Technology Committees


Cranes Technology Committee Activities

The CTC Met in Nashville, Tenn on 25 September 2013 co-located with the AIST Birmingham and Ohio Valley Member Chapters’ fall meeting.  Charlie Totten briefed the members on his work in organizing the 21st Annual Crane Symposium program, in which 24 presentations have been identified, with 11 presented by steel producers and one presented by an auto manufacturing company. The focus of the Crane Symposium will be on overhead crane inspection, maintenance and repair solutions. Nominations were also taken for the 2014 Crane Innovator of the Year Award. Eight innovators were nominated, three of whom will be selected to be championed at the next CTC meeting.
An update was given by the Mechanical/Structural Subcommittee on the outstanding sections requiring completion for Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. Currently five sections require final review to complete the mechanical section.
Members then selected four papers that will be invited to present in the CTC session at AISTech 2014. A nomination was made for the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award. The meeting concluded with an open discussion clarifying the ANSI B30.2 requirement for rated loads and overload situations. 

The CTC met in Mobile, Ala. on 27 February 2013 for its winter meeting. Twenty-seven members and guests were in attendance. Following an update on the upcoming AISTech 2013 Cranes technical session, the attendees focused their attention on the program schedule for the 20th Annual Crane Symposium. The Crane Symposium will be held on 9–12 June 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and will include 23 presentations on the latest technology and maintenance practices for EOT cranes, as well as a panel discussion focusing on crane wheel and rail wear issues. Through the discussions at this meeting, the symposium program was finalized. A discussion then followed regarding the progression of revisions for both Technical Report No. 6 – Specification for EOT Cranes for Steelmill Service and for the Crane Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide. Both documents require additional updates to the mechanical sections prior to finalization. The CTC then heard presentations made by the champions supporting their nominations for the 2013 Crane Innovator of the Year. Following a vote by the members in attendance, Jim Lang of Konecranes was recognized for his work on a 10-year survey of crane safety. The CTC then also recognized James Salisbury, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., who will be given the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award during AISTech 2013. Salisbury has been a tireless supporter of the CTC and has provided input and support to many individuals regarding EOT cranes in any industry. Following the meeting, Scott Waine, SSAB Mobile, provided an overview of the SSAB Mobile facility and its crane maintenance program. Waine hosted the CTC members for a tour of the facility, providing an opportunity for the members to visit the meltshop, caster, rolling and shipping facilities at SSAB Mobile. The next CTC meeting will be held immediately prior to the 20th Annual Crane Symposium on 9 June 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held two meetings recently leading up to the 19th Annual AIST Crane Symposium. The first meeting was held on 7 May 2012 during AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. The second meeting was held on 10 June 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa., immediately preceding the Crane Symposium. These short business meetings ensured that the committee membership was well informed and had a voice in the activities of the committee. A main topic in both meetings was the status of the AIST Crane Symposium. The 22 presentations scheduled for the symposium were confirmed, and, as needed, substitutions were identified. Another important topic discussed was the revision to the AIST Technical Report No. 6 — Specification for the Design of EOT Cranes for Steel Mill Service. The report is currently planned for re-publication in 2013, and the CTC is organizing all of the revisions to the text. The CTC is also working to finalize The Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. Other business handled during these meetings included the election of officers for 2012–2013; approval of the CTC mission statement; acknowledgment of Terry Fedor Sr., CTC member, as a 2012 AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow; the solicitation of presentations for the 20th Crane Symposium, which will be held 9–11 June 2013, and the planning of the CTC 2012 fall and winter meeting locations. The CTC will have their fall 2012 meeting on 10 October 2012 at the U. S. Steel – Midwest Works Training Center. Included in the meeting will be a tour of the U. S. Steel – Midwest Works, and the meeting is being co-located with the AIST Midwest Chapter Kickoff Dinner on 9 October 2012.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held its winter meeting in the Valley of the Sun in Phoenix, Ariz. The highlight of the meeting was the opportunity to visit the CMC Steel Arizona facility in Mesa, Ariz. The meeting was held on 7 February 2012 and began with the introductions of those in attendance. Following the AIST Antitrust Guidelines and AIST staff announcements, a roundtable discussion was held to review any safety incidents in the industry and to discuss any new safety techniques or technologies. Mike Urbassik, CTC chair, then asked that the champions of the Crane Innovator of the Year Award candidates present their cases for their nominations. Charlie Totten spoke about Mike Einhorn and his “Lifeline Design and Installation at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.” Bill Wagner championed Justin Mulch and his “Eddy Current Inspections of Gearing” technology. Totten also championed Ivar Horst, who has made many advancements in “Safety Technologies for Cranes.” Mike Urbassik nominated Bill Vanni and his “Mill Bay Crane Runway Upgrade” project, as well as Rob Loomis’ “Advanced Control Technology for Industry Cranes.” Each member in attendance voted for their candidate and the winner was announced. The winner will be notified and requested to present their paper at the 19th Annual Crane Symposium. The Crane Symposium program was reviewed and presenters were confirmed. Any presentation slot in which the originally invited presenter declined to present was filled by a volunteer from the committee. Urbassik then led a review of the planned updates for Technical Report Nos. 1, 6, 7 and 11 to ensure that the content in each report will be current with today’s practices. He also reviewed the status of the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. A call was placed for any new discussion items and a plaque of appreciation was given to John Patterson and John Filetti of CMC Steel Arizona for hosting the committee tour and attending the CTC meeting. Following lunch, the members traveled to the CMC facility and were greeted by Mike Taylor, John Patterson and John Filetti. The members received a tour of the first operating micro-mill in the world. The facility utilizes a Consteel furnace to melt 40-ton heats, which are treated at the facility’s LRF station. Following treatment, the ladle is sent to the continuous caster, which casts a single billet that is continually fed into an induction furnace and rolling stands before the strand is cut and the rods produced are bundled. Typical operation sees the strand being unbroken from the caster to the final cut line. Products from CMC Steel Arizona are construction-grade reinforcement rod and T-post for fencing. The next CTC meeting will be during AISTech 2012 on 7 May 2012 in Atlanta, Ga., and the committee will meet again immediately prior to the 19th Annual Crane Symposium on 10–12 June 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held their fall meeting as the guests of Xtek Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, on 4 October 2011. Following a welcome introduction to Xtek by Frank Petrek, Xtek vice president, Mike Urbassik, CTC chair, opened the meeting and asked all in attendance to introduce themselves and their companies. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines and the AIST staff announcements were read and noted. The committee discussed potential papers for their technical session at AISTech 2012. The CTC will plan a single, six-paper session for AISTech 2012 that will focus on “EOT Cranes for Heavy Industrial Service.” The members then began planning presentations for the 19th Annual Crane Symposium, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 10–12 June 2012. The committee identified 22 potential presentation topics, and members will approach the presenters to secure their commitments for this conference. A potential Brazilian Crane Symposium was suggested. During the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee Brazil Study Tour, the Brazilian steelmakers were approached to gauge their interest in such a conference being held in Brazil. Many saw the value of holding the conference and their input is being solicited to determine the types of technical presentations that would benefit the EOT crane maintenance personnel in Brazil. Committee members also discussed the nomination of a candidate for the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award. A nominee has been submitted and endorsement letters have been prepared in support of the nominee.
Frank Petrek provided an overview of the Xtek Inc. facility in Sharonville, Ohio, located outside of Cincinnati, prior to the facility tour. Xtek was formed in 1976 from the Tool Steel Gear and Pinion Co., which began production in 1909. Since 1986, Xtek has been an ESOP company supplying the steel, aluminum, mining, shipyard and energy markets. The company has 400 employee-owners and has recently added Xtek Europe s.r.o., Midwest Service Center and Bradley Lifting Corp. to provide services of power transmission, industrial components and lifting equipment. During the tour, the members visited the following areas: tooth grinding, wheels and small gears, large gears, geared spindle coupling, rolls, heat treating, service and reconditioning, and shipping.
After the tour and a lunch, the committee split into two subcommittees (Electrical and Mechanical/Structural) to continue their efforts to complete the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair Guide for EOT cranes and to begin revisions to AIST Technical Report No. 6. The next CTC meeting will be held on 7 February 2012. The location will be determined once the tour location has been approved.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met on 12 June 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pa., immediately prior to the start of the 18th Annual Crane Symposium. Twenty-seven committee members and guests were in attendance. Mike Urbassik, CTC chair, opened the meeting, introductions were made and a recorder of the meeting minutes was confirmed. The AIST staff announcements and Antitrust Guidelines were read and noted. Charlie Totten provided a review of the 18th Crane Symposium being held immediately following the meeting, where 220 attendees were registered. It was noted that there were a couple of late presentation cancellations. Members volunteered to fill the program. The committee also began soliciting presenters for the 19th Annual Crane Symposium, to be held in June 2012.
The committee then began a discussion on the current criteria and procedure for nominating and selecting the Crane Innovator of the Year Award winner. A review of the procedure was read, and suggestions were made regarding the proper balance of voting levels. It was determined that, in the future, the criteria would be divided equally among four categories: New Technology, Industry-Wide Application, Potential Benefit to Crane Users and Leadership/Novelty. John Austin was recognized during the meeting as the 2011 winner, and a formal presentation was to occur on Tuesday, 14 June, during the Crane Symposium.
The committee continued with business from previous meetings regarding the CTC mission statement, as well as two proposed revisions to the statement. After the discussion, the committee voted to maintain the wording as currently written. Additional unresolved business was the proposal to consider a Crane Symposium in Brazil. A request was made to a few Brazilian steel companies regarding crane issues within their facilities, and the reply was that structural issues are a concern in older cranes. As it was a small sample for the request, additional requests will be made to ensure proper programming. CTC members conducting business in Brazil will discuss with their customers how the committee can serve the Brazil EOT crane community.
The chair then opened the floor for additional discussion. A proposal was made to update the current issue of AIST Technical Report No. 6 — Specification for the Design of EOT Cranes for Steel Mill Service. Individual subcommittees will begin to meet to accomplish the task in a timely manner. The committee will include in this program the revision to the Reference Handbooks for EOT Cranes, which is currently out of date and out of print. Other items discussed were the nomination of CTC members for the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award and the recognition of Damon Burrow as the CTC vice chair. The next meeting will occur 4 October 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will include a tour of Xtek Inc.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met on Monday, 2 May 2011 at AISTech 2011 immediately following their technical session. Mike Urbassik, vice chair, in the place of Bill Wagner, chair, welcomed everyone in attendance to the meeting. As recognition of the efforts of the authors from the morning session, Urbassik and Charlie Totten asked the authors to stand and receive their authors’ certificates before the committee membership. AIST Antitrust Guidelines were read and introductions were made of those in attendance. 2011–2012 officer elections led the meeting. Mike Urbassik was nominated and approved as chair. Damon Burrow was elected as vice chair. The 18th Annual Crane Symposium schedule was then reviewed, and it was noted that the program had two cancellations which would be filled by volunteers. The Gateway Clipper Cruise would again be part of the activities for the symposium. Next on the agenda was a review of the CTC mission statement. Tom Berringer had offered a modification to the mission statement to recognize the participation of the Mill Buildings Subcommittee in the committee’s activities and to recognize the Crane Symposium as a key activity of the committee. After discussion and revision, the mission statement was to be reproduced for final vote at the June 2011 meeting. Members also provided updates concerning the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. The Electrical section of the report is nearly complete while the Mechanical/Structural section requires a few additions prior to submittal for review. Once the guide is complete, the CTC will begin revision to Technical Report No. 6 as well as a review of the Handbook for EOT Cranes Volumes 1 and 2 to ensure the proper, relevant material is published in those volumes. At the conclusion of the meeting, the committee voted to meet in October in Roanoke, Va., in conjunction with the AIST Southeast Member Chapter annual meeting.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met on 16 Feb 2011 in Memphis, Tenn., for their winter meeting. Following a discussion on membership, AIST staff announcements, and a review of AIST’s Anti-Trust Guidelines, the committee began the business meeting. As in past CTC meetings, a discussion on safety began the meeting. The members reviewed incidents in the industry as they pertain to safety. A review of the 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities summary highlighted the dangers of working with and around mobile equipment, including cranes. The committee then heard nominations for the 2011 Crane Innovator of the Year. The candidates were championed by CTC members, and the members in attendance voted on the candidate who has clearly been an innovator and someone who takes the risk of trying new technology in the EOT crane industry. John Austin of Gerdau Ameristeel – Petersburg was voted as the 2011 Innovator of the Year for his application of solid-state magnet control to reduce maintenance costs on the scrap handling crane. The 18th Annual Crane Symposium schedule was discussed. Unconfirmed authors were to be contacted by members, and cancelled presentations were replaced. The AISTech 2011 CTC session will be international in scope, with presentations from Brazil, China and Sweden. AIST Technical Reports which pertain to the crane industry were discussed to determine what revisions are necessary to keep them current with today’s technology and practices. Following the meeting, the members were given the opportunity to tour Nucor Steel Memphis. The tour, hosted by Jesse Simmons, and guided by Nick Fisher and Kevin Ormanowski, included steelmaking, refining, casting, rolling and shipping facilities at the steel plant.

The AIST Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) began their fall meeting at ArcelorMittal Steel Indiana Harbor’s Slabyard Hospitality Center on 12 Oct 2010. Bill Wagner, CTC chair, introduced George McCracken, the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor project engineer who led the slabyard automation project in an effort to reduce the exposure of the ArcelorMittal employees to an active mobile equipment area of the facility. The project included Wi-Fi systems, individual slab identification at the caster, slab tracking from the caster runout table to the reheat furnace at the hot mill, and laser monitoring systems to minimize personnel exposure to mobile equipment environments. Following the tour of the slabyard and slab storage areas, the CTC traveled to Merrillville, Ind., to hold their business meeting that afternoon. AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines and staff announcements were noted. A discussion was held concerning nominations for the 2011 Crane Innovator of the Year Award. Four nominations were made: John Austin, Gerdau Ameristeel Petersburg, for his work on hot metal crane improvements; Aaron Kureck, Magnetek, for his development of AC variable frequency drives with static stepless characteristics; Mike Heaney, ArcelorMittal Steel Indiana Harbor, for the World Class Equipment Reliability for Cranes program; and Dave Allen, Brock Solutions, for converting an entire DC crane to AC systems. The champions of the nominees will present their cases at the next CTC meeting on 9 Feb 2011. An overview of the status of the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes was provided, and suggestions were made regarding revisions to AIST Technical Reports No. 6, No. 7 and No. 11. A general call for revisions will be sent to the committee for any comments regarding the current status of the technical reports, which will be discussed at the next meeting. The meeting concluded with a discussion on potential presentation topics for the 2011 Crane Symposium, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 12–14 June. Following the CTC meeting, the attendees participated in the 2010 AIST Midwest Chapter kickoff dinner at the Radisson Star Plaza, Merrillville, Ind.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met on 13 June 2010, prior to the start of the 17th Annual AIST Crane Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa. Bill Wagner, CTC chair, welcomed everyone in attendance and asked them to introduce themselves. Charlie Totten reviewed the statistics of the 17th Annual AIST Crane Symposium, noting the attendance and the variety of international participation in this year’s symposium. Planning began for the 18th Annual Crane Symposium, which will be held 12–14 Jun 2011, again in Pittsburgh. Four presentations were immediately scheduled, and the members voted to include in next year’s symposium the dinner boat cruise held in years past as a valuable networking opportunity. The CTC also discussed plans for a 2nd International Crane Symposium, which would be held in Brazil. A subcommittee was formed to organize the program, which is tentatively planned for September 2011. The program will be similar to the 2008 International Crane Symposium held in Košice, Slovakia, which focused on fundamental maintenance practices for EOT cranes. An update was provided by representatives from the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide Subcommittee as to the status of the guide and the work being planned for upcoming meetings. The CTC also took a moment to congratulate Ray Milman, of Middough Associates, who was recognized as the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow at AISTech 2010. The next CTC meeting will be held on 12 Oct in Merrillville, Ind. The meeting will include a tour of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor and will be co-located with the AIST Midwest Chapter kickoff dinner.

