Technology Committees


Computer Applications Technology Committee Activities

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.

The CATC met on 6–7 November 2012 at the Waterfront Hotel in Burlington, Ont., Canada. There were 39 attendees at the meeting, which focused on manufacturing execution system (MES) technologies. The first day opened with a presentation from John O’Grady of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. entitled, “Project Overview and IT Perspectives on ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s MES Implementation Program.” Rüdiger Elliger of PSI Metals then presented “PSI Metal’s MES Implementation at ArcelorMittal Dofasco.” Following lunch, Ray Campbell of ArcelorMittal Dofasco presented, “Process Automation Perspectives on ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s MES Implementation Program.” Scott Wilson of Broner Metals Solutions Ltd. presented, “Broner Multi-Site Solutions.” The first day concluded with a panel discussion on MES implementation challenges. The discussion was moderated by Mike Dudzic, and panelists included Scott Alsup, John O’Grady, Rüdiger Elliger and Scott Wilson. The meeting attendees were invited to the AIST Northern Member Chapter dinner meeting that evening, which featured a keynote presentation by Grant Zavitz, entitled, “ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s Turbo Generator Project.”

The second day began with a presentation from Alvaro Rozo of Honeywell entitled, “Closing the Gaps of MES.” Following Rozo’s presentation was a panel discussion on the future of MES. The discussion was moderated by the committee chair, Ray Hiznay, and panelists included Harald Henning, Perry Zalevsky, Christian Roth and Alvaro Rozo. The business portion of the meeting was held that afternoon, during which the members reviewed the 2012 Steel Mill Fatalities Report and had a general discussion on safety. AISTech 2013 planning included discussions on the technical program layout, session titles, session chairs, abstract selection, and Best Paper Award evaluations. The AISTech 2014 Call for Papers topics were reviewed and accepted with no immediate changes.

It was noted that the MES technology topic was very well received by attendees of the meeting, and CATC members discussed ways of opening up further discussions on the topic. It was also suggested that cyber security be the topic of a future meeting. The 2013 Process Systems Specialty Training Conference will be held on 26–28 March 2013 at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Mich., and will feature a plant tour of Severstal Dearborn. The next CATC meeting will be held on 28 March 2013 in conjunction with this conference.

The AIST Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on 8 May 2012 at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga. There were 15 members in attendance, with two new members present. The total CATC membership is 47. The outgoing committee chair, Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal, opened the meeting with a brief discussion on safety. Next, the elections of the 2012–2013 committee officers took place, with Ray Hiznay of HP Enterprise Services stepping into the chair position, Chuck Cinkowski of U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works moving into the vice chair position and Dave Reynolds of Gallatin Steel assuming the role of papers chair. It was recommended that the vice chair take on some of the responsibilities of coordinating the future informational Webinars. There was some discussion on the general role and activities of the committee for the potential new members in attendance. The 2012 CATC Best Paper Award was presented to Mike McCabe for his paper entitled, “Replacement of a Mill Floor Data Collection System at U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works.” Three topics were added to the AISTech 2013 Call for Papers, including: Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems, Evolution of Industrial Control Systems — Hierarchies and Mobile Interfaces, and Modern Control System Technologies Driving a Safer Workplace. Next, it was suggested that there should be “owners” for these three topics to help ensure adequate participation. Cinkowski volunteered to be the owner of the Modern Control System Technologies Driving a Safer Workplace topic. Pat Gallagher volunteered for Evolution of Industrial Control Systems — Hierarchies and Mobile Interfaces. Jim Cole and Mike McCabe volunteered for Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems. There was a brief discussion on the proposed March–February 2013 Process Systems Seminar. This seminar is held every couple of years to enlighten young professionals on how sensors, automation systems, MES and level 3 systems are used in the steel industry. The committee decided to target the seminar for the fall of 2013, so there is still time to plan. It was mentioned that member participation at the meetings has recently been unsatisfactory. Members were encouraged to bring a friend, colleague or acquaintance to future meetings to increase enrollment and participation. The new CATC chair, Ray Hiznay, thanked Hendrickson for his year of service as committee chair and presented him with a plaque. Hendrickson gave a brief speech about his experience as CATC chair and adjourned the meeting. The next meeting is planned for 25–26 October in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, with a tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on 1–2 March 2012 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind. During the first day, committee members enjoyed a tour of the continuous heat treat line at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. Prior to the tour, presentations were given which outlined the history of the line, goals of the modernization project, equipment upgrades, and the new level 1 and level 2 systems. The committee wishes to extend a special thank-you to Brad Hendrickson of Glenmount Global Solutions and Corbitt Lewis, Paul Hanyzewski, Nick Korzow and Mai Nguyen of ArcelorMittal for presenting and hosting the tour. Following the plant tour, Fritz Luecking of QuinLogic GmbH gave a presentation on technical data warehousing.

