US Gives Drones The Green Light!


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 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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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



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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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



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.

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.”

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

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

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Drones Are The Future Of Photography

It is amazing to live in this world where technology is becoming more and more advanced. Because of the technology we have, drones are now very popular and are widely used. When it comes to photography, drones are indeed very useful and innovative. It may be hard to believe but drones started as a hobby, however, today, there are plenty of professional photographers who utilize this technology very well. A drone is a unique and amazing equipment that is able to take beautiful and breathtaking aerial shots that is not possible before. The internet is full of amazing videos containing aerial shots of gorgeous views like mountains, oceans, forests, and many others. In the past, when drones were yet to exist, these shots can only be achieved by using a helicopter. In the past, helicopters were used in order to film big advertisements and even movies. Today, it is obviously not recommendable to rent a pilot and a helicopter because it is too expensive. Invest on a good drone of you intend to take excellent aerial shots.

You will have plenty of choices when you plan to shop for a good drone, you can choose from a wide variety of designs, brands, and categories. Buy the cheapest model you can find if it is your first time piloting a drone. If you are a beginner pilot, your drone is likely to crash, to save money, just invest on the cheapest model you can find in the market.

For as long as you are now familiar with the process of flying a drone, you can now purchase a more advanced model, a drone that is able to carry a bigger camera. These advanced drones are the same equipment professionals use when they create amazing advertisements. If you are now confident with your piloting skills, you can now invest on an expensive drone, this will definitely improve your photography skills and you would be surprised to know what it can do for you. You even have the choice to purchase a drone that carries a Go Pro camera, always remember that the better your camera is, the better the quality of your shots will be.

You have your best chances of finding a quality drone when you utilize the internet. A lot of good manufacturers already advertise their products online. Once you enter their website, you get to choose from a wide variety of designs and categories, you also get to learn more about the manufacturer. When you use the internet, convenience is it’s greatest advantage, just by visiting the website of the manufacturer, you can easily choose, purchase, and even get your drone delivered to your home address.

Invest on a good drone today and it will not only improve your skills in photography, it will also give you shots beyond your imagination.

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Architectural Rendering Specialist Studio2a Announces Major Portfolio Update


EVANSTON, Ill. — Studio2a, one of the world’s leading architectural rendering agencies, announced a major, recent update to the company’s online portfolio at Now stocked with nearly a hundred Studio2a 3d Architectural Renderings and other samples of past projects, the newly updated portfolio clearly displays the quality and scope of the company’s work. Since 1998, Studio2a has been collaborating with architects, designers, advertising agencies and others to create detailed, realistic, engaging 3d renderings of interior and exterior architectural spaces and other projects.

“Seeing is believing, especially in this industry. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that we have just updated our online portfolio,” said Studio2a founder and Principal Adam Kruvand, “From large-scale commercial buildings to intimate residential spaces, our updated portfolio shows how our architecturally informed approach produces results that make a difference. We encourage everyone interested in the field to stop by our website to have a look.”

Ever since individuals began specializing in the field thousands of years ago, architects have struggled with how best to convey their ideas and visions to clients and patrons. While sketches and blueprints can help, they require leaps of imagination that can betray the basic goal. With the advent of realistic, computerized three-dimensional rendering technology in the 1990s and its subsequent refinement, a solution to this age-old problem finally came into sight.

While studying architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, Studio2a founder Kruvand first became deeply impressed by the potential of 3d rendering technology. Working as a young architect for a world-class athletic architecture firm after graduating, Kruvand decided to pursue 3d rendering on his own, opening the doors of Studio2a in 1998 at a time when there were very few other companies focusing on the same goals.

Since then, the architecturally informed perspective that Studio2a brings to 3d rendering has become a pillar of the industry. Accounting at a basic level for the fact that architectural rendering necessarily implicates two very different and individually complex fields, Studio2a experts stay continually abreast of the latest developments and technologies in each.

Combined with a deep commitment to communicating and collaborating in productive ways, that drive allows the studio to produce renderings that help architects connect more directly with their own clients. With Studio2a’s online portfolio having now been updated, visitors to the company’s website will find dozens of examples of the results of this uniquely effective take on architectural 3d rendering.

