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.

POWER, AIR, WATER
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.”

THE SILENT PRODUCTIVITY KILLER
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.

Visual Voicemail Is the Upcoming Trend

A lot of people think voice mail is an activity that is no longer useful, because texts tend to be a less complicated way for you to communicate. It’s not always the situation, nevertheless, particularly if one is working together with buyers on a business deal or perhaps a person who doesn’t text needs to speak to you. With the aid of a visual voicemail app, you will get the best of all options. An individual leaving behind the communication is capable of doing so by means of voice mail and you can look at this message in the same way you would a text message and / or email message. You won’t need to worry about missing out on important information plus the person leaving the message appreciates it’s going to be received. On top of that, you don’t need to be worried about moving through the voicemail choices, which is incredibly annoying. With the visual voicemail, you observe who called, when they left this message and also the length of the communication. The phone messages can then be played, paused or even erased plus you can call this person back or even give them a return message. The voicemail visual is extremely beneficial when you are waiting for a crucial communication, yet are unable to pay attention to a communication once it comes. You might be in a crowded concert or else you could be participating in a business conference and do not wish to be rude to other people inside the room. It could also be there are others close to you and you also do not want these individuals to unintentionally listen to the voicemail messages. When it’s converted to a penned communication, the concern is removed, permitting you to listen to phone messages at your convenience. Several services are providing other functions to help make usage of this particular app a lot more fun. Look for a visual voicemail service which includes computer animated avatars or even video recording messages. Some even have the avatar synchronize with the man or woman’s words. Interacting by means of voice mail is enjoyable again, thanks to applications of this sort. Be sure to look into the distinct apps which permit this kind of voicemail. You may find you would like people to leave you messages of this kind more frequently, as you love playing them to see just what the application does. Make sure you check it out now because you are going to love it.

How to Considerably Better Your Industry’s Success Rate

The actual success regarding your organization depends about it becoming viable, environmentally friendly and related, and some sort of strategic as well as comprehensive enterprise plan must be within place. This specific will assist ensure enterprise operations tend to be well believed out along with that group and advertising strategies are generally carefully carried out. Above most, a company can boost its accomplishment rate by way of quality assistance, product and also leadership. In order to find more info read on or click to read more.

Here are some ideas on precisely how to determine, develop as well as retain ability:

Build a detailed business program, follow this to the particular letter along with revisit the particular plan routinely. The company plan ought to include limited and long goals, in depth financial predictions and marketing and advertising and marketing objectives. The actual business strategy should furthermore include a contingency plans inside the occasion one or maybe more features of typically the plan are usually not unfolding as likely. Having some sort of backup prepare for your own personal business procedures can boost your accomplishment rate simply because you will not waste moment trying for you to recover via unanticipated enterprise events.

Employ good workers. Your workers represent your own personal company to be able to your clients. Make positive employees are usually certified and well-trained. Encourage staff to are available to an individual with concerns and problems. This technique will maintain your enterprise communications operating smoothly, growing your probabilities for good results. Take computed risks. Whilst it’s rash to chance your enterprise reputation or perhaps finances in wild goose chases, computed, well thought-out risks have got the prospective to improve your business’ success pace. Examples regarding calculated danger include presenting a brand-new product collection, opening any new area or rebranding your business to turn out to be more pertinent and visible.

Ask regarding advice. Agencies such while state Business Advancement Centers may offer suggestions, training along with operational review to assist you determine areas involving strength along with weakness within your company. You may well also choose to application form a well known and reliable team involving advisers to be able to help anyone make determined decisions regarding the approach you manage your organization. Be considerate. Treat consumers, vendors as well as employees together with respect and also courtesy. This specific will generate a business culture throughout which personnel and consumers feel highly valued and valued, which can easily strengthen typically the foundation regarding the company. Tracking precisely how your promotion budget is usually used as well as the revenue that outcome will assist you recognize the mediums that provide you typically the best achievement rate. To get more helpful information, review the subject matter or see it here.

Making a decision on a Distance Education and learning College

There is an possibility to enable various kinds of folks, which includes those with afflictions, a chance to earn a degree. The particular execution associated with studying techniques allows organizations to combine the advantages of individual studying (in terms of performance) and size (in conditions of cost-effectiveness). An individual should really navigate to these guys to find out more.

This kind of understanding system involves specific variation of the course to the requirements of students and teachers. A set of independent training courses (modules) could be created into a program that satisfies the needs from the man or women or group. Learning online evolves the abilities of independent work, which are extremely popular in modern day life. The scholar itself establishes the rate of learning, this means they are not bound by time, classes and also teachers, and can engage assignment in a convenient time.

The usage of training techniques minimizes anxiety when getting tests or exams. Occasionally, anxiety as well as fear of the particular teacher will never allow college students to fully illustrate their information. It eliminates the emotional impact caused by a student or perhaps group. In addition to the results connected with online learning is the subjective assessment of knowledge. This really is, obviously, a bad point. It may manifest itself in the event that where a student shows assure during the training course but fails at using tests. The particular instructor, usually, will carry out corrections which associate to the entire effectiveness.Academic systems offer equal academic opportunities regardless of a person’s position of residence, health and fitness status or perhaps elitism. The modular construction allows the construction of information to be used correctly. For a further explanation, call your nearby advisor.

