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WICA News

WICA Annual Convention Next Month

The 2014 WICA Convention is fast-approaching and the deadline for registration and hotel reservations has passed.  If you have any questions about whether or not you are registered or have a reservation through the hotel, please contact the WICA Office.  Additional information regarding the convention will be provided to attendees within the coming weeks.  In the mean time, please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you in Hawaii!  

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WICA to Begin Planning for 2015

As Fall approaches, WICA will begin planning the social event calendar for 2015.  The WICA Staff would like to encourage feedback from all members as to what they have liked about WICA Events and what they would like to see change.  Additionally, if members have any ideas for new events they would like WICA to consider, those ideas would be welcome as well.  To provide input and feedback, contact the WICA Office at 801-364-0050.

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National News

Are You a Boss Who Stands Up to Bullies? by Marcia Sirota, MD, Ruthless Compassion Institute

What kind of boss are you? Are you aware of the bullying that may be happening in your workplace right now? Do you realize the toll it could be taking on morale and productivity?



I've noticed that often, bosses are intimidated by the bullies in their workforce. They fail to protect those being bullied for fear of how the bully will react. They don't want to get on the bad side of such an aggressive, unreasonable person.



But here's the deal. Once you entered management, you became responsible for creating a work environment that's conducive to productivity. When you sit by and do nothing, you're not doing your job as a boss.



The problem with not dealing with a bully is that such a person creates an environment of fear that undermines productivity. People are far more likely to perform sub-optimally, call in sick more frequently or quit altogether, and I'm not only talking about those on the receiving end of the bullying.



Workers who witness bullying find it highly disturbing, almost as much as if they were experiencing it themselves. It can't help but affect the quality of their work.



A boss who allows bullying to continue unchecked loses the confidence and trust of all their workers, and this further lowers productivity.



It would be far better for the morale of the team if you were to deal with the bullying rather than avoiding confrontation. If you're uncomfortable interacting with such individuals or unsure as to how to approach them, there are many useful resources available today.



Perhaps your HR department can help you; maybe you can call on a business coach. However you go about it, it's essential that you face the problem and stop the bullying before it has an even more negative impact on your workforce.



A good boss is a strong leader. A strong leader doesn't allow one member of the team to bully another. It's the responsibility of every boss to eliminate all instances of workplace bullying. If you want to be respected as a leader, it begins with demonstrating your leadership skills by dealing appropriately with the bullies at work.

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Aeroflex USA, Inc. Introduces Cel-Link® II

Aeroflex USA, Inc. has developed a new and revolutionary method of joining Aerocel® Stay-Seal™ with Protape™ pipe insulation.

Sweetwater, TN June 30, 2014 – Aeroflex USA, Inc. created a revolutionary method for joining sections of their proprietary dual-direction pressure-sensitive closure pipe insulation, Aerocel® Stay-Seal™ with Protape™ (SSPT).  This is an innovation the insulation community has been requesting for many years. The new creation is called Cel-Link® II, formed by using a high-performance pressure-sensitive adhesive.  Cel-Link® II is now being included, as a standard, in boxes of Aerocel® SSPT pipe insulation.  Aeroflex USA, Inc. strives to provide the market with the most productive and longest lived elastomeric insulation systems available.  Cel-Link® II provides the installer with a method of completing projects with the best cost, in harsh conditions, in critical environments where liquid adhesives present problems, in low VOC applications like LEED® certified projects.  Cel-Link II can be installed in temperatures as low as 0°F, and provides in-place service from -50°F to +257°F.  No other joining method like Cel-Link® II exists for elastomeric insulation. 

Because of the low VOC emissions and higher service temperature, Aerocel® SSPT with Cel-Link® II makes the best pipe insulating system for the most aggressively growing kind of HVAC systems in North America -- variable refrigerant flow(VRF) ductless split systems.  The producers of these types of systems require pipe insulation that can serve continuously up to 248°F, since these systems can operate at these elevated temperatures for extended periods of time.  Aerocel® SSPT with Cel-Link® II is the only elastomeric pipe insulation that allows the contractor to meet these stringent service requirements with a standard product and a self-sealing closure, providing a low VOC installation, in the unique range of sizes needed for these systems. 

Cel-Link® II is patent pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Aeroflex USA continues to support and reinforce our position as the world’s leader in EPDM closed-cell foam elastomeric insulation, and innovation for foamed elastomeric insulation.  Aeroflex USA. Inc. continues to expand the size range of pipe insulation which is supplied with Cel-Link® II as a standard.  Call your Aeroflex USA representative to obtain a sample of Cel-Link® II, the biggest revolution in insulation sealing systems in years. More information about Aeroflex USA’s Cel-Link™ II can be found at:  www.aeroflexusa.com/cel-link2.  A short installation video can be viewed at Aeroflex USA’s YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go6gcW3OB_8 

Aeroflex USA, Inc. produces elastomeric thermal and acoustical insulation used in buildings, appliances, commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment, and other specialty applications. Many changes are taking place in the mechanical and specialty insulations industry. Aeroflex USA’s new developments are responsive to the need for changing products.  Cel-Link® II represents another of these innovations, in a long list of innovations: EPDM for thermal insulation, dual-direction, over-lapping self-seal closure, pipe insulation ID’s over 6” IPS, wall thicknesses over 1”, high-strength, lightweight, easy-to-install rigid pipe hanger supports, standard elastomeric product that will not accelerate stress corrosion cracking or corrosion-under-insulation. 

About Aeroflex USA, Inc.:

Aeroflex USA, Inc. is a leading United States producer of flexible cellular rubber insulation products. Aeroflex USA, Inc.’s facilities are in Sweetwater, TN, where these insulation products are produced and distributed to North, Central and South America. Aeroflex USA, Inc. started in business in 1999, and is a subsidiary of Eastern Polymer Group, Bangkok Thailand. Eastern Polymer Group is the world’s leading producer and developer of EPDM rubber products used for thermal and acoustical insulation. Further contact with Aeroflex USA, Inc. may be made by e-mailing sales@aeroflexusa.com or calling 423-337-2493.

 

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