About Studio2a:
Since 1998, Studio2a has been one of world’s most successful and influential architectural rendering companies, combining an ever-evolving knowledge of architecture and cutting-edge technological skills with a deep commitment to collaboration and communication.


Flight Mechanic Concludes Four-Part Series on Nonmetallic Aircraft Materials


HOUSTON — Flight Mechanic, a top online resource for aircraft maintenance and repair professionals, announced the publication at of the final installment of the site’s four-part series covering nonmetallic aircraft materials. The most comprehensive and practical of its kind to be found online, the series has proven to one of Flight Mechanic’s most popular projects of recent years.

In the just-published final part of the series, readers will learn about natural and synthetic rubbers of all kinds and how they are typically used in modern aircraft, along with related materials like shock absorbing cord. Offering regular updates that help keep maintenance and repair professionals informed and aware of the latest developments in the field, Flight Mechanic is one of the most frequently visited websites in its niche.

“For quite some time now, our readers have been asking for a truly wide-ranging overview of the many nonmetallic materials that are regularly found in today’s aircraft,” Flight Mechanic representative Cory Doggett said, “We were proud to oblige them with our new series, and it has turned out be one of the best-received of the many we have published since our founding. We’re happy to report that the fourth and final installment of this popular series is now online at We think any aircraft maintenance technician will find plenty of interest in the series, and we promise to keep turning out useful, informative updates that target the things our readers care about.”

With the stakes inevitably being so high, the design of even the humblest of aircraft can present huge challenges to engineers. Aircraft must be light in order to get and stay aloft, even while they have to be strong to withstand the forces they encounter while in flight. In order to overcome these dilemmas and others, designers make use of a huge range of materials throughout the typical aircraft to most precisely satisfy the requirements relevant to each particular part.

This means that in addition to the aluminum, steel, and titanium that are so integral to many aircraft, mechanics and technicians can expect to encounter many more of nonmetallic kinds. The new Flight Mechanic series on nonmetallic aircraft materials guides readers through the whole range of these materials aircraft maintenance and repair professionals must be familiar with, how the materials behave, and how they must be treated and maintained.

From now-rare nonmetallic materials like wood that were once widespread to today’s high-tech composites, the four-part Flight Mechanic report is the single best resource for those seeking an accessible, functional grounding in this important subject. With the final installment now online along with the others at access, as with all Flight Mechanic updates, is free and open to all.

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A leading online destination for aircraft mechanics and maintenance technicians, Flight Mechanic serves up a steady stream of useful, informative updates and special features.


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Guides in Selecting the Suitable Telephone System

The use of telephone system is very important now a day especially for big and small companies because there must be a clear method of communication in order for the operation of the business to have a smooth flow or to work properly and smoothly. Aside from having a telephone unit, the telephone system must also comprise of other factors that the company must keep in mind like having scanners, copies, fax machines and other related equipment that can help in the establishment for a better communication.

Before buying anything for the company’s telecommunication system, you must always ask first the management on what kind of communication system needs to be purchased so that you will not have to waste your time and money in purchasing various kinds of communication system in the business operations. In order for the company’s management not to waste their time and money in choosing the telephone system that they prefer, they need to evaluate as well the expectations and the objectives of these searching for the telephone system in the company or businesses.

The next thing that you have to consider is the number of telephone lines that you will need for you offices in your company so that you can set-up the number of telephones lines that you need in order for you to have a good and established communication system. Since there are many kinds of communication tools in the market, you must be able to decide if you would want to combine all the tools in one device such as the copier, scanner, fax and a telephone unit .

To be able to know your choices for the telephone system that you would want for your company, you must be able to search for various brands of telephone system so that you may know the various features and prices of these telephone systems. The next thing that you must know is that there are many kinds of telephones and these telephones have various kinds of features and functions that is why you must determine what kind of telephone you would want to purchase to have a better communication.

