US Gives Drones The Green Light!

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The evolution of drones has been fascinating. The technology has developed at an amazing pace and the world has certainly not been able to evolve as quickly. Take the federal regulations for instance. The FFA or the US Federal Aviation Administration has been dillydallying over the licensing of drones for deliveries, as had been propositioned by the likes of Amazon among others. The US is not known for snail paced reforms but some regulations get stuck in bureaucracy and the existing norms don’t really shed much clarity on how one should handle the upcoming demands. That is why drones had got stuck. Fortunately, US Federal Aviation Administration has given drones the green light.

For a few years now, American companies and many other organizations across the world have been testing drones. The UK had been welcoming of drone testing, so was Germany and the Netherlands. Major courier companies operating in Europe have been testing drones and some projects have taken drones to demanding heights and atmospheric conditions. Time and again, drones have been proven to be very useful. They are faster, more efficient and quite easily manageable, as opposed to the views of some critics. Cheap international shipping combined with last mile delivery can become a reality even in relatively inaccessible areas courtesy drones. Now, those who send parcel to USA can also get the benefit of using drones for last mile delivery or for super fast deliveries in urban landscapes. Companies like www.courierpoint.com would certainly benefit and so would the various ecommerce companies, logistics professionals and of course the consumers.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allowed Amazon to test delivery drones but has capped the speed at a hundred miles per hour. It has capped the flying height at four hundred feet above the ground. The height should not be considered above sea level as that is not applicable in drone operations of this kind.

According to reports made public by Amazon, its Prime Air delivery drones can carry five pounds of cargo on a flight and can easily deliver packages in less than thirty minutes in a large city. The FAA’s green light is not only paving the way for last mile delivery but also allowing the development of instantaneous delivery. Orders can be attended to in a matter of an hour in urban markets. So we may all start to see drone deliveries around the world as this method of delivery becomes more widely adopted – watch this space.

Significance of Social Media Marketing

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In the realm of innovation, correspondence has gotten to be simpler than any time in recent memory. The world has now contracted from a tremendous populated area to a system of conveying public existing in a universal city. This is the force of online networking and the improvements in online correspondence. An occurrence in one part of the world ranges to the second part in a matter of seconds. Envision, if that news or occurrence was about you. The essentials of this innovation are the straightforwardness, it gives. Utilizing this device further bolstering your good fortune can give you countless. Online social media marketing is your ticket to worldwide level distinction. Your organization or your name could be known all through the globe with a large number of devotees and fans. A large number of individuals can get to these locales where individuals come, to impart online and express their outlooks. While you are undertaking in the world of the online networking, showcasing these individuals turn into your potential prospects. Your administrations are only a solitary inquiry away.

Advertise Your Business Using Social Media Marketing

Innovations are there to peruse and share anything that you need to say. This is your opportunity to set up a picture for yourself. Online networking advertising is for all intents and purposes free. If you somehow managed to endeavor to contact a large number of individuals through physical means you would need to make a considerable measure of speculations. This innovation is the best approach to most proficiently connect with your potential customers regarding funds as well as far as time too. A fascinating thing about showcasing on these social sites is the level of criticism that you can anticipate. Utilizing online networking, showcasing can as a part of reality teach you about the general population who are or may be keen on your item or administration. This gives you a superior sort of adjusting your battles to increase enhanced results.

Achieving Zero Waste Two Processors Prove It’s Possible

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There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and waste. In 2013, Americans generated about 254 million tons of trash, according to the most recent statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). About 30% of that is recycled. If you take a glass-half-full approach, the only way to go is up when it comes to recycling rates, right?

Industrial recycler Green Innovations takes the optimism one step further, envisioning a world where zero waste to landfill is the norm. The company believes its business model brings a realistic and cost-effective approach to recycling the waste that is generated at manufacturing plants.

“When we came up with the landfill-free concept, we actually got laughed at. No one believed it was a possibility,” says David Sweeney, partner and sales manager for Green Innovations, Solon, Ohio. “Fast-forward to today, and now other companies are copying our business model.”

Achieving zero waste to landfill sounds like an environmentalist’s dream, but it is happening—not because the company found some magic solution to eliminating trash, but by helping processors implement a three-step program that requires a multi-faceted approach and accountability, Sweeney says. For instance, Green Innovations will start with an audit at the facility to review what is being collected as well as the landfill, compactor, and hauling costs. Sweeney says that as soon as the landfill-free program has started at a facility, the company recommends an end date to ensure the program is completed.

Green Innovations handles a variety of waste streams, including facility debris, single-stream recyclables, and food waste. The company offers solutions for all waste generated at an industrial level, specifically plastic scrap and leftover raw materials, as well as cardboard, consumer waste, and other waste headed to a landfill. For products that are customarily non-recyclable, Green Innovations says that its partnerships allow it to process these materials and keep them from the landfill. The company says non-traditional materials can be turned into environmentally friendly fuel for use by other industries.

Once a facility has achieved landfill-free status, Green Innovations will certify the location as 100% landfill-free. Plastics Technology checked in with two processors that are currently working toward landfill-fee status to learn more about the process.

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Headquartered in Atlanta, Printpack is a privately held manufacturer of flexible and specialty film and sheet for packaging. The company operates 22 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico, and China. Camilo Cruz, senior environmental specialist, said the company tries to reduce waste going to landfill by recycling whenever possible, but saw a need to expand its waste-minimization initiatives.

Printpack started to work with Green Innovations, and the plan is to fully implement the landfill-free program at its New Castle, Del., facility in 2016, with the goal to achieve a landfill-free status that year as well.

Cruz said that the main challenge to achieving that landfill-free status is the resources required to implement the program. This includes the funds, personnel time, and planning to ensure the required changes can happen effectively at the plant level.

In addition, the process of going landfill-free includes finding options for waste streams that have little value from a recycling standpoint—for example, composting cafeteria wastes, utilizing low-value film waste as engineered fuel, or incinerating plant wastes for energy recovery.

“Money investments in the landfill-free program will not be substantial, although significant time will be required to modify plant work flows so that wastes can be segregated and collected in preparation for offsite management,” Cruz states.

