Focus on: Manufacturing best practices

You're in for a win-win as the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo 2020 returns to the Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, June 2-4, 2020. And in the Wire Association's 90th year, this event brings to light the latest in Manufacturing Best Practices through a dynamic conference and exhibition. 

How to orbit around the sun
With the gravitational pull of eight great presentations, hundreds of exhibiting companies to see, and even more chances to connect with colleagues, the best access is "All Access" — a registration choice that allows you to circulate freely through convention and exhibit activities. 

Join us as we celebrate WAI’s 90th year. You’ll see why best practices lead to a win every time.

Brett Culp talks about his keynote address at Wire Expo 2020

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Keynote: The making of industry superheroes
Inspiration starts here. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Brett Culp delivers a passionate, energetic, and engaging keynote address with a clear message: Everyone has a superhero within. Culp's insights connect people to an organization's mission to help them realize their greatest personal and business potential.
Commitment to continuous improvement
Hear how upgrades at James Monroe Wire & Cable Company such as plant expansion, new machinery, specialized software, and extensive personnel recruitment have allowed the company to streamline production and improve quality and efficiency.
New dynamic die alignment methods
WAI's Mordica Memorial Award Winner, Gil Baker, introduces new Dynamic Die Alignment (DDA) methods to reduce wire breaks and improve wire surfaces and die life. Learn innovative, low-cost techniques to improve production processes.
Keynote: An insider's view of what makes a winner
Adam Schefter will share his insights on the NFL and discuss why some "teams" are more likely to succeed. An NFL Insider at ESPN, Schefter appears on many programs including NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, and others.
Manufacturing next gen
Southwire's mission is to be a "Connected—Flexible Operating System." Follow highlights of the company's journey toward moderization and a lean culture as Kathleen Edge, Exec. VP, Operations, shares production-related success stories.
WAI award program and annual meeting
WAI bestows its highest honors on award winners at this annual presentation. Join your colleagues as WAI recognizes outstanding technical authors and contributors to the association and the wire industry.
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Fundamentals of wire manufacturing course

This concentrated introductory course provides a solid grounding in the essentials of wire and cable manufacturing presented by experts in the field. This is WAI’s most popular training program and refresher course for new hires, sales teams, and operations personnel.

Keynote addresses

This year's program is bookended by two dynamic keynote speakers. Inspiration starts with filmmaker Brett Culp with "The making of industry super heroes." And Adam Schefter, Senior NFL Insider at ESPN, gives the audience "An insider's view of what makes a winner." Don't miss these insightful presentations.

Conference Sessions - The great 8: profiles in excellence

Manufacturing best practices come to light during WAI's Operations Summit Conference Sessions. These sessions reveal best practices used in real-world environments. Take home the win with new techniques that you can use right away to improve your operation.

Wire Expo 2020 Exhibits

Everything you'll need to start or improve your wire making operation is here at Wire Expo 2020. More than 200 companies will be on hand with the latest in wire, cable, supplies, equipment for the ferrous, nonferrous, and general industry sectors. See production solutions demonstrations at the education center, adjacent to the exhibit floor.

Production solutions demos

Learn how to tackle manufacturing challenges such as wire breaks; determining root causes of cleaning house issues; fines and other common problems from the experts who have succeeded.

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Plant tour - Prysmian Group

Prysmian, the industry's leading cable manufacturer, will host a plant tour to its Willimantic, Connecticut facility. Space is limited.

Welcome reception

Set aside some time to mingle and continue your conversations at WAI's popular welcome reception at Novelle, a luxurious new lounge within the Mohegan Sun campus.

90 years and counting...the best brands in the industry

The Wire Association celebrates 90 years of serving the wire and cable industry. A lot has changed in 90 years, but one thing remains the same for the association: like-minded professionals are hard at work to improve education and participation in the industry. Stop by the association's booth on the exhibit floor to join or renew your membership; sign up for a free subscription to Wire Journal; or, visit local representatives of WAI's New England Chapter just outside the exhibit hall.

Clockwise: A clockwinding tradition

Casinos may not ordinarily have clocks but there will be an exception on display at Wire Expo 2020. Join WAI to witness history at its clockwinding ceremony, an annual tradition to commemorate the friendship and communication between the U.K. and U.S. You'll find out how this world-class practice began and why it endures today.

Why wait…Register now!

Want the most out of your trip to the WAI Operations Summit & Wire Expo and the best value? Choose “All Access Registration” when you sign up and take home the winning combination of best practices.