Technology Committees

Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee Activities

William Bennett (right) presented Robert Sensel (left) with the MRTC service plaque.

The MRTC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: William Bennett, Melter S.A. de C.V.

  • Vice chair: Randy Heisler, Life Cycle Engineering

  • Papers chair: Ken Flowers, Butech Bliss

  • Technology Training Conference chair: Kyle Tew, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

Rob Sensel (left) presented Joe Crawford (right), Steel Dynamics Inc. – Roanoke Bar Division, with the 2017 AIST Gold Reliability Achievement Award.

The MRTC met 7–8 February 2017, Roanoke, Va., USA. The MRTC held its winter meeting at Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) – Roanoke Bar Division. This plant was the winner of the 2017 Gold AIST Reliability Achievement Award for its project titled “EAF Process Improvement from EMS (Electromagnetic Stirring) Implementation.” The plant hosted the two-day event for the MRTC meeting and tour.
The group finalized recruitment letters for future MRTC members.
The MRTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2017 were finalized.
Nominations for the 2018 AIST Reliability Achievement Award were discussed, along with the pros and cons of adding safety to the overall rating of the nominations. A task force was formed to evaluate this proposal.
The group reviewed the current status of the 2017 Maintenance Solutions Specialty Conference planned for 6–8 November 2017 in Charleston, S.C., USA.
A technical presentation was given by Banner Engineering Corp. on wireless technology for condition monitoring of motors. SDI presented its Reliability Achievement Award-winning project.
This year’s Dr. Carol Yates Award was discussed, and the recipient will be announced at AISTech 2017.
The MRTC’s fall meeting will be held on 26–27 September 2017 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., USA. A tour location is yet to be determined.

Scott Story (right), MSCTC chair, presented Bob Heil (left), steelmaking metallurgist at Charter Steel – Saukville, with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the MSCTC’s tour during its 28–29 September 2016 meeting.

The MRTC met 28–29 September 2016, Milwaukee, Wis., USA.  The MSCTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Roger Maddalena led a discussion on AISTech 2017 technical session development. For the MSCTC’s six sessions, 29 abstracts were selected. The MSCTC reviewed instructions for session chairs, who were also selected during the meeting, and papers chairs.
Bill Jones, chair of the Internal Quality Rating System Subcommittee, provided an update on the status on the inclusion engineering and clean steel practice publication. Papers from Peter Glaws, Ron O’Malley, Lifeng Zhang, E. Buddy Damm and Scott Story will be included in the publication.
The MSCTC unanimously voted to establish the Kent Peaslee Best Paper Award, which will be presented to the best MSCTC paper presented at future AISTech conferences. This proposal will be submitted to the AIST Board of Directors.
The MSCTC will hold a 2017 Japan Caster Study Tour. Details of this program were discussed.
Presentations are needed for the MSCTC’s joint meeting with the Ladle Secondary Refining Technology Committee, which will be held in February 2017. Those interested in presenting should contact Scott Story and Sunday Abraham.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Macrosegregation Evaluation Using Micro-XRF Large Area Scanning,” by Thinium Natarajan, U. S. Steel Research and Technology Center.

  • “PDA-OES,” by Jean-Marc Bohlen and Brad Cooley, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

  • “Quantitative Assessment of Slab Internal Quality,” by Sunday Abraham, SSAB Iowa.

  • “The Effect of Sulfur Wire Additions to Calcium Treated Aluminum-Killed Fine-Grain Steel,” by Troy Kaczorowski, Charter Steel – Cleveland.

  • “Use of Thermodynamic Models in Steelmaking,” by Stephano Piva and Mauro Elias Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon University.