The next thing that you must take into consideration is the budget that you have allotted for investing in your telephone system and it would be more efficient to invest in a good telephone system for your company with the right budget. The kind of telephone system that you must choose must have a support in order for you to have an efficient system because there might have other problems in the future and the technical support must always be there twenty four hours a day.

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ULearning Reports Online Education Teachers Switching To The Platform In Droves


(St. Petersburg, FL)— ULearning, the online education company building the largest distribution platform for online education and providing people real-world learning opportunities and connecting them with real-world earning opportunities, today announced that their instructor and course base has increased over 1000 percent in the past three months due to the recent blanket $10 site-wide course sale and lowering of course pricing from UDEMY.

On March 2, 2016 UDEMY reported that they were lowering the prices of all their instructors’ courses to between $20 and $50, while continuing to offer discount coupons of up to 50 percent off. Even capstone courses priced at $300 or more were unilaterally forced into the new pricing model. The new pricing follows the Company’s previous actions to site-wide sell every course for $10, independent of the original price of a course established by online instructors.

ULearning in contrast is promoting teachers’ courses with their affiliate and other E-Commerce engine partners and commercializing the courses at the value that teachers have established. The Company’s commitment is to provide the highest return for teachers for their content and course, intending to provide the broadest distribution and highest share of net profits available from any online education platform. As a result of ULearning’s expansion, the Company’s number of course and instructors has increased more than 1000 percent in the past three months.

Brent Willis, Partner at ULearning commented, “We are committed to rewarding teachers for their hard work and expertise, not taking advantage of them unilaterally. We want to help them in their efforts to share their expertise and make a difference, whilst being fairly rewarded for the quality of their courses and knowledge. We are extremely pleased with the pace of ULearning’s growth, and are committed to dwarfing the size of the early entrants in the Online Education sector.”

About ULearning:

ULearning is the online education company that helps people maximize their potential and earning power. Unlike other online education sites, ULearning provides people real-world learning opportunities and then connects them with real-world earning opportunities. ULearning is a global distribution platform of online education, and intends to have the broadest distribution of online courses globally to provide maximum reach for teachers to monetize their knowledge and expertise. In addition, the Company is partnering with a range of Companies and providing links to opportunities to enable students to maximize their earning potential. ULearning is dedicated to making a difference in unemployment and underemployment around the world, especially with young adults and inner-city youth. The Company’s website is


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What Benefits Will You Enjoy If You Decide to Make Use of Web Proxies?

For people that frequent the internet, web proxies is something that they have heard countless of times at this point in time. That being said though, the majority of individuals that have heard about it, aren’t actually familiar with how they work and the benefits that they can provide. So if you are someone that has been curious for quite some time regarding the benefits of web proxies, then here are a few interesting things that you should know.

Perhaps the most popular use and benefit that people enjoy with these proxies, is the way they are able to solve the problem that many people have regarding restrictions that they are able to experience when exploring the internet. As an example, there are many websites today that tend to block the IP of individuals on certain locations and thus, preventing them from accessing the content that they have. Basically, you will be able to gain access to that particular content if you use a good proxy, because you’ll be able to bypass the IP blocks that they do. This can be useful for watching videos that aren’t available in your area, or accessing an online game that prevents you from playing because of your IP.

The second biggest benefit of utilizing these web proxies today, is the added security that you experience, whenever you are doing something over the internet. For example, these proxies can help you hide your real IP, and that means you can have added security against cyber criminals, spy software, or even, bothersome marketing companies whenever you browse the internet. In more ways than one, all your personal information on the internet, will be much harder to acquire by strangers because of this.

In the event that you can see that you will actually be able to benefit from the use of these proxies, then there is really no reason for you not to. The only important detail that you should always remember with this, is to ensure that once you pick a proxy, you go for one that is well-known for delivering the quality security and reliability that you seek. You will probably have no difficulties finding such a proxy these days though, and that’s because there is a huge number of them in the market.

Especially if you take ample amounts of time when you survey the online market for these services, then you will definitely be fine. If you know some individuals that have used these proxies before, then you can consider asking them for recommendations about it. This will significantly improve the overall convenience that you experience during your search and also increase your chances of finding one, that can properly cater to your needs.

