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Educational mission at Industry 4.0

The Wire Association International (WAI) continues its educational mission and welcomes registrants for its Virtual Industry 4.0 Conference and 91st Annual Convention on 26 and 27 October.

To date, 32 speakers are set to share their expertise about how Industry 4.0 technologies enhance wire making. Featured speakers are from manufacturing companies currently using these methods in their plants, as well as representatives from a wide range of suppliers that offer solutions in this space.

Sessions run throughout each day in 25-minute segments with 15-minute briefings at noon. The full schedule*, beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET each day is available here: *Schedule is subject to change.

Topics include: Big Data; Industry 4.0; IoT; Industrial IoT; Process Automation; Smart Factories; Smart Planning; Smart Integration; and Virtual Reality.

The virtual format gives registrants the opportunity to participate from any location; interact with speakers with questions; and also to replay sessions for a month after they first air.

Remarking on the new conference, WAI President Tom Heberling said, Offering this conference virtually is valuable for everyone who wants to understand how Industry 4.0 technologies apply to wire making. We are thrilled that the speakers are queued up and ready to bring their expertise and energy to the program. We've adjusted our expectations upward since attendance is convenient for all.

The WAI Annual Convention features the following keynote speakers on October 26 and 27, respectively.

Award-winning filmmaker Brett Culp presents Superhero Leadership: How everyday people can have an extraordinary impact; and Kathleen Edge, EVP Operations, Southwire Company LLC presents: Connected — flexible operating system. Winners of WAI's top awards will also be recognised.

The program is sponsored by: Cerro Wire; Encore Wire; Gem Gravure; James Monroe Wire and Cable; Lloyd & Bouvier; Prysmian Group; SDI LaFarga COPPERWORKS; Sonoco Reels & Spools; Southwire; Wire & Plastic Machinery.

Discounts are available for WAI members. Tickets are $90 USD for full access; and $110 for full access plus new WAI membership.

Visit: for full details and to register.