Technology Committees


Galvanizing Technology Committee Activities

The GTC met in Youngstown, OH., on 9 September 2014 - The one-day meeting was attended by 69 people, including 31 galvanizers, and began with two plant tours. Matt Keller hosted a tour of Taylor-Winfield Technologies’ world headquarters, which also houses its engineering and some manufacturing. Scott Bishop hosted a tour of NLMK – Sharon Coating’s galvanizing line.
A welders’ roundtable was moderated by Mark Mariette of AK Steel Corp. – Dearborn Works. Mariette summarized the welder survey responses received and encouraged discussion among the attendees. Welder-related presentations were given by Mike Prokop of Taylor-Winfield Technologies, Eric Thokar of Siemens Industry Inc. and Ralf Wallmeyer of IDEAL-Werk.

The GTC met in Southbend, IN., on 25–26 March 2014
I/N Tek & I/N Kote hosted the GTC on a tour of its continuous descale cold mill, roll shop and hot-dip galvanizing line.
Frank Goodwin, International Zinc Association and GTC papers chair, reviewed the GTC session for AISTech. He then reviewed the sessions that are being planned for MS&T’14, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA, in October. Goodwin reported on the GalvInfo training, which is scheduled for November 2014 in Pittsburgh. He also announced that Galvatech 2015 will be in Toronto, Ont., Canada, on 31 May–5 June 2015 and will be co-located with the Hot Press Forming Conference (CHS2). Abstracts for CHS2 are due 1 August 2014.
Jim Evans, AK Steel, moderated a health and safety roundtable discussion with seven producer representatives who shared their facilities’ safety initiatives and experiences:
Erwin Lakia of Worthington Steel, Ilias Garidis of AM/NS Calvert, John Wray of California Steel Industries Inc.,
Jason Schulz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. and GTC chair, Chris Shuff of Spartan Steel and Phil Shawk of Gregory Industries, in addition to Evans.Dan Lamprecht, CMI Industry and GTC vice chair, moderated the presentations about side trimmers, which included the following:

Aaron Langness of I/N Kote, “In-Line Side Trimmer Project,” which provided an overview of I/N Kote’s project and experiences improving the CGL’s side trimmer and scrap baller.
Todd Bailey of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., “Unslit Reworks Quality Improvement Project,” which gave an overview of an investigation of issues related to edge trimming.
Kurt Hilderbrand of Siemens Industry Inc., “SIROLL Side Trimmers,” which discussed the range of side trimmer technologies, configurations and controls offered by Siemens.
Frank Beddings of Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery USA, “Side Trimmers,” which discussed the range of side trimmer technologies, configurations and controls offered by Mitsubishi-Hitachi Metals Machinery USA.

Harve Anderson of Rotadyne presented “Downstream, Value-Added Rubber Roll Technology,” which provided an overview of unique roller applications for printing, embossing and decorating metal surfaces for aesthetic markets.
Jason Schulz moderated a roundtable discussion regarding non-capital to small/medium capital improvements. Jim Evans presented “AK Steel’s No. 3 ZincGrip Temper Mill Wringer Roll Improvements.” Mike Koraido of Gregory Galvanizing explained a change in practice which Gregory Galvanizing made to the acid section of its galvanizing line’s cleaning section that has saved significant waste acid disposal costs due to the elimination of elemental zinc in the acid bath. Tom Minor of Spartan Steel presented details about how Spartan Steel eliminated heat buckle defect by adjusting tensions in the furnace per grade of steel. John Wray presented an update on California Steel Industries Inc.’s unique and successful furnace steering section sensor supplied by EMG called Vivialdi®.