The committee reconvened the following morning. The CATC chair, Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal, opened the meeting by welcoming and thanking everyone in attendance. Hendrickson, in consultation with the papers chair, Chuck Cinkowski of U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works, has instituted a “safety share” feature to the CATC meetings. Hendrickson related four stories of individuals experiencing life-changing injuries while exploring odd occurrences in various parts of the mill. There was a general discussion on ways that the committee, as automation professionals, can assist operations in pinpointing problems. The point was reiterated that much precaution needs to be taken when investigating problems in an operating environment.

Patrick Gallagher of Management Science Associates Inc. agreed to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and it was agreed that the meeting would take place in accordance with them. There were 16 members in attendance, with a total committee membership count of 43. The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved as written. It was noted, however, that the team that provided the presentations and tour of the Lordstown GM plant for the previous CATC meeting were not given proper recognition. AIST and the CATC would like to thank Chuck Heckman, Tom Peters, Russ Miller and Tim Ferrante of HP Enterprise Services for their efforts and hospitality at the Lordstown plant tour last October. The AIST staff announcements were read, after which Hendrickson addressed the main agenda. First on the agenda was a discussion of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities report and ways to continually improve safety throughout the industry. The committee went on to discuss the AISTech 2012 conference and session structure. It was noted that the CATC had lost a number of papers to other committees’ sessions. Members brainstormed possible ways of avoiding this for future conferences and agreed that a more targeted Call for Papers topic should be established. The committee then went on to discuss the Best Paper Award subcommittee. A suggestion was made that the subcommittee contain at least one chair from each of the sessions at AISTech, as it is the session chairs who identify the candidate papers for the award.

The next informative Webinar planned will be on virtualization. It was agreed that the committee vice chair should take on some of the responsibilities of the Webinar coordinator.

Patrick Gallagher provided a brief update on the initial planning for the 2013 Process Systems Technology Conference. There are thoughts of co-locating it with the Cold Rolling Fundamentals Training Conference, as was done in Orlando in 2011. Hendrickson initiated a discussion on the 2012–2013 papers chair elect, and a few members were nominated. The final voting took place on 8 May at AISTech 2012, with the election of Dave Reynolds.
During the open discussion, many members were interested in the topic of security. It was mentioned that this should be the focus of a future meeting, specialty training conference or a session at AISTech. Hendrickson thanked everyone again for their attendance and adjourned the meeting. The committee plans to hold its next meeting in early October with a tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on 20–21 October 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio. During the first day of the meeting, committee members enjoyed a tour of the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The GM Lordstown Complex is currently responsible for the global production of the Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The committee reconvened in the hotel on the following morning for its meeting. The CATC chair, Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance. Brian Hagaman of IBM agreed to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and it was agreed that the meeting would take place in accordance with them. There were 13 members in attendance. The current CATC membership count stood at 60, with a significant increase of 13 new members since the previous meeting in May. The minutes from the May meeting were reviewed and approved as written. Following the AIST staff announcements, Jim Hendrickson began addressing the main agenda items of the meeting. First was a discussion of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report. Sixteen fatalities had been recorded for the year to date, and it was noted that a majority were caused by moving equipment and falls. The committee discussed the role of automation in improving safety, and it was suggested that they try to have papers, presentations or possibly a panel discussion on this topic in the future. Mr. Hendrickson then gave a brief update on the status of the informational Webinars that the committee plans to host quarterly. He stated that the progress has been temporarily delayed and that he would check with the Webinar coordinator on getting them started. The first Webinar was tentatively planned for sometime in November or December 2011.