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Why We Need to Have a Telephone System

One of the most essential things that you need to secure for your business is communication. It is among the most essential things because it makes all the operations and transactions possible for your company. Another reason is the fact that it is one way for you to reach your clients and customers. Since we are now living in the time and age where we are dealing with all kinds of advancements in technology, we are presented with telephony and IT systems that are particularly helpful in all kinds of businesses.

Among the most famous telephone systems that we have now is the PBX or the Private Branch Exchange. It is among the most developed systems that we have.

The history of the telephone system is very rich and in fact, it goes all the way back years and years ago. These are the times when the operator still connects callers dutifully using the switchboards and cords. Looking back to the way we do things make us appreciate the things we are allowed today. And now, thanks to technology because we now have very developed telephone systems that allow us to do things that may have been deemed utterly impossible years ago.

The PBX system is among the most preferred ones because it has a lot of capabilities. It will allow you multiple lines that will connect you to all the people inside your company as well as your potential customers and clients outside.

There are a lot of extensions in your office and once a caller places a call, he or she will then be directed to the right extension automatically. Over time, this system has seen a great deal of changes especially on its cost and some of its operational processes. Today, we are now allowed to get a telephone system without exhausting much of our bank accounts. This makes it even easier for small businesses to get it.

If you are managing a business and you still haven’t adopted a telephone and IT system, this is the perfect time for you. Take note of the fact that if you want your business to survive, you have to get the best and unfailing communication system because that’s what the consumers are expecting of you. There is no need for you to worry about the cost because there sure are systems that you can get for the right budget. And if you don’t know where to look for the companies to provide you with what you need, you can always look for the information you need in the Internet because it can give you almost anything you want.

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Facilitating Workers’ Productivity through the Desktop Scanners

Surely, scanning has become very popular tool in so many businesses nowadays. There are so many methods for implementing scanning at work but the simplest and the easiest way that you can do this is often overlooked and this is through the use of the desktop document scanning method.

The desktop scanners are quite useful for any office worker who needs to file documents as a part of their everyday job. When it comes to filing a document electronically to be able to eliminate the paper files and make the document a lot easier to find, using the document as part of the workflow or many of the other tasks which can take advantage of the electronic document, the desktop scanner is really an efficient and also an affordable tool.

The software bundle that comes with the scanner is the main factor why you must go for this scanner. There are many software programs that are made for specific application which are available at cheap cost and also need implementation through experienced professionals. Not going out and buying additional specialized software will help you save a good amount of cash and also add to the return of investment in the scanner. Desktop scanners have a software that permits you to control the manner the device scans and creates those searchable documents through the built-in OCR package. Optical character recognition can pay back the investment in the scanner in just months through getting rid of the filing cabinet and losing the documents.

The scanner on the dedicated network or production scanners have their place and also the desktop scanners are excellent for the convenience that they provide and they are also cheap and can help improve the productivity too. Your employee who takes care of those paper documents each day can surely benefit from this equipment. One doesn’t have to make multiple trips to the network MFP in order to scan documents or put them in file cabinets, but they can just sit at the desk and then scan all those important documents when they have them. This kind of application makes the desktop scanner a very important tool which enhances productivity and also the help in retaining important information too.

Aside from the simple and also cost effective uses for scanning, there are many other specialized application to improve the workflow and also access documents and the critical information on the mobile devices and to protect information to ensure privacy. You may increase your revenue too with the scanned documents. Through having the important information available anywhere, then responsiveness to customer is improved and this is a good thing and can lead to loyal customers and also additional sales.

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Do you wish to do some cool things on your iphone, but you don’t know how? Just read through this article and you will learn plenty of different ways to use your iphone and what apps you can add to make your experience better.

Make sure you use your iphone connector cord carefully because they can damage easily. If you have to disconnect it from a power outlet or USB port, make sure you do it gently. If you take care of your cord, it should last a year.