The GTC met in Charleston, S.C., on 19–20 March 2013. Jason Schulz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. chaired the meeting. There were 73 attendees. Barry O’Hara of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. led the safety session with a presentation entitled, “Accident-Free Workplace Team.” Chris Calvin of Nucor Steel followed with a presentation entitled, “Safety Improvements,” and the session closed with each producer company representative discussing a health and safety initiative/improvement being implemented at his/her facility. The theme of the meeting was increasing the throughput of galvanizing lines, with a number of producers and suppliers explaining various tactics to accomplish that goal. To conclude the meeting, Nucor Steel–Berkeley hosted a tour of its hot-dip galvanizing line.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met on 5–6 September 2012 in Columbus, Ohio, with 66 attendees. Jason Schulz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. opened the producer-only portion of the meeting. The 2012 North American Steel Mill Fatalities Report was reviewed, which prompted a safety incident discussion by the attendees, who shared summaries of safety incidents to enhance hazard identification and injury mitigation. Joanne Zaraliakos of U. S. Steel Canada – Hamilton Works gave a presentation on hand safety, which provided detailed information on hand injuries, including statistics, case studies, proven policies, personal protective equipment review and hazard identification. Zaraliakos’ presentation opened a roundtable safety discussion in which all attendees participated. Jack Abbruzzese of DJ Galvanizing facilitated a discussion on a previous maintenance survey, in which producers shared details of line capabilities and characteristics of them.
The meeting was then opened to the entire committee, and  the attendees introduced themselves. Eric Almquist of Star Tool & Die volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The meeting topic focused on maintenance for galvanizing lines, with an emphasis on furnace roll alignment. Presentations were given by Wayne Bontempo of ArcelorMittal Columbus, Wynn Kearn of CMI, Peter Lewis of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., Jeff Duhart of DJ Galvanizing, Jim Lynch of Nucor Steel–Decatur, Mike Ciocys of Prüftecknik Service Inc., Ted Todd of Drever International, and Mr. Abbruzzese. The GTC wishes to thank Brian Stack and ArcelorMittal Columbus for hosting a tour of its hot-dip galvanizing line facility.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met during AISTech 2012 on 7 May in Atlanta, Ga. Dan Cerrone of Siemens VAI opened the meeting and welcomed everyone, including the Brazilian students who were in attendance. Frank Goodwin of International Zinc Association explained the GTC-related sessions at MS&T’12, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 7–11 October 2012. The GTC officers for 2012–2013 are Jason Schulz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc., chair; Dan Lamprecht of CMI Industry, vice chair; and Goodwin and Joe McDermid of McMaster University, papers chairs. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal introduced himself as the new AIST Division V board of directors representative for the next two years. The next GTC meeting will be in Columbus, Ohio, on 5–6 September 2012 and will include a tour of the ArcelorMittal Columbus galvanizing line. The meeting will focus on annual shutdown maintenance on a galvanizing line.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met 27–28 March 2012 at ThyssenKrupp’s Erich Heine Training Center in Calvert, Ala., for their 2012 Spring Meeting and 6th Workshop. The attendance was diverse, with approximately 50 producers and 40 suppliers. The workshop topic was “Benchmarking Operating and Maintenance Practices.” After a brief welcome by Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal, introductions and a review of the AIST Antitrust Guidelines, the meeting began with a Producer-Only subcommittee segment on safety. Jason Faragher of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. presented, “World-Class Hazard Recognition and Hands-On Safety Training.” A representative from each mill was asked to discuss safety statistics and major incidents or accidents in his/her facility. Don Earley of ThyssenKrupp facilitated a roundtable  discussion on operating and maintenance of the coating section equipment, coating section-induced defects and countermeasures, in which a representative from each mill was asked to give an example of a success and an area in need of improvement in his/her mill. All of the attendees joined in after the first break for the AIST business portion of the meeting.
Dan Cerrone of Siemens VAI opened the general meeting by welcoming everyone and explaining the history of leadership of the GTC. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were again reviewed and everyone agreed to abide by them. Earley explained the safety protocols of the building, and Cerrone presented a plaque to show the committee’s appreciation to Earley and ThyssenKrupp Steel USA for hosting the meeting and tour. Eric Almquist of Star Tool and Die volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Dr. Fountoulakis reviewed the minutes from the GTC’s 8 September 2011 meeting in Toledo, Ohio, which were approved as written. Frank Goodwin of the International Zinc Association reviewed the GTC sessions for AISTech 2012 in Atlanta. Dr. Goodwin announced the AIST Forum on Galvanized Sheet Technologies, which will take place 18–22 March 2013 in Detroit, Mich. This conference will be devoted to the current topics in galvanized sheet. The three-day event will open with a “customer day,” on which the focus will be the most recent developments in galvanized sheet product capabilities. The remainder of the conference will focus on recent advances in selected production and processing technologies. Dr. Goodwin reviewed the upcoming MS&T’12 conference, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 7–10 October 2012. Six timely metallurgical papers specifically associated with HDGL and one paper related to electrogalvanizing will be presented. The galvanizing benchmarking effort was discussed, and the parameters have been defined.
