Technology Committees


Material Handling Technology Committee Activities

3–4 September 2014, Ghent, Ky. - The MHTC reviewed the 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report, and followed up with a safety roundtable discussion.
The MHTC began laying out its paper sessions for AISTech 2015:
Joint sessions will be developed with the AIST Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee, to be held on Tuesday, 5 May, in both the morning and afternoon.
Four abstracts were selected for the Tuesday morning session.
Gregg Bond, Everette Davis and Tony Nath will serve as session chairs.
Doug Niksch, MHTC education chair, proposed a material handling training seminar be held in 2016. Topics being considered for this conference are U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, railroad safety innovations, mobile phone policies, trucking regulations, radio-frequency identification tracking, mobile equipment advancements, crane operations, water transportation and emergency response. Those interested in participating should contact Doug Niksch.
A safety training review was given, along with a presentation on Gallatin Steel Co.

The MHTC Met on 29–30 March 2014, Charleston, S.C., USA

The MHTC reviewed its sessions for AISTech 2014.Session chairs were reminded of their responsibilities. MHTC members were encouraged to attend sessions for support. Three of the AISTech 2014 presenters gave a “trial run” of their presentations at the meeting.
Nominations of MHTC officers were held, with final positions determined at the MHTC meeting at AISTech 2014.
Presentations given during the meeting included:

 

“Inventory and Yard Asset Management Systems for the Steel Industry,” by Aaron Newton, Mi-Jack Products.
“New Innovation in Pedestrian Detection Technology for Large Mobile Equipment,” by Matt Hillyer, Taylor Machine Works Inc.
“How Lift Truck Innovation Can Improve Your Bottom Line,” by Herman Klaus, Hyster Co.
The MHTC was given a tour of the BOEING South Carolina facility and Nucor Steel–Berkeley.

The MHTC Met on 23–24 October 2013, San Antonio, Texas. Doug Niksch of Mi-Jack Products presented the MHTC’s schedule of sessions planned for AISTech 2014, which in-cludes two joint sessions with the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee (TLTC):

• The Tuesday afternoon session is titled “Material Handling & Transportation Innovations,” with six papers.
• Both committees’ chairs and papers chairs will serve as session chairs: Gregg Bond, Doug Niksch, Donnie Spencer and Larry Guinn.
• A panel discussion with both committees is scheduled for a Wednesday afternoon session, with participants including Nucor and Timken.

The MHTC nominated Doug Niksch for the Distinguished Member and Fellow Award. MHTC and TLTC members are encouraged to submit recommendation letters to Pat Philbin at pphilbin@aist.org.

An update was given on the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB). Six companies are participating, and each process module is being populated by the users. 

Presentations during the meeting included:
• “Lifting Magnet Material Handling Applications” by Paul Bean, Winkle Industries.
• “Mi-Jack Quick Connect AutoSpreader” by Doug Niksch. 

The MHTC met on 26–27 March 2013 in Mobile, Ala. The MHTC officers for the 2013–2014 term are: Gregg Bond, chair; Everette Davis, vice chair; and Doug Niksch, papers chair and education chair. Presentations included, “Mobile Equipment Tire Maintenance and Safety,” by Tony Femminella; “Bar Code Identification of Pipe and Tubes,” by David Anderson; and “Pipe and Slab Handling,” by Peter Fulcher. The committee enjoyed a tour of SSAB Alabama, Berg Spiral Pipe Co., and the Port of Mobile Authority. A fall 2013 meeting for the MHTC will be held on 6–7 November 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. A tour of the Toyota Truck Plant facility will be one of two tours arranged. Presentations for the fall meeting will include, “Railroad Safety at the CN,” by Phil Hornak; “North America Stevedoring,” by Stephen Mosher; and “Crane Lifting Applications,” by Paul Bean.

