Technology Committees


Plate Rolling Technology Committee Activities

The PRTC met on 17–18 September 2014 in Portland, Ore. EVRAZ Portland hosted the two-day meeting in its facility, with a tour on the second day.
Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor gave an update on the process of the Norman D. Hodgson Achievement Award, indicating that there was a top nominee that will be announced at a later date.
Cory Raimondi of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor reviewed the session development for AISTech 2015. After some discussion, it was decided that, in addition to a Plate Mill Technologies session on Tuesday afternoon, the PRTC would also attempt to organize a joint session with the Metallurgy — Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee on Plate Heat Treating on Wednesday afternoon.
Eric Thokar of Siemens Industry Inc. gave the status of the Hot/Plate Mill Fundamentals training program scheduled for late February or early March 2016 in the Birmingham, Ala., USA, area. The schedule will include a tour during the afternoon of the second day, which will allow students the opportunity to see the equipment they are learning about. 

The PRTC met on 6–7 March 2014 in Charleston, S.C..
The PRTC toured Nucor Steel–Berkeley with the HSRTC. Nucor had just completed an extensive hot mill “widening” and other modifications. The committee thanks Nucor Steel–Berkeley for their hospitality.
Cory Raimondi, ArcelorMittal and PRTC papers chair, reviewed the PRTC session for AISTech 2014 with six presentations on plate rolling technologies. He re-emphasized that the session chairs needed to stay in touch with the authors to ensure the session stays on topic without any commercialism.
Bob Spangler, ArcelorMittal and PRTC chair, led a discussion to encourage others to become leaders in the PRTC by volunteering to be nominated for committee leadership. Nominations of PRTC officers took place during the PRTC meeting at AISTech in May.
Eric Thokar, Siemens Industry Inc. and PRTC training chair, led a discussion to review the feedback about Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals Training, which took place earlier in the week. Although the feedback was very positive, the attendees identified areas that need to be revisited for the next conference, including a change in venue and “updating the presentations. He also solicited others to help plan the next training conference, which will take place in 2016.
Par Kierkegaard, Shapeline, presented on new technologies currently in development for 3D surface imperfection monitoring.

10–11 September 2013, Ann Arbor, Mich., USA - The AISTech 2014 PRTC session development was reviewed by Blane Vines of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. Six abstracts and two alternates were chosen for a Wednesday afternoon session. The AISTech 2014 PRTC Call for Papers topic was reviewed and revised for AISTech 2015. The AIST 2013 Plate/Steckel Mill Roundup was reviewed and finalized for the November issue of Iron & Steel Technology. Eric Thokar of Siemens provided an overview and update of Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals Training, which will take place 3–6 March 2014 in Charleston, S.C., USA, at the Francis Marion Hotel. The course will finish with a tour of the Nucor Steel–Berkeley facility. Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal provided an updated on the Plate Mill Module of the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB). The parameters have been identified for this module, and the system can be released for programming. 

The PRTC met on 22–23 January 2013 in Houston, Texas. The PRTC chair, Charlie Bender of American Roller Bearing, opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. Cory Raimondi of ArcelorMittal led a discussion about the Plate Rolling sessions for AISTech 2013. The PRTC Call for Papers topic for 2014 was reviewed and finalized. Nominations for the 2013–2014 officers were discussed, with the elections to take place during the next PRTC meeting at AISTech 2013. Marc Moore of Nucor Steel–Hertford County led the discussion to finalize the parameters for the APB Plate Rolling Module. Bender informed the committee that the Norman Hodgson Award will be presented to Rick Bodnar of SSAB during the PRTC meeting at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Eric Thokar of Siemens VAI provided the status of the Hot Rolling Fundamentals/Plate Rolling Training Seminar, which is scheduled for the spring of 2014. The PRTC then had a safety roundtable discussion. JSW Steel hosted a tour of its Baytown facility. The next PRTC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 8 May at AISTech 2013.

The PRTC met on 30–31 October 2012 in Golden, Colo. Joint committee tours with the Pipe & Tube Technology Committee (PTTC) included NIST Laboratories and Northwest Pipe Co.

At NIST Laboratories, Jim Fekete and Chris McCowan presented an overview of the NIST facility and programs including the Charpy Testing Laboratory, Mechanical Testing Laboratory, Hydrogen Studies Testing Laboratory (embrittlement, SCC, fatigue), and the Full-Scale Wide Curved Plate Testing Laboratory. A roundtable discussion followed on problems with non-fracture of Charpy impact specimens of HSLA line pipe steels. David Johnson, PTTC chair, was the moderator. Next, Michael Manahan presented, “Advanced Technologies for Inducing Fracture in High-Ductility Steels.”

