Technology Committees

Electrical Applications Technology Committee Activities

The EATC met 7 November 2017, Northbrook, Ill., USA. The SSSC discussed the AISTech 2018 technical session development. Papers chair Chris Burnett reported that he and the Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) papers chair reviewed nearly 30 abstracts and have developed five sessions.
The SSSC reviewed the Call for Papers topics for AISTech 2019. The EATC had reviewed the text and made no changes were made; the SSSC did not have any changes either.
Discussion followed on Technology Committee Award planning, specifically the criteria for the Farrington Award, and the need for transparency with respect to any paper chair or session chair voting for their own paper or a paper from their company.  The appearance of unbiased evaluation needs to be maintained. The scoring parameters and weighting also need to be reviewed. The SSSC will prepare a new proposed evaluation criteria.
The SSSC discussed the Systems Automation Fundamentals training course, which will be held the week of 9 September 2018. The location is still being discussed, but Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC has agreed to provide a tour. Presenters have been contacted and most have replied positively. The training agenda may be adjusted to accommodate more discussions on Industry 4.0.
Three presentations were given on digitalization trends in the steel mill:

  • Chris Burnett presented an overview of the digital transformation paper written by Dan Milklovic from LNS Research, distributed by SAP. He also incorporated Primetals’ “metals orchestra,” and slides from BFI on Industry 4.0. The takeaway was that other industries are realizing efficiencies and savings with digitalization. In order to stay competitive, the steel industry needs to consider how Industry 4.0 can help.

  • Pat Gallagher presented a summary of security concerns with the Industrial Internet of Things and connecting sensors and instruments to the internet without planning the hardware architecture. Inadequate firewalls can lead to vulnerabilities that can impact product quality, mill profitability and worker safety.

  • Ken Modeste from UL LLC provided an informative presentation on the new UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program 2900 Standard and how it applies to all networked devices, from consumer goods to industrial instruments.

UL was encouraged to submit an abstract so that this presentation could be included at AISTech 2018 in the EATC’s Industry 4.0 session. While many presentations on this subject are high-level overviews, the UL presentation offered some detailed actions that automation suppliers can take to protect the connectivity, mobility and data their systems collect and use.
Next SSSC Meeting: Joint meeting with the EATC and CATC, 20–21 March 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA, with a tour of Big River Steel. The technical topic will be Digitization/Industrial Internet of Things.

SSSC chair Dave Woodward (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Radhika Chaturvedi (left) for hosting a tour of UL LLC (left to right): Craig Moore, Chris Burnett, Greg Gutmann, Chaturvedi, Woodward, Pat Gallagher, Eric Huelson and Bill Grant.

The EATC met 5 October 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The EATC meeting was co-located with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industrial Applications Society (IAS) annual meeting.
Papers chair Ramesh Khajjayam discussed the EATC’s AISTech 2018 technical program development, which consists of five sessions. Session chairs were also identified.
The AISTech 2019 Call for Papers topics for next year were reviewed and a few additional topics were suggested.
Candidates for the Farrington Award were identified, with the final selection process to be completed by the end of October 2017.
The EATC reviewed the System Automation Fundamentals training course held in March 2017 and began planning for the next iteration of the course, which is scheduled for fall of 2018.
Also discussed were the AIST Foundation Electrical Engineering Grant and potential relationships/collaborations between AIST and IEEE IAS. Various locations and topics for future meetings were also proposed.

Liwei Zhang (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Joel Payne (right) for hosting the EATC’s tour of Nucor Steel Gallatin.
  Liwei Zhang (left) presented David Mazur (right) with the EATC service plaque.

The EATC met 9 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Vice chair: Donald Hughes, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC

  • Papers chair: Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

The EATC, CATC and SSSC met 27–28 October 2016, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA. The first day of the meeting consisted of a tour of Rockwell Automation and the following technical presentations:

  • “Industrial Network Architecture Overview and Best Practice Network Design,” by Pat Gallagher, Management Science Associates Inc.

  • “Security Infrastructure: Physical, IT and Data Security,” by Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation.

  • “Lab Overview Connected Enterprise Demo,” by Mike Miller, Rockwell Automation.

  • “Reporting, Archiving, Analytics, Cloud Overview and Best Practices,” by Francois Pelletier-Bouchard,

  • OSIsoft.

  • “The ‘Things’ of the Industrial Internet of Things,” by Len Kosatka, Rockwell Automation.

The committees reconvened the following day and held the first portion of the meeting together to discuss AIST business and topics of general interest before breaking out into their respective groups.
There was discussion on the next System Automation Fundamentals Technology Training Conference, which will be held 6–9 March 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.
AISTech 2017 abstract selections and technical session layouts were addressed.
The 2017 AIST Computer Applications Best Paper Award winners were selected. This award will be presented at the CATC meeting at AISTech 2017.

