Technology Committees

Plate Rolling Technology Committee Activities

The PRTC met 12–13 September 2017, Muscatine, Iowa, USA. The PRTC met at the SSAB Americas R&D and SSAB Iowa facilities. The meeting’s focus was lining up the PRTC technical sessions for AISTech 2018 by papers chair Brad Sigurdson. Along with selection of technical papers, the role of session chair was discussed and volunteers were solicited.
An update was given on the two Technology Training events that the PRTC  is organizing. Corey Ivey updated the group on the Hot Rolling Fundamentals course that will be held 25 February–1 March 2018 in Mobile, Ala., USA, and Rick Bodnar briefed the group on the 2nd International Symposium on the Recent Developments in Plate Steels to take place 3–6 June 2018 in Orlando, Fla., USA.
The meeting included presentations on descale nozzle technology by Lechler USA, and on 3D plate inspection systems by ISRA Surface Vision Inc.
The meeting concluded with a tour of the SSAB Americas R&D facility as well as the SSAB Iowa plate mill.

Blane Vines (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mike Cooke (right), director of technical services, SSAB Iowa, for hosting the PRTC’s tour of the facility.

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.
EUTC chair Rishabh Bahel (left) and PRTC chair Blane Vines (right) presented Tony Knopp (center), vice president of Vestas Towers America, with a plaque for hosting the EUTC’s and PRTC’s tour.

The PRTC and EUTC met 13–14 September 2016, Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The group held a roundtable discussion on general safety statistics and current projects.
The committees split into separate rooms to work on committee-specific items. Both committees reviewed their AISTech 2017 paper sessions, selected session chairs, finalized their AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage and discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The EUTC determined there would be opportunity for multiple joint sessions at AISTech 2017. The committee also discussed the Energy Achievement Award submissions and brainstormed ways to increase awareness and visibility of the award to AIST members, as it is not process-specific. The creation of a members chair position was discussed, as well as other strategies to increase EUTC participation and attendance. 
The PRTC discussed finalizing the Plate Mill Roundup for publication, the benefits of attending the Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals Technology Training Conference and the AIST Process Benchmarker®. The PRTC also had a thorough discussion about future meeting locations and the topics for technical presentations/discussions to be held at these meetings. Volunteers for presentations on these topics were chosen.
The committees, along with guest speakers Kip Findley and Taylor Jacobs from Colorado School of Mines, came together for a networking lunch. This was followed by an afternoon of technical presentations, which included:

  • “Compressed Air — Steel Mill Energy Savings Projects,” by Lou York, Case Controls.

  • “An Overview of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at Colorado School of Mines,” by Kip Findley.

  • “Elevated Temperature Mechanical Properties of Line Pipe Steels,” by Taylor Jacobs.

  • “ArcelorMittal’s Energy Efficiency Initiatives,” by Larry Fabina, ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor.

  • An overview of Vestas and tour requirements by Corey Ivey, Nucor Steel–Hertford County.

The meeting concluded the following day at Vestas Towers America in Pueblo, Colo., USA. Stacie Martellaro, manager factory logistics, and Mark Rusovick, quality assurance specialist, led the group on an in-depth tour of the tower manufacturing plant. This was followed by a presentation and question-and-answer session with Tony Knopp, vice president of Vestas Towers America, and lunch at the facility. 

The EUTC and PRTC toured Vestas Towers Americas during their 13–14 September 2016 meeting.
Blane Vines (left) presented the PRTC service plaque to
Corey Ivey (right).

The PRTC met 16 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Blane Vines, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • Vice chair: Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

  • Papers chair: Brad Sigurdson, EVRAZ Portland

The PRTC met 19–20 January 2016, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A lengthy safety discussion was held, which included perspectives from all attendees. 
The Plate Rolling session for AISTech 2016 was changed from a five-paper session on Monday morning to a six-paper session on Monday afternoon to include a paper by Qiulin Yu of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
Jared Kaufman of Tenova Core gave a presentation on combustion and the NFPA 86 standard.
Cory Raimondi hosted a tour of the TrinityRail facility, which uses finished plate to make railroad tank cars.

