Technology Committees

Computer Applications Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
Dave Reynolds (right) presented the CATC service plaque to
Chuck Cinkowski (left).

The CATC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Dave Reynolds, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Vice chair — Perry Zalevsky, OSIsoft

  • Papers chair — Mike McCabe, United States Steel Corporation

Meeting Highlights:
The CATC discussed the AISTech 2015 technical program. Overall, the committee’s sessions were well attended and of high quality.
The Process Systems Technology  Training  Conference held in 2015 was reviewed, and members discussed possible improvements for future events.
Basic  functions/activities  of the CATC were discussed, and objectives were set for the coming year.
Also discussed were topics for the next CATC meeting, which may include data analytics, enterprise space, automation-centric information security and general information security.

The CATC met on 6 March 2015, Mobile, Ala., USAPerry Zalevsky reviewed the status of the CATC sessions at AISTech 2015. Although there were some last-minute cancellations, there were replacement presentations, and the CATC had a full slate of presentations.
The just-completed Process Systems Conference was reviewed. There were 47 attendees, which was down from the last time the conference was held. There were some comments about including more content on the hot end, including ironmaking.
The Computer Applications Best Paper Award was selected and was subsequently presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Chuck Cinkowski asked what other process automation groups use to benchmark themselves. Some use help desk statistics, weekly status updates and/or customer feedback, but there wasn’t agreement on the best way to do it. This will be a discussion for the future. Jim Hendrickson mentioned the desire to be able to measure the amount of time spent on maintaining systems versus working on process improvements.
There was also a discussion on future webcasts for the CATC. 

The CATC met on 9–10 October 2014, Pittsburgh, PA., USA. Patrick Gallagher, Management Science Associates Inc. (MSA), hosted the group at MSA’s data center in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. The presentations included:

  • Internet of Things,” by Mahesh Subrmaniam of HCL America.

  • Legacy System Upgrades,” by John Frochio and Noah Wolf-Johnston of MSA.

  • Windows 8 in Manufacturing,” by P.J. Grinsell of Microsoft.

  • Security Issues in Industrial Automation,” by Michelle Pirtle of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

  • Microsoft Technology Road Map for Manufacturing,” by P.J. Grinsell of Microsoft.

  • Perry Zalevsky, SAP, CATC papers chair, discussed the AISTech session developments:

  • Twenty-seven CATC presentations were organized into five sessions, including one joint session with the Ironmaking Technology Committee.

  • Session chairs were selected. 

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed with an emphasis on minimizing commercialism in presentations.

Chuck Cinkowski, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works, CATC chair, reviewed the Process Systems Technology Training Conference, to be held 2–5 March 2015 in Mobile, Ala., USA. 

The CATC met on 24–25 October 2013, Palo Alto, Calif., USA, with a tour of SAP Labs.  The CATC currently has 48 members, of which 14 were in attendance. Members reviewed the 2013 Steel Industry Fatalities report and held a roundtable safety discussion, noting a favorable trend of decreasing total annual deaths in recent years.
CATC papers chair, Perry Zalevsky, discussed the AISTech 2014 technical program layout, which will consist of 27 CATC papers organized into five sessions. Volunteers were solicited to fill open session chair positions.
The CATC reviewed its Call for Papers statement, and several updates were suggested to reposition content, remove duplicate phrasing and revise wording.
Five papers from the AISTech 2013 program were nominated for the CATC Best Paper Award. The CATC agreed that all session chairs are to evaluate the nominees and determine the final winner. 

The CATC met on the morning of 28 March 2013 in Detroit, Mich., in conjunction with the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference. Ray Hiznay of HP Enterprise chaired the meeting. The group reviewed the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which was well received. Dave Reynolds reviewed the sessions and the session chair responsibilities for AISTech 2013. The committee confirmed the nomination of Freidrich Luecking of QuinLogic to receive the Computer Applications Best Paper Award during AISTech 2013. The need for safety standards in automation systems was discussed. Further discussion on this topic will take place at the CATC’s fall meeting. The CATC joined the conference roundtable discussion on process system security and also the tour of Severstal Dearborn’s pickle line tandem cold mill and hot-dip galvanizing line.