The usage of pc graphics, computer animation, video, sound and other mass media components provides a unique possibility to make understanding material very graphic and thus understandable and also memorable. This is also true in instances where the scholar needs to grasp a significant amount of mentally neutral information. As you know, college students learn no more than 30% in the course of classroom classes. When it is documented, you learn no more than 40%. Distance learning courses enable a 60 percent increase in learning efficiency due to the probability to practice the knowledge used. Distance education and learning is a very crucial studying instrument in today’s society. A person may click to investigate us if you have any kind of uncertainties.

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Finding the Right Telecom Service – Factors to Consider

Every business has its own requirements when it comes to telecom. What you need is a telecom solution that has enough power to keep your business running. And, it should be within your budget. Since there are several service providers today as well as technologies, how can you be sure that you find the right services for you?

If you don’t want to experience too much frustration and stress in searching for the best service provider, below are some essential factors to consider.

Before you commit to a certain service provider, you need to make a little research first. In your area, search for one who can provide several services and greater coverage. Choose the one who has a reliable internet connection. Do not waste your time on a service provider who has not a good internet connection. Fast internet connection may not be what all companies can offer, so it is good to make sure they can offer you a reliable connection.

If you don’t understand all these things, then it is best to find a telecom service consultant. This consultant can easily determine the right telecom service suited for your needs. They will look for one with the most efficient services and support.

It is important to understand what are the needs of your business while taking note of the new solutions and technologies available today. The telecom service consultant is more appropriate for this line of job. They can keep up with the rapid growth of telecom industry and can help you find which one is fitted for your business.

Another things that can affect your choice of telecom service provider are the coverage and price. You need to consider the size of the business as well as how many employees require internet and phone access. Then, determine which service provider can provide you the best solutions eliminating poor work ethics and exorbitant bills. Making these policies clear right from the start will allow you to avoid possible misunderstandings. If your business is quite busy, then you might require long distance services, VOIP services and conference calls.

The telecom before and at present is far different. For you to take advantage of what the new telecom has for your business, then you need to make sure that you will be hiring the right service provider. When these things are too hard for you, then you can always ask help from the professionals in order to lessen your stress while ensuring that you get what you need and want. The main goal of these professionals is to determine what is best for you. With this, you can be confident that your business will run smoothly.

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The Need For Using Business Telephone Systems

Business telephone system is among the important elements of IT infrastructure of a business. However, they’re typically given with little consideration when issues of reliability and availability are discussed. Data network usually get the most attention and probably, when the network is down, there can be a negative impact.

Despite the fact that many in the corporate world are using email as a form of communication, written word simply can’t convey the mood, emotion or intent like speaking directly to someone. The telephone conversations are capable of clearing misunderstandings that began from the improperly worded email. This is the reason why business phone systems that perform reliably and consistently is vital for the success of a business. Not only it is benefiting employees, the telephones for businesses allow clients to connect with customer service agents or employees that provide customers with sense of good intent on the part of the business.

Business telephone systems are varying as with the companies that are using them. There’s a system that’s designed to suit the needs of both small and big businesses with different system capacities and call features. In recent times, most of the telephone systems have digital phones that are connected to a telephone system via cat 5 wiring.

Digital sets have enabled multiple calls as well as programmable buttons, these digital phones served the needs of user efficiently with just little thought. However these days needs for communication become a lot more complicated since technology has advanced and businesses are running their daily operations in a different manner.

And with the way the business world operates today, it has become common for many companies in expanding beyond their immediate location. In the past, this will result to increased expense or posed logistical problems for communication to huge degree. But with the onset of VOIP technology, there are plenty of businesses that are able to cast wider net for employing qualified employees while minimizing the cost of start up in remote locations.

The way VOIP telephone conversation is transmitted is like how a computer transmits data. What’s meant by this, users no longer have to be in same building only to use extensions from telephone system. Wherever there’s an internet connection, remote worker could take his/her extension along and will appear to be working in office with everyone else. This actually benefiting both the employees and businesses as research have shown that teleworkers have lesser odds of calling in sick when they are allowed to work right at their home. Having said that, it is not surprising why many organizations are using business telephone systems.

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What Almost No One Knows About Systems

How to Select a Telephone System for Your Business

The usefulness of a high-quality phone system for your business cannot be overstated. The way your phone operates represents your business overall. Poor line quality and automated messaging can turn away your customers. Plus, the productivity of your employees decreases whenever they have to use a poorly designed phone system. This article is going to teach you some of the basics you need to consider when purchasing a new phone.

Of course, cost is going to be your number one concern. For this, you want to weigh the upfront cost of purchasing the system with the dial rates for using it. If you do not pay attention to this, then you might be hit with unreasonable calling rates after a cheap installation. Find out as much as you can so as to not let yourself be hit with hidden fees.