The MHTC met on 7–8 November 2012 in Houston, Texas. The MHTC will have a joint session with the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee for the Wednesday afternoon session at AISTech 2013. Doug Niksch, MHTC chair, and Brad Bray, Safety & Health Technology Committee chair, discussed the 2013 Safety and Health Conference that will be held on 10–12 September 2013 near the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta, Ga. The committee also had the opportunity to tour the Timken Boring Specialties LLC and the Port of Houston Authority – Ports America. The next MHTC meeting will be held on 26–27 March 2013, with tours of the Mobile Port Authority and ThyssenKrupp Steel USA in Calvert, Ala.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on Wednesday, 9 May in Atlanta, Ga. The MHTC officers for the 2012–2013 term will be: Doug Niksch, chair and education chair; Robert Newman, vice chair; Nicki Taylor, papers chair; and Gregg Bond, safety chair. The MHTC has collaborated with the Safety & Health Technology Committee in planning this year’s Safety and Health Conference — A Critical Focus With Material Handling, which is being held on 28-30 August in Indianapolis, Ind., with Steel Dynamics Inc. – Pittsboro serving as the plant tour host.

The next MHTC meeting will be on 8–9 November in Houston, Texas. A tour of U. S. Steel Tubular Operations will take place. Contact Doug Niksch to make a presentation to the committee during this meeting.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met in Starkville, Miss., and went on a tour of Severstal Columbus. A safety roundtable discussion followed a review of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report. The joint session with the Computer Applications Technology Committee for Wednesday afternoon at AISTech 2012 was reviewed. Doug Niksch, vice chair and education chair, updated the committee on the 2012 Safety and Health Conference: A Critical Focus With Material Handling, which will take place 28–30 August in Indianapolis, Ind. Presentations were made by Malcom Dunbar, The Edward C. Levy Co.; Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Pesmel; Robert Newman, The Timken Company; and Kamalesh Mandal and Cody Brown, Severstal Columbus.

Doug Niksch, Mi-Jack Products, updated the committee on a joint committee meeting with the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee and the Association of American Railroads on 13–15 November 2012 in Panama City, Panama. Mi-Jack Products will be the host plant for a tour of their facilities, along with a presentation on the expansion of the Panama Canal. Global material handling will be the topic of the meeting. The next MHTC meeting will be on Wednesday, 9 May at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) and the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on 4 October 2011 before the Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar in Burr Ridge, Ill. Review of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Each company highlighted their safety performances. Doug Niksch, MHTC and PSTMTC education chair, discussed the 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar, which was organized jointly by the two committees. George Price, PSTMTC OTLRC tag chair, updated the group on recent trials with the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Continued trials will be scheduled to establish safer loading and shipping guidelines for pipe, plate and coil under the direction of the AAR. Robert Newman, MHTC papers chair, discussed a possible joint-committee session for Wednesday afternoon at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. A suggestion for a two-hour panel discussion on “Delivery Performance and Reliability Improvements” was agreed upon to open this session at AISTech 2012.

Four presentations were given, including: “Structural Composites of Indiana,” by Ken Baranowski and Dana Wallace; “ASTM A700 Standard Update,” by Kevin Shanahan; “Cordstrap Update,” by Tom Keefe and Harald Riphagen; and “Concept2 New Developments in RFID,” by J.W. Franz. The next committee meetings will be a MHTC meeting on 15–16 February at Severstal Columbus, and a PSTMTC joint meeting with the AAR on 7–8 March 2012 in Charleston, S.C. Nucor Steel–Berkeley will be the host plant.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on 3 May 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind. Current MHTC membership is at 52 members, with 15 members in attendance. The committee recognized from a review of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatality Statistics that five out of the 11 recorded fatalities in the first quarter of 2011 were related to mobile equipment. A safety roundtable discussion followed. Past MHTC chair Gregg Bond of The Timken Co. was recognized as the new AIST Technology Division IX board of directors representative. The MHTC elections were confirmed: Everette Davis, chair; Doug Niksch, vice chair; Robert Newman, papers chair; Nicki Taylor, membership chair; and Doug Niksch, MHTC and PSTMTC education chair. Niksch updated the committee on the 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar on 4–6 October 2011 in Burr Ridge, Ill. The next meeting will be a joint committee meeting with the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee. An American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) representative will make a presentation along with an update from the Association of American Railroads (AAR). Those interested in making a presentation during this joint committee meeting on 4 October 2011 should contact Everette Davis before 31 August 2011.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on 20–21 Jan 2011 in Decatur, Ala. There were 21 members in attendance, including 11 new members. The 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics were reviewed. Since 2006, the material handling and transportation areas have accounted for more than 40% of steel-related fatalities. The MHTC and the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) are developing a Material Handling & Transportation Seminar to provide a resource for new safety innovations and equipment technologies to be presented in a training seminar. Doug Niksch of Mi-Jack Products has been elected education chair and will organize AIST’s first Material Handling & Transportation Seminar, scheduled for 27–29 Sep 2011 in Burr Ridge, Ill. The MHTC will have two joint paper sessions at AISTech 2011 with the Rod & Bar Rolling Technology Committee and the PSTMTC. Jerry O’Rourke of PI&I Motor Express presented “Overview of CSA and Hours of Service Rules Changes for Trucking,” offering an update on trucking regulations in the steel industry. Mr. O’Rourke was invited to participate in the fall seminar. Sheri Weppel of General Physics Corp. presented “e-Learning Animation,” depicting new graphics technology for material handling training. She also was invited to present at AISTech 2011 and the AIST training seminar this fall. The MHTC expressed interest in General Physics’s ability to recreate an accident scene in detail with their computer graphics program. Edward C. Levy’s Malcom Dunbar provided a presentation draft for “Heavy Equipment Operations,” which will be part of the fall training seminar panel discussion. Doug Niksch concluded the meeting with a presentation on “Intermodal Yard Operations/Pathfinder,” which will be part of his training seminar presentation, “Then vs Now.” Everette Davis recognized the 11 new members attending the meeting and encouraged them to participate with AIST. The next day, 21 Jan, the committee toured the Nucor Steel–Decatur facility from the EAF meltshop, caster and rolling mill to the new galvanizing line and shipping port facilities. Housekeeping was excellent in every area toured.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on 16–17 Sep in Canton, Ohio. Everette Davis, committee chair, welcomed 18 MHTC members along with two guests. Current active membership stands at 47 members. The MHTC voted in favor of switching the Town Hall Forum to Wednesday afternoon to conclude AISTech 2011 in Indianapolis. The entire morning agenda centered on recent material handling and transportation fatalities while reviewing the 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics. The MHTC decided to schedule a Material Handling & Transportation panel discussion for Tuesday morning during AISTech 2011. Robert Newman, papers chair, will work with Richard Montano, PSTMTC papers chair, to establish a joint paper session for Tuesday afternoon’s session at AISTech 2011. Doug Niksch, MHTC vice chair, was nominated as both the MHTC and PSTMTC education chair and will develop a 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Seminar for 27–29 Sep in Tinley Park, Ill. Members of this seminar planning committee include Jim Neininger, Robert Newman, Gregg Bond, Dave Haslar, Donnie Spencer, Nicki Taylor, Everette Davis, Larry Guinn, Valerie Cantrell, Malcom Dunbar and Dave Otte. Both committees plan to present a comprehensive seminar on current and future activities in material movement and shipping. The MHTC will meet next in Decatur, Ala., on 20-21 Jan 2011, with a tour of Nucor Steel–Decatur’s shipping facilities. The Timken Co. hosted a committee reception on Thursday night for the MHTC. Friday morning’s tour of Timken included all of Timken’s plant operations. The Timken Co. presentation is available on AIST’s Members-Only Web site.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) and the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met 25 Aug 2010, in Hazel Crest, Ill., to plan a 2011 Material Handling & Transportation Seminar. The last two AISE material handling conferences took place in 1996 and 1998. Both committees feel the urgency to develop an up-to-date Material Handling & Transportation Seminar in response to the past two years of Steel Industry Fatality Statistics, in which more than 35% of recorded fatalities involved material handling or transportation incidents. Doug Niksch, MI-JACK Products and MHTC vice chair, has been nominated as the education chair for both the MHTC and PSTMTC. Mr. Niksch will call on committee members to participate in this Specialty Training Conference to highlight innovations in safety and equipment, new guidelines for shipping, new modes of transportation, and two panel discussions entitled “Man vs. Machine” and “Transportation Infrastructure.” Planning subcommittee members are Everette Davis, Bob Newman, Nicki Taylor, Dave Haslar, Larry Guinn, Donnie Spencer, Malcom Dunbar, Valerie Cantrell, Gregg Bond, Jim Neininger, Ed Keding, Richard Montano and Dave Otte. Both the MHTC and the PSTMTC will discuss this program outline at their fall meetings. MI-JACK Products provided a plant tour for this subcommittee. Projected seminar dates are 27–29 Sep 2011, near Chicago.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on Tuesday, 4 May during AISTech 2010, with 20 members in attendance. Gregg Bond reviewed the 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics, which showed eight recorded fatalities so far this year. This committee realized that, since the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee has provided these fatality statistics, the material handling/transportation areas have accounted for more than 25% of recorded fatalities. The MHTC will now have a material handling safety chair, who will develop a safety session for upcoming AISTech conferences to promote the latest safety innovations to keep these high-traffic areas safer. The MHTC officer elections for 2010–2011 are as follows: Everette Davis, chair; Doug Niksch, vice chair; Robert Newman, papers chair; Nicki Taylor, membership chair; and Gregg Bond, safety chair. The Material Handling/Transportation Methods Training Seminar will be a joint committee effort between the MHTC and the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee. Mr. Niksch will act as Subcommittee chair for developing this Specialty Training Conference. Participating companies so far include Nucor, Caterpillar, The Timken Co., MI-JACK, Edward C. Levy Co. and California Steel Industries. Possible sites are Charleston, Memphis, Decatur or Tuscaloosa. The next MHTC meeting will take place 16–17 Sep 2010, in Canton, Ohio, with a tour of The Timken Co.