He said that sending no waste to landfill will provide cost savings as well as supporting the company’s sustainability goals. Printpack plans to implement the landfill-free initiative eventually at all its facilities.

‘PAINLESS’ PROCESS
Peter Globke, shipping and warehouse manager at Fredman Bag, a Milwaukee-based printer and converter of flexible packaging films, said the company follows the standard “Reduce, reuse, and recycle” model. First, the company works to reduce the usage of materials that may add to its waste stream.

Secondarily, employees try to reuse as many materials as possible. Everything from simply reusing pallets or excess raw materials for other purposes, to recapturing spent resources and materials, can make a difference to the environment and the company’s profitability. The third and final approach is through recycling.

Still, Fredman Bag knew there was more that could be done, and so the company began working with Green Innovations in early 2015. There are several reasons Fredman Bag decided to aim for zero landfill: It’s good for the environment; many of its customers see it as value added; it provides cost savings; and “as an organization, we felt it was the responsible thing to do,” Globke notes.

Since the company already had a comprehensive recycling program in place, the employees didn’t run into any problems in working toward a landfill-free plant, he said.
“The process of going landfill-free was quite painless,” says Globke. “Other than a few planning meetings and discussions, we changed out a few trash bins with recycling bins and did a few short training sessions with our employees. Green Innovations provided us with all of the bins and supplies we needed and even helped with the training, so the only investment we made was time.”

In August, Fredman Bag began the final stage of the program and is no longer sending any of its waste to landfill, Globke says. The company expects to be fully certified as landfill-free this year.

Here’s What You Need to Know to Make World Class Stretch Film

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The dynamics of the stretch film market are continuously evolving. Worldwide, the big trends and drivers in cast stretch are:

•  Downgauging: The average gauge of hand wrap has gone from 25 microns to 10 microns (µ) and the average gauge for machine wrap and power pre-stretch has gone from 35µ to 15µ. Cast-film lines are being engineered to allow production of thinner films at higher-than-ever winding speeds (up to 2300 ft/min or 700 m/min). More flexible inline winding has been developed to reduce labor costs and scrap rates.

•  Higher stretch percent: The upper end of the stretch range has risen from 200% to 300%.

•  Increased use of machine wrap by end users: The trend is moving from hand wrap to machine wrap—a result of increasing labor costs.

•  Higher machine wrapping speed among end users: Average wrapping speed has moved from 25 rpm to 60 rpm (the latter applies only to orbital/rotary arm-wrapping machines).

•  More layers: The movement towards multilayer films continues to grow and diversify. Film configurations range from three layers all the way up to dozens of nanolayers. Nanolayer structures give the film a “plywood” effect that enhances mechanical properties such as puncture and tear resistance and allows thinner pure-metallocene PE layers.

In Europe, nanolayer technology is growing quickly. Progressive processors include the likes of Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging B.V. (AFP), a Dutch producer of a wide range of blown and cast films for packaging, which has been utilizing nanolayer technology since January 2009. AFP’s original nanolayer launch was for 27-layer films, but Eddy Hilbrink, who heads up strategic R&D projects, told Plastics Technology of plans to push the envelope further with the installation of a third nanolayer line, this one for more than 50 layers (see May Close-Up).

Among North American processors, no one seems willing to even discuss numbers of layers. A 2012 patent lawsuit probably explains why. In February of that year, a technology licensing firm called Multilayer Stretch Film Holdings filed separate lawsuits against nine leading North American stretch-film processors, claiming they had violated a patent covering stretch cling films with seven or more layers. Industry sources report that most of the processors named have since settled out of court. Last November, however, the Federal District Court in Memphis ruled in favor of stretch-film processor Berry Plastics, Evansville, Ind. Multilayer Stretch Film Holdings has appealed that ruling. Berry would not comment on the matter.

Nonetheless, signs suggest that more processors in North America are moving beyond the five-layer structures that have been generally considered “state of the art” in the NAFTA region since Peter Cloeren launched Chaparral Films in Orange, Tex., in 1994. In August, Sigma Stretch Film, Lyndhurst, N.J., the largest producer of stretch film in North America, announced that it would be installing a nine-layer cast-stretch line from SML of Austria (U.S. office in Gloucester, Mass.) with a Cloeren die/feedblock package. The line, which is expected to be delivered by the first half of next year, will be used to run 20-in.-wide rolls nine up. Another major processor, Inteplast Group’s AmTopp Stretch Film Div., also announced a major expansion recently (see sidebar at the end of this article). Market consultant Mastio & Co., St. Joseph, Mo., projects stretch film will grow at 4.5%/yr through 2017, when it will consume more than 2.2 billion lb of PE.

How does a processor serving this market kick it up a notch from a technology standpoint? While stretch lines are large and complex, three keys to developing world-class stretch film are materials, feedblocks/dies; and winding. In this article, industry leaders in each of these areas—ExxonMobil, Cloeren, and Windmoeller & Hoelscher, respectively—share their expertise.

IT STARTS WITH MATERIALS
In trials with customers and leading machinery suppliers, ExxonMobil has found that certain of its resins offer desirable properties for stretch film:

•  Enable metallocene-based PE (mPE) resin provides high holding force at low film thickness.
•  Exceed mPE resin provides high holding force and puncture resistance at high stretch ratios.
•  Vistamaxx performance polymers are propylene-based elastomers that provide high tear-propagation resistance at high stretch ratios. These resins are also commonly used to provide reliable, cost-effective cling in these multilayer films.

Enable mPEs are branched metallocene resins. This metallocene resin family has higher shear thinning, which allows for low-melt-index grades to be used in cast-film extrusion to obtain improved physical properties. The strain-hardening curve illustrates that these resins have a distinct second yield point, which provides a step change in tensile strength. Using these resins in cast stretch films yields high tenacity and high holding force across a wide stretch range, which delivers additional value in cast hand-wrap and machine-wrap applications.

Exceed mPE resins have become an industry standard for high-stretch, high-puncture-resistance stretch films. A broad portfolio of resins—including Enable mPE and Exceed mPE resins, and Vistamaxx polymer—is utilized to tailor solutions for specific equipment and application requirements.

Vistamaxx performance polymers offer improved puncture and tear-propagation resistance at high stretch and tension. In addition, they provide a more efficient cling solution.