Plan options may either be capped at a certain amount or unlimited. Either option may work for you, depending on what your business needs. You may find that you actually do not know what your business will need.If this is you, see that you are able to switch your plan without hassle. You need to be sure to compare the upfront costs you will incur along with any potential future costs you may have.

You also need to think about the phone system’s features. Should you assign account numbers to calls so you can easily bill clients? Do you need to make a lot of conference calls? Should you be able to connect phone lines together, like a boss and an assistant, for example? How will your central answering machine work? These options are merely a couple of possible features you can get with your phone system. Consider the costs and your business needs in order to make the choice that works for your business.

You must also look at how reliable the phone system will be. See how their customers feel about their customer service and maintenance times. Use tools like review sites and forums to find out genuine opinions. It is not cost effective to have to buy a new telephone system because the first one you bought is not good enough. Therefore, you want to make the right choice the first time. Your phone system should help you grow.

Whether your business is new or growing, you need to make smart choices that benefit you for the long term. The reasons given in this article are aimed at demonstrating the considerations you must have when picking a professional phone system. Your telephones are at the center of your communication strategy, you want to be able to transmit information efficiently.

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The 4 Most Unanswered Questions about Installers

Getting The Right One To Install Your Telephone System

Business owners or even private owners will have to change their telephone systems eventually and this means they will need to find someone for the installation of their new telephone system.

For those people who thinks that installing telephone system is an easy thing to do in your businesses and can DIY it, they are wrong and should think twice. If you want everything to go to the right place then you should find someone professional to install your telephone system for you.

Although we can simply connect the wires to a modem and get everything to work perfectly, there are some technical stuff that must be done by a professional.

This is why telephone companies will have their own technicians to aid you in installing the new telephone system that you require. You will know why people especially business owners would have to look for a professional that can install their telephone system:

The Modem and Other Parts
When you have no idea about the different parts that you can see from your telephone system then you should just leave it in the hands of professionals. If you want your telephone system to work properly without any problems and accidents then it is really the best thing to find someone who knows everything about the installation.

Modern Technology

With the fast pace technology that we currently have today, it is really important that you are able to find someone that knows everything from the history up to the latest technology of telephone systems. For business owner, this is one very important factor especially if you are in a technology inclined business.

If you find a great technician to install your telephone system then you can be sure that you will be given advises and suggestions what are the things you can do to get your business better with your new telephone systems. Now you have an idea why it is at the utmost importance to immediately look for the best telephone technician to install your telephone system for your business. Most of the time, your telephone system provider will also provide telephone systems, but if they don’t then there are things that you can do to find the right one.

You can always look for the right technician to help you in installing your telephone system through the internet. Remember to compare each technician that you can find in the internet and see if they are really capable of giving you the best services. You will have to compare their profiles and work history before you can say that it is the right one to install your telephone system for you.

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Obtain The Instruction Necessary For A Brand New Job

Finding a whole new job could be hard, however it is frequently impossible without the proper instruction. Even though several job opportunities will educate on-site, quite a few require certifications showing possible individuals know how to perform the job currently. In the event that somebody has a full time career, they may be worried they don’t really have enough time to venture to classes and get the certifications they need to be able to select a whole new occupation. The good thing is, classes on the web are fantastic for an active professional and they’re going to be able to get any kind of certifications they really need.

Classes on the web tend to be available for many different subject areas and any individual can certainly take beginner, standard or complex lessons to be able to gain the certifications they have to have. They’re going to desire to start by exploring the courses that are offered and also figuring out which one they wish to take very first. Even in the event the person has the certifications for the fundamental lessons, if they haven’t yet taken a web based lesson in the past it’s advised they take a beginner class to be able to see just how the classes operate. When they have chosen a class, they’re able to go on and register.

When they’re registered they are able to begin working on the course. It is completed at their particular speed so they don’t need to stress about rushing to satisfy deadlines or maybe waiting around for the subsequent assignment if they complete the initial project rapidly. After the class is finished, they will take the exam and receive their own certification. From that point, they are able to continue into the following lesson until they may have completed every one of the classes they require and therefore are able to get started looking for a new job. If they would like, they can continue to take lessons when they receive the profession they need so they can receive promotions and also boost their own worth.

Right before somebody gets started taking courses, they might want to look at more helpful hints over at this website. They’re able to read the Full Report on exactly how classes on the web run and precisely how they are able to use the lessons to receive the profession they really would like. They are able to additionally discover here a directory of the classes that are offered and discover what kind they want to take first. Whenever they are ready, it’s a simple matter of getting started with the initial lesson and also working towards all the certifications they have to have.

Could Learning online Give An individual The Education You Would like?

Experts consider that the main importance of the utilization of learning methods is bettering accessibility to education. The pace of advancement of modern day culture results in the fact that a person has to rejuvenate their knowledge virtually all the way through their life. And the information that you receive in the first span of your life in school subsequently will become inadequate. However, a significant amount of specialist information becomes outdated swiftly, so that knowledge must be continuously updated. You may click to find out more or navigate here.