The Material Handling Technology Committee and the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee held a joint meeting on 16–18 Sep in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, with tours of Paling Transporter and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. The tour of Paling Transporter highlighted new equipment assemblies along with Paling’s repair capabilities with large equipment. Joint committee attendance was limited due to travel restrictions. The committees reviewed the Safety & Health Technology Committee’s 2009 steel industry fatality statistics. At the time of this meeting, there were 14 fatalities, in which four fatalities involved material handling. Therefore, 29% of the 2009 fatalities were material handling or shipping-related. Malcom Dunbar of the Edw. Levy Co. discussed the fatality at Columbia City Mill Service on 23 Apr 2009. Explanations and preventive measures taken were discussed. Mr. Dunbar has volunteered to be part of an AISTech 2010 joint committee panel discussion on Material Handling/Shipping Transportation Safety Advancements. Further discussions involved radio frequency identification detection (RFID), and options for keeping the material handling/shipping areas safer. An RFID presentation will be made at each committee’s 2010 winter meeting. The use of equipment simulators for safe handling procedures, new communication techniques used in all shipping areas, contractor carrier safety requirements, and safety innovations in place that have shown positive results were discussed by both committees.

Presentations were made by Ed Kesik and Peter Fulcher of Paling Transporter; John Nofsinger and Hal Vandiver from Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA); Steve Allen, Tim Lee, Todd Abbott and Mike Hendsbee from ArcelorMittal Dofasco (tour hosts); and Everette Davis from Nucor Steel–Berkeley. These PowerPoint presentations are available on the CMTC members-only Web site. Mr. Nofsinger and Mr. Vandiver were invited to give their PowerPoint presentation at AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The AISTech 2010 Call for Papers was discussed, with an agreement to schedule the joint committee panel discussion on Tuesday, 4 May, after the President’s Award Breakfast. A second joint committee session will be planned based on abstracts submitted and PowerPoint presentations that meet committee approval.

