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IWCS 2017 Wrap–Up

IWCS 2017 Symposium Envisions the Future of Connectivity

IWCS, producer of the International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, the premier venue for new technologies in cable and connectivity products, processes and applications, welcomed attendees to the 66th annual conference in Orlando, Florida, on October 8 through 11, 2017. The topics for IWCS 2017 included FTTX; Fiber Characterization & Reliability; Performance & Design of Data and Power Cables; Ultra High Fiber and Roll-able Ribbon Cable; Materials: Flame Retardancy & Additives; Short Reach, High Capacity Optical Interconnects; and many more.

“IWCS continues to grow in scope, breadth and attendance each year,” said Robert Wessels, Jr. of CommScope and chairman of IWCS, “and this year’s conference held in Orlando was no exception.”

Executive Session
The executive session and the technical symposium offered a high caliber program containing over 150 technical papers and presentations in 20 sessions that attracted presenters and attendees from across the U.S., Asia, and Europe. The conference also included poster papers, new product presentations, 8 professional development courses led by industry experts, and a 2-day supplier exhibition.
A highlight of the Executive Session this year was a panel discussion titled CTO’s Crystal Ball - Telecommunications in 2025. Robert Canny of TE Wire & Cable moderated the lively discussion with Morgan Kurk of CommScope, Claudio Mazzali of Corning Optical Communications, Fang Wei of Huawei Technologies and Marcello Andrade of Prysmian Group.

Attendees
Attendees came from 31 countries, spanning 6 continents, with 31% from outside the USA. Attendees from Europe accounted for 14%, while 13% came from Asia with 11% from Japan and China.

“This conference gave attendees a unique opportunity to gain insight from top engineers, researchers and executives from the cabling and connectivity industry,” mentioned David B. Kiddoo, CEO of IWCS. “The quality of the papers was outstanding and the overall popularity of the topics, including the enhanced connectivity and industry vision focus, generated a high level of global interest in this year’s program.

China Announcement
With the success of the first UL and IWCS China Cable & Connectivity Symposium held in Shanghai this year, L.F. Lai, VP and general manager of UL's Wire and Cable division announced that the second annual conference will be held in Shanghai in March 2018. This regional conference will again have its own websites in English and Chinese, which are also linked from the IWCS main website. A Call for Papers will be announced in early December through the typical channels – press releases, all three websites, and through UL and IWCS emails and social media.

Awards & Honors
Always a highlight of the plenary session was the recognition for the best papers and presenters of the prior year. The Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding Technical Paper on “Solutions to Improve Optical Fiber Cables Flame Retardancy” was presented to co-authors Mauro Maritano, Paolo Marelli, Vito Scrima and Giacomo Colombo Serri of Prysmian S.p.A., Milano, Italy and Marta Garcia S. Emeterio, of Prysmian Group, Maliano, Spain.  

The Outstanding Poster Paper on “The Evolution of Trunk Cables with Eight Fiber Units” was presented to William C. Hurley, Terry L. Cooke and Rebecca E. Sistare of Corning Optical Communications, Hickory, NC, USA.  

The Kitts-Kingsley Award for Best Presentation was given to Sarah Bauer of Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee Falls, WI, USA for “How Atmospheric Plasma Surface Treating Enables Ink Jet Printing on Wire and Cable”.

David Pheteplace of Bishop & Associates, Inc., Monument, CO, USA, a retiring member of the IWCS Board of Directors was also honored.  

New Symposium Committee members added in 2017 are Charles M. Glew of Cable Components Group, Xiong "Frank" Zhuang of Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company, Rick Pimpinella of Panduit, and Mike Gurreri of CommScope.  

Scholarships
Seven recipients of the student scholarship awards for the 2017/2018 academic year were also acknowledged at the plenary session. Contributions toward the scholarships came from Cable Components Group, the Wire & Cable Industry Suppliers Association (WCISA), The Christopher Kenneth Eoll Memorial Endowment, and the Wire Association International (WAI).  

Supplier Exhibition | Poster Session | New Product Presentations
The two day Supplier Exhibition, the Poster Session, and New Product Presentations were each well attended. Over 100 suppliers exhibited exciting new innovations to support the growth and advancements in the cable and connectivity industry.

 

Remembering IWCS 2017 in Orlando

IWCS Webinar Series

IWCS conducts a monthly Live Webinar on timely topics with interactive questions and answers. Webinars are held on the third Friday of every month at 10:30 am Eastern US time.

Upcoming Webinar:
December 15, 2017
Long-term Effect of Thermal Variation on Performance of Ethernet Cabling Dialectrics
Speaker: Florence Akinnuoye, PhD Student, De Montfort University School of Engineering & Sustainable Development (Leicester, UK)
View Abstract and Register Here