Achieving cling in stretch film has been an evolutionary process that began with the use of polyisobutylene (PIB). PIB is a sticky liquid that’s very difficult to meter into the product. Next came metallocene elastomers, which provided a cleaner, more precise alternative to achieve cling by blending as much as 30% into the cling layers. Today, adding about 10% or less Vistamaxx often provides comparable cling performance at a better value than either of the previous options.

A variety of multilayer configurations are used in the stretch-film industry. Solutions using Exceed mPE resin and Vistamaxx polymers have been developed that provide significant unit-cost savings versus the alternative by providing these benefits:

•  Improved toughness at thinner gauge.
•  Outstanding pre-stretch and high-speed wrapping performance.
•  Less film, by weight, to wrap a pallet at equal load stability.

Figures 1 and 2 review two multi-layer configurations that provide examples of value-added films. The seven-layer example is representative of a multi-layer approach and can be adapted to other layer configurations, whether higher or lower in layer count. In both instances, thinner film yields equivalent physical properties.

There are many options for customizing stretch-film performance. Options that ExxonMobil Chemical has proven to be successful, for a variety of scenarios, include the following:

•  Enable mPE resin can be used to adjust load force/working range.
•  Vistamaxx 3980FL has provided improved stretch/puncture resistance in a nanolayer structure.
•  Exceed mPE resins have been used to improve many stretch-film properties. Exceed 3812CB has provided cling /toughness improvement. Exceed 7518CB has provided process continuity, cling, cling retention, and stretch performance. Using it as a cling layer with Vistamaxx performance polymers provides improved cling and blocking resistance. It also provides softer, higher-stretch film used in skin and/or core layers.

Moreover, it improves extrusion processing, edge-flow stability, and web stability, which allows stable operation at higher rates, as well as improving film continuity and consistency.

FEEDBLOCKS, DIES & NANOLAYERS
With the commercial introduction of metallocene resins in the mid-1990s, the 15-year standard of three-layer stretch films was challenged, and the world’s first commercial five-layer film was introduced to the marketplace in 1994 by Chaparral Films. Was this development “smoke and mirrors” or “hocus-pocus”? Something new had upset the industry status quo, and the industry icons of the time, who had yet to understand the technology and its promise, did not respond kindly.

Fast-forward to 2015, and films are being processed comprising 50+ layers, and the 1995 song of “smoke and mirrors” again rings in some corners of the industry. As baseball legend Yogi Berra reportedly once said, “It’s like deja vu all over again.”
The industry did not jump from five-layer films to 55 layers in one fell swoop. Instead, it took two decades to arrive there. The industry saw commercialization of seven-layer films at the turn of the 21st century and the earnest use of polypropylene as a tear-propagation-resistance layer. Between 2000 and 2005, some firms even ventured into nine-layer films. The first nanolayer film, comprising 21 layers, was introduced to the market by Pinnacle Films (now part of AmTopp). Next, industry expert and visionary Hilbrink of AFP introduced a 27-layer film and now is adding a third nanolayer line with more than 50 layers.

Today, it is rare to see new five-layer and even seven-layer capacity being acquired on large-scale commercial lines. It’s fair to say that nine- and 11-layer capacity is the current norm, and nanolayer capacity not so unusual. Figure 3 shows the current distribution of purchased layer capacity during 2010-2015, by geographical region.
So why more and more layers? One reason is that the stable of polymers available today—including mPEs, propylene-based elastomers, olefin block copolymers, LLDPEs, ULDPEs, and VLDPEs—to construct higher-performance films is significantly larger than a decade ago. When you combine the available selection of polymers and the so-called “plywood effect,” more layers are inevitable.

The plywood effect is the mutual reinforcement of plies (layers) to obtain unique properties. Plywood relies on orientation of grain structure in varying or opposing directions to obtain its unique strength and pliability. While the coextrusion film-forming process does not allow for different directional orientation of each ply, discrete layers of differing polymers do, in fact, result in different crystalline structures per layer. These differing crystalline layer structures, when produced at the appropriate thicknesses of apposite polymers, provide mutual reinforcement. Hence, more, and thinner, layers.

What constitutes a nanolayer? A nanometer is 1/1000 of a micron. There are 25,400 nanometers in one mil. In a cast film, layers can be a thin as 100 nanometers. Then, when this film is stretched above 300%, you arrive at layer thicknesses of less than 25 nanometers (0.0009 mil).

With many films produced today at or less than 10 microns, for example, even five-layer films could comprise sub-micron, or nanometer-scale, layer thicknesses. However, as a practical matter, it appears that the industry is coming to the resolution that a “nanolayer film” is comprised of a majority of layers of less than one micron each. Perhaps some nine- and 11-layer films, and certainly all 20-50 layer films, technically fit the developing consensus definition of nanolayer film.

The principles of laminar flow apply to all thermoplastic extrusions and coextrusions. The number of layers is indifferent to these principles. However, the required attention to design detail does increase significantly, if not exponentially. We at Cloeren assumed we knew a lot of things well, but it turned out that we didn’t know as much as we thought. Increasing the number of layers while simultaneously reducing the layer thicknesses has a way of humbling someone really fast.

To meet customer expectations, new software had to be developed, new tooling had to be implemented, and new manufacturing techniques had to be applied. Feedblocks that house nanolayer technology are substantially larger than conventional (three- to 11-layer) feedblocks. Usually, as things become larger, allowable manufacturing tolerances also become larger and more forgiving. That is not the case with nanolayer feedblocks: The tolerances actually had to be tightened up to provide the required precision of mass distribution, which is proportional to the number of layers involved.

At the same time, it was clear that flexibility could not be sacrificed. This required a modular design concept to be able to change layer position, polymer selection, and the like. The modularity and  precision levers typically don’t move in the same direction, but in this case they had to if customer expectations were to be met.

Then came the die. To distribute nano-thickness layers uniformly across a 3.5-5.5 m (150-220 in.) die required a second look at die design. Flow-channel shapes had to be reexamined, and precision of tolerances had to be tightened up, in order to meet the process demands associated with such thin layers.