The CATC papers chair, Chuck Cinkowski, led a discussion on the technical program planning for AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. He reviewed the draft session structure and the selection of abstracts that have been submitted to date. The committee then discussed possible session titles as well as the role of session chairs. Several members volunteered to be session chairs, including: Jim Cole, Dave Reynolds, Chuck Cinkowski, Jim Hendrickson and Brian Hagaman. Following the AISTech 2012 planning, there was an open discussion on how to add value to CATC membership. Hendrickson led a discussion on why members attend committee meetings, and responses from the members included: interesting tours (if they include automation/architecture), education and personal enrichment, meeting/tour location close to home, personal invitation asking them to attend, networking, career development, collaboration with members to solve real business problems and business IT alignment. Improvements to the meetings might include broader content including level 3 and 4 systems, and level 2 to level 3 integration. The committee suggested that the feedback and topics be included in future Webinars and committee meetings. It was also suggested that the committee’s mission statement be included in the meeting minutes for future reference. The next meeting will be held in February 2012. An exact date, time and location are yet to be determined, though suggestions were given by members for consideration. With all topics sufficiently covered, Jim Hendrickson thanked everyone in attendance and adjourned the meeting.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on Tuesday, 3 May at AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind.  There were 18 members in attendance, and the current committee membership count stands at 43. Prior to the start of the meeting, the 2011 CATC Best Paper Award was presented to Eugene Nikitenko for his paper entitled, “Bar Width Change in Finishing Stands of the Hot Strip Mill.” Pat Gallagher opened the meeting by thanking everyone in attendance and introducing and welcoming some new faces to the committee. The main agenda items were then addressed, the first being a review of the AISTech 2011 conference. There were five Computer Applications sessions at the conference, and all were well attended. The panel discussion on upgrading or replacing legacy systems went very well and may be extended in the future. The Process Systems Seminar held in February 2011 was a success, and the next one is planned for 2013. The 2011–2012 officers were elected and include Jim Hendrickson, chair; Raymond Hiznay, vice chair; and Chuck Cinkowski, papers chair. The role of the vice chair was discussed, and it was agreed that the vice chair should be more involved with the papers chair. The committee has agreed to hold more webinars throughout the year, and Steve Weiss volunteered to be the webinar coordinator. The committee then brainstormed possible webinar topics and a total of 17 were proposed. An online survey will be created to determine the best possible candidates and also ensure that the webinars are well attended and worthwhile. In an effort to boost the CATC membership count and diversity, a membership chair position was established, and Brian Hagaman volunteered for the role. A review of the mission statement resulted in no proposed changes. Eduardo La Bruna proposed starting a forum for CATC discussions and the exchanging of ideas. The next  CATC meeting will be held in late October in Lordstown, Ohio, with a tour of the GM facility. After receiving a plaque for his service as committee chair in 2010–2011, Pat Gallagher thanked the committee members and the meeting was adjourned.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met in Orlando, Fla., on 24 Feb 2011. The chair, Patrick Gallagher of Management Sciences Associates, welcomed everyone to the meeting, and Tom Carr of Siemens Industries agreed to take the minutes. After agreeing to the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, the members introduced themselves, and Mr. Gallagher described to guests and new members the goals and typical activities of the CATC. The minutes of the previous meeting on 10 Oct 2011 in Memphis, Tenn., were reviewed and accepted as written. Ken Landau presented the AIST staff announcements, including the news that Ryan Wolfred will be the new AIST staff representative for the CATC. The 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities summary was then discussed. Participants noted that a majority of the fatalities were people over 40 years of age and they wondered if, over time, workers are becoming too complacent regarding safety practices. The Process Systems Training Conference, which was also taking place in Orlando at that time, was reviewed, and Mr. Gallagher mentioned that the preliminary feedback regarding the conference had been very good. Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor presented the session layout and paper submission status for AISTech 2011. He noted that, because of cancellations, there were two open slots in the Steel Shop Applications session, and he would send invitations to committee members to try to fill these slots. Participants then discussed the AISTech 2012 Call for Papers topics and added “safety considerations” to the list. The next item on the meeting agenda involved a discussion on the 2011–2012 committee leadership nominations. Due to a conflict with the AIST Bylaws, which require a steel producer to be committee chair at least every other year, the normal progression from vice chair to chair may not be followed for 2011–2012. In order to get the progression back in line with AIST Bylaws, the committee is currently looking for a producer to volunteer as the next papers chair. The current papers chair, Jim Hendrickson, would then become committee chair position for 2011–2012. CATC leaders are to be elected during AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind. The members then came to a consensus regarding the winner of the 2011 CATC Best Paper Award, which will also be announced during AISTech 2011. After the winner was decided, Mr. Gallagher thanked everyone in attendance and closed the meeting. The next CATC meeting will be held at AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis on 3 May 2011 from noon to 1:45 p.m.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met 11–12 Oct 2010, in Memphis, Tenn. The first day started with presentations about Nucor Memphis’s automation systems, including an overview, the level 2 systems for the meltshop, caster and rolling mill, as well as the Danieli MORE Intelligence Data Warehousing System. Nucor then hosted a complete tour of their Memphis Special Bar Quality mill. The CATC chair, Patrick Gallagher of Management Science Associates, opened the business meeting with a welcome message, asking the attendees to introduce themselves. Fritz Luecking of Quinlogic volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and everyone present agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 3 May 2010, CATC meeting were reviewed and accepted as written. The 2010 Mill Fatality Report was reviewed, and a lengthy discussion about safety followed, using Nucor Memphis as an example. The CATC selected and organized abstracts into five sessions for AISTech 2011, including four joint sessions. Mr. Gallagher reviewed the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which is scheduled for 21–24 Feb 2011, in Orlando, Fla. The presenters are identified and the course material is set. Consult AIST.org for information about the next CATC meeting date and location.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met 3 May during AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Jim Cole of The Timken Co. opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and asked all the attendees to introduce themselves. Alex Fabijanic volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Mr. Cole read the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines and asked that everyone abide by them. The minutes from the CATC’s 4–5 Mar meeting in Cleveland were reviewed and approved as written. Ron Tessendorf of TM GE Automation Systems provided a status update for the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which is scheduled for 21–24 Feb 2011, in Orlando, Fla., and will be co-located with Cold Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar. The CATC elected their officers for the 2010–2011 term as: Patrick Gallagher of Management Science Associates, chair; Ray Hiznay of HP, vice chair; and Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal, papers chair. The CATC mission statement was reviewed and accepted without changes as: “To promote the understanding and advancement of appropriate computer applications, architectures and technologies for the processing of steel, by providing forums to: learn about best practices, new and current technologies; enable the exchange of problem solving ideas within the metals processing industry, and with potential suppliers; network with associated disciplines in academia, government and research.” The CATC agreed to continue regular Webinars, and Osvaldo Bascur of OSIsoft volunteered to be the coordinator. The Computer Applications Best Paper Award was presented to Gordon Irons and Ho Yong Hwang for their paper entitled, “Experimental and Mathematical Studies of Impinging Gas Jets on Liquid Surfaces.” The next meeting is to be determined.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) joined the Sensor Systems Subcommittee of the Electrical Applications Technology Committee for presentations by ArcelorMittal Cleveland’s systems and automation specialists about the upgraded hot-dip galvanizing line and a subsequent tour of the facility on 4 Mar 2010, in Cleveland, Ohio. The CATC wishes to thank the mill personnel for their hospitality and time. The CATC had their committee meeting on 5 Mar 2010, in Independence, Ohio. Jim Cole of The Timken Co. opened the meeting and thanked everyone for taking time to attend. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and everyone agreed to abide by them. Mike Dudzic of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. agreed to take the meeting minutes. The meeting minutes from 15–16 Oct 2009, in Merrillville, Ind., were reviewed and approved as written. The 2009 and 2010 Steel Mill Fatality reports were reviewed, leading to a discussion on personal safety in the mill environment. The AISTech 2010 session layouts were reviewed, and the session chairs were reminded of their responsibilities. Patrick Gallagher of MSA spoke on the current status of the next Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which is scheduled for 21–24 Feb 2011, in Orlando, Fla., and will coincide with the Cold Rolling Fundamentals Course. The 2011 CATC Call for Abstracts was finalized to be: “New and existing uses of computers to control, monitor and interface steelmaking processes; impact of human factors in process control (such as users, engineers and support personnel); manufacturing execution systems; network/wireless communications; the application of advanced process modeling and control; emerging trends in hardware and software related to process control as well as business systems, including operating systems, software products, novel application of vision systems, security; automation planning and software development methodologies; database, data warehousing and data mining systems; remediation of legacy automation systems.” The CATC nominated Jim Hendrickson of ArcelorMittal as the incoming papers chair. The official election will take place during their next meeting on 3 May 2010, at AISTech.