The topic of Industry 4.0 will be a major theme for the conference combined with the 2015 Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference and Expo. This technology, or combination of technologies, is described by the show’s program coordinator, Bill Esler, as a long-term, full factory automation strategy. It was proposed in 2011, and first applied in Germany two years ago. Held during Canada’s largest woodworking industry show, running November 4-7, the WMS conference will be the first North American wood industry event to include a focus on Industry 4.0. “This will be about practical applications – like Batch One production cells and integrating furniture and cabinet customer designs from point of sale right into the woodworking production computers,” says Esler. The November 4 conference sessions will include a keynote by one of Canada’s largest wood component manufacturers, and sessions covering the theory and implementation for Industry 4.0. Presentations will include wood manufacturing firms that are at various steps in automating their factory operations, along with a look at 3D design visualization applications for cabinet buyers and manufacturers. WMS producer Woodworking Network is developing the conference program in partnership with Lignum Consulting, The Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at the University of British Columbia, and a panel of industry leaders. The event is being held at the International Center, Mississauga, ON.