also offers online consumer credit counseling by periodically publishing instrumental guidelines to reducing debt and/or managing debt consolidation. A post on medical bills had the company advising Americans to verify bills and understand the charges before looking into consolidating medical debts, adding that bills confuse most patients as they are specifically designed for insurance company computers to comprehend.

Debt Consolidation USA shares a startling revelation, All too often mistakes are made on medical bills that can cost the patients hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Medical Billing Advocates of America reports that 80 percent of the hospital bills they review contain errors, so take the time to understand your bill before consolidating!

The company also warns in the same post, Consolidating medical bills is often done with a home equity line of credit (HELOC). While this approach can provide lower monthly payments, the steep downside is that you must put up your home as security, so weigh the consequences first. If you miss payments on medical bills, it can hurt your credit. If you miss payments on a HELOC, you can lose your home.

By reading such crucial information and obtaining practical steps towards debt management, online visitors are able to compare debt solutions from Debt Consolidation USA with other existing options.

Debt Consolidation USA states, We are developing a one-stop resource designed to assist people in understanding their options as it relates to debt consolidation, debt settlement, and credit counseling. We offer debt consolidation services with the intention of helping you become debt-free. Well help you find the best course for your financial needs, build a customized debt relief plan, and avoid filing for bankruptcy. Whatever your financial needs may be, can help find your solution.

Medical bills will pile up in the event of another crippling recession, lost employment, and the increasing costs of health care. While the option to consolidate medical debts may seem like a sound solution, there are certain terms that could end up drowning debtors in further obligation. With Debt Consolidation USAs professional and proven financial advicefrom debt consolidation to debt settlementAmericans will have many options designed to bring relief and eventually help them become debt-free.

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CFO Research Study Finds Finance Executives Link Cloud Computing to Better Performance

Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012

Senior finance executives at U.S. companies believe cloud computing will have significant implications for their companys success in the coming years, according to the new study by CFO Research, sponsored by Google. The full report on this study, titled The Business Value of Cloud Computing, is available for download at

Three-quarters of respondents to the CFO Research survey (76 percent) agree that a solid cloud computing strategy will be important for their companys success within the next 12 to 18 months. While not every company plans to adopt cloud computing in the near future, those companies that have adopted cloud computing report positive results. A majority of finance executives say that their companys largest cloud computing project resulted in cost reductions that aligned with their expectations for hardware-related costs (71 percent say savings met or exceeded expectations), costs related to system backup and data recovery (66 percent), software-related costs (66 percent), and IT labor costs (59 percent). (See Figure 1.) And respondents see more savings ahead: nearly two-thirds (64 percent) say that a complete implementation of cloud technology would reduce their companys operational costs by up to 20 percent. An additional 15 percent anticipate even greater savings.

Finance executives are similarly impressed by the clouds ability to improve the performance of the IT department. Finance executives see major IT benefits from moving to cloud-based systems: two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) say that the cloud would improve their IT departments capacity to innovate, and a similar proportion (68 percent) say that it would enable IT to focus on activities that add value to the business, such as contributing to corporate strategy setting. (See Figure 2.) Finance executives see the cloud as means of improving IT performance, explained Matt Surka, Research Editor at CFO Research. The cloud certainly offers cost savings, but finance executives are most interested in using the cloud to redirect IT resources to high-value activitiesnot strip resources out of IT.

Senior finance executives express similar views on a variety of other benefits of the cloud, including the clouds capacity to increase productivity for all employees. Eighty-one percent of respondents say that a complete implementation of cloud-based systems would improve employee productivity throughout the company. Thirty percent of respondents at companies with cloud-based systems say that the cloud exceeded their expectations for improving employee mobility, in addition to 47 percent who say that their expectations for greater employee mobility were met. Only 9 percent say that the cloud fell short of expectations in this respect.

When making IT purchasing decisions today, a significant proportion of finance executives say their companies view cloud technology as a serious option. Half of respondents (52 percent) are currently including cloud-based systems in their IT decision-making processes: 40 percent say that their companies consistently include cloud-based options alongside on-premises options when evaluating new systems, and 12 percent already prefer cloud-based systems over traditional on-site servers.

As with any new technology implementation, senior finance executives see challenges ahead. They most frequently cite data security concerns (68 percent) as the greatest barrier to adopting cloud computing at their company, but many respondents point out that these concerns can be addressed through due diligence and proper relationship governance.