The MRTC met 27–28 September 2016, Grand Rapids, Mich., USA. The MRTC reviewed the status of the committee recruitment and appreciation letters sent to participant supervisors for sending colleagues to Maintenance Solutions — A Practical Training Seminar.
The MRTC discussed its technical session development for AISTech 2107. Abstracts were reviewed, session titles and session chairs were identified, and additional papers were solicited from the committee. The instructions for both papers chair and session chairs were reviewed with the group.
There was a discussion regarding the Reliability Achievement Award (RAA) judging criteria, which was to be reviewed at the Maintenance Conference.
Preliminary details for next year’s Maintenance Conference were established. The conference will tentatively be held on 6–8 November 2017 in Charleston, S.C., USA.
Technical presentations were given by HECO and Andronaco in the afternoon. 
On the second day of the meeting, the MRTC toured Andronaco Industries, which specializes in the manufacture of fluid handling and sealing products specifically designed for chemical, pharmaceutical, and ultrapure-related industries.

Rob Sensel (right), MRTC chair, presented Colleen Reeves (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the MRTC’s tour of Andronaco Industries.
Rob Sensel (left) presented the MRTC service plaque to
Jeff Blankenship (right).

The MRTC met 18 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Rob Sensel, Dover Hydraulics

  • Vice chair: Nizar Armarsi, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Specialty Conference chair: Bill Bennett, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Papers chair: Randy Heisler, Life Cycle Engineering and Consultants


The MRTC met 1–2 March 2016, Fort Wayne, Ind., USA. The MRTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2016 were reviewed. Papers chair and session chair responsibilities were also discussed.
MRTC officers were nominated for the 2016–2017 term.
This year’s winner of the Dr. Carol Ann Yates Award was decided and will be announced at the Maintenance Conference in November.
Auditor teams were established to review incoming Reliability Achievement Award nominations.
The Maintenance Solutions — A Practical Training Seminar program outline was reviewed and updated. Maintenance Solutions — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 6–9 November 2016 in Scottsdale, Ariz., USA, in conjunction with the AIST Leadership Conference.
Two technical presentations were given:

  •  “Use of Hydraulic Torquing Equipment,” by Hytorc.

  • “Newest Technology on Hoses and Sealing,” by Rubber & Gasket Co. of America.

A presentation was also given on Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) – Bar & Structural Div. in Columbia City, Ind., USA. On Wednesday, the group visited the SDI facility for a tour and the 2015 AIST Reliability Achievement Award Gold was awarded to its plant general manager, Rob Simon.

1. Rob Simon (left), Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div. plant general manager, accepted the 2015 AIST Reliability Achievement Gold Award from Jeff Blankenship (right), MRTC chair. 2. The MRTC met in Fort Wayne on 1–2 March 2016.
Jeff Blankenship (right) presented the MRTC service plaque to Cory Mecham (left).

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

  • Chair — Jeff Blankenship, Maintenance Reliability Solutions Inc.

  • Vice chair — Jeffrey Johnson, Nucor Steel–South Carolina

  • Technology Training Conference chair — Rob Sensel, Dover Hydraulics Inc.

  • Paper chair — Nizar Amarsi, ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
Jeff  Blankenship  discussed  the  current status  of  the revision  of  the  Lubrication  Engineers  Manual.  A  request was made for additional information to support the updates needed for the Maintenance and Reliability section. Specific needs include hydraulic fluid information.
Rob Sensel reviewed the 2015 Maintenance Solutions Technology Training Conference, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, on 20–23 September 2015