Did you know that you can know take iphone pictures without worrying about your phone shaking? Your headphones incorporate volume buttons and these can be used for this purpose. You need a steady hand centered onto the image you wish to capture before you do anything else. Press the button on the cord when you are ready to capture the picture.

Via the default setting, the iphone shows previews of messages when the lock screen is on. You may enjoy this feature, or you may find it annoying. If it is not to your liking, there is an option to remove this facility. Access settings, select “notifications” and then enter the “messages” option. You can then turn off the Show Preview option.

You do not have to be concerned about losing an iphone anymore. The maps app lets you see your location any time your service is active. This can help map out anywhere you want to go, whether you are traveling or want to get back home.

To conserve time while emailing or texting, develop AutoText helpful shortcuts for expressions you most frequently type on the iphone. This can be handy when typing common phrases like “where are you” or entering long email addresses. This feature can be accessed under the keyboard settings of your iphone.

To use your iphone effectively, it can be helpful to view one or more of the Apple tutorials. There is a tutorial for almost every application, so that you can easily learn how to best use your phone. Tutorials can also answer specific questions that may come up as you get to know the phone.

Keep the movies you place on your iphone to a minimum. A full movie uses up about a gigabyte of storage space. If you keep more than one movie stored on your iphone, it might slow it down considerably. Another downfall is that it can create glitches within your various apps.

Your iphone has the ability to get you from place to place. The map feature will also perform GPS functions. Finding your way to a destination is easier, and so is finding new locations on the way. You can bookmark the map feature for easy access on your phone.

Always ensure your OS is up to date. This increases both your iPhone’s functionality and the battery life. Connect your phone to the computer and upload iTunes. If you have an Apple computer to go with your iphone, you can of course simply link them together with iCloud.

If you drop your beloved iphone in the water, resist the temptation to immediately turn it on and assess the damage. Instead, do you best to dry the outside of the phone, and then allow the phone dry out overnight in a bowl of uncooked white rice. Turning on a wet phone causes a short circuit that may destroy your phone forever.

Snap better photos by using your headset’s volume button rather than the button on the phone itself. When the iphone is set to use this button, shaking can be avoided. The cord also comes in handy if you want to use your iphone like a legitimate camera to take self portraits.

Searching through small webpage windows on an iphone can be difficult. You may discover you have scrolled yourself right through the main site instead. If you seem to be having problems scrolling, use your iPhone’s zoom feature. It takes some practice but using two fingers when you are scrolling through on your iphone can help save time and refine your touch so that you reach the part of a website you were looking for more easily than when you use a single finger.

Since reading the tips above, you should know about the various apps available. Understanding the operations of your iphone will make it a more useful tool for you each day. Take what you learned here, and use it to get the most out of your iphone.

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How to Get the Best Out of Your Appointment Reminder Software

One of the most useful tools you can use for work or business is appointment reminder software. This program’s purpose is to bring down your no-show rate by no less than 20%. It’s a good purpose but then there is no guarantee that it will actually be effective for you. But that’s not to say that if it’s not working at the moment, it won’t work ever. Maybe you just have to use it better to make it truly beneficial.

Here’s how you can do just that:

Reviewing Call Results

Each appointment reminder software that sends reminders by phone will provide a feedback of the call. If you know the numbers of people who took your call and listened to the reminder, you would know the reason behind their no-show. Ideally, you should aim for an 85% success rate from all phone reminders sent by your software. If you achieved this, check whether or not your reminder software is making many calls and if these are distributed over a stretch of time.

Otherwise, check if the problem was was a busy line or a no-answer. It’s useless calling someone just after a few seconds from the last try. Once you have checked your call records and determined that the software isn’t doing as good as you expected it to, then start looking for another provider.

The Importance of Proactivity

Just because you’re using technology in your business doesn’t mean you can stop working. You also need to be proactive so you don’t miss any key indicators of a potential failure. Get a list of all cancelled calls, for instance, and have your staff to discard them from the scheduler. A cancelled call means that the person has no interest in the appointment, so you should open the slot for another person. People usually have the misconception that appointment reminder software will do all the work. Of course not! After all, it is no more than a tool. You need to make it work, especially to avoid overbooking.