So what are the benefits of nanolayer stretch films? When looking at standard laboratory testing, or controlled testing standards, the results for nanolayer films are not overwhelmingly apparent when compared with conventional seven- to 11-layer films. However, when looking deeper, or further downstream in the process, other benefits present themselves.

Where nanolayer films appear to excel in practice is in the wrapping process itself. Typical orbital wrapping speeds are in the range of 20-25 rpm. When nanolayer films are applied to the same wrapping process, all else being equal, we see attainable and reliable wrapping speeds at least double those of conventional films. To big bottlers and packagers, this equates to big money—twice as many pallets per wrapping machine per hour.

What these field results tell us is that nanolayer films yield significantly higher allowable acceleration forces. One can then further postulate that if the allowable acceleration forces are measurably higher, then so too are the allowable deceleration forces. Allowable deceleration forces are particularly important in Europe where pallets are side loaded, and nesting of pallets is not inherently attainable, as is the case with end-loaded trucks in the U.S.

WINDING IT UP
High winding quality is essential for reliable and safe usage of stretch film in tertiary packaging. The majority of challenges during winding are tightly connected to the extrusion process, so it’s essential that extrusion and winding be closely integrated. Film profile tolerances in the sub-micron scale are inevitable and add up layer by layer in the roll of film, so that the film could be deformed and damaged inside the wound roll. In some applications, stretch winders have to be designed for frequent roll changes so that the extrusion line speed can be kept high.

The “TNT” principles of winding are the basic parameters that control the build-up of pressure inside the roll: tension of the film, nip force between contact roll and film roll, and torque on the winding shaft at the center of the roll. The TNT settings determine the general tightness of the film layers within the roll. At the same time, the outer layers of film in the roll act as compression tapes on the inside layers and particularly on the paper core, where the pressure is the highest. Depending upon film resin formulation, the film may “age” by thermal shrinkage and post-crystallization after production. Stretch films with a functional layer of PP, for example, exhibit a significant change in their mechanical properties and subsequently tend to develop higher core pressures during storage.

Three different types of stretch films are commonly produced: hand wrap, machine wrap and super-power stretch wrap. These films have application-optimized properties concerning ultimate stretch, holding force, puncture, tear-propagation resistance, and cling. All of these parameters affect slitting and winding processability.

For example, the winding tension for thin super-power stretch wrap should be as low as possible to prevent core crushing. Furthermore, the application affects the roll dimensions. For compatibility with the wrapping machine, rolls for machine wrap have a standardized roll diameter of about 10 in. and fixed film widths of 20, 30, or even 40 in. Hand-wrap rolls, in contrast, might have any width in the range between 10 and 20 in. The roll diameter for the final hand application is less than 10 in. Sometimes there are only a few thousand feet of film on the core.

Hand–wrap rolls can be produced inline with extrusion or offline by slitting larger “jumbo” rolls with typical diameters of up to 16 in. High production speeds of up to 2300 ft/min, combined with small roll diameters, result in roll-change cycle times from 30 sec to several minutes. Depending on roll and die widths, the extruded web is split into a maximum of 12 webs in the slitting station of the winder.

Usually, a “bleed” trim is cut between the webs, so that the paper cores in the center of the rolls extend over the edges of the rolls. These trims are typically tacky and highly extensible; they must be cut reliably at high speed and re-fed into the extrusion process for better material and energy efficiency. All in all, one stretch-film product can differ a lot from another on the winder. As a conclusion, the winder needs to provide high flexibility, easy handling of complexity, high reliability, and—last but not least—good roll quality.

High-speed production of stretch films requires a dedicated winder that incorporates all three TNT principles. In the case of W&H´s Filmatic PS winder, two winding units are positioned on top of each other in a laterally offset arrangement, each winding one half of the web. Identical web paths through both winding units guarantee consistent roll quality across the complete web. All rolls in the winder are optimized for enhanced traction at low web tensions for thinner films.

In addition, the tension zones for slitting and winding are mechanically isolated from one another to widen the process window. A unique, stiff bearing assembly for the winding shafts ensures minimal deflection during winding, ensuring perfect roll edges and consistent roll hardness at high speeds. Furthermore, the winder offers an innovative feature to optimize and maintain the winding hardness by a fine adjustment of the air entrained in the winding gap.

Traditionally, elimination of air in the rolls was paramount. Now, with the advent of higher-performing, thinner stretch films, running at higher line speeds, there is the need to control air distribution throughout the roll.

Rolls with controlled softness offer these benefits:
•  Low unwinding forces cause fewer film breakages in the stretch wrapper head.
•  Low unwinding noise is a prerequisite for fully automated packaging lines in warehouses.
•  Higher possible cling levels are critical for load stability and higher load-holding forces.
•  Elimination of film wrinkles gives few film breakages during stretching on the wrapper.
•  The ability to run thinner machine film cores provides huge potential savings to the film converter.

An automation system is mandatory at high web speeds to achieve operator safety and process stability. Each winding turret features three winding shafts so that paper cores can be loaded onto a shaft and rolls can be pulled from another shaft in parallel to the winding process.

At the same time, film-width format flexibility has to be maintained. Therefore each winding turret has core bins for two different core lengths. Cores from either bin can be combined with a manually fed core size in a programmable core pattern. All core bins for both turrets are easily accessible to the operator in a single location.

A new trim-suction system in the slitting station offers width-format flexibility and easy operation. Position of the flow-optimized suction pipes can be adjusted seamlessly according to the roll widths for best slitting performance and stability. Finally, specialized high-speed shafts are available that can cope with any core pattern that might be necessary.

Winding a good roll of stretch film can be the most demanding part of the production process. The features enumerated above simplify the art of winding with additional adjustability and enhanced flexibility.

Layers explain why Inteplast Group’s AmTopp Stretch Film Div. is among the largest stretch-film processors in North America, nearly 25 years after firing up its first lines in Lolita, Tex. “Layers” does not exclusively mean film layers. When you lay a philosophy of continuous improvement atop a diverse and flexible product line, R&D, investment in new technology, commitment to shorter lead times, and customer service, the company’s formula for stretch film success becomes clear.

In just the past five years, the company has more than doubled its capacity by adding lines and by acquiring the Pinnacle Films operation in Charlotte, N.C. Its recent investment of $15 million in two new multilayer lines will give the firm about 320 million lb of capacity from 13 lines in four plants.