Generally speaking, online learning is cheaper than typical education, mainly simply by decreasing the costs of travel, accommodations in another city, the costs of arranging programs, much less staff, the expense of teachers can be lowered, and so forth. Classic intramural six-week classes are now taught in proportions like: 75% e-Learning as well as 25% in class. Currently, online learning has the next benefits: this program conserves millions a year and the level of academic subject material has increased by five times the rate in 2013. The low percentage regarding completion is due to the lack of connection with using distance learning systems and also the complexity from the enthusiasm associated with students. Development of distance learning will certainly continue to develop with the advancement of Net technologies.

Using the research of different methods, a number of which are known at the end of the article, below are some great benefits of using studying systems, among which is the regional and time advantages (possibility to study wherever and when a person want). Since the teaching will be conducted distantly, there is an chance to study in different country on the planet. The utilization of online learning allows establishments to offer academic services into a wider range of college students by causing education obtainable. Learning online permits centralized training, regardless of its distance. People can study and do coursework in their free time. Accessibility as well as openness of modern schooling allows people to review for their complete life, mixing study along with careers. And then there is the personalization of the learning method. If you might be searching for an experienced academic institution, click this url.

The Laser Agent Reveals How Aestheticians Can Save Up to 80% on Equipment

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FISHERS, Ind. — The Laser Agent, one of the world’s leading suppliers of medical lasers and aesthetic technology, announced at the launch of a new public awareness campaign. With lasers increasingly being used for everything from hair removal to body contouring and wrinkle reduction, physicians, nurses, aestheticians and other professionals who lack access to the necessary equipment risk falling behind.

As the new Laser Agent public awareness campaign will show, high-quality, pre-owned lasers and other equipment can often be acquired at discounts of 50% to 80% compared to buying new. With a large inventory of carefully inspected and refurbished devices online now at The Laser Agent is a top supplier of such equipment and therefore especially well positioned to help others learn about the advantages of this option.

“Lasers have proven to be incredibly useful tools for a huge range of medical and cosmetic purposes, but sophisticated equipment of this kind is not always accessible to all at retail pricing,” The Laser Agent President Tony Kokjohn said. “With our new public awareness campaign, we’re committed to helping professionals everywhere discover another option, one that can be of great benefit to both them and their clients and patients alike. As our many satisfied customers can attest, buying a carefully inspected pre-owned piece of aesthetic equipment can be a good way for anyone in the field to offer more to their clients without breaking the bank.”

The Laser Agent is one of the world’s top suppliers of lasers and cosmetic devices designed for aesthetic procedures.  In addition to aesthetic, they also sell lasers for surgical, ophthalmic and veterinary procedures. With a huge inventory of equipment including top names like Accuvet, Alma, BTL, Candela, Coherent, Cutera, Cynosure, Edge Systems, Hoya ConBio, Laserscope, Lumenis, Palomar, Sciton, Solta, Venus and Zeiss, the company makes it simple for any physician, aesthetic professional, ophthalmologist or veterinarian to acquire lasers and other technologically advanced devices.

As the new Laser Agent public awareness campaign is designed to show, even working with limited budgets can often secure access to such equipment. Carefully inspecting and often refurbishing laser equipment, The Laser Agent experts are able to offer devices of this kind at discounts of up to 80% off regular retail prices.

The company’s new public awareness campaign will therefore awaken many industry professionals as to an attractive but often overlooked option. Visitors to The Laser Agent website at can learn more and browse the company’s current inventory of pre-owned aesthetic lasers.

About The Laser Agent:

Staffed by experts with over eighteen years of experience in the field and an intimate knowledge of the latest developments, The Laser Agent is one of the world’s top suppliers of medical and aesthetic lasers and related technology.

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The 4 Most Unanswered Questions about Businesses

Top 6 Qualities of a Good Tech Support Company

It is sometimes useful for companies to outsource their IT department, but doing so will require some careful deliberation in order to find the best candidate. Considering all of the factors that could make a technical support team effective or difficult are crucial to determining which one to go into business with.

Below is a list of the most important things to think about when making a hiring decision.

1. Excellent End User Communication

It is extremely useful to be able to solve issues between ages and the end users. It is really one of the most important things for problem solving. It makes it possible for customers to be easily able to obtain any information they need.

The end users also get to rest easy, knowing that the issue that needed addressing was solved. Furthermore, it builds trusting relationships. If there happen to be more issues, it will be easy for end users to rely on the tech support team.

2. Ability To Communicate With Each Other

It is important for everyone in the tech support team to have current updates regarding the project at hand. This communication makes the tech team able to work faster and more efficiently. It is also useful for them to take good notes, in case someone new needs to step in.

3. Ability to Own a Problem

It is sometimes necessary to ask an outside software manufacturer, or other third party, to help with a problem. If this happens, it is important for tech support teams to be upfront and honest with the third party, taking accountability of the issue at hand and sharing all necessary information. Refusal to take ownership of a problem can cause some detrimental difficulties in any given project.