Staying Open to Possibilities

Maybe invalid numbers are behind your still high no show rate. Tell your staff check the call results and weed out numbers which shouldn’t be there. Chances are, you staff entered them by mistake; or if you have a virtual receptionist, clients may have entered the numbers incorrectly. If other means of contact are available, then you should use them. Create a personal to explain why you are using a contact method that is not what they have given you prior permission for.

It may actually cost you time and effort to be able to cut your no-show rate. When you have both good appointment reminder software and a proactive, driving down your no-show rate can be much easier.

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing a Mobile Phone Repair Company If you have bought an expensive brand smartphone, you do not expect it not to function as required. However, sometimes the phone may stop working properly due to different reasons. For example, the phone’s earpiece may stop being clear if the phone drops on the ground. Wetness can also make the phone to stop functioning properly. You need to find a good repair company when your phone is broken. Common problems you may encounter with your phone include battery replacement, poor audio quality, button issues, speaker and microphone issues, and bad charging ports. Make sure the company where you take your phone to be repaired is specialized in the specific model you have. You do not want to risk your phone getting damaged even more simply because you chose just any repair person you came across. It is important to choose a mobile repair shop that has good reviews and is highly recommended. You can read reviews of the shop online to know what to expect. Below are some things to consider when looking for a phone repair shop. Reliable and Prompt Service It is important to take your phone to a shop that is reliable and offers prompt service. You can know what past customers think of a specific company by searching for its reviews on the Internet. Look for a mobile phone repair company specialized in repairing your specific phone model. Moreover, the repair service should be offered in a timely manner.
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Check that the company you want to take your phone to has the latest software and equipment required for repairs. The technicians should also be skilled and knowledgeable in handling various types of repairs. The last thing you want is to leave your phone at the repair shop for weeks.
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Warranty on Service It is also important to confirm the warranty of service offered by the mobile phone repair shop. You may or may not get a warranty depending on the shop you choose. A good shop should offer lifetime warranty on its service. Such a shop is confident of the kind of repair its technicians do and will not worry about your phone having a problem again. Find out what will happen if the same problem happens against a few days after you have taken your phone after repair. You can save money on repairs if the shop offers service warranty. If a shop does not offer warranty on its services, look for a different repair shop. Excellent Customer Service Confirm the quality of service offered by the mobile phone repair company. The company should be known for having and maintaining high levels of quality standards. Honesty is also a trait the technicians should have. You can find a good mobile phone repair company by following the tips above.

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Why More Companies Are Using Two Way Radios In the twenty first century, two way radios are more popular than ever before. They’re popular with hobbyists, truck drivers, and at work sites. These useful products are well designed, and they’re also very versatile. At the same time, though, every two way radio is unique. It’s your responsibility to find a good two way radio for your situation. To begin, you’ll want to consider price. Fortunately, a good two way radio does not need to be prohibitively expensive. If you stay patient, you should eventually find a two way radio that meets your specific demands. As you use your two way radio, remember that etiquette is very important. There are many reasons for this. If you expect people to take you seriously, you need to follow the protocol. You will only sound weak if you do not abide by the rules. In some situations, poor etiquette can even be life threatening. Remember that two way radios are often used by emergency responders. In an emergency, it’s crucial that you enunciate properly. It’s also important to be concise. Do not use words unless they are absolutely necessary. Effectively operating a two way radio is as simple as following these basic rules. Take a moment to consider how you actually hold your two way radio. Generally speaking, you’ll want the receiver to be a few inches away from your mouth. Your voice will be unclear if the receiver is too far away. This will also result in increased background noise. At the same time, though, there are also problems associated with being too close to the receiver. This will effectively distort your voice.
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Your voice itself is also very relevant. You will want to speak slowly, as this will make it easier for the listener to understand. Don’t be afraid to spell any words that are rare or unusual. You cannot expect a two way radio to be crystal clear. As you speak, you will be competing with background noises and static. This means that it’s paramount for you to speak clearly. Good etiquette will help you get more from your two way radio.
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As a general rule of thumb, you’ll need to keep your messages short when you are operating your two way radio. You will only alienate the people on the other side if you talk for several minutes at once. If you have many things to say, try to break everything up. Ideally, you should write everything down ahead of time. This rule does not apply to emergencies. Obviously, you should not have any significant pauses in your speech. You should also try to iron out any vocal ticks that you have. By keeping your messages short, you can get more from your two way radio.