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met 16 Oct 2009, in Merrillville, Ind. The committee chair, Jim Cole of The Timken Co., welcomed everyone to the meeting. Tom Carr of Siemens Industry Inc. volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and agreed to. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The 2009 Steel Mill Fatality Report was reviewed. The committee chose abstracts for AISTech 2010 and arranged them into sessions. Laura Maxwell volunteered to chair the subcommittee that will review the CATC best-of-session papers from AISTech 2009 and nominate the winner for the Computer Applications Best Paper Award. The other subcommittee members are: Mr. Cole, Joe Franz of Concept2 Solutions, Pat Gallagher of Management Science Associates, and Perry Zalevsky of SAP. The committee reviewed the plans for the next Process Control Specialty Training Conference, which is preliminarily scheduled for February 2011. The CATC had a joint tour with the Electrical Applications Technology Committee of Purdue Calumet’s Visualization Lab and ArcelorMittal Research and Development Center. The committee thanks Professor Chenn Zhou for hosting the committee at Purdue Calumet and Mike Masleid of ArcelorMittal for hosting the committee at the R&D Center. The next CATC meeting is scheduled for 4–5 Mar 2010, with a tour of ArcelorMittal’s recently converted galvanizing line in the Cleveland works.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on 4 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. Andy Szabo of ArcelorMittal welcomed everyone to the meeting and to the conference. Patrick Gallagher of Management Science Associates agreed to take the meeting minutes. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The 2008 Computer Applications Best Paper Award was presented to Yongfu Zhao of U. S. Steel Research for his paper entitled, “Using Neural Network Technology for Blast Furnace Slag Viscosity and Liquidus Temperature Calculation.” The CATC reviewed the attendee evaluations from the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference held in February 2009 in Jacksonville, Fla. The attendee evaluations were very positive, and the general consensus was to hold the course again in the spring of 2011. The following CATC officers were voted in: James Cole of The Timken Co. as chair, Mr. Gallagher as vice chair, and Ray Hiznay of EDS as papers chair. The current CATC mission statement was reviewed, and the word “architectures” was added. The committee agreed to the following objectives: (a) establish regular Webinars, with a goal of every 6–8 weeks; (b) continue sponsoring the Process Systems Specialty Conference; (c) continue sponsoring the sessions and papers at AISTech 2010; and (d) continue the monthly conference call. A number of topics were discussed for future meetings, as were various meeting locations that could be tied into plant tours. Mr. Cole presented Mr. Szabo with a plaque for his service as the CATC chair and further recognized him for serving as chair for two years. The next meeting date and location were not finalized during the meeting, but would be established in subsequent conference calls. Visit www.AIST.org for details.

The Computer Applications Technology Committee (CATC) met on 2 Feb, prior to the start of the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference in Jacksonville, Fla. Andy Szabo of ArcelorMittal opened the meeting and thanked everyone for participating. The attendees introduced themselves, and the AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed. The Process Systems Specialty Training Conference was discussed, and the consensus was to have a similar conference in the fall of 2010, when the business climate gets better. The AISTech 2009 CATC sessions were then discussed. The CATC will sponsor seven sessions at AISTech 2009, including 37 technical presentations. The paper order and session chairs were reviewed and adjusted as needed. The session chairs were encouraged to contact the authors within their sessions and discuss with them their responsibilities and upcoming deadlines for participation. The committee acknowledged the Steel Industry Systems Association (SISA) for contributing $13,000 to the AIST Foundation. SISA has elected to dissolve their organization and amalgamate its activities with AIST via the Computer Applications Technology Committee. The CATC topic for the AISTech 2010 Call for Papers was reviewed and updated. The committee next discussed topics and the logistics of having a webinar. The CATC plans to present the Computer Applications Best Paper Award during their next meeting, which will take place during AISTech 2009 on 4 May.