4. 24/7 Help

It is important for tech support teams to be open-minded and persistent with projects. In other words, if a team is persistent, it will keep working on a problem even when they are not working. However, remember that tech support staff do need to rest, and this is important to their wellbeing and safety. It simply means that persistence is a virtue when it comes to IT staff.

5. Willing to Share Information

Any decent IT professional is eager to gain new information and skills. It is important that such people openly share what they learn with their colleagues.

6. Willing to Learn from Experience

Learning moments are not hard to come by in the world of tech support. The ability to recognize and improve from those teaching moments is essential to being a good tech support agent or engineer.

If a tech support company has all of the above qualities, it will be a great business to partner with.

Source: http://www.youngupstarts.com/2016/02/02/5-ways-to-take-startup-pressures-off-your-shoulders/

22 Lessons Learned: Phones

What You Need to Know Concerning Business Telephone System Technology

Communication is a key factor in any form of relationship and is essential to any business. The invention of the telephone is one of the significant invention in the modern age that has transformed the way people communicate. In this age, a telephone has become a basic necessity for personal and business use. Telephones have continued to influence more developments in the communication technology sector. An example of such technology development is the business telephone systems.

The business telephone system is essential for any business setting. An integrated business telephone system can be beneficial to businesses regardless of their sizes. These systems helps you run your business effectively and effortlessly. A business telephone system enhances the running of communication processes and thus, making the entire office more efficient.

In today’s fast-paced business world, every business must adopt the latest innovations in the communication technology in order to survive. Efficient business telephone systems facilitate good communication among the staff of an organization and its clients. It allows everything to is managed in a professional way.

Without the full knowledge of the communication within your company, it is impossible to improve the company and the services you provide. Business telephone systems can help you know and have control over what is happening in your organization. It allows you to access, manage, and control everything from one unified system as opposed to bits, and sections in many different small areas.

Today’s business telephone systems are more advanced, more complex, and come with additional features compared to the common telephones. You can purchase a custom-made system that is designed to suit the particular needs of your business and help it to attain a high level of efficiency. There are many options available such as the PBX phone system, Avaya telephone system, and others. These have advanced features like VOIP. VOIP telephone services can help you save some money especially if you are making international calls.

Selecting a powerful system if important to ensure the success of your company. Before you decide on a certain business telephone systems, it is wise that you know what to look for and what to expect. These factors will help you determine the best business telephone system for your organization.

As technology advances, both business and customer requirements change. For that reason, you telephone system should be flexible and adaptable to the changes in technology.

When looking for a business telephone system, it is essential that you identify your requirements and the features you want in a system. Select a system with features and services suitable for your business and business needs. Also, make sure it is affordable, user-friendly, and the provider offers the support you need.

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Search Engine Optimization: Advantages to Offer

SEO (search engine optimization) has a great number of benefits in store for small businesses. And the truth of the matter is that many believe that businesses who apply SEO are in a much better position than those who neglect this marketing strategy.

Benefits Small Businesses Can Get from SEO

1. Create a More User-Friendly Website

Despite the name search engine optimization, SEO also focuses on website users. Therefore, it can be used for the creation of websites that are quicker and friendlier. When the users are happy with the site, so do are the search engines. Applying SEO techniques can improve user’s experience with the website and this can bring in several short-term and long-term advantages.

2. Locate New Customers and Help for Overall Growth

Having a website is a financial investment for businesses and one reason that drives many to have one is to increase customer base. It is also an accepted thought that businesses who do have a website can gather twice as much clients as businesses that do not have one. What SEO does is aid the website in gaining higher ranks in search engine result pages and this brings in more customer visits and consequently lead to bigger sales.

3. Attain Better Conversion Rates

A website that applies proven and tested SEO techniques work fast and is easy to use or navigate. Not only that, it works well with mobile and tablet devices. This brings in a better promise of higher conversion. Those people who come to visit your website have the likelihood to turning to be your loyal visitors, avid subscribers or better yet, actual customers.

4. Establish Brand Awareness

What is not so popular about SEO is that it can actually improve your brand awareness through search engine result pages top ranking. According to studies, a brand that appears in the top rank of search engine results pages tend to be more reliable on the customers’ perspective. Thus, if you apply SEO, your website presence becomes more worthwhile than those who do not mind about the strategy.

As the days go by, you can only expect the world of business to turn a lot stiffer and stiffer. What is your way to getting an edge in the industry where you are in? Well, it is time that you take a closer look on what search engine optimization can actually do to your business. It can improve your position in search engine results pages, help you gain more visits and allow you to improve your customer base.

Source: http://www.92pixels.com/5-things-boost-sales-creative-businesses/

Trackers: 10 Mistakes that Most People Make

Make the Most of a Fitness Tracker to Improve Your Overall Fitness

You may have been working hard to keep yourself fit, which shows how important it is for your body to function efficiently. There are numerous reasons why you ought to own and use the fitness tracker device. When you are serious concerning keeping fit, then it is an indispensable tool, especially once you have lots of things to do. Read on to know these several reasons and see if it is time to find your own device and make the most of it.