Perry Zalevsky (left) and Chris Burnett (center) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mike Miller (right) for hosting a tour at Rockwell Automation for the Electrical Applications Technology Committee, Computer Applications Technology Committee and Sensor Systems Subcommittee.
Dave Mazur (left) presented the EATC service plaque to
Sean Marlow (right).

The EATC met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation

  • Vice chair: Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Papers chair: Marcelo CardosoArcelorMittal USA

The Sensor Systems Subcommittee (SSSC) met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Vice chair: David Woodward, Nidec Avtron Automation

  • Papers chair: Brian Smith, ANDRITZ METALS

The EATC met 13 October 2015, Merrillville, Ind., USA. 
Marcelo Cardoso led a discussion on the EATC’s AISTech 2016 session development. Nineteen abstracts have been selected and organized into four sessions. Session titles and chairs were identified.
The group then finalized its AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topics.
The winner of the Farrington Award was selected from the best papers of AISTech 2015. This award will be presented at AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
It was agreed to change the name of the Process Systems Technology Training Conference to System Automation Fundamentals and began preliminary planning on the next conference, which is scheduled for early 2017.
The meeting concluded with an open discussion on ways to bring value to the EATC and engage more members.

Ryan Wolfred (right) presented the EATC service plaque to Sean Marlow (left).

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

  • Chair — Brian Smith, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

  • Vice chair — Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Papers chair — Dave Woodward, Nidec Avtron Automation

Meeting Highlights:
The subcommittee discussed the 2015 Process Systems Technology  Training Conference, its successes and suggestions for improvement. Future meeting options were also  discussed,  and the SSSC established  its  objectives for the coming year. One target is to co-locate meetings with Technology Committees and attract like-minded technologists to the group to bolster membership and overall value.

The ETC met 5 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Sean Marlow, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Vice chair — Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation

  • Papers chair — Marcelo Cardoso, ArcelorMittal USA

  • Members chair — Jeff Mason, Integrated Mill Systems

Meeting Highlights:
The Process Systems Technology  Training  Conference held in 2015 was reviewed, and members discussed possible improvements for future events.

The EATC met 2 March 2015, Mobile, Ala., USA. Dave Mazur reviewed the status of the EATC’s technical sessions at AISTech 2015.

Ron Tessendorf updated the EATC on the Process Systems Training Conference, which was set to begin the next day. The feedback was that the course needed to be re-branded because of the confusion about subject matter. 

The AIST 2015 Farrington Award was selected and was subsequently awarded at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

The EATC met 1415 October 2014, Merrillville, Ind., USA. Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation, EATC papers chair, discussed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Three EATC sessions were planned, with two being sensor-related and one being stand-alone.

  • Session chairs were nominated.

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

Nominations for the AIST James Farrington Award were reviewed, and a committee will select the best paper.
The group attended the AIST Midwest Chapter Dinner meeting. A few stayed for a detailed tour of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor heat treatment line the following day.

The SSSC met 1–2 October 2014, Fort Wayne, Ind., USA. The attendees toured the meltshop, caster and hot strip mill at Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) – Flat Rolled Div. in Butler, Ind., USA. On the third day of the meeting, attendees toured the GM Fort Wayne truck assembly facility.

The EATC Sensor Systems Subcommittee met 22 October 2013, Merrillville, Ind., USA. The subcommittee currently has 13 members, of which six were in attendance.
This meeting was held in conjunction with the International Surface Inspection Summit (ISIS), where subcommittee members Brian Smith and Liwei Zhang presented later in the day.
Members reviewed the 2013 Steel Industry Fatalities report, noting different trends and discussing ways to prevent future tragedies.
A preliminary AISTech 2014 session structure had been organized by the EATC, which provided two sessions on sensor-related topics. Subcommittee members reviewed the selection of abstracts and determined session titles and chairs for both sessions.
Attendees had a short discussion on the ISIS meeting agenda and vendor fair being held that day.

The EATC met 15 October 2013, Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA. The EATC currently has 45 members, of which six were in attendance. Those present discussed possible obstacles to meeting attendance and ways to promote the value of being an EATC member and attending future meetings.
EATC members reviewed the 2013 Steel Industry Fatalities report and held a roundtable safety discussion.
The EATC worked to finalize the technical sessions for AISTech 2014. The EATC abstract selections have been organized into five sessions, two of which will be delegated to the Sensor Systems Subcommittee. Eight papers from the AISTech 2013 program were nominated for the Farrington Award. EATC members are to establish a subcommittee to review the nominees and determine the ultimate winner.
The EATC discussed a possible strategy of collaborating with the IEEE – Metals Industry Group and/or Industrial Automation & Control Group, as the exchange of information and concepts could bring mutual benefit.

