The Wire Association International (WAI), Inc. reports that its recent Industry 4.0 Conference drew 550 attendees who registered to hear 35 speakers in 28 sessions over the two-day airing October 26-27, 2021.

Top billing was shared by two keynote speakers:

  • Award-winning filmmaker Brett Culp who presented “Superhero Leadership: How everyday people can have an extraordinary impact”;  and
  • Kathleen Edge, EVP Operations, Southwire Company LLC who discussed a: “Connected – flexible operating system.”

Conference topics included: Big Data; IoT & Industrial IoT; Process Automation; Smart Factories, Smart Planning, Smart Integration; and Virtual Reality.

Each 25-minute segment included an opportunity for both a live chat with the speakers and a discussion area designated for more interaction after sessions closed. Registrants are afforded the opportunity to replay sessions for 30 days after the sessions closed.

“The Industry 4.0 Conference program was just the right amount of theory and practical information on this broad and fast-moving subject,” said WAI’s President Tom Heberling of Southwire Co. LLC. “For those who participated, you truly understand the far-reaching impact of global digitisation and the influence on nearly all aspects of our businesses. This is an exciting period for wire and cable manufacturing.”

The production also included the Association’s Annual Meeting over which WAI’s 2021 President Tom Heberling presided to bestow congratulations to award winners. This year’s winners included David Hawker who received The Donnellan Memorial Award; Oriol Guixà, winner of the Mordica Memorial Award; and Bill Jarae who received the President’s Award.

Sponsors included:

Platinum level: Cerro Wire; Encore Wire Corp.; Gem Gravure Co. Inc.; Insteel Wire Products; James Monroe Wire & Cable Corp.; Lloyd & Bouvier; Prysmian Group;  SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS; Sonoco Reels & Spools; Southwire Co. LLC; and Wire & Plastic Machinery Corp.
Gold level: Carris Reels Inc.; and Continuus-Properzi SpA
Silver level: AIM; Niehoff Endex North America; RichardsApex Inc.; and SIKORA International Corp.
Bronze level: Champlain Cable Corp.; Enkotec Co. Inc.; and Fort Wayne Wire Die.

Image source: Courtesy of WAI

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