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Virtual conference yields healthy interest

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

Top billing was shared by two keynote speakers: 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 and Industrial IoT; process automation; smart factories, smart planning and 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.

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 2021 president, Tom Heberling of Southwire Co LLC. For those who participated, you truly understand the far-reaching impact of global digitization 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 Mr Heberling presided to bestow congratulations to award winners, including David Hawker — the Donnellan Memorial Award; Oriol Guixà — the Mordica Memorial Award; and Bill Jarae — the President's Award.