System Automation Fund.


Schedule

10–13 September 2018 • The Westin Huntsville • Huntsville, AL, USA


Monday, 10 September 2018 

4–6 p.m. 

Registration

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

7 a.m. 

Registration and Breakfast

8 a.m. 

Welcome, Introduction and Overview

8:20 a.m. 

Speed and Position Sensors

8:55 a.m.

Vision Systems — Surface Inspection
Gregory Gutmann, ISRA Surface Vision, Inc.
Learn about the basics of surface inspection; the differences between line scan and area scan technologies, detection, classification, and reporting of surface defects. Learn about innovations in 3D technology as it applies to slab, plate and pickled products.

9:30 a.m. 

Strip Width Measurement
Brian Smith, ANDRITZ Herr-Voss Stamco Inc.
This presentation will cover the importance of strip width measurement — why it is important to the process, what it means to downstream processing and how it can affect the product outcome. Various techniques for measurement and detection in the industry will be covered, as well as how implementation and upgrade paths can alter the outcomes of the mill.

10 a.m. 

Break

10:15 a.m.

Shape Rolls and Flatness Measurement
Mark Zipf, Cold Rolling Technologies Inc.
This presentation will provide an introduction to the overall shape/flatness measurement and control problem, including specific definitions of profile, shape and flatness. An overview will be given of the distortion phenomena and its sources/formation, including an analysis of the force-loaded transverse roll stack deflection characteristics, thermal reactions and available corrective shape actuators. How to measure shape/flatness and the strategies used in contemporary systems will be covered. Discussion will include the primary components, architecture, and theory of operation of automatic shape/flatness measurement and control systems. Shape/flatness control performance characterization and specification will also be discussed.

11 a.m.

Strip Thickness Measurement Systems
Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thickness sensors are a critical component to the modern rolling mill. Used for AGC feedback and quality assurance, proper integration of the data they provide is essential for optimizing mill productivity. A review of various sensors used will be presented.

11:30 a.m. 

Strip Coating Technology
Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific​

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.  

Plant Tour of Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC​

5 p.m.

Return From Plant Tour

5:30 p.m. 

Reception

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

7 a.m. 

Continental Breakfast

8 a.m.

Sensor Roundtable — Question and Answer Session With Sensors Subcommittee
Shawn Spera, Nidec Avtron Automation Corp.; Chris Burnett, ThermoFisher Scientific; Brian Smith, ANDRITZ Herr-Voss Stamco Inc.; Gregory Guttman, ISRA Vision Parsytec Inc.

8:30 a.m. 

Process Models and Simulation
Mark Zipf, Cold Rolling Technologies Inc.
This presentation will provide an introduction to the concepts and strategies of mathematical modeling and simulation, focusing on understanding what models are, what simulation is, and how they are combined to provide insight into and predictions of process, machine and control system behavior. Included will be a review, classification and comparison of the different types of mathematical modeling techniques, and their applicability to certain circumstances and interests, followed by an examination of the various forms of model evaluation and system simulation. Strategies of model development are considered, along with model implementation, validation and tuning. Model/simulation capabilities, predictive accuracy/confidence and practical assessment of results are discussed.

9:15 a.m.

Level 1 Controllers — The Workhorses of Modern Control Systems
Reginald Snyder, TMEIC
Included in this discussion are a brief history and evolution of the industrial programmable logic controller (PLC), PLC applications issues from single machines to networked systems, the effects of standards for programming language (IEC 61131.3) and future possibilities — where will the control go?

10:15 a.m.

Break

10:30 a.m.

L2 Systems
Paul Jackson, TMEIC

This presentation provides an overview of the current architecture and design of L2 (Supervisory) computer systems for the metals industry.

11:15 a.m.

Drives — How They Fit in the System
Ron Tessendorf, TMEIC

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.  

Process Control Signal Requirements
Bryan Beard, TMEIC
This presentation will provide an introduction to signal requirements within the automation architecture. It will further address limiting factors, transmission issues and scan times.

1:45 p.m.

Interface Considerations
Patrick Gallagher, Management Science Associates Inc.
This session provides a brief history of the evolution of how process systems connect to each other, what current techniques are being used and what trends indicate for the future

2:30 p.m.

Computer Solutions — L1 and L2

3:15 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m.

Operating Systems

4:15 p.m. 

Process Condition Monitoring
Bob Miller, IVC Technologies and Eric Snyder, IBA America LLC
This paper will provide an overview of process condition monitoring. It will cover the users of the monitored data, the types and classes of data, and various methods by which it can be acquired. More importantly, discussion will focus on turning data into information and providing real-world examples as they pertain to the metals industry.

Thursday, 13 September 2018 

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m.

Process Line Topologies
Ron Tessendorf, TMEIC

10 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m. 

Roundtable: Process System Security

11:15 a.m. 

Continuous Caster Process Systems

Noon

Lunch   

1 p.m.

Reheat Furnace Process Optimization
Robert Robison, Primetals Technologies USA LLC​

1:45 p.m.

Conventional Hot Mill Applications
Reginald Snyder, TMEIC
The hot rolling process of flat products is shown by presenting each of the individual sections of the rolling mill. For each of the sections, the process sensors and actuators, control functions, as well as application features, process merits and control trends are reviewed. Finally, the “global” control system applications and challenges for the future are outlined.

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m. 

Project Management Roundtable Discussion on Upgrade Projects

5 p.m. 

 Conference Adjourn