Technology Committees

Rolls Technology Committee Activities

22–23 January 2014, Memphis, Tenn., USA - Kalyan Kahn of United States Steel Corporation and Homero Ortiz of ArcelorMittal reviewed the session layout for AISTech 2014. There will be two RTC sessions, one on Monday afternoon and the other on Tuesday afternoon, both of which are full. The responsibilities of the session chairs before and during the conference were explained.
Nominations for committee leadership, which will be elected during the RTC meeting at AISTech, were discussed and agreed upon. The 2014 Rolls Technology Award for Best Paper was selected.

The following presentations were given:
  •   “Measuring Roll Coolant Spray Profiles on Rolls,” Ed Schaming of Schaming Innovations.
  •   “Total Cost of Ownership Model for Rolling Mill Rolls,” Jim Slawinski of Akers Rolls.
  •   “Spraying Systems,” Christy Winstead of Spraying Systems.

The RTC met 17–18 September 2013, Worcester, Mass., USA - Kalyan Khan of United States Steel Corporation led a discussion on the RTC sessions for AISTech 2014. Papers were solicited from those in attendance, while a number of RTC members volunteered to be session chairs.
Lydia Stromei of Pomini Tenova gave a summary of the AIST Italy Steel Forum.
The impact of hexavalent chrome on the environment and the legislation surrounding this topic were discussed. The RTC held four joint presentations with the Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee on the second day.
The RTC was then given a tour of both the Siemens Morgan Manufacturing facility, where Morgoil bearings are manufactured, and the Norton Abrasives factory.