The device can enable you to track your daily fitness performance and your target without difficulty. You don’t need any pen and paper to document your performance and goals. You have a paperless way to become more motivated and go to the gym frequently.

In contrast to any other fitness gadget, having the tracker keeps you encouraged to run more. Various fitness devices will keep your data in the cloud by syncing your gadget through your mobile phone. It enables you to put easily your data online and share any new fitness record that you have achieved. Because of this, you get to be honored once you achieve a new fitness goal. Seeing the targets that some of the people you know have already accomplished, it will compel you to be more competitive.

You will get more encouraged also to go for higher and better goals using the fitness tracker. If ever you will defer your workout, these people will recognize and they will possibly comment on your action. As you don’t want them to be upset, you will be motivated to continually do your workouts.

The fitness tracker will provide notifications if you already need to increase your current activity. There are specific times when you forget your daily workout as you have lots of things to do. You can discover a fitness tracker that will remind you once you need to reach your goal. You will be encouraged even more when you get a little electric shock once you don’t achieve fitness target for the day.

Aside from tracking your fitness activities, a fitness tracker device can also record your sleep if you want to. You can choose to have a fitness band that will collect your data on a particular period and calculate the ideal time to get some sleep. For instance, it will tell you to sleep 20 minutes earlier of your sleeping time so you can make more steps on the next day.

You can make use of the fitness tracker as well to track your vital signs. Even if you are still young, you can wear the device because it is good to track important signs in your body. It is very helpful also for older people who have health problems as the data collected can be easily accessed by physicians for the right diagnosis.

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Practical and Helpful Tips: Companies

What to Consider When Making a Telecommunication Channel Choice

Every serious firm is on a mission of designing a competitive strategy which will make it very competitive and always ahead. To accomplish these critical tools which connect dots of a successful business must be employed. The mode and the channels which can harness communication from and out of the firm are the first and foremost considerations which should be factored in. The business should wisely choose the telecommunication system which will cater for its comprehensive needs. Both internal needs of the company should be served by the selected choice of the system. The choice of selection is typically proportional to the success of the business. In this publication, the major tool of communication will be discussed analyzing its applications phase by phase. Telecommunication system is an arrangement which ranges from just a very simple system to a very complex system like the private branch exchange.

The whole aspect of telecommunication has been improved by incorporation of technology. This the growth of technology has created a need for the businesses to seek better ways of improving their communication with the customers. As improving the customer service into the realms of the digital technology will improve the business progress, it is also vital not to try totally and tested forms of communications which have given results over a period.

Regardless of the sector which the business could be operating, firms are coming up with ways to boost their online presence. Therefore, it is very imperative to embrace any channel which can increase the value to the overall communication purpose of the firm.

From this, the business management have an obligation to make a super selection which caters fro the business needs. The the system should bring the elegant personal touch of the firm to the clients. They feel part and parcel of the business. The response which could have been received from the customers be it positive or negative help the company to adjust where need be in time. All business transactions are faster as it is in real time.

It is worth noting that not all customers have internet connection, therefore a great need to have a platform which also caters for them. A simple reason of potential or existing customer not having web access does not mean that he is of lesser value. Ensuring that one has range of communication system which will see to it that all clients are catered for will ensure that one is not going to lose any business.

Mobile technology will definitely increase productivity and profitability. The quest for any firm is how they will greatly benefit from these technological advancements.

Currently, the desire for mobility is part of the business technology agenda for majority of the firms.

With all this in mind, a sober choice can be made to bring forth the system which caters for every business need.

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Overwhelmed by the Complexity of Services? This May Help

Business Telecoms: The Past and the Present

The term business telecom is directly related to voice, internet services and data transfer. To achieve such service, there should be data transmitted to distant areas, done by the means of electric signals. So that signal can be transmitted all over the globe, the telecommunication uses great types of channels. At the far end part, there are receivers that get the signal and should be interpreted to get the needed information. The world’s connection is said to be dominated by the telecom network as a means of connecting to the universe.

Through the fast advancement of the technology, the telecom business has greatly overcome the intrinsic constraints of the business field. They have become central part of businesses. Compared to the previous or the past business- telecom, the present telecoms are more affordable and quick in the means of transmitting data. In UK, the top business telecom include Avaya, BT,Topcooms, Vodat telecoms, PSU and a lot more. There are number of leading telecom business in UK, such as PSU, Avaya, Vodat telecoms,BT, Topcomms, and more.

Before, the business-telecommunication included a limited choices like fax and telephone services.

These services are considered sufficient still, especially for small business that does not need a long distance of communication. Later on, cellular phones were added on the list, and as the little advancement follows, internet joined in the kit of telecommunication. Originally, dial -up modems are being used to build internet connection. While the internet of today has a great sense of technological unity, aiming to fulfill the requirements of communication.

The new business-telecom, dense with networks and the newest innovation of technology, will simply enable you to transfer data fast. It has evolved to a more personal communication and faster response for varied channels.