1. Corey Ivey presented a plaque of appreciation to Joshua Oakley for hosting a tour of TrinityRail (left to right): Cory Raimondi, Jeremy Leitze, Ivey, Clay Cole and Oakley. 2. The PRTC met on 19 January 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA (front row, left to right: Jeremy Leize, Mike Kadar and Par Kierkegaard. Back row, left to right: Jared Kaufman, Tommie Nilsson, Corey Ivey and Blane Vines).

The PRTC and RTC met 22–23 September 2015, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The PRTC and RTC had separate business meetings with joint presentations and tours. 
Homero Ortiz, RTC papers chair, reviewed the RTC’s technical session layouts for AISTech 2016, which includes ses-sions on Monday afternoon and all day on Tuesday.
The RTC finalized its AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic by adding roll surface analysis to the existing topics.
Ortiz reviewed the status of the Rolls Best Paper nomination process, in which the RTC officers and John Ballani will re-view the two best-of-session papers from AISTech 2015 and vote on the winner.
There was a discussion on developing a Roll Shop Roundup, which was tabled until the next RTC meeting.  
The PRTC mission statement was revised as: “To promote advancement in safe plate rolling, finishing, quality practices, operating technologies and processing through information exchange.”
Eric Thokar discussed the PRTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session, which will be one morning session on Monday titled “Latest Advancements in Plate Rolling.” Blane Vines and Tom Bovalina volunteered to be session chairs.
Charlie Bender will champion the development of the criteria for the Norman Hodgson Outstanding Achievement Award nomination process.
The PRTC AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic was finalized.
Blane Vines reported that the AIST 2015 North American Plate/Steckel Mill Roundup was ready for publication. This roundup was published in the November 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
The AIST Process Benchmarker® Plate Rolling Module has been developed, and producer members are encouraged to input their data.
Eric Thokar discussed Plate Rolling Fundamentals, which will be held in conjunction with Hot Rolling Fundamentals on 21–25 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA. More information about this seminar can be found on pages 148–150 of this issue.
The following individuals gave technical presentations:

  • Roman Pankiw of Duraloy spoke about the history of the company, the facility and what was to be expected during the tour the next day.

  • Neal Fedak of AIM Machinery gave a presentation on capabilities, including a variety of roll shop material handling equip-ment, lifting devices, and plate mill equipment such as centering guides and plate flippers.

  • Kevin Marsden of Whemco gave a presentation on Steckel mill coiling drums, their manufacture and design.

Both groups toured Duraloy Manufacturing in Scottsdale, Pa., and Brownsville Marine in Brownsville, Pa., USA.

1. Corey Ivey (left) and Paul Fleiner (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Roman Pankiw (center) for hosting a tour of Duraloy Manufacturing during the PRTC and RTC joint meeting. 2. Corey Ivey (front, left) and Paul Fleiner (front, right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Joe Kavulic (front, second from left) and Tim Scheib (front, second from right) for hosting the PRTC and RTC tour of Brownsville Marine. 3. The PRTC and RTC were able to launch a new barge.
Blane Vines (right) presented the PRTC service plaque to chair Corey Ivey (left).

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

  • Chair — Corey Ivey, Nucor Steel–Hertford County

  • Vice chair — Blane Vines, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • Papers chair — Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies U.S.A. Holdings Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor in-stand cooling was suggested as a topic for future meetings.

The PRTC met on 18–19 March 2015, Burns Harbor, Ind., USA. Bob Spangler reviewed the PRTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2015.
Eric Thokar reviewed the status of the next Hot Mill/Plate Mill Fundamentals Training Seminar, which will be held on 21–25 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA, and will include a tour of either Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. or Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC.
Ken Landau reviewed the AIST Process Benchmarker® and stressed the importance of all participating mills inputting their data.
Roundtable discussions of safety and performance were also held.

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.

The PRTC met 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.