The balance of the meeting followed a workshop format. A main topic was discussed through a number of presentations, followed immediately by town hall discussions that allowed the attendees to ask questions. The first topic was pot equipment, which was covered with two presentations. Parag Bedekar of Hitachi Metals of America presented, “Ceramic Bearings, Stabilizer and Sink Rolls,” and Mark Bright of Pyrotek presented, ”Snout Pump Technology, Maintenance and Operating Practices.” The next topic was coating wiping. Steffen Dombrowski of EMG presented, “Experience With Strip Stabilizing Systems”; Ned Kohler of Danieli Kohler presented, “Case Studies From Implementation of New Knife Design Improvements and Peripheral Components”; and Michel Dubois of CMI presented, “Review Coating Wiping Fundamental, a Key Process Limiting Line Productivity.” The next topic was entry equipment/strip production with a presentation by Brian Braho of SEMAC titled, “Entry Mechanical Equipment for Strip Preparation Into the Welder.” Chemical cleaning/brushing was the next topic. Bryan Gorr of Osborn International presented, “Advances in Brushes and Electro-Cleaning Systems,” and Frank Kestler of Mark One Corp. presented, “GreenCleen Technology.” Annealing furnaces was the final topic, which was covered with four presentations. Daniel Plaetzer of Band-Zink presented, “Hearth Roll Pickup-Resistant Coating for Processing AHSS”; Richard Gagg of AMETEK Land presented, “Challenges, Solutions in Temperature Measurement”; Thomas Larrick of Williamson presented, “Solutions for Challenging Temperature Measurement”; and Sudodh Chaudhari of West Virginia University – Industrial Assessment Center and Senthil Kumar of Hudson Technologies presented, “Coating Line Cost Minimization Model: Case Studies From CGL Energy Analyses.” Mr. Earley concluded the presentation portion of the workshop with, “TKS Alabama Facility and Coating Lines.” The GTC toured ThyssenKrupp’s four brand-new galvanizing lines and were given a separate tour of SMS Millcraft, featuring the Band-Zink coating process. The committee met at AISTech 2012, and its next meeting will be 5–6 September 2012 at a location yet to be determined.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met on 8 September 2011 in Toledo, Ohio. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal chaired the meeting in absence of the committee chair, Dan Cerrone of Siemens VAI. Fountoulakis welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for attending. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone agreed to abide by them. Dave Withrow of Withrow Industries agreed to take the meeting minutes. The previous meeting minutes from 4 May 2011 were reviewed and approved as written. The AISTech 2012 papers chair for the GTC is Frank Goodwin from the International Zinc Association. Mr. Goodwin submitted his abstract recommendations for the committee’s review and they were approved. Fountoulakis then asked everyone to introduce themselves, including the name of their employer and what their main duties include. The meeting continued with a number of presentations including, “New Innovations in Width Measurement for Process Lines and Cold Mills,” by Russ Cote of KELK; “X-Ray Thickness Gauges and Related Coating Compensation,” by Chris Burnett of Thermo Fisher Scientific; “Isotope Thickness Gauge Considerations for Coating Lines,” by Eric Culp of IRM Group Inc.; “Thickness and Width Measurement Using Laser-Based Technologies,” by Jeff Mitchell of LAP Laser; “Effective Aluminum and Total Iron On-Line Measurement in Galvanizing Baths,” by Alexandre Nadeau of TECNAR; “Pyrometers: Galvanizing/Galvannealing,” by Ralph Felice of FAR Associates; “Coating Weight Measurement Fundamentals and Calibration Techniques,” by Eric Culp of IRM Group Inc.; “Coating Weight Measurement Process and Alternative Coating Considerations,” by Chris Burnett of Thermo Fisher Scientific; “Closed Loop Coating Weight Control,” by Dave Pond of Automation and Control Technology; and “Closed Loop Coating Weight Control,” by Tim Meakin of Hatch ISA. The next meeting is scheduled for 27–28 March 2012 at a location yet to be determined.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met on 4 May 2011 during AISTech in Indianapolis, Ind. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. Venu Krishnardula of ArcelorMittal agreed to take the meeting minutes along with Eric Almquist of Star Tool and Die. Dr. Fountoulakis reviewed the AIST Antitrust Guidelines and the attendees agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 16–17 March 2011 meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011–2012 GTC officers were elected as follows: Danny Cerrone of Siemens VAI, chair; Allen Rogers of Nucor Steel – Berkeley, vice chair as well as chair of the Producer-Only Subcommittee; Joe McDermid from McMaster University and Frank Goodwin from International Zinc Association, papers co-chairs; Tom McDonough of Automation & Control, membership chair; Dr. Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal, program planning chair; and Gary Dallin of Steel Technology Services, education chair. The GTC mission statement was reviewed, approved without change and still reads: “The Galvanizing Technology Committee seeks to advance technological capabilities for hot dip coated products and processes. The committee accomplishes these goals by organizing meetings, workshops, plant visits and technical sessions for the mutual benefit of producers and suppliers.” Professor McDermid provided an overview of the program including, “Advancements in Processing and Properties of Zinc-Coated Advanced High-Strength Steels,” at MS&T, scheduled 16–20 October 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. The next GTC meeting is scheduled for mid-September 2011 in the Toledo-Columbus-Indianapolis area with the main focus on sensors.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met 15–16 March 2011 in Fort Wayne, Ind. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal welcomed all the attendees and thanked them for coming. Gary Dallin of the GalvInfo Center volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Dr. Fountoulakis reviewed the AIST Antitrust Guidelines and all the attendees agreed to abide by them. All the participants were asked to introduce themselves. The minutes from the September 2010 meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The AISTech 2011 GTC sessions were reviewed and finalized. The GTC topic for the 2012 Call for Papers was reviewed and approved as written. The committee discussed the need to benchmark. It was agreed that a subcommittee be formed and be chaired by Allen Rodgers of Nucor Steel to decide what information would be collected. The benchmarking system is currently being developed by AIST. The meeting continued with a workshop on CGL temper mill, tension leveling, oiling, and chem treat technologies and practices. The presentations, each 10–20 minutes, included: “Safety During Operation and Maintenance of Mill Transport Equipment of a CGL,” by Josh Horning of Steel Dynamics Inc., “Intro to SDI Butler CGLs and OCL,” by Josh Horning of Steel Dynamics Butler, “Temper Rolling Equipment Technologies, Capabilities, Recent Developments,” by Mike Peretic of SMS Siemag, “Temper Rolling Practices, Surface Texture Transfer, WR and BU Rolls,” by Homero Ortiz of ArcelorMittal Global R&D, “Closed Loop Control of SPM via On-Line Roughness Feedback,” by Matthias Irle of EMG Automation, “Sonic Air Systems Centrifugal Blower Technology,” by Tom Hepburn of Applied Fluids LLC, “On-Line Flatness Measurement, Principles and Implementation Case Studies,” by Chris Harrington of Lesman Instrument and Pär Kierkegaard of Shapeline, “Leveling Equipment Technologies and Capabilities,” by Brian Braho of SEMAC, “Leveling Operating Practices and Equipment Maintenance,” by David Withrow of Withrow Industries, “Mechanical Equipment Technologies, Edge Trimming to Tension Reels,” by Dan Cerrone of Siemens VAI, “Oil Application Systems, Operation and Maintenance,” by Scot Foster of GFG-Peabody, “Roll Coating Application Equipment,” by Jeff Stanton of GFG-Peabody, “Enhanced ‘Spray and Squeegee’ and Alternate Application Systems,” by Eric Almquist of Star Tool & Die Works Inc., “Post-Treatments Including RoHS Alternatives, Conversion to RoHS,” by Mike Deemer of Chemetall, “Mill-Applied Thin Hybrid Organic Coating,” by T.S. Smith of Henkel, and “The Benefits of Mill-Applied, Alternative Coatings,” by David Kelley of TecCoat. The group was given a tour of both of Steel Dynamic Inc.’s continuous galvanizing lines at the Butler, Ind. facility. The committee wishes to express their appreciation to Steel Dynamic Inc. for hosting the tour. The next meeting will be in the Charleston, S.C., area this fall and Nucor Steel–Berkeley will host the tour. Please visit AIST.org for additional information on GTC activities.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met 15–16 Sep 2010 in Toledo, Ohio. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal Research opened the meeting, providing an introduction and short history of the GTC since the merger of the AISI and AIST committees. Eric Almquist of Star Tool and Die volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed, and the attendees agreed to abide by them. At the time of this meeting, the GTC had 234 members, with 32 new members. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The AISTech 2011 GTC session layout was presented, with a session on both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Those interested in being session chairs were encouraged to speak with AIST staff. Dr. Fountoulakis explained how the GTC fits in with other galvanizing events/organizations. The GTC will continue to focus on informal workshop-type meetings, with Town Hall–type discussions taking up more than 50% of scheduled meeting time. In comparison, there will be a single session with producers only at the Galvanizers Association meeting and also the more formal technical conference of Galvatech. Jerry Vellente of Ajax Magnethermic provided an overview of the survey that was sent out to the membership requesting their level of interest on topics for the next meeting. Another survey was distributed with the intent of focusing on the topics for the next meeting. Dr. Fountoulakis requested volunteers for hosting the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for 15–16 Mar 2011. The meeting then continued with the “Annealing Furnace Technologies and Practices Workshop.” There was a 20-minute question and answer session after each presentation. The workshop program began with a presentation on “Safety First,” given by Tom Minor of Spartan Steel. The program continued with the following presentations: Burner practices or energy efficiency and tube life by Lee Rabe of WS, Direct Flame Impingement by Tony Palermo of Linde, Burner Tuning for U and W Radiant Tubes by Dennis Quinn of Fives North American, Direct Flame Impingement by Tony Palermo of Linde, Burner Systems Maintenance by Dave Toocheck of Bloom, Furnace Atmosphere Considerations by Dev Shastry of ArcelorMittal, Furnace Atm Monitoring by Joyce Niedringhaus of AK Steel, Instrumentation by Frank Mollica of Wheeling Nisshin, Leak Detection Techniques Equip Practices by Jason Schulz of ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Furnace Roll Coatings by Bill Jarosinski of Praxair, Furnace Refractories etc by Nick Lagios of Drever, Furnace layouts pros and cons by Marc Brunet of CMI, Upgrades New Cooling Technologies by Bill Lucas of Ebner, Evolution Furnace Jet Cooling by Nadine Banlin of Andritz Selas. The workshop was very well received.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met 5 May 2010, during AISTech in Pittsburgh, Pa. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal, chair of the GTC, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. He reviewed the AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines, and the attendees agreed to abide by them. Eric Almquist of Star Tool and Die agreed to take the meeting minutes. The minutes from the 10–11 Mar GTC meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The GTC officers were elected as follows: Stavros Fountoulakis was re-elected as chair, Eric Almquist was re-elected as vice chair, Joe McDermid from McMaster University and Frank Goodwin from International Zinc Association will be the papers chairs, Dan Cerrone of Siemens VAI will be the membership chair, Jerry Vellente from Ajax Tocco Magnethermic will be the program planning chair and Gary Dallin from Steel Technology Services will be the education chair. The GTC mission statement was reviewed and approved without change, so it still reads: “The Galvanizing Technology Committee seeks to advance technological capabilities for hot-dip coated products and processes. The committee accomplishes these goals by organizing meetings, workshops, plant visits and technical sessions for the mutual benefit of producers and suppliers.” Professor McDermid reviewed the program development status for the MS&T’10 session entitled, “Advancements in Processing and Properties of Zinc-Coated Advanced High-Strength Steels.” MS&T’10 is scheduled for 17–20 Oct in Houston, Texas. The GTC objectives for 2010–2011 were established and will focus on organizing successful meetings and workshops. The next meeting is scheduled for 15–16 Sep 2010, in the Toledo/Detroit area, with the main focus on annealing furnaces.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) held a meeting in Independence, Ohio, on 10–11 Mar 2010, with 107 attendees. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal greeted the attendees and reviewed the agenda. Eric Almquist of Star Tool & Die agreed to record the meeting minutes. Dr. Fountoulakis reviewed the AIST Anti-Tust Guidelines, and everyone agreed to abide by them. The final details for the GTC’s AISTech 2010 sessions were reviewed. Brian Lippert of ArcelorMittal gave a safety overview presentation regarding ArcelorMittal Cleveland’s hot-dip galvanizing line (HDGL). He highlighted the company’s personal protection equipment requirements and explained their specific procedures around the galvanizing pot “red zone” and the dross robot. He also explained the “weld approaching” alarms, pre-melt pot measures, and dross-platform configurations. A question-and-answer period followed, with significant discussion. Participants were asked to introduce themselves, their responsibilities and their company. Business cards were collected and are posted on the GTC’s Members Only area of AIST.org. An informal technical program began after the introductions. Each presenter was given 15–20 minutes to introduce a topic, and then 20 minutes were allotted for discussion between the participants and the presenter. The following is an overview of the topics and presentations. All presentations are posted in the Members Only area of the GTC Web site.

