Technology Committees

Electrical Applications, Sensors Subcommittee and Computer Applications Joint Technology Committees Meeting

20–21 March 2018 • The Springhill Suites Marriott • Memphis, TN, USA

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Tour of Big River Steel


The Springhill Suites Marriott
85 West Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103
Discounted Group Rate: $125.00
Discounted Group Rate Cut-Off: 19 February 2018
To make reservations, please call 1.800.285.1563 or 1.901.522.2100

AIST technology committee members are asked to print out the latest revised meeting agenda from our website one week prior to this meeting.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 — Committee Business Meeting

2 p.m.

1.    Chair’s opening remarks 
2.    Appoint minute-taker
3.    Antitrust guidelines
4.    Membership and attendance
5.    Review minutes of previous meeting
6.    AIST Staff Announcement

Main agenda items


Finalize AISTech sessions

  • Papers due to AIST (15 February)

  • Author Registration deadline (1 March)

  • Presentation Draft Due in to AIST (15 March)

  • Re-emphasize the role of Session Chair and Papers Chair

Nominations for 2018/2019 committee officers

Automation Fundamentals Training ConferenceSystem

Young professional recruitment subcommittee

Discussion items


Farrington Award selection process and criteria.

AIST’s digitization initiative


Next meeting
Tuesday, 8 May 2018 at AISTech in Philadelphia


Chair conclusion

5 p.m.


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 — Technical Presentations and Plant Tour

7 a.m.

Meet in hotel lobby to carpool to plant

8 a.m.

Technical presentations/discussions

  1. “Introduction of Industry 4.0 from the Steel Technologist Perspective” — Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific; Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal Global R&D

  2. “Digital Substation for Steel Mills” — Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

  3. “Resolving No Arc Switch Finger Erosion Using a Digital Database” — Tim Burttram, Big River Steel

  4. “The Role of Operational Data in a Steel Company’s Digital Transformation” — OSIsoft LLC

  5. “Digital Transformation – what you need to consider as part of your journey” — Mike Dudzic, ArcelorMittal Dofasco

  6. Open discussion on AIST’s “digitization initiative”

  • Define the standard lexicon for AIST to utilize on this subject (e.g., Industry 4.0 in the Steel Plant, Steel Plant Digitalization, Internet of Things, etc.)

  • Evaluate the existing AIST Division, Committee and Sub-Committee structure to ensure it accurately reflects the evolution of the technology and provides a clearly defined “home” for the subject

  • Expand Industry 4.0 in the upcoming Systems Automation Training Seminar

  • Initiate an advanced symposium on this topic.



1 p.m.

Tour of Big River Steel

5 p.m.

Return from tour and adjourn