Technology Committees


Pipe & Tube Technology Committee Activities

The PTTC met 31 January–1 February 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA
The PTTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities  report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Mark Rheinlander, PTTC papers chair, finalized  the committee’s AISTech 2018 technical sessions. The PTTC has scheduled two sessions. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations were taken for PTTC officers for the 2018–2019 term.
The group reviewed the 2017 AIST Pipe and Tube Roundup, which was published in the August 2017 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Frank Baumgardner discussed Pipe and Tube — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held 24–27 September 2018 in Houston, Texas, USA. TMK IPSCO will serve as tour host. The final program outline was reviewed with the group.
The Fall 2018 PTTC meeting location and time were discussed. The meeting will be held on Monday, 24 September 2018, prior to registration for the Pipe and Tube seminar.
Tom Campbell of LAP Laser presented, “Laser Measurement of Tube and Pipe in the Production Process.”
On Thursday, 1 February 2018, the group toured Big River Steel.

Susan Conley (left), PTTC chair, presented a tour plaque to Steve Pienaar (center), logistics manager, and Denis Hennessy (right), director, product development for Big River Steel.

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