November 15 , 2007 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee met at AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa., on Nov. 15, 2007. Mark Rosi of ATSI Engineering is the chair of this committee, and Bob Steiger of DME volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The papers chair, Tom Kuhl of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, reviewed the current status of the AISTech 2008 IPOC sessions and requested volunteers to serve as session chairs. The committee members were encouraged to make nominations for the various AIST Association-level Awards. More information about these and the Technology Division–level Awards is available by visiting www.aist.org and clicking on the “AIST Awards” link. Joe Povoromo of Quebec Cartier Mining Co. will chair the J.E. Johnson Award Subcommittee, and Fred Rorick of Rorick Inc. will chair the T.L. Joseph Award Subcommittee. It was agreed that these awards will be given during a joint IPOC/CPOC meeting on Wednesday, May 8, during AISTech 2008. A subcommittee was established to finish the revisions to Technical Report 33. The next IPOC meeting will be Feb. 7 in conjunction with the Eastern States Conference.
September 21 , 2007 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee (IPOC) met at ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility on Sept. 21. Chair Mark Rosi, of ATSI Engineering Services, welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance. The selection of abstracts for AISTech 2008 was led by the papers chair, Tom Kuhl of Dofasco Inc. The large number of abstracts will allow for multiple sessions each day at AISTech. The committee also chose chairs for each of the sessions. Barry Felton of ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor facility took the group on a tour of the ironmaking facility, including one of the blast furnaces. The next meeting is scheduled for February during the Eastern States Ironmaking and Cokemaking Conference.
May 7, 2007 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee (IPOC) met on May 7 during AISTech 2007 in Indianapolis, Ind. Bob Jason of ArcelorMittal – Cleveland, the IPOC chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting and had each of the 35 attendees introduce themselves. The papers chair, Art Cheng of Severstal North America Inc., reviewed the status of the AISTech 2007 IPOC sessions and requested volunteers to be session chairs for several lectures; these slots were subsequently filled. IPOC officers for 2007–2008 were then elected. Mark Rosi of ATSI Engineering Services is the new chair, Art Cheng of Severstal NA is the new vice chair, and Tom Kuhl of Dofasco Inc. is the new papers chair. The IPOC mission statement — “The mission of the Iron Producing Operating Committee is to hold regular meetings discussing and providing members information regarding ironmaking manufacturing, to include developing technologies, maintenance and process and operating information” — was reviewed and approved without modification. The committee was encouraged to make nominations for the various AIST Association-level Awards. More information about these and the Technology Division–level awards is available at www.AIST.org by clicking on the “AIST Awards” link. A plaque was given to Mr. Jason for a job well done and as a thank you for being the committee chair during the past year. The next IPOC meeting will be Sept. 21, 2007, at the ArcelorMittal – Burns Harbor facility.
February 1, 2007 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee (IPOC) met in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Feb. 1, 2007. Bob Jason of Mittal Steel USA – Cleveland, the chair of this committee, welcomed everyone to the meeting and had each of the 27 attendees introduce themselves. The committee currently has 57 members, including two new members, Robert Kuhn and Brayton Carner. Art Cheng of Severstal North America Inc. reviewed the status of the AISTech 2007 IPOC sessions, which he has been organizing and configuring. The session chairs were asked to follow up with the authors in their sessions to make sure all the papers are received. The nominations for officer elections took place next, with each officer stepping up. Mark Rossi will become the chair, Art Cheng will become the vice chair and Tom Kuhl will become the papers chair. Special thanks were expressed to Bob Jason, who will be stepping down from the committee chair position. The next IPOC meeting will be Monday, May 7 at AISTech 2007 in Indianapolis, Ind.
November 9, 2006 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee (IPOC) met at the AIST headquarters in Warrendale, Pa., on Nov. 9, 2006, for a half-day business meeting. After member introductions, an update on committee membership and some brief AIST staff announcements, the committee heard a report from the AIST Conference Planning Committee (CPC) and a request from the CPC to have a hot briquetted iron (HBI) training seminar during AISTech 2007. The IPOC decided the best time for the HBItraining seminar would be Sunday, May 6, prior to the start of AISTech 2007. The members also reviewed the AISTech 2007 iron producing technical sessions and adjusted presentations as necessary. Volunteers were selected as session chairs. The committee then began planning the next Alternative Ironmaking Specialty Conference, which is being considered for the fall of 2008. The meeting concluded with a brief round table discussion on the current activities of each member’s company. The next meeting will be held Feb. 1, prior to the start of the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Cokemaking Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa.