The EATC met during the Process Systems Specialty Training Conference on the morning of 28 March 2013 in Detroit, Mich. Tom Szkut of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. chaired the meeting and thanked those in attendance. The AISTech 2013 sessions were reviewed, as well as the session chair responsibilities. The EATC joined the Process Systems roundtable discussion on process system security and also the conference tour of Severstal Dearborn’s pickle line tandem cold mill and hot-dip galvanizing line.

The Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) held a joint meeting with the Sensor Systems Subcommittee on 18–19 September 2012 in Toronto, Ont., Canada. The EATC chair, Tom Szkut of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., opened the meeting and welcomed the 11 attendees. Chris Burnett of Thermo Fisher Scientific volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The group had a plant safety review roundtable, during which it was noted that the majority of fatalities in 2012 were due to falls and collisions with moving equipment. Jeff Mason of Integrated Mill Systems led the discussion to develop the EATC and Sensor Systems Subcommittee sessions for AISTech 2013, and a number of people volunteered as session chairs. The nominations for the 2012 Farrington Award were reviewed, and the chosen winners are Terry Schiazza and Fabio Mielli of Schneider Electric, for their paper entitled, “New Approach for Intelligent Motor Control Centers.” This award will be given during the EATC meeting at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The status of the upcoming Process Systems Specialty Training Conference was reviewed. The program development has been led by Ron Tessendorf, and the course will be held on 26–28 March 2013 at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Mich.
The topic of the EATC meeting was security for level 1 control infrastructure. John Campbell, control systems engineering manager for ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., presented an informative report on the security risks to level 0/1 systems from external viruses or hacking. The presentation was followed by several questions and scenarios that should be considered when designing a system that provides flexible access. ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. hosted a tour of its continuous pickle line temper mill No. 2. The next EATC meeting will be held on 25 March 2013 at the MGM Grand in Detroit, Mich., in conjunction with the Process Control Specialty Training Conference.

The Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) met on 7 May 2012 during AISTech in Atlanta, Ga. Tom Szkut of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. opened the meeting and thanked everyone for attending. Ron Tessendorf of TMEIC Corp. provided a status update for the upcoming Process Systems Training Conference, which will be held in 2013. The course is designed to educate and inform on the various components and systems available, making organizational discussions less stressful and implementation more seamless. The agenda is a single track with time reserved for small-group discussion on specific topics of interest. The committee officers agreed to stay in their current positions for 2012–2013: Tom Szkut, chair; Chris Beltran of USS-POSCO, vice chair; Jeff Mason of Integrated Mill Services, papers chair; and Ron Tessendorf, training chair. The 2012 Farrington Best Paper Award was presented to Joydeep Sengupta, Don Crosbie, Stephen Chung, ManhKha Trinh, Julie Dixon, Vivien Gueugnon, Jean-Francois Domgin and Eva Dillion for their paper entitled, “Direct Measurement of Sub-Meniscus Velocity at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s No. 1 Continuous Caster to Evaluate Mold Fluid Flow at Different Casting Conditions.” The next EATC meeting is scheduled for 18–19 September 2012 in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, and will include a tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s pickle line tandem cold mill.

The Sensor Systems Subcommittee of the EATC met on 8 May 2012 during AISTech in Atlanta, Ga. Henryk Tomala of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. opened the meeting. The subcommittee objectives for the coming year were discussed, with two objectives being outlined. The first is to increase membership. To further this initiative, Chris Burnett agreed to be the members chair. The second objective is to continue having joint meetings with other Technology Committees, such as having a joint meeting with the Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee this fall at USS-Posco Industries. The subcommittee leadership for 2012–2013 is: Robert Ricciatti of George Kelk, chair; Henryk Tomala and Mitra Deka, vice chairs; and Dave Woodward, papers chair.

The Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) met on 26 January 2012. The committee  joined the Plate Rolling Technology Committee on a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s 110-inch and 160-inch plate mills in the morning. The afternoon started with Tom Szkut of ArcelorMittal Dofasco welcoming everyone. Jeff Mason of Integrated Mill Systems volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone in attendance agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 27–28 September 2011 EATC meeting in Evansville, Ind., were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed in detail, which led to a group discussion on safety in the mills from an electrical viewpoint. The committee proposed that its leadership stay the same for next year. The final consensus will take place during the next meeting at AISTech 2012. The AISTech Electrical Applications sessions were reviewed, and all of the empty slots were filled. Szkut gave a presentation on fire safety in pulpits and motor rooms, which led to a discussion of how others protect their pulpits and motor rooms. Al Hruskoci of AIM gave a presentation on an arc flash door-mounted control system, which is a device that displays via LEDs if a voltage is present in the cabinet. Mason reviewed the nominations for the 2012 AIST Farrington Best Paper Award, and the winner was confirmed. Ron Tessendorf updated the committee on the status of the 2013 Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which is planned to be tied to the 2013 Cold Sheet Roll Fundamentals Course in February. The next EATC meeting will be 8 May 2012 at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga.