Technology Committees


Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee Activities

The RTC and HSRTC met 24 January 2017, Columbus, Miss., USA. The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Afterward, the groups split to work on individual committee business.
For the HSRTC, papers chair Michael Peretic reviewed their AISTech 2017 paper sessions and identified session chair volunteers.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the HSRTC meeting at AISTech 2017. Other discussion items included: Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar, which will take place in spring 2018; the Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award, which will be awarded for the first time at AISTech 2017; locations for the fall meeting locations were discussed and it was agreed to hold it in conjunction with one of the new specialty training conferences.
The HSRTC brainstormed on topics for future meetings and decided to conduct a survey at the next meeting. The results will guide future planning especially in prioritizing tour locations and lining up quality technical presentations.  
For the RTC, committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the RTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
Lydia Stromei shared membership information and led a group discussion on how to bring in new members like having “mini meet-and-greet” visits at roll shops, allowing members to bring a guest to the meeting, and ways to get more involvement from companies like United States Steel Corporation and ArcelorMittal.
Other discussion items at the RTC meeting included the Rolls Best Paper Award and the RTC’s AISTech sessions; discussion of a Roll Shop Roundup, which was tabled; future meetings, including possible joint meetings with the Safety & Health and Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committees.
Pending confirmations, the RTC’s fall meeting is planned for 22–23 August 2017 in Ohio to tour NorthStar BlueScope Steel, along with a second possible location in the area such as the Jeep plant or Worthington Steel. The technical topic of this meeting will be roll shop management systems and a tentative lineup of presentations was proposed.
The two committees rejoined for the rest of the afternoon for a networking lunch, technical presentations and a plant tour of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

Technical presentations included:

 

 

 

  • “New Technology to Check for Roll Defects While Grinding Rolls,” by Frank Weinmeister, Innerspec.

  • “Alignment and Wear Studies — Improve Quality and Reliability,” by Nancy Hake, Falk PLI.

  • “Overhead Crane Safety Lighting Innovations,” by Robert Brock, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

  • “Work Roll Cooling and the Effects It Has on Quality Within Hot Strip Mills,” by Ross Vidal, Lechler.

 
Randy Patterson (left), HSRTC chair, and Terry Boyd (right), RTC chair, presented Bill Seres (center), hot mill manager at Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus with a plaque of appreciation for hosting a tour during the HSRTC and RTC’s joint meeting.
 
 
The HSRTC toured the 84-inch hot strip mill at U. S. Steel – Gary Works during its meeting on 18–19 October 2016.

The HSRTC met 18–19 October 2016, Michigan City, IN, USA. The HSRTC discussed strategies to increase producer attendance at meetings, such as better advertising at the mills, sending out questionnaires to find out what attendees want to get out of the meetings, presentations by producers on specific problems and what they are doing to fix them, and amending the meeting agendas to better communicate the value of the meeting to make it easier to get permission to attend.
Michael Peretic, papers chair, discussed the HSRTC’s AISTech 2017 technical sessions. He reviewed session chair responsibilities and benefits, then solicited volunteers for the six sessions.
The group finalized its AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage and discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The AIST Hot Strip Mill Roundup was discussed and all were encouraged to review the company data before the next revision.
Jason Burns, general manager of safety for SMS Technical Services, gave the first technical presentation. This led to a roundtable safety discussion and a review of the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report. Alejandro Ramos, Ternium Mexico, discussed several safety improvements at his mill and shared video footage from the newly installed high-definition cameras. Tom Weiler then gave a presentation on safety and mill stability strategies at Nucor Steel–Indiana.
The meeting concluded the following day after a tour of the 84-inch hot strip mill at U. S. Steel – Gary Works given by Todd Hardesty. 

Jim Murphy (right) presented the HSRTC service plaque to
Randy Patterson (left).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Randy Patterson, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Vice chair: Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Papers chair: Michael Peretic, SMS group

The HSRTC met on 23 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA.