The RTC and TETC had a joint meeting 15–16 January 2013 in Concord, Calif. - Kalyan Khan of United States Steel Corporation reviewed the Rolls session layout for AISTech 2013. The AISTech 2014 Call for Papers’ RTC text was reviewed and finalized. The 2013–2014 RTC officer nominations were discussed, with elections to take place during the next RTC meeting at AISTech. A roundtable discussion took place, with each of the attendees discussing safety at their facility. Dwain Hultberg of Ohio Coatings had a presentation entitled, “Tinplate — Relationship Between Performance and Surface Preparation,” which Gary Lombardo of MacDermid presented in his absence. Chris Hrizo of Whemco presented, “Rolls Used for Flat Rolling.” Both of the presentations are available to RTC and TETC members in the Members Only section at
USS-Posco hosted a tour of its facility on Wednesday, 16  January. The next RTC meeting will be held on Tuesday,
7 May 2013, and the next TETC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 8 May 2013. Both meetings will take place in Pittsburgh, Pa., during AISTech 2013.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met on 11–12 September 2012 in Ford City, Pa., - with 29 attendees. The RTC chair, Ray Schleiden of United Rolls, opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bryan Hernandez of Lehigh Heavy Forge volunteered to take the meeting minutes. After a safety roundtable discussion, Kalyan Khan of United States Steel Corporation discussed the RTC sessions for AISTech 2013. The initial session layout was agreed upon, and volunteers were accepted as session chairs. Khan then asked for volunteers to review the five nominations for the 2013 Rolls Technology Award for Best Paper. Tony Payling of Sarclad reviewed the previous meeting attendance to analyze the committee’s progress in attracting more participation. His data indicates that the attendance has been increasing since 2011, and that interesting tours and meeting topics are key factors in this growth trend. The meeting discussion topic focused on eddy current testing and systems, with presentations by Mario Plecher of Herkules, Tom Potts of T.S.T.D., Francesco Auteri of Tenova Pomini, Mr. Payling, and Art Pilkington of CamberPro. The next meeting is scheduled for 15–16 January 2013 in Concord, Calif., with USS-POSCO hosting the tour. This will be a joint meeting with the Tinplate & Electrogalvanizing Technology Committee to share knowledge and experiences between the two committees.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met at AISTech in Atlanta, Ga., on 8 May 2012. Bob Bennett of Nucor Steel opened the meeting. The 2012 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed, which led to a discussion about personal safety both at the mill and at home. Tony Payling advised the committee of a forklift accident that was not on the report. The RTC leadership for 2012–2013 is: Ray Schleiden of United Rolls, chair; Dave Trikones of ArcelorMittal, vice chair; and Kalyan Khan of United States Steel Corporation, papers chair. Dr. Kahn presented the Roll Technology Best Paper Award to John Cahill, Aislan Costa and Peter Jackson from ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor for their paper entitled, “Rolls Consumption Reduction at ArcelorMittal 80-Inch Burns Harbor Hot Strip Mill Through Grinding Practices and Mill Stability Improvements.” The next RTC meeting is scheduled for 11–12 September 2012, with a focus on eddy current testing. This meeting will include a tour of the Herkules North America facility in Ford City, Pa.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met in Ontario, Calif., on 17–18 January 2012. Bill Bennett of Nucor Corp. opened the meeting, welcomed all the attendees and thanked California Steel for hosting the meeting. Dave Trikones of ArcelorMittal Weirton volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The AIST Antitrust Guidelines were reviewed and all in attendance agreed to abide by them. Tony Payling of Sarclad NA reviewed the past attendance of each RTC member. He proposed that a letter be sent by the current RTC chair, Bob Bennett, to all the members who have not attended recently to see if they are still interested in being members of the committee. The minutes from the 20–21 September 2011 meeting at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering were reviewed and approved as written. Kalyan Khan of United States Steel Corporation reviewed the RTC session status for AISTech 2012, and the session chairs were reminded of their chair responsibilities. Khan then nominated the RTC 2011 Best Paper, which will be announced at the meeting during AISTech 2012. The AISTech 2013 Call for Papers topic was approved as: “Roll manufacturing and roll shop safety, innovative roll manufacturing and roll testing, roll maintenance and inspection practices, roll use in the ferrous and non-ferrous industries including pinch rolls, roll performance improvements, the relationship between rolls and product attributes (profile, flatness, surface, etc.), roll surface defects and their effect on sheet quality, and opportunities to reduce environmental footprint.”
Herb Spenser of Radiac Abrasives gave a presentation on grinding wheel technology. Mike Olson of California Steel gave an overview of the roll shop and mill at California Steel. Bennett thanked everyone for attending and California Steel for hosting the meeting. The committee toured the hot strip mill and roll shop at California Steel. The next RTC meeting will be Tuesday, 8 May 2012 during AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met on 20–21 September 2011 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. To begin the meeting, Bob Bennett of Nucor Corp. welcomed everyone and asked all the attendees to introduce themselves. Dave Trikones of ArcelorMittal Weirton volunteered to take the meeting minutes. The meeting minutes from the 3 May 2011 RTC meeting at AISTech were reviewed and approved as written. Jerry Bunnell of ArcelorMittal Cleveland reviewed their roll shop safety activities, which led into an open discussion. Professors Isaac Garcia and Anthony DeArdo gave a tour of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. The professors then gave three technical presentations. “Ferrous Physical Metallurgy Program at the University of Pittsburgh” described the opportunities for young metallurgists and internships at the university and included two students’ perspectives of the program and their passion for metallurgy, as well as their internship experiences at Nucor and Lockheed Martin. “Current Status and Future Challenges” told how advanced high-strength steels will challenge North American roll manufacturers. “FEM Analysis in Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Materials” highlighted the phase identification of metals based on electron backscatter diffraction – image quality multiphase analysis. Mr. Bennett presented a plaque to professors Garcia and DeArdo and the university for hosting the RTC meeting. Kalyan Khan from the United States Steel Corporation led the selection of abstracts for AISTech 2012. Collectively, the committee chose enough abstracts to have three sessions, and session chairs were also identified. Hard copies of the nominated papers for the RTC AISTech 2011 Best of Session Paper Award were passed out for evaluation. The next RTC meeting is scheduled for 17–18 January 2012 at California Steel Industries, with a meeting focus on roll shop environmental issues.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met on 3 May 2011 at AISTech in Indianapolis, Ind. John Ballani of BRC International welcomed everyone to the meeting and had them introduce themselves. Dave Trikones of ArcelorMittal Weirton volunteered to take the meeting minutes. Ballani reviewed the AIST Antitrust Guidelines and everyone agreed to abide by them. There was a review of the previous meeting minutes, and they were approved as written. The committee elected their officers for the 2011–2012 term: Bob Bennett of Nucor Steel – Indiana, chair; Ray Schleiden, vice chair; and Kalyan Khan of U. S. Steel, papers chair. The committee mission statement was reviewed and approved without changes to read: “The Rolls Technology Committee will aspire to improve the understanding of all aspects of rolls, including roll usage, roll metallurgy, roll manufacturing, roll shop operations and safety, and roll preparation and roll inspection. The committee will achieve these goals by organizing seminars, symposiums and tours, creating literature and providing a forum for discussion and networking.” The 2011 Rolls Technology Award for Best Paper was awarded to Yuli Liu, Jian Fan and Mike Levick of Quad Engineering Inc., for their paper entitled, “Mechanical Study for Reducing Shell/Core Bond Separation of Duplex Cast Work Rolls for a Hot Strip Mill.” Yuli Liu was present to accept the award. Bob Bennett presented the outgoing chair plaque to John Ballani for his outstanding service to the committee as chair this past year. The fall 2011 meeting is scheduled for 20–21 September 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pa., which will include a tour of the University of Pittsburgh.