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How Your Business Can Benefit From Employee Training Employee training is a crucial action for any organization. It doesn’t just give advantages to the individual but additionally helps the business to keep running successfully. Continuous training and going to seminars is a key area for debate in meeting rooms. However, there are a few reasons to suggest that the initial training should simply be the first step of a long-term system. Including training does not only enhance employee long-term career goals but also promote increased job satisfaction. Continuous training is definitely worth the investment because creating abilities in the business will effectively improve the organization’s bottom line. Below is how progressing training can impact the success of your company. Numerous employees need more than a paycheck and are adapted to looking for new business that empower them to learn new abilities. It is likewise insightful to take time and comprehend what abilities your staff might want to develop and why furthermore discover where you need to be in the business and the aptitudes required to achieve that. To keep employees engaged in the whole process, the training provided needs to be transferable and relevant. Not only does training offer sophisticated worker skills that build their commitment to the organization but also build up their self-regard. This way, employees develop a set of skills that enable them to conduct a broad range of work. To change with industry changes and be familiar with the most recent technology advancement, employees need frequent training. Businesses are continually changing, and it is significant for an organization not to stay behind. It is fundamental to realize that your business is complying with any industry regulations that can be accomplished by regular training that gives latest skills and information. Training also ensures that staff is utilizing the latest technology at ease and to its full capacity. This can be attained by employing a customized staff IT training program or offering cyber security training and incorporating employee training with IT support.
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You can stay ahead of competition by training your workforce. By ensuring that your staff is always advancing, you will keep on moving forward and stay focused in the business since being stagnant obliterates your business. Training will help with recognizing any holes in the industry and aptitude gaps inside the present workforce. You get adequate time to prepare staff in the significant territories with the goal that they can perform the role adequate when such holes are noticed earlier.
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Through standard investment from the business, staff gets a much more elevated sense of job fulfillment that can increase their inspiration towards their work. You experience reduced worker turnover and increased efficiency which specifically improves the profitability. It also makes your staff more eligible for internal promotion opportunities. Current staff has complete knowledge of your company, the appropriate skill set and are people you can trust.

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How to Become Successful in Business by Making Use of Search Engine Optimisation Methods For you to become successful in your business enterprise, the need to make sure that you will be able to get ahead of your competitors is a really important thing to consider because this will then assure that you will be able to generate more leads. For you to be able to assure that you are following the right method and technique, the need to make sure that you will go through a number of possible things and ways will surely be essential to your cause, reason why you should assure that you will be following the right path and using the right tools. If you are going to look at the number of possibilities, you can just find tons of these all over the internet or wherever you may be, but one of the methods and techniques that has been used by many due to it being that they are as effective is the search engine optimisation, or known as SEO in the world wide web. However, using such technique will have to be taken into careful consideration because this will also lead to a number of failures and waste of investment if not used accordingly. In the event hat you have finally decided that you will be making use of such technique, then there will definitely be a number of things that are critical to be followed because this marketing technique needs the right data, planning and use to get the most out of it.
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Be sure that you will also be aware at this moment that the entire process of search engine optimisation takes too much time in general because this is not like any other methods that you can see, but given the method done in the most effective way possible, surely, results should then be at hand.
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If you are planning to hire an SEO service for your business development, then make sure that you will first look into various and critical things, which, will be discussed along in this article. It really is important that you will look into the experience that the search engine optimisation service has invested in the industry because the more years they have been in the industry indicates that they have been a number of cases, cases that should help you with your business development needs. It is very important that you will also consider a number of critical things because like experience, reviews and feedback from their previous client is also a very important thing that you will have to consider since you can then right away use these information to your advantage. Pricing details can define your decision at the end but see to it that you will not put too much pressure on such because quality is yet another important thing that you should consider and prioritize to have a successful investment in the end.