In addition to Lolita and Charlotte, AmTopp also produces stretch film in Phoenix, Ariz., and Houston. One of the two new lines will be located in Charlotte; the other in Phoenix. Currently, only Sigma Stretch Film Group and AEP Industries, Montvale, N.J., are believed to have more capacity. The line in Charlotte is expected to be operational by the end of 2015; the Phoenix line should be commissioned at some point in the first quarter of next year.

AmTopp officials say the two new lines do not mark the end of its expansion plans. In fact, the company sees opportunities to sell stretch film beyond the borders of NAFTA. “We are strongly committed to this industry and will continue to expand,” states Homer Hsieh, president. “We believe the economy is improving and that the cost of polyethylene in North America will be competitive globally long-term, which will support our objective to be an exporter of stretch film manufactured in the U.S.”

While all of AmTopp’s capacity is multi-layer, the company didn’t want to get specific about how many layers. “We invest in R&D,” notes Scott Stevens, sr. dir. of product and business development at Inteplast. “But it’s not all about layers. We are open to new technology and stay abreast of it, in keeping with our standing in the industry. Ultimately, the demands of the marketplace, the needs of our customers, and anticipated ROI for investments in new technology and new equipment drives decisions.

“For stretch film, our goal is products that perform according to the needs of the customer at a price that is competitive and in line with the requirements of their specific application,” Stevens adds. “It is possible to over-engineer a film, giving it more performance attributes than it needs to serve a specific purpose. That doesn’t do the end user any favors, as they wind up paying for more functions than they need.”

Product diversity is what Stevens says helps distinguish AmTopp from its competitors. “We manufacture a wide range of cast-film products that are designed for specific applications,” he elaborates. “We manufacture machine film, hand film, and specialty films for our customers. If a customer needs a highly engineered film, we have it. If they need something more basic, we have that too.”

Adds Hsieh, “We offer a stretch-film solution for every one of our customers’ applications, and this is our singular strength in the market. We launched our pre-stretch film in 2014, which has proven to be one of the most successful launches in our product catalog.  The entire group—manufacturing, sales, and marketing—is singularly committed to the process, the products, and continuous improvements, with the focus being on supplying our customers with consistent, quality product.”

In North America, stretch film is sold through distributors, whereas film processors in Europe have more direct connections to end users. That’s a simple function of the size of the U.S. compared with most European countries. While European film producers view this as a competitive advantage, Stevens notes that AmTopp spends considerable time and effort training its distributors on how their film performs and how it should be utilized. Stevens says the distribution network does not detach AmTopp from its customers. “We’re directly in the loop with all of them, the high-profile ones in particular.”

Continuous improvement is  deeply ingrained at Inteplast Group, driven by Dr. John Young, group president. “It’s an ongoing practice at Inteplast and an important part of our company culture,” says Stevens. “It is ingrained in everything we do. We never stop asking ourselves how can we do something better and more efficiently, and we work hard to put our best ideas into practice.”

Wearable Machine Sensors Extended to Power Factor & Retrofits

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Shown at NPE2015 for the first time, new technology that uses wireless Cloud-computing sensors to analyze and predict equipment failure garnered an overwhelming, and at times, surprising, response (see February and May Close Ups). In short, almost everyone who sat through the demo of new predictive-maintenance technology at Novatec’s booth was interested, but not everyone was as keen to purchase new auxiliary equipment to avail themselves of it.

“We had so many people at our booth who said, ‘Well gee, I have all these problems you’re describing, but what can I do about them?’” says Conrad Bessemer, president of Baltimore-based Novatec. “‘You can’t help me other than I’m going to have to replace all my equipment.’”

To support processors interested in the technology but who might not be in the market for all-new auxiliaries, Novatec and its partner on the project, Prophecy Sensorlytics, Columbia, Md., have developed a retrofittable product that can be added to machinery already in the field, including non-Novatec products.

Novatec says the new ESP Sensorlytics will detect specific issues that are typical with vacuum pumps, including problems like worn bearings, which can cause a heaving friction and lead to overheating of the motor, as well as poor oil viscosity or unsafe pump operation. The so-called Pump Lite does this in the same manner as the original Prophecy technology being deployed on new Novatec equipment: by detecting anomalies in vibration and magnetic field.

Where it will differ from the technology shown at NPE2015 is the use of what the company calls self-learning and reinforced learning. At its R&D lab, Novatec has studied its own pumps and dryers, learning about their failure modes and feeding that information into Prophecy’s algorithm so that it knows what a low-oil vibration feels like, for instance.

To provide the same predictive maintenance for equipment made by other OEMs, which has not been put through the same testing, the new ESP Sensorlytics will apply a Cloud-based “deep learning” technique to understand the physics of the maintenance condition automatically. The software will also have a field-learning mode in which a user will be able to set the maintenance gauge according to his/her best experience. In the self-learning mode, Novatec said the system tries to fit data with physics of a known anomaly; while in the reinforced-learning mode, a user trains the system on what to show on the Predictive Maintenance Gauge.

Novatec notes that an ESP Sensorlytics beta version will be available around November or December for selected customers. The company’s ESP Sensorlytics Plus, which is a full pump predictive-maintenance system will be available on the new Novatec Silencer and VPDB positive-displacement vacuum pumps. With ESP Sensorlytics Plus, users can check filter condition, oil level, and belt tension in addition to bearing condition, oil viscosity, and unsafe operation.

Prophecy Sensorlytics likes to refer to its technology as “machine-wearable” by analogy with wearable pulse monitors for athletes—and also as a way of emphasizing that its sensors are externally mounted (via magnets) and their built-in Internet communications do not have to be tied into the machine controls.

Novatec says it will supply an installation kit of machine-wearable sensors and a data hub, allowing the user to access the predictive-maintenance condition of five pumps. In time, the company said that limit will be raised to 20 pumps and will cover a distance of 300 ft. Pump Prime will automatically establish baselines on new pumps, so anomalies will be clearly displayed when operational issues develop in the future.