The MRTC met 10–11 March 2015, Charleston, S.C., USA. Each year, the MRTC holds its winter meeting at the location of the gold Reliability Achievement Award winner. Typically, the MRTC’s winter meeting is one of the largest attended by the MRTC membership because of this award presentation. This year’s winner was Nucor Steel–Berkeley, and the award was presented during the MRTC’s tour of the Nucor beam mill.  
MRTC chair Jeff Blankenship reviewed the AISTech technical sessions and filled open slots for session chairs.
John Schlobohm of the Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee (LHTC) was present to solicit input and volunteers for the revision to the Lubrication Engineers Manual. The LHTC’s goal is to have a new version ready for publication by AISTech 2016.
Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Rob Sensel reviewed the current details for Maintenance Solutions  — A Practical Training Seminar, which is scheduled for 20–23 September 2015 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.
Jerry Herrmann gave presentations on the Nucor Steel–Berkeley facility in addition to a presentation on the project that won the gold Reliability Achievement Award. There were discussions and a tentative agreement to have the 2016 Maintenance Solutions training conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., USA, if the details can be worked out.
The meeting concluded with the solicitation of nominations for the Carol Anne Yates Award (an award sponsored by the MRTC), with the winner to be announced at Maintenance Solutions  — A Practical Training Seminar.

The MRTC met 12–13 February 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The meeting began with Cory Mecham, MRTC chair, asking for a moment of silence in honor of the recent passing of Carol Yates, former MRTC member. There were 22 MRTC members in attendance. 
Jeff Blankenship, MRTC papers chair, reviewed the final details of the MRTC sessions for AISTech 2014.
Allan Scott, MRTC specialty conference chair, presented the program outline for the upcoming AIST Maintenance Solutions training conference to the group and solicited final comments.
Nominations for committee officers were conducted. Final voting will take place at AISTech 2014. The meeting concluded with a safety roundtable discussion concerning root cause analysis and corrective action techniques.
Terry Larson from Nucor Steel–Utah presented a safety video and discussed the plant tour scheduled for the next day. On Thursday, 14 February, attendees proceeded to the Nucor Steel–Utah facility. The MRTC officers presented the Gold Reliability Achievement Award to the team at Nucor Steel–Utah. The group was then given a plant tour of the facility. 

The Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee (MRTC) met on Tuesday, 8 May at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. Colleen Reeves, MRTC chair, opened the meeting and welcomed the group. The minutes from the previous meeting were reviewed and approved. The main agenda items included discussions of AISTech 2012 regarding technical sessions, the specifics of the Reliability Achievement Award (RAA) sessions and the exhibit. Plans for the 2012 Specialty Conference (held jointly with the Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee) were reviewed. The conference will be held on 24–26 September 2012 in Charleston, S.C. The program will be three full tracks (Lubrication, Maintenance and Predictive Technologies) and will include a keynote speaker and a tour.
Cory Mecham presented an overview of the RAA for the new members. Submissions are due by 30 June with the audits to be complete by August. At the time of the meeting, there were eight submittals expected. The group of auditors included 17 members from the committee. The MRTC officer elections for 2012–2013 were: Sig Johansen, chair; Cory Mecham, vice chair; Tim Kuzmicky, papers chair; and Jeff Blankenship, specialty conference chair.
A plaque was presented to Colleen Reeves for her service as a member and officer on this committee. The next MRTC meeting will be Thursday, 27 September at 8 a.m. following the Specialty Training Conference in Charleston, S.C. The meeting will focus on the RAA submissions and the audit procedure.

The Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee (MRTC) held its winter meeting on 16–17 January 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. The agenda of the two-day meeting included the initial planning for the 2012 Maintenance specialty training conference. The conference will be two days in length and will include a plant tour. It is scheduled to include three separate tracks: Mechanical, Electrical, and Hydraulic and Lubrication. This year’s conference is being planned together with the Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee. The tentative location for the conference is Charleston, S.C., and it will be held during the last week in September.
The committee’s mission statement was reviewed at the meeting. Other discussions included updates on the 2011 AIST Leadership Conference and defining the objectives of the 2012 Reliability Achievement Award (RAA) task force. Sig Johanson from Nucor Corp. will chair this task force for 2012.
The MRTC presented two of its Reliability Achievement Awards at the AIST Midwest Member Chapter meeting on 7 February 2012 in Merrillville, Ind. MRTC chair Colleen Reeves, along with RAA subcommittee chair Jay Ondrovic, made the presentations.