This study is based on 310 electronic survey responses from senior finance executives working at U.S.-based companies. Survey respondents work for companies in a broad range of company segments.

About CFO Research:

CFO Research is the sponsored research group of CFO Publishing LLC. CFO Publishing LLC, a portfolio company of Seguin Partners, is the leading business-to-business media brand focused on the information needs of senior finance executives. The business consists of CFO magazine,, CFO Research, CFO Learning and CFO Conferences. CFO Publishings award-winning editorial content and loyal, influential audience make it a valued resource for its readers as well as an effective marketing partner for a wide range of blue-chip companies. CFO Publishing has long-standing relationships with more than 500,000 finance executives.


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Study Finds PACS Adoption Slower Among Outpatient Facilities But Poised for Growth

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 1, 2008

Despite the fact that outpatient facilities are now the preferred place for all types of imaging procedures, the adoption of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) at imaging centers, orthopedic clinics and physician groups lags behind the technology's implementation at inpatient facilities. However, interest in the space from a large and growing field of software vendors leaves the ambulatory PACS market poised for growth.

PACS solutions at outpatient clinics is the subject of a new report published this week by the research firm KLAS. The report, which profiles the performance of more than a dozen software vendors offering solutions in the space, highlights how PACS functionality is becoming an essential competitive requirement for even the smallest organization with imaging needs. Yet despite overall positive performance by the majority of vendors, many outpatient facilities have yet to invest in imaging automation.

Among other findings, the report points out that only 20 percent of orthopedic organizations are estimated to have adopted PACS. Still others have been slow to adopt the technology because of declining economic conditions and the impact of legislation like the Deficit Reduction Act, which reduced spending for Medicare and Medicaid.

PACS software vendors, however, have begun to aggressively target the ambulatory market as a key arena for growth. "The entry of so many vendors into this space -- one of the most crowded of any market KLAS tracks -- illustrates the opportunity vendors see targeting outpatient facilities," said report author and KLAS research director Ben Brown.

"Typically these vendors focus on one of three areas: low-cost solutions for first-time adopters, enterprise vendors targeting large imaging centers and solutions that provide unique functionality for specialty groups like mammography viewing," he added. "KLAS' Ambulatory PACS report tracks and compares all of these vendors across their areas of specialization to help providers get a clear snapshot of their choices."

In evaluating 17 ambulatory PACS vendors, the KLAS report found that the Intelerad IntelePACS product received the highest performance score (91.9 out of 100) based on feedback from current customers. Other top products included RamSoft PowerServer PACS (88.7), DR Systems Unity (87.5) and GE Centricity IW (87.2). It should be noted, however, that most of the vendors in this study received a higher performance score than the KLAS healthcare software average of 79.7 out of 100, following the trend of historically high performance for most vendors in the PACS market segment.

To learn more about the ambulatory PACS market, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of participating vendors, the "Ambulatory PACS" report is available to healthcare providers online for a significant discount off the standard retail price. To purchase the full report, healthcare providers and vendors can visit

About KLAS:

KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting the performance of healthcare vendors. KLAS' mission is to improve delivery, by independently measuring vendor performance for the benefit of our healthcare provider partners, consultants, investors, and vendors. Working together with executives from over 4500 hospitals and over 2500 clinics, KLAS delivers timely reports, trends, and statistics, which provide a solid overview of vendor performance in the industry. KLAS measures performance of software, professional services, and medical equipment vendors. For more information, go to, email, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative.


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Sprout Healthy Vending Finds Tremendous Healthy Vending Opportunities in Rocklin, CA Area

Irvine, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2012

Sprout Healthy Vending, a national leader in taking the vending industry in a healthy direction at work, school and in the community, welcomes newest operator, Dave Ray. Ray, located in Northern California, will be placing his machines in and around the Rocklin area.

There are tremendous opportunities in the Sacramento - Rocklin area. The local population is screaming for nutritional food and beverages for their own families. In addition, there are many schools, colleges, gyms, businesses, and religious centers that are currently pursuing healthy snack and beverage alternatives for their members. Sprout couldnt be a better choice, Ray shares.

Ray continues, I am extremely excited to offer healthy vending in my area. There is a huge void here and many parents have expressed their concern for a healthy alternative to all the typical junk food that is currently available to their children.