The most recent technologies in business telecom are; , include ISDN (integrated services digital network), VOIP (Voice over network protocol) and ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) services. These kind of technologies, maintain the magic of the ongoing growth of businesses in accordance with the individual needs of a business.

The VOIP is used widely for big enterprises in business telecoms. To make a long distance call, the protocol uses the computer. It is a replacement of any standard telephone line, which is expensive.It can be another replacement of a more expensive telephone line. You can pick from various business telecom packages, that include having international calls, with the use of your home computer. The various business telecom services can be received on the existing normal phone lines, called POTS. However, you can get more great features, with the primary rate interface signaling, through the T1.

The recent business telecom, undeniably, offers key advantages. Anywhere in the world, you can surely create your own site office, through a satellite operated system. The latest system is also able to do video conferencing. In addition, if you are running a big business, you can freely hire home employees, and they can benefit their talents, wherever they are.

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The Extensive Benefits and Prerequisites Regarding PMP Qualification

One of the more crucial experience that the project director may have, specifically a good task director that’s thinking about his future occupation, is definitely that of a Project Management Professional (PMP). This is a accreditation that is not only acknowledged all through this market, but it’s also accepted by different areas worldwide. Individuals who have accomplished PMP accreditation have proven that they will be equipped with the required knowledge, training and overall know-how needed to work with other individuals when being responsible for the leading as well as direction regarding important jobs.

Getting one’s PMP certification is actually linked along with value as an employee. Generally speaking, an individual who is definitely PMP qualified is a bit more marketable to employers than will be a man or woman who isn’t accredited, and they also generally demand a higher wage than the usual non-certified professional executing a similar job. It is strongly recommended through sector management that certain people seek out PMP documentation. For instance, anybody who wishes their particular resume to actually stand out to probable long term recruiters, wanting to strengthen their own management skills as well as to merely progress up to some increased pay scale is actually well-advised to receive PMP instruction along with qualification.

In the event that whatever you have read thus far appears interesting, Continue Reading pertaining to Additional info. (In reality, More Help is definitely obtainable right here – click for source.) In order for any guy to be able to apply for a seat at the PMP, he has to first sometimes have got some sort of high school diploma or degree, or two-year higher education education (as well as far better) in partnership with at the very least five years of experience handling projects, as well as a set variety of several hours spent guiding tasks. Thirty-five hours regarding education throughout project management are generally additionally required. At the same time, a guy might use employing a bachelor’s college education as well as three years practical experience as well as a considerably lesser length of time put in in project direction. In either case, your thirty-five hours associated with schooling are expected. Those who tend not to meet up with these kinds of qualifications might even now make use of looking into that next degree down of qualification. It’s important for everybody whom reaches accreditation to make sixty PDUs every single three years to keep certification.

WannaFollow.Me Launches Redesigned Website Prompted by Social Networking Uptick

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(Tampa, Florida)– Public polls conducted last year by worldwide digital consumer study group Global Web Index reveal the average American now devotes 28 percent of his or her online time to social networking. This figure shows a slight uptick of 6 percent over 2014 with a surge in micro-blogging likewise depicted. This swelling trend was the driving factor behind the development of personal branding website, WannaFollow.Me ( In light of the recent growth in this sector, CEO Roger Safont has launched the company’s newly redesigned website and functionality.

Said Safont, “WannaFollow.Me is only engine that can pull Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates into one place. This type of technology helps keep individuals up to date and can allow small to medium-size businesses gain greater visibility among potential customers. It’s great for giving people and companies the ability to be followed through all of their social media outlets, and it cuts down on the amount of time spent searching for various connections.”

Safont also added “Our goal is to aggregate social media so that you don’t need to create multiple accounts to follow your artists, friends or favorite businesses.  The main problem with social media is that there are so many sites out there.   If someone tweets, the facebook followers will not be notified.  WannaFollow.Me solves that problem.  Follow them in one central location.”

WannaFollow.Me ( has been touted by consumers, business owners and digital marketing firms alike as a revolutionary social hub allowing users to consolidate their social media posts into a single location while sending followers updates via email. The website’s new design offers benefits from both promotional and entertainment perspectives. Newly revamped customization options now incorporated into the website provide a greater range of opportunities to implement real-time feeds from numerous social channels.

The company has experienced considerable growth since its initial launch. Creators of the site note additional new built-in features generate greater SEO functionality on a global scale.

Concluded Safont, “Our revamped website design includes a fresh look and feel as well as several new features for our users to enjoy. People can upload multiple images to share, post new messages and use a number of methods for marketing themselves. We’ve also added free writing sections for those who want to create more in-depth content for their profiles. This is truly the most versatile platform available for creating a free splash page with all the features followers want to see.”

Those interested in creating an account or learning more about what the company has to offer may visit

About WannaFollow.Me:

Based out of Tampa, WannaFollow.Me is owned by WannaFollow, LLC and provides a variety of options for creating customized splash pages, bringing an array of social media outlets together at a single hub.