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

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Different Search Engine Optimization Strategies Search Engine Optimization or simply known as SEO is basically the tactics, techniques and strategy used in order to improve the visibility of a site on multiple search engines. In general, internet users do not click through pages of search results. In most instances, users are only paying a visit to websites they see on first page of search results. Thus, the primary aim of SEO is make the site appear in top 10 results of search engine and be more specific, in the top 3. By doing this, it can create more traffic to the site and in SEO, higher website ranking in search results mean better odds of getting more leads and sales. Good and effective SEO strategy has keywords that are carefully selected and is popular for search engine algorithms via 2 methods and it’s done using on page and off page SEO. In the latter, this often deals with promotional methods and optimizing your site by getting backlinks to it. These backilnks then connect your page to other relevant sites by using different promotional methods like social bookmarking, press releases and blog comments. On page however refers to the conventional website elements similar to images, content matter and web design and web pages.
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Another aspect of search engine optimization which you might have heard is Black and White Hat. There are a number of different stable as well as long term goals prefer to use White Hat strategy thought both of the said types of SEO carry their own characteristics. In other words, White Hat is making use of a method to be able to improve the visibility of a site that don’t run contrary to guidelines of search engine while the other does. This basically works on search engine mechanism’s weakness and follows techniques that are deemed contrary to the guidelines. White Hat provides stable, steady and long term results while Black Hat offers fast, short term but unpredictable growth.
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There are numerous companies nowadays that are working in gray colored area suitable named as Gray Hat SEO. This specific method is recognized easily by questionable methods and low pricing in delivering quick results rather than legitimate and lengthy optimization campaigns. To put it simply, Gray Hat SEO is following techniques which do not cross the border to Black region but still, outside of what is called White Hat SEO. In SEO, there is no shortcut so beware of those who promise you to provide a fast and quick result with their SEO methods. This is going to take some time before you can see the results.

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Why You Should Attend Industry Training Conferences and Seminars Business training workshops and professional seminars are very effective when it comes to gaining progressive knowledge and expertise in your line of business or career. While change is progressive, one of the best ways to keep moving ahead in your career or business is by participating in training, courses and seminars. Frequent attendance helps you build networks with other professionals and businesses, improve your knowledge and skills and also know what’s new and developing in your industry. Here are some reasons why you should attend these meetings. Industry exposure is perhaps the biggest advantage of attending workshops and seminars with similar professionals where you get to discuss different topics and share thoughts with multiple leading experts. Seminars and workshops are particularly a good option for professionals who don’t have time to attend training classes but want to gain more expertise in a specific career topic or business area. Industry meetings like these are the opportune time to discuss ideas and ask questions, expand your line of thought, learn from the experts and plan how to benefit from each day of the meetings. Frequent participation in these events every year will eventually help you gain industry expertise. At the seminars and meetings you are able to connect with others and build networks. You get to interact with big names in different industries and also connect with other businesses and experts who have similar interests in the seminars or training courses like operations management training or cyber security training. When professionals and businesses sit together, important discussions are made, progress is made, new perspectives are discovered and experiences shared. At the end of the day, new people, new ideas and a whole new network will be invaluable to you.
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When you are an active participant in such seminars, training conferences or courses, you will definitely gain recognition among other experts. The more experts you meet and connect with in these meetings, the more you create an expert persona for yourself. People who gain recognition as experts in these business or professional meetings are bestowed the honor of speaking to attendants in different workshops or conferences or even take part in expert contributions. With a huge network of experts that you can re-connect with when you return to work, you will experience a renewed motivation leading to higher productivity and fulfillment of your academic or professional goals.
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Business or professional industry training, courses and seminars encourage creative thinking. The one-on-one connections with experts and businesses like yours help you think and strategize smarter, see new ways to expand your business and try out new career paths. There is always something new to learn and implement back at work or in your business strategy. If you’re interested in exploring your next bold move professionally or business wise, attending industry seminars and workshops is a great way to do so.