The HSRTC met 23 February 2016, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The HSRTC meeting was co-located with Hot Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals.
A Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award was proposed. Jim Murphy and Mike Peretic will create the procedure for nominations.
The HSRTC finalized its AISTech 2016 technical sessions and reviewed the session chair responsibilities as it relates to commercialism.
The HSRTC was given a tour of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

The HSRTC and CSRTC met jointly 15–17 September 2015, Ontario, Calif., USA. Randy Patterson, HSRTC chair, and Matt Baur, CSRTC chair, opened the joint meeting, which had 36 attendees. The attendees introduced themselves and gave a brief explanation of their company and their roles.
Representatives from the HSRTC and CSRTC reviewed AISTech session development, with the HSRTC planning five sessions and the CSRTC planning three sessions. There were a number of volunteers to serve as session chairs for both committees.
The AIST 2015 North American Hot Strip Mill Roundup was reviewed, which gives an overview of capabilities and equipment. The roundup was published in the November 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Hot Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. The conference will be held 21–25 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA. More information about this conference can be found on pages 148–150 of this issue.
Both committees finalized their AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topics and discussed items to be reviewed at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The producer members were encouraged to utilize the AIST Process Benchmarker® system for benchmarking their processes by entering data into the system.
Technical presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Pickling technology.

  • Eco pickled surface (EPS).

  • iBox technology.

  • Spray nozzle technologies.

  • Overview of Spraying Systems research facility.

  • Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) (including a roundtable discussion on AHSS best practices).

Producers and suppliers discussed any challenges or successes related to the processing of advanced high-strength steels as related to their equipment.
Both groups toured their respective areas of California Steel Industries Inc. in Fontaine, Calif., USA.

Joani Phelps (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Dave Smith (left) for hosting a tour of California Steel Industries Inc. during the CSRTC and HSRTC joint meeting.
 
The HSRTC toured the hot mill at California Steel Industries Inc. during its joint meeting with the CSRTC.
 
 
Randy Patterson (right) presented the HSRTC service plaque to Dave Hamblin (left).

The HSTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • • Chair — Randy Patterson, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • • Vice chair — Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • • Papers chair — Mike Peretic, SMS Group

  • • Training chair — Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies U.S.A. Holdings Inc.

  • • APB® chair — Thomas Weiler, Nucor Steel–Indiana

Meeting Highlights:
Feedback was solicited from the HSRTC regarding joint Technology Committee meetings. As a whole, the committee agreed that this is important and would like to continue this trend moving forward, as it provides a valuable benefit not only for networking, but it also gives everyone a different perspective. Future possibilities of joint sessions would be with the Cold Sheet Rolling and Safety & Health Technology Committees.

The HSSC met 1–2 October 2014, Fort Wayne, Ind., USA. The subcommittee held a joint meeting with the Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee. Dan Herron, Nucor Steel, explained the details and experiences of Nucor’s system. Brian Smith, Siemens, SSSC chair, gave a presentation on camber gauges, surface inspection devices and width gauges. Chris Burnett, Fisher Scientific, led the discussion on AISTech technical session development. It was decided to have a joint session with the Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee and another with the Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee. Burnett also discussed the status of the Process Systems Technology Training Conference, to be held 2–5 March 2015 in Mobile, Ala., 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 HSRTC held its meeting 30 September–1 October 2014, Fort Wayne, Ind., USA. Fort Wayne, Ind.,Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp., HSRTC papers chair, reviewed the four HSRTC sessions being planned for AISTech 2015 and solicited volunteers to be session chairs. Eric Thokar, Siemens, HSRTC training chair, discussed the next Hot Rolling Fundamentals course, to be held in Birmingham, Ala., USA, in early 2016. A safety discussion was held related to fighting complacency with an aging workforce. Representatives from steel producing plants gave short presentations on their safety performance, reliability issues/improvements and environmental initiatives.
The second day took place at Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) – Flat Rolled Div. in Butler, Ind., USA, as a joint meeting with the Sensor Systems Subcommittee (SSSC). The theme for the presentations was surface inspection systems. Dan Herron, Nucor Steel, explained the details and experiences of Nucor’s system. Brian Smith, Siemens, SSSC chair, gave a presentation on camber gauges, surface inspection devices and width gauges. The attendees toured SDI’s meltshop, caster and hot strip mill.

The attendees toured the GM Fort Wayne truck assembly facility on the third day.