Topic 1: Pot Hardware and Peripheral Equipment: Daniel Plaetzer of Band-Zink presented “Zn-Pot Hardware for Automotive Galv Lines: Basic Design.” He overviewed many factors that affect coating performance by explaining appropriate design details of each component. He also provided two case studies for zinc pot hardware. Mr. Plaetzer finished with an outlook on R&D efforts. Kevin Young of Hatch presented “Longer Operating Windows Through Pot Equipment Design.” He gave an overview of some recent advances in pot rig design. He placed special emphasis on rig changes, restarts and automation. Luc Warichet of CMI presented “Three- vs. Two-Roll Hardware Systems.” He discussed the fundamentals and strengths/weaknesses of 2- and 3-roll rigs. His particular emphasis was on long-bow vs. cross-bow, with the importance of knife accuracy and strip flatness. He explained the use of each rig roll to optimize equalization of stresses and yielding within the strip — to minimize cross-bow. He asserted that EM-stabilization alone cannot perfectly correct cross-bow.
Topic 2: Coatings for Pot Hardware: Dennis Green of ASB Industries presented “Thermal Spray Surfacing, Welding and Seal Treatments.” He focused on the process of handling, preparing, applying coatings to, repairing and inspecting zinc-pot rolls. Bill Jarosinski of Praxair presented “Status of Pot Roll Coating Technology.” His presentation focused on the details of different roll coatings and methods to apply them to the rolls. Mr. Lippert briefed the group on the ArcelorMittal Cleveland HDGL and the tour plan. The committee adjourned for the day in order to conduct the line tour.

The second day began with a review of the previous day and questions about snout tips, pot roll coatings, pre-heating rigs/rolls. The technical program then continued as follows:

Topic 3: Pot Bearings/Bushings, Sleeves, End-Caps: Dr. Mark Bright of Pyrotek presented “Dynamics of Journal Bearings on the Stabilizer and Sink Rolls in a Zinc Pot.” He reviewed the fundamentals of failure modes, effects and physics of zinc-pot bushing/bearings. Mark Hall of McDanel Advanced Ceramics presented “Improved Line Performance With Ceramic Bearings — Case Studies.” He reviewed the typical bearing loads per bushing on a 3-roll rig. Dr. N.Y. Tang, of TECK, presented “Sink-Roll Bearings: Lab Evaluation and Field Performance.” He showed process, research and results of their lab-based bearing/bushing test rig.

After the technical program, those interested in AlZn coatings went to a separate room to discuss their specific concerns. About 40 people participated in this 2-hour breakout session regarding >55% Al coatings. There were 30 people interested in the AlZn, and 10 were interested in hardware and other issues regarding aluminized products. After these sessions, a discussion reviewing the meeting and future formats began. There was a consensus that producers will benefit from a producer-only session before and/or after the general meeting. Charles Kay of ASB then gave pre-tour instructions of their facility. The meeting adjourned, followed by lunch, and then about 50% of the participants drove to Barberton, Ohio, and toured ASB Industries.