The Material Handling Technology Committee will meet on 4–5 Mar 2010, with a tour of the Nucor Steel Memphis shipping facilities. The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee will meet for its annual joint meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) on 18–19 Mar 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met on Monday, 4 May at AISTech 2009. There were 16 committee members in attendance. Doug Niksch, papers chair, reviewed the two sessions scheduled for AISTech. He expressed the need for MHTC members to support all presenters while at the conference. The AISTech 2010 Call for Papers has been published, and all committee members are encouraged to present or solicit papers for next year’s conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. Contact Mr. Niksch if interested in making a presentation for AISTech 2010. MHTC officer elections were completed, with current officers asked to remain for a second one-year term: Gregg Bond, chair; Everette Davis, vice chair; and Doug Niksch, papers chair. Mr. Bond reviewed the MHTC mission statement, which was approved. Rob Roberson, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, discussed safe loading procedures and volunteered to make a presentation at next year’s conference. Safety clothing in the form of high-visibility and reflective PPE was discussed as a requirement for all heavy-traffic areas. PPE improvements in plant shipping areas will be discussed at the next MHTC meeting. The Material Handling Industry of America has asked for a collaborative effort with this committee in promoting material handling innovations and progress. This association will make a presentation at the MHTC fall meeting. Peter Fulcher, Paling Transporter, will be the committee host in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, where two tours will be scheduled: Paling Transporter (Wednesday, Sept. 16) and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. (Friday, 18 Sep). On Thursday, 17 Sep, there will be a joint committee meeting with the Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee. The MHTC presented Gregg Bond a plaque for his dedication and participation within the material handling community.

The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) met in Ontario, Calif., on 28–29 Jan. Gregg Bond welcomed 12 committee members to this meeting. MHTC membership stands at 59 members, with three new members attending. A material handling safety round table discussion involved recent plant accidents and corrective action plans taken. Nicki Taylor of Nucor Steel–Decatur informed the committee of Nucor’s efforts to become VPP certified. Nucor Decatur is also looking into DuPont’s HE program for safety. Peter Fulcher, Paling Transporter Ltd., volunteered to arrange the MHTC’s fall 2009 meeting in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, with a possible tour of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc. The Safety and Health Technology Committee provided a review of the 2008 steel industry fatalities statistics.

Doug Niksch, MHTC papers chair, reviewed AISTech 2009 sessions. The MHTC’s joint session with the Packaging, Shipping and Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) will have three representatives from each committee. MHTC members Richard Montano, Scot Bowman and Jason Holmes, along with PSTMTC members Stephen Fulton, Jonathan Repp and David Otte will comprise this panel discussion. The MHTC has a second joint session with the Computer Applications Technology Committee that will involve MHTC members Peter Fulcher and Jim Phillips as presenters. MHTC officer nominations were then put forward, and it was decided to extend the terms of the current committee officers for one more year: Gregg Bond, chair; Everette Davis, vice chair; and Doug Niksch, papers chair have agreed to hold their committee positions for a second year. Approval of these nominations will be completed at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis. The MHTC was urged to investigate possible projects that would highlight progress made in the material handling arena. Three AISTech 2009 presentations were made to this committee: Peter Fulcher’s “Innovations in Steel Mill Material Handling Applications,” Richard Montano’s “ERW Pipe Loading on 89-Foot Flat Cars,” and Josh Swank’s “Re-Tooling Traditional Haul Trucks to Haul Hot Slag Effectively and Efficiently.” MHTC members offered suggestions to each presenter to prepare them for AISTech 2009. Gregg Bond and Robert Newman presented a preview of Timken’s “New Straddle Truck Design,” to be presented at AISTech 2010. Committee member Richard Montano served as host for a tour of California Steel Industries (CSI). The MHTC toured the galvanizing department and CSI’s pipe mill. Currently, CSI employs approximately 911 employees. The MHTC noted that CSI’s housekeeping was excellent.