CabWire 2019 was held at Southampton University on 2nd and 3rd April 2019. Hosted by the International Wire and Machinery Association (IWMA), the conference included Training Fundamental Workshops by ferrous and non ferrous speakers on subjects including an introduction to armouring, fire performance of cables, steel wire drawing, an introduction to galvanising, an introduction to induction heating and dies for copper & aluminium wire drawing.
Amanda Shehab, Director of Cimteq and IWMA Technical Committee Chairman opened the conference on 2nd April, followed by a key note speech from Marcello Del Brunna, CEO of Prysmian UK.
There was a tour of the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory lead by Dr. Thomas Andritsch, a lecturer at the University of Southampton, where delegates were shown around the laboratory and watched high voltage demonstrations.
Ali Shehab, CEO of Cimteq, presented on “An Introduction to Automation Systems”, talking about The Smart Factory and Industry 4.o and its impact on the wire and cable manufacturing industry.
The evening was held at the impressive National Motor Museum where delegates toured the museum with its eclectic range of cars on show including the famous Bluebird driven by Donald Campbell, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Formula 1 racing cars and Harrods and Royal Mail postal vans of times gone by.
The 3rd April included an exclusive tour of The Prysmian Factory in Eastleigh, Southampton where delegates were shown their customer centre, telecom factory and special cables factory.
The IWMA considers that one of its primary functions is to promote education and growth within the wire and cable industry and the aim of its back-to-basics workshop sessions was to provide information on the manufacturing process best practices for those attendees new to the industry, as well as those more experienced attendees keen for a refresher.