The committees were given a tour of Northwest Pipe Co. in the afternoon by John C. Moore, operations manager. The day concluded at the Colorado School of Mines with a reception and dinner sponsored by Danieli Corp. and Siemens Industry Inc.

The PRTC meeting began with Cory Raimondi of ArcelorMittal outlining the PRTC sessions for AISTech 2013. The consensus was to have joint sessions with the Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee and the Metallurgy — Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee on Tuesday and a stand-alone session on Wednesday. The PRTC also agreed to have its meeting on Wednesday during AISTech. Marc Moore of Nucor Corp. provided a status update of the AIST Process Benchmarker™ (APB) Plate Rolling Module. A safety discussion followed.

Steven Jansto presented, “Key Operational and Metallurgical Parameters for Production of Structural Plate Steels.” The Colorado School of Mines student presentations included: “Hydrogen-Induced Cracking in Pipeline Steels,” presented by Garrett Angus, “Microalloy Precipitation/Dissolution in Hot Charged Slabs,” presented by Julian Stock, “Influence of Multiple Microalloying Additions on Controlled Rolling Response,” presented by Caryn Homsher, and “Microstructural Dependence of Wear Resistance of Austenite-Containing Plate Steels,” presented by Preston Wolfram. The next PRTC meeting was held on 22–23 January 2013 in Houston, Texas, with a tour of the JSW plate mill in Baytown, Texas.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met on 8 May 2012 at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga. Steve Reese of Evraz Oregon Steel Mills opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. The Plate Mill Roundup is nearly complete. This Industry Roundup will be published in the November 2012 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. The parameters of the Plate Mill Benchmarking module for the APB are still under development. The benchmarking subcommittee has committed to having the list complete by the next PRTC meeting. The committee leadership for 2012–2013 is as follows: Charlie Bender of American Roller Bearing, chair; Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal, vice chair; Cory Raimondi, papers chair; Larry Charbonneau of George Kelk, membership chair; and Eric Thokar of Siemens, training chair.

The Norman D. Hodgson Award will be presented in recognition of outstanding contribution or enhancement to plate production during the PRTC meeting at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Nominations for this award are currently being accepted. Thokar summarized the Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals course that was held this past February in Orlando, Fla. The next PRTC committee will be held 30–31 October 2012 in conjunction with the Pipe & Tube Technology Committee. This will be held jointly with the Colorado School of Mines and will include a tour of Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel. There will be three sections: Tube, Plate and a combined section.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met in Merrillville, Ind., on 25–26 January 2012. Steve Reese of Evraz Oregon Steel Mills opened the meeting, welcomed all the participants and thanked ArcelorMittal for hosting the meeting. Cory Raimondi of ArcelorMittal volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone in attendance agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 13–15 September 2011 meeting hosted by Nucor Steel–Hertford County were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed, which led to a safety discussion. The AISTech 2012 Plate Rolling technical sessions were reviewed, and the session chairs were reminded of their responsibilities. The AISTech 2013 Call for Papers topic was approved as the following: “New plate rolling and finishing installations; discrete and Steckel processing; mill modernization, new equipment and technologies; automation upgrades; model developments in rolling and finishing; thickness, width and crown control; flatness control, measurement and correction; surface quality and inspection; scale removal; heat treat developments; operational practices of reheat furnaces; and thermal mechanical rolling developments, including accelerated cooling.”

Eric Thokar of Siemens VAI discussed the status of the Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals Course, which was held in conjunction with the Plate Rolling Fundamentals Course. The committee members were urged to support the course by attending and having others from their facility attend as well. The Norman D. Hodgson Award nomination process was then discussed. Nominations are currently open for the next award, which will be given in 2013. Any committee member who feels there is someone qualified for the award should submit the appropriate form. The Plate Mill Roundup status was also discussed. Information is still needed and should be submitted prior to the meeting at AISTech 2012 in May. The AIST Process Benchmarker (APB) system was discussed and reviewed. The PRTC needs to decide what items will be benchmarked. The APB subcommittee will be led by Marc Moore and will include Bob Spangler, Jeff Mitchell, Wayne Lawrence and Blane Vines. The subcommittee will have items to be benchmarked prior to the next PRTC meeting in May. Charlie Bender noted that the papers chair position will become vacant in May. Nominations for papers chair are currently open. Steve Reese closed the meeting and thanked everyone for their attendance, with a special thank-you to ArcelorMittal for hosting the event. The committee toured both the 110-inch and the 160-inch plate mills at the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor facility. The next PRTC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 8 May 2012 from noon to 2 p.m. at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.

Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) met on 26 January 2012. The committee  joined the Plate Rolling Technology Committee on a tour of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor’s 110-inch and 160-inch plate mills in the morning. The afternoon started with Tom Szkut of ArcelorMittal Dofasco welcoming everyone. Jeff Mason of Integrated Mill Systems volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone in attendance agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 27–28 September 2011 EATC meeting in Evansville, Ind., were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed in detail, which led to a group discussion on safety in the mills from an electrical viewpoint. The committee proposed that its leadership stay the same for next year. The final consensus will take place during the next meeting at AISTech 2012. The AISTech Electrical Applications sessions were reviewed, and all of the empty slots were filled. Szkut gave a presentation on fire safety in pulpits and motor rooms, which led to a discussion of how others protect their pulpits and motor rooms. Al Hruskoci of AIM gave a presentation on an arc flash door-mounted control system, which is a device that displays via LEDs if a voltage is present in the cabinet. Mason reviewed the nominations for the 2012 AIST Farrington Best Paper Award, and the winner was confirmed. Ron Tessendorf updated the committee on the status of the 2013 Process Systems Specialty Training Conference, which is planned to be tied to the 2013 Cold Sheet Roll Fundamentals Course in February. The next EATC meeting will be 8 May 2012 at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met 14–15 September 2011 in Suffolk, Va. Steve Reese of Evraz Portland opened the meeting, welcomed all the participants and thanked Nucor Steel–Hertford for hosting the meeting. Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed, and those present agreed to abide by them. The minutes from the 3 May 2011 PRTC meeting at AISTech 2011 were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed, which led into a discussion on safety. The committee selected abstracts for AISTech 2012, arranged them into two sessions for Tuesday, solicited volunteers for session chairs and titled the sessions. Eric Thokar of Danieli Wean United updated the committee on the status of the upcoming Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar, being held 19–23 February 2012 in Orlando, Fla. There will be a separate plate rolling–specific track on Wednesday, 22 February 2012. The committee members were encouraged to support this seminar by registering themselves and others. The Norman D. Hodgson Award nomination procedure was discussed. Steve Reese and Dan Elwood will develop criteria for this award and present it at the next meeting. Dan Elwood reported that the Plates Manual appears to be correct and sufficient and, therefore, should be published. The Plate Mill Roundup status was discussed. All data needs to be submitted by the February/March pre-meeting. Currently, it is approximately 60% complete. It was stressed that a total committee effort is needed in order to achieve this deadline. The AIST Process Benchmarker status was also discussed. The committee formed an APB subcommittee consisting of Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor, Jeff Mitchell, Wayne Lawrence of SSAB – Mobile, Marc Moore of Nucor Steel–Hertford and Blane Vines of Nucor Tuscaloosa to establish the metrics that will be collected. Tony Allor of Allor Manufacturing presented, “Plate Leveling Strategy and Technology,” and Andrzej Groch of SMS Siemag presented, “Level 2 Setup Systems.” The next PRTC meeting is scheduled for 25–26 January 2012 and will include a tour of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plate mills.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met on 3 May 2011 at AISTech in Indianapolis, Ind. Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and asked them to introduce themselves. Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone agreed to abide by them. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The committee elected their 2011–2012 officers: Steve Reese of EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mills, chair; Charlie Bender of NSK, vice chair; and Bob Spangler, papers chair. The committee presented Mr. Elwood with the Norman D. Hodgson Outstanding Achievement Award to recognize his contributions to plate production. The Plates Manual was discussed next. Mr. Elwood will take the lead and send copies out to some of the committee members for review and comments. The Plate Rolling Technology Committee mission statement was reviewed and approved without change as: “To promote advances in safe plate rolling and quality practices, operating technologies and processing through information exchange.” Eric Thokar of Danieli reviewed the plan to offer plate rolling-oriented curriculum to the Hot Rolling Fundamentals course being presented February 2012 in Orlando, Fla. The plan is to have five 45- to 60-minute sessions including basic equipment/theory, Steckel rolling, plate finishing equipment, leveling and heat treatment. A subcommittee comprising Eric Thokar of Danieli, Charlie Romberger of ArcelorMittal, Ed Natali of Siemens VAI and Stuart Hardcastle of Hatch was established to coordinate this plan. Mr. Elwood is heading up the push to update the Plate Mill Roundup. Mr. Reese presented a plaque to Mr. Elwood for his dedicated leadership as chair this past year. The next meeting is scheduled for 13–15 September 2011 in Suffolk, Va., and will include a tour of Nucor Steel – Hertford County.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee met 10–11 February 2011 in Mobile, Ala. Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor opened the meeting by welcoming all the participants and by thanking Wayne Lawrence of SSAB for hosting the tour. Al Waigand of Butech Bliss volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and all the participants agreed to abide by them. Mr. Elwood reviewed the 8–9 September 2011 meeting minutes and they were approved by the committee. The committee then had a safety discussion. Mr. Elwood reviewed a specific program that has helped reduce injuries at ArcelorMittal. Donny Venable of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa talked about a successful program that is helping to reduce hand injuries. The AISTech 2011 plate rolling sessions were reviewed and finalized. The 2012 Call for Papers topic was discussed and the topic was modified to include heat treatment innovations. The committee discussed the procedure for selecting a new chair and vice chair for next year’s Plate Rolling Technology Committee. It was suggested that the procedure adopted in the past, whereby the vice chair moves up to chair and the papers chair moves up to vice chair, be followed for next year. The Norm Hodgson Award was discussed by the committee. It has been suggested that the committee develop an application to be used to nominate people for consideration of this award. Some of the members agreed to review the revised Plate Steel Product Manual to ensure it is current before it is published. The Plate Mill Technical Roundup was discussed. Eric Thokar of Danieli presented an outline of proposed topics that should be used to gather information about the various plate mill facilities in North America. The committee reviewed and made changes to this outline. The intent is to publish the plate mill roundup in the August edition of Iron & Steel Technology. Mr. Lawrence presented an overview of the SSAB North America – Mobile facility and also hosted the tour of the facility the following day. The Plate Rolling Technology Committee thanks SSAB for their generosity in hosting the tour. The committee had a meeting at AISTech 2011. Please visit AIST.org for additional information on PRTC activities.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met 8–9 Sep 2010, at Evraz Oregon Steel in Portland, Ore. The committee chair, Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and asked all the attendees to introduce themselves. Bob Spangler of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and agreed to by all. The meeting minutes from the 4 May 2010, meeting were reviewed and approved as written. The 2011 Steel Mill Fatality Report was reviewed, and personal safety was reinforced. The committee selected the abstracts they would like for their AISTech 2011 sessions and structured them into two sessions on Tuesday. The morning session, “Metallurgical Advancements in Plate Rolling,” will include four abstracts and two alternates and will be a joint session with the Metallurgy — Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee. The session chairs for this session will be Emin Erman of ArcelorMittal Conshohocken and Charlie Bender of NSK. The afternoon session will be titled “Advancements in Plate Rolling Technology” and will include six papers. The session chairs will be Wayne Lawrence of SSAB Mobile and Charles Romberger of ArcelorMittal Research. Mr. Elwood was nominated for the 2011 Norman D. Hodgson Award for his outstanding contribution to plate production. A subcommittee was organized to establish the categories that the committee would like to track in a benchmarking system. Tony Fennell of Bloom Engineering gave a presentation called “21st Century Reheat Furnace Practice — NOx and CO2 Abatement”; Chris Burnett of Thermo Fisher Scientific gave a presentation on using sensors for dimensional measurements; Jeff Mitchell of LAP Laser gave a presentation on laser triangulation techniques; and Jeff Webb of George Kelk Corp. gave a presentation on sensor systems. The next PRTC meeting is tentatively scheduled for 10–11 Feb 2011, at SSAB in Mobile, Ala.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met on 4 May at AISTech 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Rich Smith of ArcelorMittal Coatesville opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and asked them to introduce themselves. Drew Poshard of SSAB Mobile volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were reviewed and everyone agreed to abide by them. The previous meeting minutes were reviewed and approved as written. The 2010 Steel Mill Fatalities Statistics report was reviewed, with a discussion on a more recent incident at one of the member’s mills. The committee elected their 2010–2011 officers as: Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal as chair, Dave Bennett of EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mills as vice chair, and Steve Reese of EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mills as papers chair. The PRTC mission statement was reviewed and approved without change to be: “To promote advances in safe plate rolling and quality practices, operating technologies and processing through information exchange.” The PRTC then discussed the need for a plate rolling–specific training course. The consensus was to establish a subcommittee comprised of Eric Thokar of Danieli, Dan Elwood, Charlie Romberger of ArcelorMittal, and Rich Smith. Their directive is to establish a 3- to 4-hour curriculum that is not covered in the Hot Rolling Fundamentals Course, yet can be given as a breakout session or as an extension at the course. Some of the subjects could be heat treating, leveling and shears. Charlie Romberger is heading up the push to update the Plate Mill Roundup with the assistance of Eric Thokar. Dave Bennett presented a plaque to Rich Smith for his dedicated leadership as PRTC chair this past year. The next meeting is scheduled for 8–9 Sep 2010, at EVRAZ Oregon Steel Mill.