Technology Committees

Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
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 and TLTC met 12–14 April 2016, Nashville, Tenn., USA. 
The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report in a  roundtable discussion.
The committees’ AISTech 2016 technical sessions were reviewed. Two joint sessions are to be held in the morning on Tuesday and Wednesday. The roles of session chair and papers chair were re-emphasized.
Nominations for MHTC and TLTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
The group discussed the 2017 Material Handling Transportation & Logistics Technology Training Conference. The conference was cancelled in 2016. The 2017 conference will be held on 3–5 October 2017 in Louisville, Ky., USA.
Hal Nowell of Taylor Machine Works Inc. and Doug Niksch of Mi-Jack Products Inc. gave technical presentations.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the AIST Open Top Loading Rules Subcommittee held their annual joint meeting. The following items were discussed:

  • Recent beam load testing with Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Impact testing at Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.

  • Impact testing continues with pipe load configurations for 200 series pipe.

  • Slab shipments are being tested.

  • AAR circulars will be made available to AIST so that they can be distributed in a timely manner to affected steel shippers.

  • Need to resolve issue for using stub stakes for plate shipments.

Myles Morgan (right) senior field engineer, Bridgestone Tire, hosted the MHTC’s and the TLTC’s tour of the Bridgestone LaVergne Plant facility. 

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.