Technology Committees


Rod & Bar Rolling Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities

The RBRTC met 22 February 2016, San Anotnio, Texas, USA. The RBRTC reviewed the 2015–2016 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics were reviewed, followed by an off-the-record safety roundtable discussion.
AISTech sessions were finalized, with two papers added to the Tuesday afternoon session. Mill efficiency was selected to be the topic for the Rod & Bar Rolling panel discussion.
RBRTC officers were nominated for the 2016–2017 term.
The 2016 AIST Rod and Bar Mill Roundup was reviewed. Revisions need to be made by the next RBRTC meeting to meet the publication deadline.
A Rod and Bar Study Tour Subcommittee was created to begin planning a study tour in Europe.
The RBRTC’s fall meeting will be held on 21–22 September 2016, with Charter Steel – Saukville serving as host plant.
The next Rod and Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar will be held in February 2017 in Cartersville, Ga., USA, with Gerdau Long Steel North America Cartersville Mill serving as host plant. 

The RBRTC met 23–24 September 2015, Norfolk, Neb., USA. The RBRTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. 
Rod and Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar, to be held 22–25 February 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, was discussed. CMC Steel Texas will serve as the host plant. More information on this seminar can be found on pages 152–153 of this issue.
Gary Henderson, RBRTC papers chair, reviewed the RBRTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session layout. A full RBRTC ses-sion has been scheduled, along with a panel discussion for the Wednesday morning session. Bob Greuter will serve as moderator. Session chairs were selected.
The following individuals gave presentations:

  • Mario Fabro of SMS group discussed a recent project at Gerdau Long Steel North America Midlothian Mill.

  • Derek Voight of Nucor Steel–Nebraska gave an overview of the plant.

  • Vanja Ubovic of Charter Steel – Saukville presented “Water Box Shifting.”

  • Kevin Barbee of Danieli Corp. presented “New Spindle Support Design.”

Tracy Schutz (left), RBRTC vice chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Matt Blitch (right), rolling mill manager of Nucor Steel–Nebraska and RBRTC chair, for hosting the RBRTC’s tour of Nucor Steel–Nebraska.
 
 
Matt Blitch was presented with the RBRTC service plaque (left to right): Tracy Schutz, Blitch (RBRTC chair) and Gary Henderson.

The RBRTC met 5 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Matt Blitch, Nucor Steel–Nebraska

  • Vice chair — Tracy Schutz, Nucor Steel Seattle Inc.

  • Papers chair — Gary Henderson, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Education co-chairs — Bob Greuter and Kevin Barbee, Danieli Corp.

  • Members chair — Derek Voight, Nucor Steel–Nebraska

  • APB® co-chairs — Jeff Richards, Charter Steel – Saukville, and John Sadler, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor

  • Rod & Bar Rolling Roundup chair — Joe Kennedy, Quad Engineering Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
The 2016 Rod & Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. Ty Hall, past RBRTC chair, will be the keynote speaker. The conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on 22–25 February 2016, with CMC Steel Texas serving as plant host.
The status of the APB Rod & Bar Rolling module  was reviewed. Module  parameters and the confirmed module listing  will be finalized, and an update will be provided at the RBRTC’s fall 2015 meeting. Also at the fall meeting, the following presentations will be given:

  • “Gerdau Midlothian project,” by Mario Fabro of SMS Group.

  • “Nucor Nebraska overview,” by Derek Voight of Nucor Steel–Nebraska.

  • “Water Box Shifting,” by Jeff Richards of Charter Steel – Saukville.

  • “New Spindle Support Design,” by Kevin Barbee of Danieli Corp.

The RBRTC met 23 February 2015, Charleston, S.C., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. 
The RBRTC finalized its technical sessions for AISTech 2015 in a discussion led by Gary Henderson, RBRTC papers chair.
Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Joe Kennedy gave an update on the Rod, Bar and Long Products Roundup. He requested RBRTC members to review the data and make any necessary revisions.
An update was given on the RBRTC’s AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) module. The committee reviewed and confirmed its module parameters. Jeff Richards will conduct a final review for creation of the module.
The 2016 Rod and Bar Rolling Training Conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on 22–25 February 2016. CMC Steel Texas will serve as plant host, and Ty Hall, past RBRTC chair, will be the keynote speaker.
The RBRTC scheduled its fall 2015 meeting for 23–24 September, with Nucor Steel–Nebraska serving as host. Presentations will be given by Mario Fabro of SMS group, Jerry Herrmann of Nucor Steel–Berkeley, Derek Voight of Nucor Steel–Nebraska, Jeff Richards of Charter Steel – Saukville and Kevin Barbee of Danieli Corp. 

The RBRTC met 25–26 September 2014, Gary, Ind., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Gary Henderson, RBRTC papers chair, discussed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Thirteen abstracts were selected for AISTech 2015. The RBRTC will schedule Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Tuesday afternoon sessions. 

  • Abstracts will be submitted by Andritz Metals Inc. and Nucor Steel–Hertford County for the Wire Rod Rolling session. 

  • Session chairs were selected.