The Mill Buildings Subcommittee of the Cranes Technology Committee met at AISTech 2010 following their technical session during the conference. The group concurred that the presentations by the group were well received; but for future conferences, the committee will look to jointly organize sessions with other AIST Technology Committees, such as the Project & Construction Management Technology Committee or the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee. The Mill Buildings Subcommittee will continue to review the content of Technical Report No. 13 and will plan to hold teleconference and face-to-face meetings to revise the report.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held a brief meeting during AISTech 2010 on May 4 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The CTC conducted some brief reviews of their current activities as they prepared for the 17th Annual Crane Symposium, which was held 13–15 Jun 2010. A review was also provided on the development of the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of EOT Cranes guide. The CTC then elected officers for 2010–2011. Bill Wagner of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor will serve a second term as chair of the committee, and Mike Urbassik of EC&M will be vice chair. The next CTC meeting was 13 Jun immediately prior to the Crane Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa. The fall 2010 meeting will be co-located with the AIST Midwest Chapter meeting in Merrilville, Ind., on 12 Oct 2010.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met on 18 Feb 2010, at the Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, for their winter meeting. Following introductions and AIST announcements, the CTC members reviewed safety incidents throughout the steel industry. The main discussion item was the nominating of candidates for the 2010 Crane Innovator of the Year Award. Lucian Rainville of Cableform championed John Austin’s efforts at Gerdau Ameristeel in utilizing solid-state magnet controls to reduce maintenance costs and improve operating efficiency of a scrap handling crane. Frank Petrek of Xtek Inc. championed Warren McWhorter for the Overhead Traveling Crane Safety Program at CMC Birmingham. Rich Warriner of Ace World Companies championed Andy Montalbano for his work in developing a training school for U. S. Steel – Gary Works crane maintenance personnel to safely practice crane maintenance procedures. Bill Wagner of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor championed Mike Heaney’s standardization of the crane inspection program at Indiana Harbor. Mike Urbassik of EC&M championed Charlie Totten for his lifelong dedication to promoting new technologies for EOT cranes and bringing attention to the new technologies through forums such as AISTech and the AIST Crane Symposium. Following these presentations, a vote by the attending members was taken, and Charlie Totten was confirmed as the 2010 AIST Crane Innovator of the Year. Mr. Totten will present his paper on “World-Class Crane Runways for the 21st Century” at both AISTech 2010 and the 17th Annual Crane Symposium. The paper is also scheduled for publication in the June 2010 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. He will be receiving his formal award at the Crane Symposium. The 17th Annual AIST Crane Symposium program was then discussed. Unconfirmed presentations were identified, and additional presentations were scheduled as needed. The Crane Symposium is scheduled for 13–15 Jun 2010, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The CTC technical session for AISTech 2010 was also discussed, and additional papers were identified. Next on the agenda was an update by Frank Petrek regarding the work being performed on the Maintance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. The subcommittees continue to work to develop the individual sections for EOT crane inspection and repair. The subcommittees meet via Internet and conference calls approximately every third month. The report should be complete in 2011. A call was also made to all committee members to submit their thoughts on any revisions necessary to Technical Report No. 6 — Specification for EOT Cranes for Steel Mill Service. The meeting concluded with an overview of the ACE World Companies facilities in Fort Worth, Texas, by Rich Warriner. The members of the CTC were invited to tour the ACE crane-making facilities. Ace Ghanemi, Rich Warriner and Kevin Klubertanz took the group through their facility, showing the different capabilities of the crane construction process. Daan Potters also offered a demonstration of the Merford crane cab, which is used by Ace World Companies for their manned EOT cranes. The next meeting of the CTC will