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In the course of developing Prophecy, and in the time since its launch, Novatec and Sensorlytics have honed in on specific areas to apply the technology. “Our focus is really on power, air, and water,” Bessemer explains, “and if you think about it, that’s what drives or complements most machinery. Any machine that uses those types of processes is really eligible for Prophecy.”

One of the factors the company tested as it developed its Prophecy sensors was power—both the quality of incoming power to the equipment and the equipment’s power consumption. Unimpressed by the current power-meter offerings and knowing that inconsistent and/or poor-quality power supply are a major source of maintenance for equipment, Novatec and Sensorlytics decided to create their own power-quality monitoring system using what it calls power-factor sensors.

According to Novatec, power quality has become a major industrial issue with the widespread use of sensitive electronic equipment, making manufacturers much more aware of power anomalies. Varying internal loads within the plants from sources such as variable-speed drives, microprocessor-based devices, lighting, and battery chargers also contribute to the quality of electric power in a circuit, causing poor power factor, harmonics, and power-quality events such as sags, swells, and transients.

Novatec noted that plastics processors today can either apply power-factor sensors connected to an industrial bus network, with data analyzed by licensed software, or they can use a stand-alone power meter to record voltage and current.

Novatec and Sensorlytics will offer a third option: a power-quality monitoring system that uses an Internet-based architecture for 24-7 power-quality tracking of all the machines in a factory.

By applying sensor-on-chip (SoC) technology, plus a wireless network and a new distributed computational technique, the company says it has been able to reduce the cost of such systems by 90%. Whereas in the past, power-quality tracking would require an industrial bus system, additional I/O, and several layers of additional software licensing, Novatec says Prophecy power-quality monitoring systems use a single silicon chip, open-source networking, and Cloud-based software to keep costs within the reach of small manufacturers like plastics processors.

With Prophecy, power-factor sensors provide automatic 24-7 tracking of all power issues, including harmonic distortion, swallow, sag, surge, interruptions, and power factor. No PLCs or additional equipment are required; processors just install snap-split-core sensors from Prophecy in the three-phase lines going into their machines, and then a Prophecy data-hub will collect all the data from the sensors in a wireless network.

That data will be pushed to a Cloud server, from which a processor will be able get a summary of all the issues in all the three phase-lines going into individual machines in real time. This data will be available on any smart phone or tablet registered with the application.

“The electrical power-factor instrument industry is well established,” Bessemer notes, “but I would guess that fewer than 10% of our customers have such an instrument, because it can cost $5000 to $15,000 by the time you buy all the software and everything else to do it effectively, and maybe you still need an electrical engineer to sort out for you what’s being recorded. Our intention is to extend the market to those who have previously been unable to take advantage of that type of technology, and the only way you do that is disrupting on prices.”

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In the western world, high-quality electrical power, much like clean drinking water, is assumed, but perhaps it shouldn’t be. Says Bessemer, “With power quality, the challenge is to explain it to an industry that really doesn’t understand power, because you make this assumption that we’ll just plug something in and instantly everything’s going to be wonderful. The power somehow gets there; and it’s always going to be the same power and life is good. Well life isn’t good. You’re having all sorts of problems, as we see all the time as an equipment manufacturer. Someone calls us and says, ‘My controller stopped working and I have to reset it. How did that happen?’ It’s usually power-related.”

In addition to tracking electrical consumption, the system will continuously track power-quality metrics like sag, surge, swallow, and crest factor, helping processors better understand a process variable with a huge impact on their operations.

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As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need to keep your messages short when you are operating your two way radio. You will only alienate the people on the other side if you talk for several minutes at once. If you have many things to say, try to break everything up. Ideally, you should write everything down ahead of time. This rule does not apply to emergencies. Obviously, you should not have any significant pauses in your speech. You should also try to iron out any vocal ticks that you have. By keeping your messages short, you can get more from your two way radio.

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Through standard investment from the business, staff gets a much more elevated sense of job fulfillment that can increase their inspiration towards their work. You experience reduced worker turnover and increased efficiency which specifically improves the profitability. It also makes your staff more eligible for internal promotion opportunities. Current staff has complete knowledge of your company, the appropriate skill set and are people you can trust.

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How Can Training Courses Benefit Your Business? Seminars and training are vital to succeeding in business. Continued training is not just important to a company, it is necessary. Training courses help in improving business performance, profit, and efficiency of your existing employees. Job satisfaction can be substantially enhanced by training and workshops that develop the employees toward long-term profession objectives. A fulfilled employee is in all probability going to stay longer or be more profitable. There are studies that show that 40 percent of workers who are poorly trained do not stay in their job for more than a year. They say that absence of sufficient training is their fundamental purpose behind abandoning their posts. Training take three forms; induction training, at work training and off-the-job training. Induction training; it is the sort of training that workers get when they first join an organization or begin another duty. Induction training is meant to provide the employee with the necessary skills needed to carry out their duties. On-the-job training involves training provided during the normal performance of duties. And off-the-job training offered away from the employee’s normal work environment. Even though there are different types of training such as cyber security training, engineering project management training, product management training or risk management framework training, there are common benefits to be realized from any of the education programs that a company undertakes. Talked about underneath are the advantages of employee training. Instances of worker non-appearance will be reduced and this specifically enhances the profitability.
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Retain knowledge and aptitude. Despite the fact that training might be offered to new workers, or different workers, workshops and seminars ought to be set up to create worker abilities all through their work. Skills need to be exercised and refreshed in a habitual manner so that elements are not forgotten and to retain knowledge. Offer internal promotion openings, employing new workforce entails using so much money for contracting charges and enlistment costs. But, internal training make your existing employees more eligible for internal promotions. Different from new employees, you can be sure that your existing employees have a comprehensive knowledge of your organization and the right skill set.
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Change with the industries advancements. The business sector is continually changing and hence it is important for a business to change with it to avoid being left behind. A company needs to guarantee that it is adhering to the latest industry regulations. An organization can achieve this by constantly training their employees; training ensures that your worker’s skills and learning are current. Every day, another innovation is created, in this way, it is not adequate to train employees once during induction. Constant training is important to ensure that the workers are at par with the most recent innovation.