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met in Birmingham, Ala., on 24–25 Sep. Committee chair Rich Smith of ArcelorMittal Coatesville welcomed the attendees. The attendees introduced themselves and gave a brief update about themselves and their companies. Miles Brittain of Evraz Oregon Steel Mills Inc. volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Anti-Trust Guidelines were read and agreed upon. The 2009 Steel Mill Fatality Report was distributed and reviewed for the 2009 fatalities to date. It was noted that 2009 has seen a decline compared to 2008. Each of the producing mills summarized their respective safety programs that are in place to improve safety performance. A list of the abstracts for AISTech 2010 was reviewed by the papers chair, Dave Bennett of Evraz Oregon Steel Mills Inc., with recommendations. After discussion it was recommended that a joint session be sought with the Metallurgy — Process, Products & Application Technology Committee. The PRTC will sponsor a half-day session on Tuesday and will include a review of plate rolling history at the Coatesville facility in honor of their 200th anniversary. A significant amount of discussion occurred on the nature and extent of the benchmarking program. A subcommittee was formed to evaluate the latest technical roundup information, along with a rough outline that currently exists. Charlie Romberger of ArcelorMittal R&D will chair the subcommittee, along with Larry Charbonneau of George Kelk Corp., Eric Thokar of Danieli Corp., Mr. Smith of ArcelorMittal Coatesville, and Dan Elwood of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor. Once a draft is reviewed, it will be distributed to the other producers for review. Drew Poshard of SSAB North America – Mobile gave a comprehensive presentation on a reheat furnace rebuild project at the SSAB Mobile plant that was completed in 2007. Mr. Brittain summarized a productivity upgrade at the Evraz Oregon Steel heat treat line completed in 2008. The nature and extent of a plate-specific training seminar and whether it should stand alone or be integrated into the Hot Rolling Fundamentals Seminar was discussed. It was determined that it is too late to attempt to integrate into the early 2010 session; however, it may be possible, depending on attendance, to schedule another one in 2011. The chair expressed his appreciation to the personnel of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa for their efforts in arranging and conducting a tour of their facility in conjunction with the PRTC meeting. The next PRTC meeting is scheduled for the week of 22 Feb 2010, at Evraz Oregon Steel – Portland.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met on Tuesday, 5 May at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. Robert Cousins of Nu-Iron Trinidad welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked the attendees to introduce themselves. Stuart Hardcastle of Hatch agreed to take the meeting minutes. The minutes from the previous meeting on 3–4 Mar 2009, in Brighton, Mich., were reviewed and approved. The following officers were voted in for the 2009–2010 term: Richard Smith of ArcelorMittal as chair, Miles Brittain of Evraz Oregon Steel as vice chair, and David Bennett Sr. of Evraz Oregon Steel as papers chair. The committee presented Mr. Smith with the Norman D. Hodgson Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the industry and the PRTC. The mission statement was reviewed and approved as written: “To promote advancement in safe plate rolling and quality practices, operating technologies and processing through information exchange.” The committee agreed that a Plate Mill Roundup should be pursued to gather data regarding North American plate mills. The roundup would allow opportunities for part sharing/sourcing and exchanges of operational issues/upgrades. Mr. Cousins was presented with a plaque to recognize his service as outgoing PRTC chair. It was agreed that the next PRTC meeting will be held at Evraz Oregon Steel in the fall. Depending on the economy and resulting responses for attendance at this meeting, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa will be considered as a possible second choice. Discussions will focus on reheat technology regarding reheat furnace upgrades at Oregon and Alabama.

The Plate Rolling Technology Committee (PRTC) met 3 Mar in Brighton, Mich. Charlie Bender of NSK Corp. welcomed everyone attending the meeting, as well as those calling in, and thanked them for participating. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed, and the AISTech 2009 PRTC sessions were then discussed. The PRTC will be sponsoring two sessions at AISTech 2009, with eight technical presentations on Tuesday, 5 May. The paper order and session chairs were reviewed and adjusted as needed. The session chairs were encouraged to contact the authors within their sessions and discuss with them their responsibilities and upcoming deadlines for participation. The PRTC topic for the AISTech 2010 Call for Papers was reviewed and updated. The consensus was to have a session on reheat furnaces at AISTech 2010, since both Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa and Evraz Oregon Steel Mills recently completed the installation of reheat furnaces at their facilities. The PRTC thanks Allor Manufacturing for allowing them to tour their facility on 4 Mar. The next PRTC meeting will be held 5 May during AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.