The HSRTC held its meeting 6–7 March 2014, Charleston, S.C., USA. The HSRTC toured Nucor Steel–Berkeley with the Plate Rolling Technology Committee. Nucor had just completed an extensive hot mill “widening” and other modifications. This made the tour even more interesting. The HSRTC thanks Nucor Steel–Berkeley for its hospitality.
Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp. and HSRTC papers chair, reviewed the HSRTC sessions for AISTech 2014. 
Tom Weiler, Nucor Steel–Indiana and HSRTC AIST Process Benchmarker™ (APB) chair, gave an update on the APB. He explained the system functionality, noted that furnaces were using it heavily and stressed that the hot mill users need to input their information.
Dave Hamblin, Nucor Steel–Berkeley and HSRTC chair, reviewed Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals Training, which had taken place earlier in the week. The attendees had positive comments as well as some suggestions to improve the course. 
Several members participated in a roundtable discussion on safety, CAPEX projects, reliability issues, improvements and environmental initiatives in their hot mills. These open forums encourage participation and are found to be valuable to all present.

Dan Miller, Duraloy Technologies, gave a presentation on dry versus wet furnace rolls, highlighting the energy and maintenance savings which offset the initial expense. 

The HSRTC held its meeting 15–16 October 2013, Toledo, Ohio, USA. The HSRTC was given a tour of North Star BlueScope on the afternoon of 15 October 2013. The meeting began on 16 October 2013, with Tom Weiler of Nucor Steel–Indiana encouraging the producer members to begin entering data into the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB) system. With six companies on-board, the main focus now is to put data into the system. Eric Thokar of Siemens reviewed the status of Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals Training, which will take place 3–6 March 2014 in Charleston, S.C., USA, at the Francis Marion Hotel. The course will finish with a tour of the Nucor Steel–Berkeley facility.
Jim Murphy of Quaker Chemical Corp. reviewed the HSRTC abstract selection and hot rolling sessions for AISTech 2014. Session titles were established and volunteers filled the session chair positions. A long discussion was held about averting commercialism in the technical presentations.
Presentations included: “The Wall — Improving Communication Between the Caster and Hot Strip Mill,” by Chris Davis of North Star BlueScope; “Energy Saving Advances in CSP Tunnel Furnace Rolls,” by Dan Miller of Duraloy; and “RMSTrax — Roll Shop Management,” by Joe Porter of North Star BlueScope, Dan Smith of North Star BlueScope and Ken Hutchison of ASE. The producer members then had an opportunity to share safety initiatives with the HSRTC. 

The HSRTC held its meeting in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on 19–20 February 2013. Randy Patterson of Steel Dynamics Inc. opened the meeting and welcomed the attendees. He also thanked Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. for hosting a tour of its Steckel mill. Jim Murphy of Quaker Chemical Corp. reviewed the status of the Hot Rolling sessions for AISTech 2013, as well as the session chair responsibilities. Eric Thokar of Siemens VAI discussed the 2014 Fundamentals of Hot Rolling Training Seminar. The seminar will include a track on plate rolling fundamentals similar to that of the 2012 Hot Rolling Training Seminar. The date and location were discussed at length, and the final decision will be coordinated between the training subcommittee and AIST. A brief presentation about the Hot Rolling module of the AIST Process Benchmarker™ was given to help clarify the benefits of using the system. Tom Weiler of Nucor Corp. encouraged all the producers to start utilizing the system. Each representative from a producing company presented information on his mill, with a focus on lockout/tagout procedures and lessons learned from those procedures. The next HSRTC meeting will be held on 6 May 2013 at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The HSRTC’s fall 2013 meeting location is yet to be finalized, but topics of discussion will include green initiatives and conservation, fall protection and cooling water.

The Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee (HSRTC) met in Ghent, Ky., on 25–26 September 2012. The HSRTC chair, Randy Patterson of Steel Dynamics Inc., opened the meeting by welcoming the 35 attendees and thanking Gallatin Steel for hosting the tour of its hot mill. A safety roundtable discussion included the following topics: crane magnet arc flashing and lockout, tie-off anchor points and inspection, roof repair and netting, harness practice, high-angle rescue teams, lockout/tagout, pinch points, and employee and contractor training. Jim Murphy of Quaker Chemical Corp. proposed session plans for AISTech 2013 and solicited volunteers as session chairs. Eric Thokar of Siemens reviewed the status of the Fundamentals of Hot Rolling Specialty Training Conference for 2014. The committee agreed that the conference venue must include stadium-style seating at a location somewhere in the southern United States. Tom Weiler of Nucor Steel–Indiana explained that the Hot Mill module of the APB system is functioning, and he encouraged representatives from producer companies to begin entering their information. A significant amount of time was devoted to roundtable discussions, in which producers shared information about their mills, including safety and maintenance and reliability practices. The next HSRTC meeting was proposed for the spring of 2013, with a tour of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

The Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee (HSRTC) met on 9 May in Atlanta, Ga., during AISTech 2012. Don Merchant of California Steel Industries opened the meeting. The committee reviewed and approved the committee mission statement to be: “Promote safety and advancement in hot sheet and strip rolling technologies and operating practices through information exchange and training.” The status of the Hot Strip Mill Roundup was discussed. This Industry Roundup will be published in the November 2012 issue of Iron & Steel Technology, so any revisions need to be sent to AIST staff by August 2012. The status of the Hot Mill module for the AIST Process Benchmarker system was discussed. The parameters need the final approval of the committee and the parameter definitions finalized. Tom Weiler of Nucor is leading this effort for the committee. Eric Thokar of Siemens gave a brief review of the 2012 Hot Strip and Plate Rolling Fundamentals course that was held in Orlando in February. The next course is scheduled for the spring of 2014. The elections for 2012–2013 HSRTC leadership were completed, with Randy Patterson of Steel Dynamics Inc. as the chair; Dave Hamblin of Nucor Steel – Berkeley as the vice chair; Jim Murphy of Quaker Chemical Corp. as the papers chair; and Eric Thokar as training chair. Patterson presented a plaque to Merchant to show the committee’s gratitude for his leadership during the past year. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for 25–26 September 2012 near Ghent, Ky., to include a tour of Gallatin Steel.

The Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee (HSRTC) met 13–14 March 2012 in Ontario, Calif. Don Merchant of California Steel Industries opened the meeting by welcoming everyone to southern California. Amy Johnson of Quaker Chemical volunteered to take the minutes for the meeting. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone in attendance agreed to abide by them. The meeting minutes from the 26–27 October 2011 meeting, hosted by Essar Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Canada, were reviewed and approved as written. The meeting’s agenda began with a safety discussion. Jim Murphy of Quaker Chemical reviewed the status of the Hot Sheet Rolling sessions for AISTech 2012. The majority of the program was set, with only a few authors who had not yet registered for AISTech. The AISTech 2013 Call for Papers topic for the committee was reviewed and approved as: “Hot sheet rolling mills and facilities: new, revamps or modernizations, including: ferrous-based (carbon, silicon, titanium or stainless steel) flat rolling and/or processing with new or revised technologies in width, thickness, shape, flatness, surface, temperature, productivity, yield and quality control. Other topics of interest include (but are not limited to): equipment design improvements; roll coolant and roll bite lubrication (both hot and cold); processing new steel chemistries (TRIP, TWIP and dual-phase steels); steering and camber control; slab sizing and width control; descaling and surface improvement systems; edge drop control; productivity improvement and start-up learning curve programs; sensors and gauge systems specifically relating to rolling and processing; furnace issues relating to the rolling process, design for safety and environment.” The Hot Rolling Fundamentals Training Conference that was held in February in Orlando, Fla., was discussed, and those who attended praised its success. The committee agreed to hold the conference every other year, but at a new location which would allow a mill tour at the end of the program. Eric Thokar of Siemens VAI agreed to continue to be the training subcommittee chair, with help from Don Merchant and Tom Weiler of Nucor Steel, Randy Patterson of SDI, Michael Peretic of SMS Siemag, Amy Johnson and Jim Murphy. The HSRTC agreed to have the Hot Mill Roundup published in the November 2012 issue of the Iron & Steel Technology magazine, but would like to include other mills that were not included in the past. Mr. Weiler discussed the progress of the AIST Process Benchmarker Hot Mill module. The list of parameters was sent out to the producing members for their input and comments. A safety roundtable discussion was conducted, with each attending mill’s representative commenting on its approach for “hands-free” handling of the sheet, new lessons learned and/or procedures implemented, and statistics of OSHA recordable accidents, lost workdays, total injuries and near misses. The HSRTC meeting met on 9 May 2012 during AISTech. The next HSRTC meeting is tentatively scheduled for 25–26 September 2012 at a location to be determined.