Technology Committees


Pipe & Tube Technology Committee Activities

The PTTC met 9 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Vice chair: David Johnson, Paragon Industries Inc.

  • Papers chair: George Boy, SMS Technical Services LLC

The PTTC and PRTC met jointly 28–29 March 2017, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Afterwards the groups split to work on individual committee business.
The Plate Rolling Committee reviewed its AISTech 2017 paper sessions and discussed Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar, which will take place in spring 2018.
The AIST Process Benchmarker® was discussed. The Plate Rolling Module has remained stagnant and the PRTC agreed to revisit the program. Suggested was a free trial period from which to get feedback from users.
The 2nd International Symposium on the Recent Developments in Plate Steels will be held 3–6 June 2018 in Orlando, Fla., USA. The group was reminded to submit their abstracts by 15 October 2017.
Presentation topics for the fall PRTC meeting were discussed. Charlie Romberger volunteered to present on descale systems. Other topics suggested were flatness strategies, corrosion prevention, preventive maintenance practices for levelers and accelerated cooling.
The PTTC reviewed its session for AISTech 2017. The nominations for the 2017–2018 officers were made (see page 82 of this issue for the full list of PTTC officers).
Pipe and Tube — A Practical Training Seminar, to be held in 2018, was discussed. A planning subcommittee was created. It was also decided that the papers chair role should have high involvement in the conference planning.
At the time of the meeting, the PTTC had 96 members. Steve Marzina agreed to bring an analysis of members and participation to the committee’s fall meeting. A LinkedIn account has been created for the PTTC as a place for technical discussion and committee-related talk. It is open to PTTC members only and is managed by the social media and membership chairs. Attendees were reminded to review the Pipe and Tube Roundup and send any suggestions and edits to Frank Baumgardner by the next meeting.
There was an extensive discussion on the goals of the committee and its members. Keith Tuma requested the creation of a subcommittee with representatives from the various factions (producers, manufacturers, OEMs, consumable suppliers, buyers and end users, etc.) Volunteers for the subcommittee were Tuma, Baumgardner, Jack Srail and Susan Conley. This group will first develop a list of technologies that encompasses what the PTTC represents and what is important to each segment.
The PRTC and PTTC rejoined for the rest of the afternoon for a networking lunch and technical presentations, which included:

  • “Accelerated Cooling System — Direct Quench Project,” by Jacob Lewis, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • “Advanced Ceramics for Pipe and Tube Manufacturing,” by Jimmy Estrada, Kyocera.

  • “Coupling Makeup Machines,” by Marco Zanardi, Lazzari Group.

  • “Non-Destructive Testing Technologies — High-Temperature Weld Inspection for ERW Mills,” by David Mann, Innerspec.

Blane Vines gave a brief preview and instructions for the plant tours and the meeting was adjourned.
The two committees had a full day of plant tours starting with Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., who also provided lunch. The group then headed over to Southland Tube where they were welcomed by Barney Hatten, director of quality, who gave a presentation on the company and plant before the tour commenced.

Blane Vines (left), PRTC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Lane Swan (right), manager of manufacturing, Southland Tube, for hosting a tour on 29 March 2017.
Keith Tuma (right), PTTC chair, presented Blane Vines (left), Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., with a plaque of appreciation for hosting a tour of the facility during the PTTC and PRTC joint meeting.
 
 
The PTTC got a close look at the steelmaking operations at U. S. Steel – Gary Works (left to right): Martin Plut, Mark Rheinlander, Hiroshi Watanabe, Keith Tuma, Bridget Darby, Susan Conley, Adam Trinks and Mariachristina Pilla.

The PTTC met 28–29 September 2016, Chicago, IL, USA.  The PTTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The committee reviewed its AISTech 2017 technical sessions, and session chairs were identified. A slight amendment was made to the PTTC’s AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage to increase applications-based papers.
The PTTC decided to table discussion on its specialty training conference until market conditions improve.
The 2016 North American Pipe and Tube Roundup was published for the first time in 2016. The committee gave kudos to all who worked so hard on the project, notably Frank Baumgardner, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC, and Martin Plut, NDT Technologies. All PTTC members were asked to review the roundup for accuracy and to bring their suggestions for improvement to the committee’s next meeting.
The PTTC discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference, which led to a productive brainstorming session to increase PTTC membership and involvement. The committee will be AIST’s first Technology Committee to utilize social media to increase committee participation, initiate technical discussions and increase attendance. A new officer position was created, the PTTC social media chair, and Martin Plut will hold this position and manage the new AIST Pipe and Tube Group on LinkedIn. George Boy will be aiding in the efforts to increase committee participation as the PTTC members chair. 
The group also decided to create a more robust agenda for future meetings, including adding the PTTC’s mission statement, safety discussions and a more detailed structure for the meeting discussion topics. The committee would like to hold more joint meetings with other technology committees; a meeting with the Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) is scheduled for the spring of 2017 and a joint meeting with the CCTC was discussed as an option for the fall 2017 meeting.  

This discussion was followed by technical presentations:

  • “Quality Improvements and Energy Optimization in the Pipe and Tube Industry,” by Adam Trinks, Silvent InTech.

  • “Laser Inspection for Tube and Pipe Straightness,” by Tom Campbell, LAP Laser.

  • “Seamless Tube Technology Modules,” by George Boy, SMS.

The PTTC spent the following day attending two excellent plant tours at U. S. Steel – Gary Works and Midwest Pipe Coatings. Al Klinger and Carey Crisman gave the group an in-depth tour of U. S. Steel – Gary Works from steelmaking through the hot strip mill. The group stopped for lunch and went on to Midwest Pipe Coating Inc., where operations manager Steve Rodda presented the group with an overview of the company and a detailed tour of the facility.

1. PTTC chair Keith Tuma presented Al Klinger and Carey Crisman with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the PTTC’s tour of U. S. Steel – Gary Works (left to right): Susan Conley, Mariachristina Pilla, Adam Trinks, Crisman, Klinger, Tuma, Mark Rheinlander, Martin Plut and Hiroshi Watanabe. 2. Keith Tuma presented Steve Rodda with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the PTTC’s tour of Midwest Pipe Coating Inc. (left to right): Susan Conley, Mariachristina Pilla, Adam Trinks, Rodda, Tuma, George Boy and Hiroshi Watanabe.
 
The PTTC service plaque was presented for Keith Tuma in
his absence (left to right): David Johnson, Susan Conley
and Frank Baumgardner.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Keith Tuma, United States Steel Corporation

  • Vice chair: Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Papers chair: David Johnson, Paragon Industries

  • Roundup chair: Frank Baumgardner, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC

  • Education co-chairs: David Johnson, Paragon Industries, and Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Membership chair: Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

The PTTC and EUTC met 27–28 January 2016, Houston, Texas, USA. The committees reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The committees finalized their respective AISTech 2016 technical sessions. Each has three sessions scheduled. The role of the session chair was reviewed with both committees.
Nominations for PTTC and EUTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were accepted and approved.
The 2016 AIST Pipe and Tube Roundup was discussed. The Roundup parameters were revised and finalized. The PTTC plans to publish the Roundup in the August 2016 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) have invited AIST to be a supporting organization for Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) 2016, to be held 1–3 August 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. URTeC is a science and technology event for unconventional resource development, which brings together geologists, geophysicists, engineers and business managers. Unconventional energy exploration and production includes horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” 
The AIST Energy Achievement Award was discussed. Three candidates are being considered for this award, which will be announced before AISTech 2016.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Recent Changes in the Natural Gas and Shale Gas Plays,” by Richard Ricks of NiSource/Columbia Gas.

  • “Cartacci Straighteners and Drawbenches — Productivity and Energy Consumption,” by Fabrizio Mamoli of Cartacci S.r.l.

  • “Combustion Safety — Standards and Burner Management Systems,” by Mark Kampe of CEC Combustion Safety.

  • “Heat Recovery Systems,” by Jared Kaufman of Tenova Core.

The committees were given tours of Axalta Coatings and NACE International. 

1. Matt Miller (center), chief operating officer of NACE International, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Mark Kampe (left), EUTC chair, and Keith Tuma (right), PTTC chair, for hosting a tour of NACE International. 2. Scott Denny (center, left) and Meghan Hodge (center, right) of Axalta Coatings were presented with a tour plaque from Keith Tuma (left) and Mark Kampe (right).

The PTTC met 1–2 October 2015, Independence, Ohio, USA. The PTTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities  report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion.
The Pipe and Tube — A Specialty Training Conference program was reviewed. It was decided to reduce the  technical program to two full days and hold the plant tour and PTTC meeting on the third day. A recap of this seminar can be found on page 142–143 of this issue.
David Johnson, PTTC papers chair, reviewed the PTTC AISTech 2016 technical session layout. Session topics were determined and session chairs were selected.
The Pipe and Tube Roundup was discussed. A subcommittee will be formed to finalize the roundup’s structure for the next PTTC meeting. 

 
 
The 2014–2015 PTTC officers were recognized at AISTech 2015 (left to right): David Johnson, Susan Conley and Jon Roman.

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

  • Chair — Keith Tuma, United States Steel Corporation

  • Vice chair — Jon Roman, Danieli Corp.

  • Papers chair — David Johnson, Paragon Industries Inc.

  • Members chair — Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Education co-chairs — David Johnson, Paragon Industries Inc., and Susan Conley, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Pipe & Tube Roundup co-chairs — Jon Roman, Danieli Corp., and Frank Baumgardner, Nucor Steel– Decatur LLC

Meeting Highlights:
The 2015 Pipe and Tube — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 28 September–1 October 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with  TimkenSteel serving as plant host. Tom Moline, executive vice president,  manufacturing  of TimkenSteel Corp., will be the keynote speaker. A joint dinner will be held on 29 October with the AIST Northeastern  Ohio Member Chapter. A request was made of PTTC members to promote this training seminar within their companies and in their industry travels.
Jon Roman and Frank Baumgardner gave an update on the Pipe and Tube Roundup. The first phase of the roundup will target the OCTG >1 inch market segment. Pipe and Tube Roundup data collection will be discussed at the next PTTC meeting.
The 2016 Pipe and Tube Technology Training Conference will be held in Birmingham, Ala., USA, with a possible tour of American Cast Iron Pipe Co.

The PTTC met 29–30 January 2015, Panama City, Fla., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The AISTech 2015 technical sessions were discussed:

  • The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.

  • Tuesday morning session chairs include: Russ Olgin, Susan Conley and David Johnson. Tuesday afternoon session chairs are Keith Tuma, Jon Roman and Brian Frye.

  • PTTC members are encouraged to attend the sessions on Tuesday and the PTTC meeting on Wednesday afternoon.

Nominations for PTTC officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in May.
The 2015 Pipe and Tube Conference, to be held on 28 September–1 October 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, was reviewed. TimkenSteel Corp. will serve as plant host.

  • The program outline was reviewed. The program was to be finalized by 28 February 2015. 

  • It was suggested that hands-on items for “show and tell” about the pipe and tube process should be available for attendees to view.

  • Tom Moline, executive vice president manufacturing, TimkenSteel Corp., will be the keynote speaker. 

George Price, Berg Steel Pipe, discussed pipe shipments by rail. Price is the chair for the TLTC’s Open Top Loading Rules Subcommittee. He addressed two concerns: safe loads and quality shipments. There was a discussion about cars decelerating too fast and the loads shifting. It was determined that while accelerometers have been used, they are expensive. Now, GPS records the position of steel, and it is a valuable tool that provides continuous monitoring.
Jon Roman and Frank Baumgardner discussed the Pipe and Tube Roundup. The data will be finalized after a subcommittee conference call in April, and the statistics will be reviewed at the PTTC’s meeting at AISTech 2015.
The fall 2015 PTTC meeting will follow the training seminar in Cleveland, Oh., USA, on Friday morning, 2 October 2015. The agenda will include the following:

  • Pipe and Tube Roundup data collection.

  • AISTech 2016 paper sessions will be decided.

The following presentations were given:

  • “New Mini-Mill Production — Flexmill,” by Mark Orvis, Big River Steel. 

  • “Corrpro — Pipeline Corrosion Experts,” by Eric Bonner, Corrpro. 

  • “Laser Measurement Innovations,” by Karsten Hoffmann, LAP Laser LLC. 

  • “Safety Requirements for Pipe and Tube Personnel and Subcontractors,” by Jackie Workman, Danieli Corp. 

  • “Safety in Pipe and Tube Equipment Design,” by Hartwig Hiestermann, Danieli Corp. 

Next PTTC Meeting:Wednesday, 6 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

The PTTC met 11 September 2014, Pittsburgh, Pa.  The PTTC reviewed the 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report, and followed up with a safety roundtable discussion.
The PTTC began laying out its paper sessions for AISTech 2015:
Eight abstracts were selected for Tuesday morning and afternoon sessions, and session chairs were also selected.
The duties of the papers chair and session chairs were reviewed.
David Johnson and Susan Conley, PTTC education co-chairs, discussed the program outline for Pipe & Tube Essentials for the Energy Market and asked PTTC members for suggestions to improve the seminar. A recap of the event can be found on page 180 of this issue.
The 2015 Pipe & Tube Essentials for the Energy Market Conference will be held 28 September–1 October 2015 in Canton, Ohio, USA, with TimkenSteel serving as the host plant.

The PTTC met 22–23 January 2014, Houston, Texas, USAButch Collins, Gallatin Steel, presented “Safety Complacency,” which was followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Jon Roman, Danieli, PTTC papers chair, reviewed PTTC paper sessions for AISTech 2014. Session chair responsibilities were reviewed by Russ Olgin, David Johnson and Keith Tuma. The PTTC discussed session topics for AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The PTTC discussed the Pipe & Tube Roundup, scheduled for publication in the August 2014 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. This roundup is anticipated to be completed by 15 May 2014. A PTTC roundup subcommittee was formed with the following members: Jon Roman (chair), Russ Olgin, David Johnson, Keith Tuma, Frank Baumgardner, Tom Campbell, Steve Shapasian and Sarah Lynch. Any PTTC member interested in participating should contact Jon Roman.
David Johnson reviewed the program for the Pipe and Tube Conference: Essentials for the Energy Market, to be held on 8–11 September 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. Lesley Frame was added as a presenter, as well as a representative from NOV Tuboscope.

The following presentations were given:
  • “Global ERW and Spiral Markets,” Hartwig Hiestermann, Danieli W+K.
  • “Features of a Modern HF Welder,” Mick Nallen, Thermatool.
  • “Induction Tempering, HF Weld Metallurgy and Characterization, HF Weld Process Parameters and Principles,” Lesley Frame, Thermatool.
  • “Electron Microscopy,” Diane Hickey-Davis, Nano Science Instruments.

The PTTC met 18–19 September 2013, Ann Arbor, Mich., USA. Keith Tuma, PTTC vice chair, reviewed the abstracts for AISTech 2014. A Wednesday afternoon session was scheduled with Tuma; Russ Olgin, PTTC chair; and David Johnson, PTTC education chair, serving as session chairs. 
The 2014 pipe and tube training seminar was discussed and the program outline was reviewed. This initial conference will be called Pipe and Tube Essentials for the Energy Markets — A Practical Training Seminar, and will be held on 8–11 September 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The keynote speaker will be Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK-IPSCO. Those interested in participating should contact David Johnson.
The Pipe and Tube Roundup continues to be formulated. Those interested in participating can contact Jon Roman, PTTC roundup chair.
Representatives from Manitex LiftKing, Similcut, LAP Laser, Fives Group and Michigan Seamless Tube LLC gave presentations, and a tour of Michigan Seamless Tube followed the next day.

The PTTC met on 15–16 January in Huntsville, Ala. The committee toured Nucor Steel–Decatur’s Steelmaking and Finishing Operations, which allowed the group to see the entire operation. The following day, David Johnson, PTTC chair, discussed the committee’s goals and objectives. The PTTC agreed to organize an annual training seminar to highlight the pipe and tube industry. The initial Pipe and Tube Training Seminar is scheduled for 8–11 September 2014. The PTTC officer nominations for the 2013–2015 term were decided: Russ Olgin, California Steel Industries, as chair; Keith Tuma, United States Steel Corporation, as vice chair; Jon Roman, Danieli Corp., as papers chair and roundup chair; and David Johnson, Paragon Industries Inc., as education chair.
Dr. Ron O’Malley, Nucor Steel–Decatur plant metallurgist and Continuous Casting Technology Committee vice chair, presented, “Coil and Plate Steel Production Considerations for API Line Pipe.” A presentation by Fives Group featured Roberto LaRocha, Fives Stein; and Jack Srail and Mark Lukowski, Fives Bronx. George Burnet, SMS Elotherm, presented, “Precise, Energy-Efficient Induction Systems for the Tube and Pipe Industry.” The fall 2013 PTTC meeting will be held on 18–19 September. The meeting venue will be announced at AISTech 2013. The next PTTC meeting will be held on Wednesday, 8 May at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The PTTC met on 30–31 October 2012 in Golden, Colo. The PTTC joined the Plate Rolling Technology Committee on a tour of NIST Laboratories. Jim Fekete and Chris McCowan presented an overview of the NIST facility and programs, such as the Charpy Testing Laboratory, Mechanical Testing Laboratory, Hydrogen Studies Testing Laboratory, and full-scale wide-curved plate testing. A roundtable discussion followed on the problem of the non-fracture of Charpy impact specimens of HSLA line pipe steels. David Johnson, PTTC chair, was the moderator.
Dr. Michael Manahan presented, “Advanced Technologies for Inducing Fracture in High-Ductility Steels.” Northwest Pipe Co. was toured in the afternoon, with John C. Moore,  operations manager, conducting the tour of this facility. The day concluded at the Colorado School of Mines with a reception and dinner with students sponsored by Danieli Corp. and Siemens Industry Inc.
On the second day, Keith Tuma, PTTC papers chair, outlined three sessions for AISTech 2013. The session schedule includes Tuesday morning and afternoon, as well as Wednesday afternoon. New session chair guidelines were reviewed. Jon Roman was nominated as the PTTC roundup chair to complete the North American Pipe and Tube Roundup for publication in Iron & Steel Technology in 2013. Steven Jansto presented, “Key Operational and Metallurgical Parameters for Production of Structural Plate Steels.”
Students from the Colorado School of Mines also made presentations, including: “Hydrogen-Induced Cracking in Pipeline Steels,” by Garrett Angus; “Microalloy Precipitation/Dissolution in Hot Charged Slabs,” by Julian Stock; “Influence of Multiple Microalloying Additions on Controlled Rolling Response,” by Caryn Homsher; and “Microstructural Dependence of Wear Resistance of Austenite-Containing Plate Steels,” by Preston Wolfram.
The next PTTC meeting will be on 15–16 January 2013 in Huntsville, Ala., with a tour of Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC and another plant site.

The Pipe & Tube Technology Committee (PTTC) met on Wednesday, 9 May during AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. The PTTC officers for the 2012–2013 term will be: David Johnson, chair; Russ Olgin, vice chair; Keith Tuma, papers chair; and Frank Keilbowicz, members chair. A Roundup and APB chair will be elected during the fall PTTC meeting. Development of the Pipe and Tube Roundup continues, with the potential for AIST Process Benchmarker participation by this committee. The next PTTC meeting will be a joint meeting with the Plate Rolling Technology Committee on 30–31 October near Denver, Colo. The Colorado School of Mines, NIST Laboratories and Northwest Pipe are potential tour locations.

The Pipe & Tube Technology Committee (PTTC) met in Houston, Texas, on 18–19 January 2012. A plant tour of U. S. Steel Tubular Threading and Inspection Services Division began the day on Wednesday, 18 January. The committee then enjoyed a tour of the Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum in Galveston, Texas. The PTTC meeting began on Thursday, 19 January, with 21 members in attendance. A review of the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. David Johnson, chair, announced that the PTTC, AIST’s newest technology committee, is at 70 members and growing. Keith Tuma, papers chair, discussed the two PTTC sessions planned for AISTech 2012 in Atlanta. The AISTech 2013 Call for Papers topic for this committee will remain the same as it was for 2012. Frank Baumgardner, roundup chair, provided an industry roundup format for this committee to develop a 2012 North American Pipe & Tube Roundup. This format will be circulated to PTTC members to complete the required plant statistics. The committee’s goal is to have this roundup published in the August 2012 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
The following presentations were given: “Fundamentals of Soft Magnetic Materials,” and “Residual Magnetism in Pipe and Tube Products” by Reinhold Strnat; “Microscopy and Digital Imaging Current State of the Art;” by Rob Meyer; “Cathodic Protection of Buried or Submerged Steel Pipe” by Ernest Klechka. A tour of NACE and Meyers Instruments concluded the meeting. The next PTTC meeting will be on Wednesday, 9 May at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta. Tentative plans for a PTTC fall 2012 meeting will be a joint meeting with the Plate Rolling Technology Committee at the Colorado School of Mines in Boulder, Colo., on 19–20 September.