Technology Committees

Plate Rolling Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities
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.