After leaving the corporate world New York native, Dave Ray, had a strong desire to own and operate his own business and that is how he got his start with Sprout Healthy Vending. After many months of research it became very apparent that Sprout was an excellent opportunity one I must be a part of, Ray reflects. There is a huge nutritional trend emerging at both the national and local level targeting children, as well as adults. Sprout Healthy Vending has addressed these needs with great product, and state of the art vending machines.

The machine itself is outstanding. The graphics are exceptional. The machine really calls out that healthy products are available. Its quite different from most machines and it not only has the appearance of being state of the art, it actually is state of the art. It has unbelievable technology capabilities including tracking sales, monitoring inventory, and cash/credit/debit acceptor. Most machines on the market today cannot do all of those things, if any at all, Ray explains.

Ray not only appreciates the machine and its high-tech capabilities, but also values the high quality service and attention he has received from the members of the Sprout staff. The service Sprout has provided has been outstanding throughout the whole process. I couldnt be happier with the entire team. They are very well organized, friendly, and hard working. Its very apparent that they are dedicated to the needs of the community, as well as the success of their operators. I am thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team.

Based on the initial positive response to Sprout Healthy Vending, Ray feels that there are tremendous growth opportunities in his town. I believe everyone welcomes this concept so generously because there is a large void in this market relating to healthy, convenient snacks, and beverages for the entire family. I also believe the market is so accepting because the benefits are enormous from living a healthier life style. Youll feel better physically and emotionally, which will benefit you, your family and friends. Most of all, leading a healthy lifestyle can help eliminate medical issues down the road, and ultimately steer you towards a longer healthier life.

Sprout Healthy Vendings Co-Founder Chris Wyland stated, Today there is such a high demand for healthy products. Every day people realize more and more how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not only for ourselves but also for our future generations. That is why Sprout Healthy Vending is reaching people all across the nation - uniting them together with the same healthy goal in mind.

About Sprout Healthy Vending

Sprout Healthy Vending provides state-of-the-art vending technology, thousands of healthy and organic products and turnkey customer solutions for regional operators. Currently, Sprout Healthy Vending has over 65 operators in over 40 markets in the U.S. with 1,000 individual locations projected by the end of 2012. To learn more about the company, locations and products please visit or call (800) 450-7648.


Lxadmin/HyperVM Finds High Adoption in the Industry

Lxadmin/HyperVM Finds High Adoption in the Industry

(PRWEB) September 28, 2007

Some of the largest vps vendors in the industry are taking advantage of Lxadmin/HyperVM to offer their customers a unique webhosting experience, Lxlabs ( announced today., established in 2004, one of the oldest and well known vps vendors is using hyperVM to centrally manage their entire Xen server farm. "With more than 1500 Xen vpses on more than 80 servers, we needed a customizable solution that would be stable and scale up efficiently. What really made us select hyperVM was Lxlabs team's fast response. HyperVM was so flexible, we were able to get specific features implemented within days time," said Brian Hays of vpsland., another of the premier vps vendors, with data centers in both UK and US, manages more than 900 openvz/Xen vpses centrally on hyperVM. But more than that, a2b2 has seen their business grow exponentially because of high demand for the memory optimized Lxadmin HostInAbox, which provides a feature complete web hosting platform running on mere 15MB RAM. "The demand for Lxadmin has been pivotal in our expansion in the market, and it has enabled us to provide an end to end solution to our customers. The transparent Migration between Xen and Openvz helps us to easily cater to customer's changing demands," said Rus Foster, Manager of a2b2, another of the established UK based VPS vendors, uses hyperVM to manage more than 700 VPSes. "The extensive end user features in HyperVM has drastically cut down our support costs. HyperVM even features integrated workarounds for OpenVZ issues, and the customers can fix everything without needing to contact us. Highly Optimized functioning of HyperVM has increased efficiency of our VPS Hosting nodes and less usage of RAM and CPU resources has resulted in good growth for our Business as well as our customers," said Mark Ducadi of eUKhost.