October 10, 2006 - The Environmental Technology Operating Committee (ETOC) met in Baltimore, Md., in conjunction with the Operations and Maintenance of Particulate Control Equipment and Systems Specialty Conference on Oct. 10, 2006. Committee chair Arthur Hall opened the meeting and welcomed the presenters and fellow committee members. He then read the anti-trust guidelines and AIST staff announcements. The committee reviewed and selected abstracts for two sessions for AISTech 2007. They also agreed to have a joint session with the Iron Producing Operating Committee. The ETOC decided to meet after its AISTech 2007 sessions on Wednesday, May 9, from noon to 2 p.m. The committee then nominated Steven Arthur Bradbury’s paper, “Passive Dust Control for Steel Mills — Control Dust Without the Use of Baghouses or Suppression,” for the ETOC Award for Best Paper from AISTech 2006. The paper was presented by John Fischer. The next meeting will take place Feb. 8 in conjunction with the Electric Furnace Specialty Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The meeting will include a tour of a large coal-fired power plant baghouse and wet flue gas desulfurization system just outside San Antonio.
September 7, 2006 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee met on Sept. 7 at Mittal Steel USA – Sparrows Point. After member introductions and an overview of AIST activities, the committee began disseminating abstracts for AISTech 2007. The Operating Committee organized their abstracts into 13 sessions focused on raw materials, operations, technology and equipment. The committee then accepted volunteers to act as session chairs who will organize the papers within their sessions, and who will contact the authors to ensure their participation in the program. The committee also planned to pursue the completion of a Blast Furnace Roundup for Iron & Steel Technology magazine. Other items on the agenda included a final review of Technical Report No. 33, Specification on the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of Torpedo Cars and a discussion on the Iron Producing Technology Division awards for 2007, who will receive them, where they will be awarded and what form the physical award will take. Following an open discussion about current technology and activities, the committee toured the Mittal Steel USA – Sparrows Point blast furnace L and the DTE Energy coal injection facility. The next meeting for the Iron Producing Operating Committee will be Nov. 9 at AIST headquarters.
May 2, 2006 - The Iron Producing Operating Committee held a lunch meeting on May 2 during AISTech 2006. After introductions, general AIST announcements and officer elections, the committee discussed various items regarding AISTech 2006 activities. The newly elected papers chair will present these items to the AIST Conference Planning Committee for their consideration. The committee then discussed the status of a preliminary technical report on the maintenance, repair and inspection of torpedo cars. This report will be made available to the Iron Producing Operating Committee members on their committee Web site for review and discussion at upcoming meetings. The next meeting for the Iron Producing Operating Committee will be Sept. 7 in Baltimore, Md., with a tour of Mittal Steel USA – Sparrows Point.
February 2, 2006 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee held their winter meeting
in conjunction with the Eastern States Coke Oven and Blast Furnace
Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Feb. 2. After attendee
introductions, the members held an overview of the iron producing
technical sessions for AISTech 2006. The Iron Producing Operating
Committee will sponsor nine technical sessions covering all
aspects of the production of iron. The committee also began
discussions on the organization and publication of a “Blast
Furnace Roundup” for Iron & Steel Technology magazine.
The committee began making plans to present the T.L. Joseph
Award, the Kapitan Iron Award and the J.E. Johnson Award for
2006. After a round table discussion on the various activities
by the members, the meeting adjourned for lunch and departure
to the Eastern States Coke Oven and Blast Furnace Conference.
The next meeting will be at AISTech 2006 on May 2 in Cleveland,
September 14, 2005 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee held a business meeting on
the afternoon of Sept. 14. The meeting began with a
review of AISTech 2005 and preliminary planning for technical
sessions at AISTech 2006. Mark Rosi of ATSI was elected as the
paper chair for AISTech 2006 iron producing sessions. Session
chairs were also appointed to assist Mr. Rosi in the final organization
of the sessions. A committee was organized to review the Josef
Kapitan — Iron Award nominations for “best paper”
from AISTech 2005. The committee discussed the status of the
former Iron & Steelmaker Blast Furnace Roundups, which the
Iron Producing Committee will begin updating for reprint in
the near future. Also discussed was the status of the Specification
for the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of Torpedo Cars,
which requires minor additions prior to completion. The attendees
toured the No. 2 and No. 3 coke batteries and the No. 4 and
No. 2 blast furnaces at Dofasco Inc. on Sept. 15. The Iron Producing
Operating Committee will meet prior to the Eastern States Coke
and Blast Furnace Conference on Feb. 2, 2006, in Pittsburgh,
September 15, 2005 - The
Coke Producing Operating Committee and Iron Producing Operating
Committee met jointly for a dinner on Sept. 13 in Burlington,
Ont., Canada. Representatives from the AISI Coke Committee
also attended. The highlight of the dinner was the presentation
of the Iron Producing Technology Division awards. The Joseph
Becker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cokemaking was given
to John Gransden of CANMET. The J.E. Johnson Award for Achievement
in the Ironmaking Process by an individual under the age of
40 was given to Mark Dutler of Mittal Steel USA – Indiana
Harbor. The Josef Kapitan — Coke Award for Best Cokemaking
Paper at AISTech 2004 was given to James Fittipaldo of Mittal
Steel USA – Warren. Pictured: (1) Bob Donaldson (left),
chair of the Iron Producing Operating Committee, presents the
Joseph Becker Award toJohn Gransden; (2) Joe Poveromo (right)
presents the J.E. Johnson Award to Mark Dutler; and (3) Bob
Donaldson (right) presents the Josef Kapitan — Coke Award
to James Fittipaldo.