The HSRTC, the MRTC and the Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) held a three-in-one-joint meeting on 26 Jan in Mobile, Ala., with a total attendance of 115. The joint meeting started with a safety presentation by Bernie Quinn of AM Health and Safety Inc. Jay Ondrovic of Nucor Steel then gave a presentation on the operator’s role in reliability. John Ballani and Tom Weiler led a discussion on Technology Committee best practices. The Reliability Achievement Awards were presented. The Gold Award was presented to Jeffrey Kroner of USS POSCO Industries for their implementation of a combustion reliability program within the framework of an established reliability-based improvement model, the Silver Award was presented to Scott Piech of ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor for the implementation of the WCER (World-Class Equipment Reliability Program) on the finishing stands of the hot strip mill, and the Bronze Award was presented to Tim Kuzmicky of USS POSCO Industries for their implementation of a spares consolidation process and facility modifications. Francesco Auteri of Pomini presented the new Pomini roll shop at the ThyssenKrupp Steel hot strip mill. Scott Posey of ThyssenKrupp presented an overview of their new facility. On Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011, all three committees toured the newest ThyssenKrupp facility.
The RTC held a separate meeting Thursday, 27 Jan 2011 following the three-in-one joint committee meeting. As one of the committees that took the lead in organizing the three-in-one meeting, they began with a discussion on the value of this combined meeting and tour. The general consensus was that it worked well and gave the opportunity for networking, learning what practices are working for other committees and sharing what has worked within their own committee. This was followed by a discussion on the RTC sessions for AISTech 2011, including an update on their joint session, identifying session chairs and expectations for these chairs, and finalizing their panel discussion. They then reviewed the topics for their Call for Papers for AISTech 2012 and decided to leave them as is since they still serve their purpose. This was followed by a technical presentation on “Differences Between Sealed and Non-Sealed Bearings” by Walt Kusnier and a presentation on “Environmentally Friendly Ways to Dispose of Grinder Sludge” by Joe Porter. Following the presentations, attendees held a general discussion on future RTC activities before adjourning.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met Sept. 22–23 in Merrillville, Ind. Bob Bennett welcomed everyone to the meeting and initiated discussion on committee membership. Tony Payling reported that he will review the geographic distribution of the committee and develop a plan for increasing participation. The meeting discussion began with a roundtable safety discussion, where members shared information on accidents, best practices and an initiative to provide a training site for newer roll shop managers. During this discussion, information was shared on the development of a hazard recognition program and a card that is given to employees to assist in this program. There was also discussion on best methods for handling spalled rolls and ways to prevent injuries from their handling. Homero Ortiz then provided an overview of the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor plate mill, which the members would tour the following day. The committee then developed their sessions for AISTech 2011, identified session topics and chairs, and planned for a roundtable discussion on roll safety.