Derek Voight, Nucor Steel–Nebraska, was nominated as the RBRTC membership chair.
oe Kennedy gave an update on the revisions being made to rolling mill sections of The Making, Shaping and Treating of Steel®. Those interested in participating in the revision process should contact Kennedy. 
Kennedy then gave an update on the AIST Rod and Bar Rolling Roundup. The roundup’s parameters will be revised and presented to the RBRTC for approval at its February 2015 meeting. 
The AIST Rod and Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar will be held on 23–26 February 2015 in Charleston, S.C., USA.
The following presentations were given:

  • "SBQ Mill Surface Defects in Europe,” by Mario Fabro.

  • "ArcelorMittal East Chicago Rolling Mill Upgrade,” by Mike Finan.

  • "Bar Code Identification of SDI Bars,” by Dave Anderson.

The RBRTC met 27 February 2014, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Tracy Schutz, RBRTC papers chair, discussed the five RBRTC sessions at AISTech 2014 and reminded session chairs of their responsibilities. RBRTC members were encouraged to participate at the AISTech 2014 Technology Committee Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall.
Bob Greuter reviewed the 2014 Rod and Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar. This year’s seminar had 90 attendees, which demonstrated a steady trend of between 80 and 95 attendees each of the four times this seminar has been held.
The 2015 Rod and Bar Rolling conference will be held in Charleston, S.C., USA, on 23–26 February. In 2016, the conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, on 22–25 February.
The RBRTC’s fall 2014 meeting will be held on 24–25 September, with ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor serving as host plant. Presentations for this meeting will include:

  • "High Load Mill Stand Improvements at Nucor Steel–Berkeley,” by Jerry Herrmann and Kevin Barbee.

  • "A New Water Treatment for the Greenfield Mill at AHMSA Monclova,” by Steve Pegg.

  • "Timken Faircrest In-Line Forge Press,” by Aaron Dillon.

  • "SBQ Mill Surface Defects in Europe,” by Mario Fabro. 

  • "RBRTC members interested in giving a presentation at the September meeting should contact Matt Blitch.

The RBRTC met 25–26 September 2013, Portland, Ore., USA. Tracy Schutz, RBRTC papers chair, discussed the abstracts submitted for AISTech 2014. Twenty-four papers were selected, as well as session topics. The RBRTC’s goal is to develop a full AISTech 2014 paper schedule. Fifteen RBRTC members were selected as session chairs.
Bob Greuter, RBRTC education chair, discussed the 2014 Rod and Bar Rolling Training Seminar, to be held 24–27 February 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Jerry Herrmann, RBRTC APB and roundup chair, discussed the Canada and U.S. Rod, Bar and Long Products Roundup and talked about expanding the roundup to North America. RBRTC members should contact Herrmann to add their companies’ rolling mill statistics to the roundup.
The RBRTC nominated Bob Greuter, Danieli Corp., for the AIST Distinguished Member and Fellow Award.
Presentations were given by Steve Boyles, Mario Fabro and Tom Campbell.

The RBRTC met in Columbia, S.C., during the AIST Rod and Bar Rolling Training Seminar on Monday, 25 February 2013, to finalize the 2013 North American Rod and Bar Roundup. Jerry Herrmann, RBRTC APB/roundup chair, presented the 21 parameters that were developed for publication of the roundup in the August 2013 issue of Iron & Steel Technology. The committee met after the plant tour of CMC South Carolina on Thursday afternoon, 28 February. The RBRTC officer elections for the 2013–2014 term are: Dan Davies, chair; Matt Blitch, vice chair; Tracy Schutz, papers chair; Jacob Selzer, members chair; Bob Greuter and Kevin Barbee, education co-chairs; Jerry Herrmann, roundup chair; and Gary Henderson, APB chair. The RBRTC’s fall 2013 meeting will include a tour of Cascade Steel in Portland, Ore., on 25–26 September 2013.

The Rod & Bar Rolling Technology Committee (RBRTC) met on 26–27 September in Cambridge, Ont., Canada. Silvio Lemos, vice president/general manager of Gerdau Cambridge, welcomed the committee and hosted a plant tour of the rolling mill at Gerdau Cambridge. Bob Greuter, RBRTC education chair, provided an update on the third annual Rod and Bar Rolling — A Practical Training Seminar, which is scheduled for 25–28 February 2013 in Columbia, S.C. CMC South Carolina will be the host plant. The meeting’s safety discussion covered mobile phone usage, wrenches versus impact/hydraulic tools for mill adjustments and automatic crane stops to prevent collisions. Eleven paper abstracts were selected for AISTech 2013. Jerry Herrmann, RBRTC APB chair, reviewed the Rod and Bar Rolling Roundup. Revisions were made to the Roundup categories for publication in fall 2013. Joe Kennedy, of Quad Engineering, provided a mill listing for possible plant additions to this Roundup. Presentations included, “Reheat Furnace Improvements,” by Ty Hall, and “Roll Cooling Strategies,” by Jerry Herrmann. These presentations are available in the Members Only section on AIST.org. The next RBRTC meeting will be held on Monday, 25 February in Columbia, S.C. Presentations will include, “Guarding Practices at Nucor Utah,” by Doug Fuhriman; “Roll Spring Repeatability at Nucor Berkeley,” by Jerry Herrmann; “Finishing Mill Electrical Upgrade at Nucor Seattle,” by Larry Dalke; and “Rolling With R Factors,” by Joe Kennedy.