May 9, 2005 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee held an AISTech luncheon
meeting on May 9. The committee discussed the distribution
for the Iron Producing Division Awards, which are to be given
out at their next meeting. The committee then discussed potential
locations for upcoming AISTech conferences and the status of
printing a Blast Furnace Roundup in a future issue of Iron &
Steel Technology. The next meeting will be in Hamilton, Ont.,
Canada, in September and will include a tour of Dofasco Inc.
November 23, 2004 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee met at the ISG Cleveland
Ironmaking Department on Nov. 23. The meeting began
with a review of the committee-sponsored conference, Scrap Substitutes
and Alternative Ironmaking IV, held in Baltimore on Nov. 2.
A review of the AISTech 2004 iron producing technical sessions
was also held, and planning began for AISTech 2005. The committee
will be sponsoring 10 technical sessions for this event. The
committee then reviewed the AIST Awards and Recognition program
as it applied to the Iron Producing Technology Division. Subcommittees
were formed to determine candidates for the division’s
awards. Subcommittees of specific ironmaking technologies were
formed as well. The meeting concluded with a discussion on blast
furnace stove shells and a presentation by ISG Burns Harbor
regarding their taphole repair project. The next meeting will
be held prior to the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Cokemaking
Conference on Feb. 3 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
September 15, 2004 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee held a lunch meeting during
AISTech 2004 on Sept. 15. The committee focused on
AISTech 2005, with a goal to increase the profile of raw materials
and pellets. The committee also discussed if they will sponsor
any continuing education courses prior to AISTech 2005. The
meeting concluded with the members organizing subcommittees
to focus on particular aspects of the ironmaking process.
February 3, 2005 - The
Iron Producing Technology Division (comprised of the Coke and
Iron Producing Operating Committees) met prior to the start
of the Eastern States Blast Furnace and Cokemaking Conference
in Coraopolis, Pa on February 3, 2005. The individual
operating committees met independently initially. Both operating
committees reviewed their programs for AISTech 2005 and made
modifications as necessary. The two operating committees then
met jointly and agreed to host a joint session on Coke Quality
and Blast Furnace Operating. Coke Producing will be sponsoring
three technical sessions overall, and Iron Producing will have
ten. The two operating committees also discussed the AIST Awards
Program for the Iron Producing Technology Division. The division
will have four awards and will maintain the historical lineage
from the former organizations (Joseph, Kapitan, Johnson and
Becker). Details of the program will be taken by the division
vice-chair for approval by the AIST Awards Committee. Afterwards,
each committee separately discussed significant events from
around their industry in a roundtable format. Both committees
will be having their next meetings at AISTech 2005.
June 16, 2004 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee met on June 16 at ISG Cleveland
Inc. After member introductions, an overview of the
Scrap Substitutes and Alternative Ironmaking Symposium was provided.
Attendees then developed and refined a mission statement for
the committee. The Iron Producing sessions for AISTech 2004
were reviewed and finalized, along with the preliminary planning
for AISTech 2005, to be held in Charlotte, N.C., May 2005. The
selection of topic-specific subcommittees was followed by a
review of current events in the industry. A brief presentation
of the ISG Cleveland ironmaking facilities and a tour of the
blast furnaces concluded the day. The next meeting will be held
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, at AISTech 2004 in Nashville, Tenn.
March 31, 2004 - The
Iron Producing Operating Committee met on March 31 at the AIST
headquarters to continue their work in developing their technical
sessions for AISTech 2004. The committee reviewed almost
70 abstracts related to the production of iron and, from the
submitted abstracts, developed 10 sessions for the conference.
These sessions will cover operations, maintenance, equipment,
energy, technology and the latest in alternative iron and its
uses. The committee will meet next on June 16 in Cleveland,
Ohio, to finalize all aspects of the conference and to begin
the development of other activities for the committee.