The next GTC meeting was held 5 May 2010, during AISTech in Pittsburgh, Pa. There was open discussion about topics related to theme of furnaces. Dr. Fountoulakis will compile the list of topics for committee vote in order to establish the program for the GTC’s next meeting 15–16 Sep Toledo/Detroit area (location TBD).

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met on 15–16 Sep in Toledo, Ohio. The committee did an excellent job of developing a town hall program for the meeting, with the theme “Cost Reduction Through Zinc Savings.” The meeting had more than 80 attendees. The committee chair, Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal, opened the meeting and welcomed the attendees, who then introduced themselves. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were read and agreed upon. Frank Goodwin of the International Zinc Association (IZA), and head of ILZRO, reviewed the status of the abstract selection for AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The GTC will conduct two sessions, one during the morning and another during the afternoon on Monday, 3 May 2010. The committee agreed to pursue developing other workshops and training seminars. The town hall program began in the afternoon with five presentations on the theme “Zinc Savings Through Operating Practices”: “Zinc Pot Management” by Martin Gagne of Xstrata Zinc Canada, “Product Transitions GA to GI and GI to GA” by Joe McDermid of McMaster University, “Zinc and Aluminum Feeding Practices” by Daniel Liu of Teck Metals Ltd., “Dross Buildup on Pot Rolls” by Nai-Yong Tang of Teck Metals Ltd., and “Top and Bottom Dross Removal” by Mr. Goodwin of ILZRO. Each presentation was followed by open discussion to allow the attendees a chance to ask questions and give insight into their own practices and experiences. The next morning was focused on “Zinc Savings Through Coating Control,” and the four presentations were: “New Developments in Coating Knives” by Ned Kohler of Danieli-Kohler, “Coating Knives and Built-In Electromagnetic Strip Stabilizer” by Mike Sloan of Fontaine Engineering, “Coating Weight Control Optimization” by Jim Hetzer of A.C.T., and “Zinc Savings Without Compromising Quality” by Tim Meakin of Hatch IAS. Again, the attendees were encouraged to ask questions and give insights after each presentation. The attendees were then treated to a tour of PRO-TEC Coatings in Leipsic, Ohio. The committee thanks Jeff Stechschulte and his entire team at PRO-TEC for hosting the tour. The next GTC meeting will be in the spring of 2010, with the details to be announced at a later date.

The Galvanizing Technology Committee (GTC) met on Monday, 4 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. There were 13 GTC members in attendance. The committee co-chair, Eric Almquist of Star Tool and Die, welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked the participants to introduce themselves. Stavros Fountoulakis of ArcelorMittal is the other co-chair. Mr. Almquist offered to take the meeting minutes. The fall 2008 meeting minutes were reviewed, and a lengthy discussion followed regarding the best way to promote and operate the GTC. The general consensus was to have a meeting model developed and proposed to producer management to gain support for what the committee can offer them. Frank Goodwin of the International Lead Zinc Research Organization and Dr. Fountoulakis volunteered to develop the letter and call list. Jim Hetzer of Automation and Control Technology Inc., Steve Devorich of EMG USA Inc., Bill Rovins of Inductotherm Corp., Mike Hanley of Vail Rubber Works Inc., and Mr. Almquist all volunteered to call and interview target contacts, in addition to Dr. Goodwin and Dr. Fountoulakis. Subsequently, Mr. Hetzer was appointed as the GTC membership chair. The committee then reviewed their mission statement and changed it slightly to reflect the intention of serving producers. The mission statement is now, “The Galvanizing Technology Committee seeks to advance technological capabilities for hot-dip coated products and processes. The committee accomplishes these goals by organizing meetings, workshops, plant visits and technical sessions for the mutual benefit of producers and suppliers.” The election of 2009–2010 officers took place, with Dr. Fountoulakis being chosen as the chair and Mr. Almquist as the vice chair. Mr. Almquist and Dr. Fountoulakis received plaques recognizing their leadership for the past year as committee co-chairs. The next GTC meeting was a teleconference meeting on June 18, 2009. This was to allow members with travel restrictions the chance to meet with the other members.