be on 12 Jun 2010, immediately prior to the 17th Annual AIST Crane Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Mill Buildings Subcommittee (MBSC) of the Cranes Technology Committee held their fall meeting on 17 Sep as an Internet/teleconference meeting. Middough Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, hosted the meeting. After brief introductions and a review of the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, the chair stated that the MBSC will sponsor a session at AISTech 2010 on mill buildings. The members of the committee have been working on three topics to be presented at AISTech 2010: Hot Metal Duct Design, Mill Building Load Criteria and Mill Building Inspections. A discussion was held concerning the revisions that have been made to ASCE 7-05 Seismic Provisions and how the provisions relate to non-building structures and what constitutes a non-building structure. Next, the Mill Building Load Criteria information was reviewed. It was noted that revisions may be required to AIST’s Technical Report No. 6 and Technical Report No. 13 to account for the practice of adding guide rollers to overhead traveling cranes, and that the guide rollers may impact the lateral stress that the crane inflicts upon the rail and building components. A final review was also made to the Mill Building Inspections information, as it is ready for presentation at AISTech 2010 in May. The next MBSC meeting will be held on 15 Dec 2009.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held their fall meeting on 13 Oct at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Training Center in Chesterton, Ind. Following introductions and a review of the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines and AIST activities, the CTC discussed the latest AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee steel industry safety incidents report. A note was made that fall protection is critical for crane safety. The CTC then made nominations for the 2010 Crane Innovator of the Year Award. Six candidates were proposed and their champions were identified, who will promote these candidates at the next CTC meeting. The members made their initial selections of presentations for the 17th Annual Crane Symposium, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 13–15 Jun 2010. Presenters were identified for the 22 topics chosen on such subjects as crane safety devices, anti-sway technology, thermography for reliability and safety, gear inspection and repair, crane vibration analysis, the latest in brake technology, and many others. The presenters will be contacted, and invitations will be sent to solidify the program. Papers were also identified the AISTech 2010 CTC technical session. Four to six papers were selected for their session. Items were then proposed for the next AIST Technical Report No. 6 — Specification for EOT Cranes for Steel Mill Service revision. Members will be providing any additional items for the next meeting, with the goal of having TR 6 revised in the next two years. A review of progress on the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of EOT Cranes was given by the chairs of the Mechanical/Structural and Electrical Subcommittees. Topics were identified for the next subcommittee meetings, which will be via Internet and teleconference on 3 Dec. The meeting concluded with a discussion on any potential nominations for the AIST Distinguished Member Award and the Sendzimir Award. The CTC then toured the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor hot strip mill. With the guidance of Jim Maranto, Todd Sipich, Tim Palmer and David Gross, the members had the opportunity to see the hot strip mill from the reheat furnaces to the downcoilers, as well as a brief walk through both the roll shop and the motor room of the facility. As a wrap-up to the meeting, the members attended the AIST Midwest Chapter kick-off dinner that evening. The next CTC meeting will be on 17–18 Feb 2010, in Dallas, Texas.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) met during AISTech 2009. Introductions were made by members and guests in attendance. The acting chair, Charlie Totten, thanked everyone for attending AISTech, and especially thanked the members who were also presenting at AISTech for their support of AIST. The 16th Annual Crane Symposium program was reviewed, and ArcelorMittal offered a presentation to fill the open slot in the symposium program. The meeting ended with a discussion regarding the necessity of updating and enhancing radio remote control specifications. The effort is being led by ECMA International, an association that standardizes information and communications systems. Several CTC members volunteered to assist in reviewing any standard changes.

The CTC then met on 31 May 2009, immediately prior to the 16th Annual AIST Crane Symposium in Pittsburgh, Pa. After introductions and a review of the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, the members held an election for the chair of the CTC. William Wagner, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, was nominated and elected to the position. The immediate past chair then reviewed the current status of the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair Guide for EOT Cranes. The committee also reviewed the need to update the DC Crane Control Print Reading document. The members then suggested potential presentations for the 17th Annual AIST Crane Symposium, which would be held, again, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The CTC will solicit presentations from EOT crane users in industries such as aluminum, pulp/paper, nuclear and shipyards. The next CTC meeting will be on 13 Oct 2009, in Merrillville, Ind., in conjunction with the AIST Midwest Member Chapter kickoff dinner.

The Mill Buildings Subcommittee (MBSC) of the Cranes Technology Committee met in Cleveland, Ohio, on 12 Feb. After introductions and a review of the AIST Antitrust Guidelines, John Rolfes, vice chair of the MBSC,  welcomed everyone in attendance. The first item of discussion was the organization of their AISTech 2009 session on mill building design and inspection. Three presentations will be given during the Monday morning session at AISTech. The papers, which would form a foundation for a guide to the design and maintenance of mill buildings, are: “Mill Building Inspections,” “Hot Metal Duct Design” and “AIST Technical Report No. 13 Crane Loading Criteria.” Times were identified for the presentation. The meeting then focused on reviewing the content of the individual papers, with suggestions made as to how to properly focus each paper to ensure they are of the utmost quality for future references. An update was also given by Mr. Rolfes regarding the AISC Ad-hoc Committee on Industrial Buildings and their activities.

The Cranes Technology Committee (CTC) held their winter meeting at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor on 10 Feb. Frank Petrek, chair of the CTC, opened the meeting and welcomed the 38 members and guests in attendance. He made note of the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, had introductions, and reviewed the AIST staff announcements. Mr. Petrek provided an overview of the committee structure, detailing how the CTC would meet four times per year and include a plant tour, or meet in conjunction with AISTech or the AIST Crane Symposium. The two subcommittees of the CTC (Electrical Subcommittee and Mechanical/Structural Subcommittee) meet occasionally over the Internet and by teleconference to conduct work on the Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of EOT Cranes Guidelines, and AIST’s Technical Report No. 6: Specification for EOT Cranes for Steel Mill Service. A review of the AIST Crane Symposium was conducted. Presenters were confirmed and substitutions were identified where needed. Jerry Bruder, supervisor — crane maintenance at ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, welcomed the committee and presented information pertaining to the Cranes Repair Department at Burns Harbor. The next item on the agenda was a brief discussion on the status of the next International Crane Symposium. Brazil is still being considered, and the committee has approached ArcelorMittal Tubarão to sponsor the tour and support the symposium. A review of the CTC sessions for AISTech 2009 was then made. Presenters were confirmed and substitutions were identified as needed. Mr. Petrek provided the group with an overview of the work done to date and the upcoming items for discussion on Maintenance, Inspection and Repair of EOT Cranes Guidelines. The guide will be a reference for new crane maintenance personnel to use on the job site to properly evaluate and maintain the various components of an EOT crane. A report was also provided regarding the upcoming changes to Technical Report No. 6 — most notably, modifications to the power limit switch and wiring information as it pertains to DC constant potential drives and variable frequency drives. The meeting concluded with a tour of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Crane Repair Department. The next CTC meeting will take place May 5 during AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.