Source: http://markets.financialcontent.com/clarkebroadcasting.mycentraloregon/news/read/31789298

Unilogo International Returns From Successful Packaging Innovations Showing

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PIASECZNO, Poland — Unilogo International, a top designer and producer of flexible, customized equipment for production lines, reported on the company’s presence at the recent Packaging Innovations trade show in Warsaw. Held on April 12 and 13, the eighth iteration of the annual packaging-industry event drew hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors to the EXPO XXI exhibition hall.

Stationed at Booth B6 throughout the show, Unilogo International representatives demonstrated and answered questions about a range of the company’s filling machines, capping machines, and other products that help clients react more ably to evolving market conditions. Occupying a distinctive niche in the industry, Unilogo International focuses on designing and producing equipment that is particularly suited to small production runs, reducing changeover downtime and boosting output for customers who must vary their offerings to accommodate current demand.

“We’re pleased to report that we had a productive, enjoyable time at the recent Packaging Innovations show in Warsaw,” said Sales Director Hubert Grodowski, “With so many companies around the world coming to appreciate the value our distinctive products offer, the show made for a great opportunity to demonstrate our machines and answer questions in person. As our steadily growing list of high-profile international clients shows, Unilogo International equipment can make a real difference for companies that need to be able to efficiently accommodate smaller production batches. We’d like to thank everybody who stopped by our booth at the show and say that we look forward to getting touch with them again.”

In industries as varied as cosmetics, chemical, pharmaceutical and prepared food production, the dynamic modern business environment means that companies are increasingly tasked with responding quickly to rapidly evolving market conditions. With a team of eighty dedicated designers, engineers, and other experts, Unilogo International works closely with such clients to design and deliver custom-tailored production lines and equipment that precisely match the unique needs of each.

As a result of the company’s consistently demonstrated excellence at delivering on this mission, Unilogo International has built up a long and still-growing list of clients that includes many of the world’s most notable names. From cosmetics giants like L’Oreal to consumer packaged goods titans such as Unilever and P&G, clients benefit from the greatly improved responsiveness, drastically reduced downtime, and enhanced production flexibility that Unilogo International products and services enable.

The recent Packaging International trade show in Warsaw made for an especially productive way for Unilogo International representatives to further spread awareness as to the value and significance of the company’s offerings. More information about Unilogo International and its products can be found at MyUnilogo.com.

About Unilogo International:
With end-to-end, in-house control over the entire process, Unilogo International designs and delivers production line equipment that is tailored to perfectly suit clients’ needs, allowing for highly efficient production runs of any size and rapid changeover.

Source: http://markets.financialcontent.com/powermanagement/news/read/32055927

IDENTITY THEFT: ONLINE SHOPPING AT RISK AND WAYS TO AVOID IT

Winter can be an extraordinary time to exploit internet shopping deals, yet a computerized shopping spree could likewise make your own money related data more available to character hoodlums putting you at high danger of turning into an identity theft casualty.

Before you top off a virtual shopping basket from your PC, cell phone, or tablet, consider these seven web shopping propensities personality criminals focus on that could make you powerless against fraud: 

  1. Purchasing from obscure or new vendors.

Tip: If conceivable, shop with respectable online dealers. If you are uncertain of a trader’s history and notoriety, go over its business appraisals. This is particularly critical if you are shopping with sites that host private sell-offs or with organizations that associate you to private vendors.

Consider doing your online business with traders who have done a huge number of offers and who have positive exchange evaluations of 99 percent or higher. If you want to make an online buy from a universal vendor, comprehend that your lawful rights may change if the trade is outside of the country. Checkout LifeLock review to know more about how you can stay safe from identity.

  1. Giving installment through an unsecured association.

Tip: When making an installment on the web, ensure you are utilizing a safe association that guarantees character security. Trustworthy online dealers will guide you to a safe or scrambled Web page when you are prepared to look at so that only you and the vendor can see your credit card data.

  1. Paying with a plastic, check, or clerk’s check

Tip: A Mastercard is the most secure type of instalment for online buys in light of the fact that you have more assurance if the shipper neglects to convey the thing as guaranteed.

  1. Utilizing numerous Mastercard for online buys.

Tip: Pick one Visa for the majority of your internet shopping so it’s less demanding to screen charges and spot mistakes or identity theft warnings.

  1. Putting away your charge card data out of comfort.

Tip: Instead of putting away your Visa data with online merchants, essentially sort your card number in the physical sense for each exchange.

  1. Utilizing passwords that are anything but difficult to hack.

Tip: Create solid passwords that incorporate upper and lower case numbers, images, and accentuation stamps, and upgrade them routinely to avert hacking. Passwords that incorporate your introduction to the world date, address, or telephone number could be effectively bargained.

  1. Reacting gradually to a false charge.

Tip: If you detect a charge that isn’t yours, contact your Mastercard organization instantly—regardless of the possibility that the charge is for a little sum. Your record can be shut and you can demand to be issued another card to avoid further extortion or fraud.