With more than 12,000 vpses managed by hyperVM, and more than 2,000 vpses running Lxadmin, HyperVM/Lxadmin is turning out to be a major phenomena in the hosting industry. The features that make hyperVM/Lxadmin extremely attractive are: rock solid stability, unparalleled scalability, and the fast development pace, where features are added on request. HyperVM/Lxadmin provides a complete end-to-end solution with the VPS manager tightly integrated with Lxadmin, with the latter supporting apache, lighttpd, bind, djbdns, mysql, installApp and providing a complete hosting platform to manage every aspect of your VPS. HyperVM's extensive and transparent support for both hardware and software virtualization allows the vps vendors choose either of them depending on the customer requirements.


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Montel Williams Show Finds Solution to Home Invasions with the First Ever Nationally Televised Debut of the Residential Ultimate Lock System : Featuring the strongest deadbolt lock on the planet!

Montel Williams Show Finds Solution to Home Invasions with the First Ever Nationally Televised Debut of the Residential Ultimate Lock System : Featuring the strongest deadbolt lock on the planet!

HOUSTON (PRWEB) June 3, 2008

Everyone in the audience of the Montel Williams Show will receive a free Ultimate Lock for their homes and or businesses.

The first time the commercial 8000 lb force version of the lock was seen on the show, it went over with overwhelming success. We can not fathom what the response is going to be with the new elegantly designed residential version that has just been released.

The Ultimate Lock was designed and patented by a police officer, Captain Ron Daniels, because he cares about the safety and protection of us all. The Ultimate Lock System has had rave reviews about possibly being a solution to the ever-rising crime stats of home invasions. Not only will the product work on your exterior doors, it also can be used on an interior enforced door as a safe room for the possibility of anything going awry at night or in the day.

The features of the product are so phenomenal that a Virginia SWAT team tested the product with a 38 pound battering ram as well as a 70 pound battering ram used to break open doors. We are proud to report that the lock system and the door were still intact after this extreme test!

The Ultimate Lock has just launched their brand new residential line which will be available in multiple finishes ranging from polished brass, antique brass, and satin nickel. The entire residential lock system is approximately only 4 inches wide.

Over 12 million home invasions have occurred in the past year, and most happened when people were home. It takes approximately 1 to 2 seconds to kick in most front doors. This product has been endorsed and supported by law enforcement agencies, local and national media, government agencies, and NASA's SATOP program. BMC West Building Suppliers, a four billion dollar company nationwide, also has endorsed this product. More recently Pop-A-Lock, the largest locksmith franchise in the United States, has joined forces with The Ultimate Lock to offer first class installation of the lock for customer convenience. The Ultimate Lock originally had four major distributors. Now, with the addition of BMC West and Pop-A-Lock, this opens a massive distribution channel for The Ultimate Lock. Locksmiths are now saying this is the best product they have ever seen in 70 years.

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Hi-tech Graphics Firm Finds New Life in Antique Refurbishment

Hi-tech Graphics Firm Finds New Life in Antique Refurbishment

Apopka, FL (PRWEB) July 7, 2010

CAD Graphics, Inc., a high-tech graphic design company that specializes in creating instrumentation artwork, has found a new market for itself within the antique restoration industry.

“I have been converting instrument faceplates and dials for almost two decades,” explains owner Jim Moltzan, “but have recently been receiving requests for instrumentation used on antique fire engines, museum exhibits, boats, and other unusual applications.” Becoming a member of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America has brought fresh exposure to Moltzan’s craft of giving new life to old, rusted instrumentation.

Cad Graphics, Inc., prepares custom artwork for new or existing instrumentation dial faces. The graduations, arcs, numbering, lettering, and logos are drafted on a CAD (computer-aided drafting) system and then printed onto high quality film. The film is then laminated directly onto the dial face. All finished dial faces are fade resistant, and glycerin and silicone submersible.

Cad Graphics, Inc., is dedicated to servicing manufacturers, distributors, and end users of industrial pressure gauges, thermometers, and other various types of measurement instrumentation. Services include converting a customer's existing instrument dial to visually depict exactly whatever message is to be conveyed on the dial face.

Gauge conversions are available for instruments with faceplates sizes from 1-1/2” up to 8”. Camera-ready artwork can also be purchased for companies printing and producing their own custom faceplates. Visit for more information.

Cad Graphics, Inc., was established in 1991 by Moltzan, a technician with more 15 years experience in the industrial instrument field and who recognizes the need for quick delivery, low pricing, and high quality service and products. Other unique services the company offers include supplying digital artwork for applications such as overlays, screen-printing, control panels, and brochures.



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