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Generally, product management course take a few weeks to be completed. However, there are some course which you can complete over a weekend. You can know how to initiate and manage different types of projects when you take one of the courses. The courses equip managers with the skills required to oversee projects from start to completion.
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When looking for a project management training programs to enroll for, you have to consider a few things. To begin, consider your industry to determine whether the project will be relevant to the activities you will be involved in. Depending on your industry, you may need a different project management program from that offers for another industry. For instance, the activities required to manage a project in the engineering sector will be different from those required in the hospitality industry. Majority of the training programs you will come across in the market are meant for managers in specific industries. Confirm that the program you want to enroll of is relevant to the line of work you do. You should also check the rapport of the organization that will be providing the training. If an organization does not have a name in your industry, there is no need to attend one of the trainings. Find out who will be speaking or lecturing at the programs you have come across. Make sure the speakers are well known and have a history of delivering excellent training in your industry. You can find out more about the speakers at the training by searching for the on the Internet. Some of the things you should check include their education, professional experience and certifications. Finally, check the days or time when the training will be held. The training can take from a few days to weeks depending on the program you have chosen. Check that your work time will not be interrupted by the training program,. Normal business tasks should not be stopped because the manager will not be available. Follow the tips above to find the right project management training program to enroll for.

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Majority of web traffic is spurred by the big commercial search engines, such as Google, Bing and Yahoo!. Though social media and other kinds of traffic can attract visits to your website, most Internet users rely on search engines as their main method of navigation. This is true, regardless of what your site provides – products and services, content, information, etc.
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More examples encompass modifications within the approach of production, computer implantment, and many others. The employees are trained in work methods and uses of new equipment. At the time when internal promotion and career growth becomes necessary. Employees are trained so that they are prepared to share the duties of the higher level job. Below is some reasons that show the requirement for worker training.
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Worker fulfillment. Organizations that invest in training tend to have satisfied employees. But, the training offered to the workers must be relevant to every worker who takes part. An agency won’t rip the overall advantages of training and seminars if it becomes boring and staff attends it merely because they must. You need to invest in industry particular training and send your workers for global seminars and workshops that can benefit both your business and the workers. Change in output. Worker execution gets better if shortcomings are tended to. Training and courses also open up the worker’s qualities and confer new ability sets. For training to be effective, the company must break down the training needs to target relevant employees. Well-trained employees are also motivated to work. Training makes workers be at standard with industry changes. This way, the representatives will work proficiently and in the most profitable way. Self-driven. Well-trained employees need less or no supervision or guidance to work. Training imparts the important knowledge sets in personnel which permits them to address responsibilities independently. The management and supervisors may also have time to pay attention to more crucial issues.

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How Tech News Can Help Your Business

Several viewers of websites are on a constant look out for new technology to compare what they are presently reading. To get the best up-to-date information of what are the new technologies in the market, you use a checklist to set the criteria. Let us briefly discuss a few of these source of information. Others are already on your list, while some may be new to you. The main purpose is through the list, you will find a good source of your questions of technologies, at the same time it will introduce you to a new line of developments.

It is the website that presents stories about the big companies that provide the best information of new technologies. There are several new businesses in technology nowadays, but it is the top companies that are leading in the business that people who are into gadgets are following. In other words, you can be assured that the companies you are following through these websites are experts in the field and know what they are talking about.

The other side of technology news is that several new businesses are also good to be promoted aside from the big companies. Ideally, websites are to create a balance between these two. You can learn to make new things of your own by looking at what are new out there. This is a way to promote innovative discussions between developers and the rest of the tech community.

A large number of bloggers and surfers follow websites that feature reliable news about what’s new in technology, and these tech fans can also offer ideas and suggestions about the subject. Open discussions are created in this situation that would serve as a start of creativity for new developments. You would want a website that encourages communications both ways. This communications can be done through a message board or a blog where all users can post their ideas. The different social networking sites available are making websites push further on how they introduce new developments to keep users interested.

The dream of every high tech fan would be to be among the first ones to get hold of the latest software demo of any release. A website that allows preview of the new technologies to high tech fans for sure will be on top of viewing reviews. It is advisable for these websites to have a tie up with the concerned company so as not to abuse some copyright rules.

An information overload is a possibility with the many information available online. But with new developments coming up from time to time, it is also good to check the latest new technology through blogs. You can trust the information published in the blogs, and these are credible sources of information. The increasing popularity of bloggers are because of the trustworthy and reliable information they give.

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People love to see visuals as compared to dull scripts that take time to be read before one understands the contents. This is why images are great element to add to your  web development athens ga.  Placing stunning graphics in your web will draw users into your site and will help them to quickly understand what your web is all about. This is a time saver for you clients and is a sure way to keep them reading your site. However, you must carefully choose the graphics and images in your site and they must be relevant to the content of your web.

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Do you want to know more about ethernet relays? Well, first of all it’s important for you to know that they can be found online. Yes, that’s right, you can find the ethernet relay in denkovi.com you’re looking for easily. We are talking about Denkovi Assembly Electronics LTD. They offer high quality and competitive cost, professional support and many SDK examples in different programming languages these modules are oftenly used in projects related with temperature/humidity measurement, remote lock/unlock doors and windows, controlling home lights and so on. And if you are looking for LAN i/o relay modules, usb relay or relay board, communication converters, home automation kits, or you want to be developed custom software of hardware, now you know where you can find them.

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Extra Services That You Should Look for When Buying Compressed Reconditioned Gas Cylinder Cabinets

You can easily find a lot of great suppliers for compressed reconditioned gas cylinder cabinets these days. If there is one thing you should understand though, it is that these suppliers can offer you a varied range of value in terms of the services they provide. With that in mind, here are several extra services that you can try to look for from these suppliers to ensure that you get better value for your purchases.

Safety checks and quick installation services are definitely great additional services that can further boost the value you receive for your purchase of any gas cabinets. Safety checks for one; are necessary because it is a good way to ensure that the area where you want to place your gas cylinder is actually safe. For one, if your cabinets aren’t installed properly, there is a chance that is will pose security risks for your home in the near future, and that’s why it’s crucial to have someone knowledgeable about the task handle it for you.

The second added service that is worth looking for when it comes to your supplier of gas cabinets, is excellent warranties that come with their products. Purchasing a product that has factory defects isn’t uncommon, and it can be a nightmare to have that one replaced if it doesn’t come with a good product warranty. Most important of all, you can assume that a company is very confident about the quality of its product, once they put an excellent warranty behind it.