On Tuesday, May 4, the Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) held a meeting at AISTech in Pittsburgh, Pa. The meeting began with discussion of their mission statement, which they agreed was still appropriate as written. Having programmed several joint sessions this year, the RTC thought this had a positive impact on the quality and attendance at their sessions. After they held the election of RTC officers for the coming year, they reviewed their procedure for identifying the paper for their Best Paper Award. They also planned to set up a meeting with the Safety & Health Technology Committee to establish a method for reporting corrective actions on safety issues. Tentative plans were made for a fall meeting. Before closing the meeting, John Ballani presented the outgoing chair, Jerry Bunnell, with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the committee.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met on Jan. 27–28 in Golden, Colo., at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. David Matlock and Dr. John Speer welcomed everyone and provided an overview of the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center (ASPPRC). The committee’s first order of business was to finalize their sessions for AISTech 2010. They continued some work on a joint session they are planning with the Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee that will conclude with a panel discussion focusing on the future of hexavalent chromium and the impact on the industry if its use for plating rolls becomes restricted or eliminated. The RTC also reviewed the status of a joint session they will offer with the Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee. Their plan is to conclude their paper sessions with another panel discussion on roll inspection systems. They then identified topics to focus on for the AISTech 2011 Call for Abstracts. The RTC continues to explore the possibility of developing a Specialty Training Conference, possibly one that would relate to roll shop safety. This led into a discussion on safety, and the RTC made a plan for the committee leadership to meet with representatives from the Safety & Health Technology Committee to develop a means to communicate corrective actions. After these discussions, technical presentations were made to the committee, with time for a question-and-answer period. These presentations included Dr. Emmanuel DeMoor on “Trends in the Development of New High-Strength Steel Grades for Automotive Applications,” Alexander Hudgins on “Shear Failures in Bending of Advanced High-Strength Steels,” Grant Thomas on “Quenched and Partitioned (Q&P) Steels Produced via Direct Hot Rolling,” Nika Muckelroy on “Microstructure and Mechanical Properties Comparison of Direct Quenched Versus Conventional Quenched and Tempered Plate,” and Myra Dyer on “A Study of Microalloy Precipitation in Hot Charged Slabs.” The next day included a tour of Golden Aluminum, where attendees saw aluminum being processed from scrap through the final product. There was plenty of time in the roll shop to discuss the company’s roll practices and experiences.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met at Nucor Steel–Indiana in Crawfordsville, Ind., on Oct. 13–14. Committee chair Jerry Bunnell of ArcelorMittal welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for attending. He then led the group in a round table discussion on safety, particularly as it pertained to roll shops. The RTC then toured Nucor’s Castrip facility and had the opportunity to observe the process in operation and talk to the crew. After the tour, Mark Schlichting of Nucor Indiana gave a presentation on the Castrip process. A discussion followed on getting additional members on the committee. The RTC then toured the hot mill and the roll shop. After this tour, they started planning their sessions for AISTech 2010. They reviewed available abstracts and developed several session topics. From here, they identified additional papers they could bring to the topic and also tie in with a couple of panel discussions. The RTC planned one whole day of sessions based on discussion on the future use of chromium from chrome plating rolls, and decided to pursue a joint session with the Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee. After their sessions were planned, the RTC discussed the possibility of developing a Specialty Training Conference focusing on roll shop safety and decided to continue this discussion at their next meeting. Mr. Bunnell presented a plaque of appreciation to Bob Bennett for arranging and hosting the meeting and tours.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met on May 5 in conjunction with AISTech 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. They began the meeting with the election of officers for the upcoming year, and elected Jerry Bunnell as chair, John Ballani as vice chair and Kalyan Khan as papers chair. This was followed by a review of the RTC mission statement, which will remain as is. The RTC then held a review of their AISTech sessions to date, and the general consensus was that the papers and discussions were very good. The committee has an award for best paper, and they reviewed the criteria and selection process for the award. They also discussed committee membership and methods to attract new members and increase committee participation. They then discussed plans for their meeting in September, including topics for technical presentations and their preferred tour facility.

The Rolls Technology Committee (RTC) met Jan. 13 in Florence, Ind. Tony Payling welcomed everyone to the meeting. Discussion was held on committee membership and contacts that were being made to encourage participation. The RTC then worked on finalizing their sessions for AISTech 2009. Continuing their focus on safety, they finalized their session on “Roll Shop Safety” and decided to make their third session a panel discussion on “Safety Issues in the Roll Shop,” covering all areas from materials and equipment through handling and processing. Additional session chairs were identified, and the chairs’ responsibilities were discussed, including personal contacts with the presenters prior to the conference. For the AISTech 2010 Call for Papers, the RTC decided to solicit papers on additional types of rolls, including pinch rolls. This discussion was followed with a technical presentation from Eric Almquist on “Roll Grinding Using Abrasive Belts.” Although the committee had been discussing a meeting in Europe, it was decided to wait until 2010 to plan. The next two RTC meetings will be at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis and at Nucor Steel–Indiana. Bobby Heinz and Jay Richter of Gallatin Steel then explained the logistics and route for the tour of Gallatin that day. The RTC toured the caster, tunnel furnaces, roll shop and the hot mill.