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Atlas Copco introduces airLET: Compressed air on demand

Atlas Copco has launched airLET, a new pay-as-you-go compressed air scheme. airLET embraces the latest energy efficient air compressors and predictive maintenance technology, backed up by full after-sales service support, to provide end users with a guaranteed and reliable compressed air supply under a flexible agreement. It is designed specifically for customers who may experience periodic extra usage demands or have limited capital reserves. 
 
Paul Clark, UK Business Line Manager, Atlas Copco Industrial Air Division, commented: "This represents a completely new offering for our customers. With an airLET agreement, customers only pay for what they use. A monthly fixed service charge and a variable compressed air usage fee, measured by our SmartLink remote monitoring system, enable users to plan and manage their operational costs according to current needs and budgets."

An airLET agreement covers all the equipment needed for a complete air solution: GA VSD+ (Variable Speed Drive) rotary screw compressors that provide average energy savings of 50% compared with fixed-speed alternatives, dryers, filters, air receivers, condensate drains, oil-water separators and AirNet compressor room aluminium pipework.
 
The airLET scheme also includes installation, as well as parts, service and breakdown cover during working hours within the fixed monthly fee. This eliminates any unexpected or hidden costs for unforeseen repairs. On-time preventive maintenance by expert engineers using genuine Atlas Copco parts assures uninterrupted performance at optimum efficiency.

The simple and flexible airLET agreement includes upgrade or downgrade options after 12 months that enable users to adapt compressed air production with consumption, based on the production levels registered by the SmartLink remote monitoring system. Equipment can be upsized or downsized where necessary, with the option to exchange for alternative capacity units; or even return them at the end of the contract.
 
airLET offers a different value proposition for Atlas Copco's customers in the UK. No major investment in capital equipment is required and the scheme offers flexible, energy efficient installations that can be changed as needed; offering the best performance with a reduced level of risk in times of uncertainty. In addition, end users benefit from the assurance of being fully covered for any repairs and potential breakdowns; with after-sales service support provided in a guaranteed response time.

Atlas Copco Compressors  in profile
Atlas Copco Compressors is the GB sales and service operation of the Atlas Copco Group providing oil-free and oil-injected stationary air compressors,  gas and process compressors, turbo expanders, nitrogen generators, air treatment equipment (such as compressed air dryers, coolers, and filters) air management systems, and custom designed engineered packages. 

Atlas Copco Compressors' sales and distribution network means that specialist compressed air advice and service is always within easy reach. A team of over 80 service engineers operates across the country, to ensure maximum running efficiency and minimum downtime at its customers' sites.

In the United Kingdom, Atlas Copco also handles the sales and marketing of construction and mining equipment, portable compressors and electric power generators, industrial power tools and assembly systems - all backed up by a nationwide sales, distribution, service and maintenance network. 

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics.  The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2013, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 84 (BEUR 9.7) and more than 40 000 employees.

For further information, e-mail: gba.info@uk.atlascopco.com or view website: www.atlascopco.co.uk 
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