Modification services are also worthwhile to look for, as far as the additional services you get from your gas cabinet suppliers are concerned. Things can be more convenient for home owners these days that are in need of special modifications for their cabinets if their very supplier is able to cater to such needs. With this, you will no longer have to be forced to hire another service provider to take care of the modification and you can also be sure that your cabinet is installed properly.

For those home owners out there today that want to look for a supplier for compressed reconditioned gas cylinder cabinets, make sure that you keep the few pieces of advice above in mind. Even if it is possible to make do without these additional services, it would be a huge loss on your part to do so, and that’s because of the added value that they can bring to the table. Don’t be afraid to take your time during your search for a supplier and that’s because it’s the best way to ensure that you pick a really great one.

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You need not to worry about the printing services anymore

A recent survey held at UK, revealed that the organizations that outsource some of its technical part, result to be the successful. Outsourcing is a new concept which emerged gigantically in the last decade. Outsourcing helps you to handover the work in the safe hands as they are trained to perform the same work repeatedly for different clients. Same goes for the printing department. Outsourcing the entire printing department is a very good decision, if a reputed company is chosen.

The Xeretec Group provided the best printing services. The company has now acquired Bytes Document Solutions which is now formally part of the Bytes Technology Group. This acquisition united a couple of extremely successful Xerox suppliers and positions Xeretec as Xerox’s largest reseller in Western Europe in terms of scale, managed print services and large production equipment sales. The company has the privilege to have £57 million annual turnover. The company has more than 200 employees committed to excellence. With a dozen branches, the company is providing the quality services all over the UK and Ireland. You can visit <a href="http://www.xeretec.co.uk/”>www.xeretec.co.uk if you need to know more about the xeretec group. They have provided the quality services in all the parts of UK including Ireland. They have a very good cliental in England too. The feedback they got from their esteemed clients motivates them to deliver better than previous. The company promises to exceed the clients expectations.

A DNS Failover Service – Is it right for you?

Over the years, DNS Failover has become a very popular service primarily due to the fact that it is relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to deploy and manage. But is it the right solution for your organization? In this article, we’ll outline what DNS failover is and provide an overview of the benefits and appropriate uses for this type of technology.

What is DNS Failover?

First, we must define what DNS failover is before trying to understand whether or not it offers benefits. Simply put, DNS failover is an add-on feature of a DNS Service and is a system that consists of two main components. The first component monitors servers or devices behind IP addresses in an effort to determine their state, e.g. up or down. Second, it uses the server state information to automatically update the IP address associated with a particular DNS record, such as an ‘A’ record, ‘AAAA’ record or otherwise. It may consist of other components designed to deliver email or SMS alerts in the event that an outage is detected or changes are made, but any successful DNS Failover solution must consist of at least the first two essential elements.

Common Applications for DNS Failover

So now that we know what DNS Failover is, what is the most common use for it and what applications can benefit from this method of automating DNS updates?

Perhaps the most obvious use that comes to mind is to control web traffic. Failing over between redundant web servers is a very common implementation, and is probably the most frequently used application. From the failover system’s perspective, it really doesn’t matter where the two IP addresses are, so long as they are different. So because of this, it could be used to failover between two different servers at the same datacenter, servers at different datacenters (even across the globe) or it could be even the same server with two different network connections, each having their own IP address, for example a server at a corporate office with one IP on each of two different T1 lines.

Naturally, what can be done for web servers can also be done for mail servers, FTP servers, streaming media servers or VoIP servers, just to name a few. Essentially, if it has an IP address and can be monitored externally, DNS Failover can route traffic to it when it is up, and redirect to another server when it is down.

Common Features

Most well thought out DNS Failover implementations should have at least a few basic features. First, and probably paramount to failover success, is monitoring. The more advanced the monitoring feature-set, the better. This allows you to detect outages as accurately as possible. At a minimum, we would expect functionality to fine-tune the monitors and to run them from multiple geographic locations in order to create an accurate picture for when failover actually needs to occur. Of course, it should probably go without saying that the monitoring and alerting functionality should be able to send alerts via email, SMS or both.

Another important feature, in our opinion, is some flexibility in how traffic is routed. The most common traffic routing configurations are sequential or round-robin. Sequential allows you to list servers in the order you want traffic to be delivered so that if the server with a priority of 1 goes down, it sends traffic to the server with a priority of 2 and so forth. Round-robin publishes a DNS record for every one of the active and available servers so that traffic is distributed amongst them as evenly as possible. When one goes down or becomes otherwise unavailable, it is simply removed from the pool allowing traffic to continue being distributed amongst the remaining server(s).

And finally, you’ll probably want a feature that prevents the automatic re-announcement of a server’s IP address when it comes back online. In the case of a server providing static web content, re-adding may not pose a problem, but in the case of a database server requiring resynchronization, this little feature is critical.

Limitations of DNS Failover

The biggest limitation when using DNS Failover for application switching is the ability to quickly detect an outage and make a change that will actually propagate the Internet in relatively short order to seamlessly redirect users, both current and future. Even the best DNS Failover solutions that accurately detect an outage and update DNS quickly and accurately still leave customers at the mercy of a well known problem called caching. This is an extremely tough issue to resolve because it is not within the DNS Failover service providers control.

Caching issues are created when ISPs ignore TTL values, or they can be caused by something as simple as default Internet browser settings which are configured to cache images in order to improve page load times. The shortest compliant TTL value is 60 seconds, and for some ISPs this is simply too short. AOL, for example, is known to ignore low TTL values and substitute them with something much higher, say 15 minutes, for example. But other than those ISPs who ignore TTL values, a 60 second setting in theory *should* propagate the Internet relatively quickly.

Is there anything better?

Depending on your application, Cloud Load Balancing might be a better fit. That, of course, should be dictated by your specific requirements for uptime, flexibility for balancing traffic among servers and how critical the need to avoid caching created by TTL avoidance or just plain old browser settings. Cloud Load Balancing is similar in design, but offers extremely powerful traffic management solutions similar to hardware load balancers (except on a global scale) for serious online organizations.