Technology Committees


Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee Activities

The SAFTC met 16 March 2017, Mobile, Ala., USA. The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The group then reviewed the SAFTC AISTech 2017 technical sessions and discussed the role of session chair.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the SAFTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
The SAFTC Best Paper Award subcommittee was formed, and consists of SAFTC past chairs Dennis Rodal, Andy Pinskey, Mark Suer and Allen Chan, who will chair the subcommittee. 
Allen Chan reviewed Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar. This conference is discussed on page 331 of this issue. The SAFTC reviewed the success of the conference and offered suggestions for improvement.
A 2018 Specialty Alloy and Foundry Spain Study Tour with the Steel Founders’ Society of America was discussed, to be held in June 2018. John Middleton presented a preliminary agenda, which included the five largest steel producers in Spain, along with a variety of steel foundries.
The fall 2017 SAFTC meeting will be held on 27–28 September 2017 in West Overton, Pa., USA, and the spring 2018 meeting will be held in South Carolina.

The SAFTC met 26–27 October 2016, Westampton, NJ, USA.  The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Calum Learn discussed the SAFTC’s AISTech 2017 technical session development. Ten papers were scheduled. Session chairs were selected, and the roles of papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
Raymond Monroe provided an update on Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar. This conference will be held in Mobile, Ala., USA, on 13–16 March 2017 with Outokumpu as the tour host.
John Middleton reviewed the Specialty Alloy & Foundry Study Tour, which was held in June 2016. The next Specialty Alloy & Foundry Study Tour with the Steel Founders’ Society of America is being planned for June 2018 in Spain. Middleton and Monroe will present a program outline at the next SAFTC meeting.
The SAFTC has agreed to create a best paper award to be given to the best paper presented at AISTech regarding specialty steelmaking or foundry innovations with process improvements. A nominating subcommitee was also created for this award.

The following presentations were given:

  • “Safety on the Furnace Deck,” by Charlie Fink, Inductotherm Corp. 

  • “Tackling Some ‘Kobayashi Maru’s’ in Recycling,” by Dennis Rodal, ELG Haniel Metals.

  • “Iron Castings at American Foundry Society,” by Phillip Harrison, Penumbra Design Studio.

1. Charlie Fink (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented John Middleton (center) with a plaque of appreciation for organizing the first joint study tour between the AIST Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee and the Steel Founders’ Society of America, which took place in northern England in June 2016. 2. Charlie Fink, vice president customer relations and training for Inductotherm Corp., accepts a plaque of appreciation from Andy Pinskey, SAFTC chair, for hosting the SAFTC (left to right): Dennis Rodal, John Middleton, Pinskey, Trevor Shellhammer, Fink, Mark Suer, Raymond Monroe, Phillip Harrison and Garrett Smith.
 
The SAFTC service plaque was presented to Mark Suer
(left to right): Andy Pinskey, Suer and Kevin Ninehouser.

The SAFTC met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Vice chair: Kevin Ninehouser, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Papers chair: Calum Learn, ArcelorMittal Steelton

The SAFTC met 16–17 March 2016, Warrendale, Pa., USA.
The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report in a roundtable discussion, followed by roundtable discussion.
The SAFTC reviewed its AISTech 2016 technical sessions. The roles of session chair and papers chair were discussed, and the session protocol was reviewed.
The SAFTC approved establishing a Best Paper Award. The first award will be presented at AISTech 2017.
Nominations for SAFTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
Allen Chan and Dennis Rodal gave an update on the 2017 Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar.
John Middleton gave an update on the 2016 United Kingdom Study Tour. As of the meeting, 14 SAFTC members were registered. The group will be limited to 20 participants. Those interested in attending should contact Pat Philbin at pphilbin@aist.org.
The following individuals gave presentations:

  • Tom Kasun of ALCOA, “Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment.”

  • Charles Fink of Inductotherm, “Introduction to Induction Furnaces.”

  • Howard Kuhn of America Makes.

  • Diana David of Steel Founders’ Society of America.

The group was given tours of Industrial Gasket & Shim (IGS Industries) and All-Clad on 17 March 2016.

Mark Suer (left), SAFTC chair, and Andy Pinskey (right), SAFTC papers chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Jean Stewart (to the right of Suer) and Bill Groll (to the right of Stewart) of All-Clad, a division of Groupe SEB.
Mark Suer (left) and Andy Pinskey (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Dave Sphar (center), president of IGS Industries. 

The SAFTC met 21–22 October 2015, Bethlehem, Pa., USA. 
The SAFTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Andy Pinskey, papers chair, discussed the SAFTC’s AISTech 2016 technical sessions. Three sessions were scheduled and session chairs were nominated.
Allen Chan and Raymond Monroe discussed the program outline for Secondary Steelmaking Refractories — A Practical Training Seminar and the changes needed for the next training seminar, which is tentatively scheduled for 20–23 February 2017 in Mobile, Ala., USA. The seminar program will be reviewed at the next SAFTC meeting.
John Middleton discussed the 2016 SAFTC and Steel Founders’ Society of America’s England Study Tour, which will be held 19–25 June 2016. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2016. The study tour will be limited to 25 participants. For more information contact Pat Philbin at pphilbin@aist.org.
The following presentations were given:

“Specialty Steelmaking,” by Raymond Monroe of Steel Founders’ Society of America.

“Innovative Refractory Gate Tile Products,” by Richard Kilgore of Schaefer Industrial Ceramics.

“New Refractory Spray Products,” by Aaron Ingalls of Emerald Refractories.

On Thursday, 22 October 2015, the SAFTC toured the Minteq Research Center, Effort Foundry and the ATLASS Lab at Lehigh University.

1. Andy Pinskey (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented Richard Griffin (center), global director R&D, Minteq Research Center, with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of Minteq Research Center. 2. Raymond Monroe (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented Charles Hamburg (center), CEO of Effort Foundry Inc., with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of Effort Foundry on 22 October 2015.
 
 
The SAFTC service plaque was presented to Mark Suer (left to right): Allen Chan, Suer, Tom Kantor and Andy Pinskey.

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

  • Chair — Mark Suer, Special Metals Corp.

  • Vice chair — Tom Kantor, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Papers chair — Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Education chair — Allen Chan, Praxair Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
Allen Chan gave an update on the 2015 Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Training Conference, which was held on 20–23 July 2015 in Monroeville, Pa., USA. He reviewed the program outline and asked SAFTC members to solicit participation in the conference.
A joint study tour with the Steel Founders’ Society will be held on 19–25 June 2016. The delegates will travel to Northern England to visit steel foundries and specialty steelmakers. John Middleton of Multon Process Technologies discussed the program outline. The plans for the study tour will be finalized before the SAFTC’s fall 2015 meeting.

The SAFTC met 25–26 March 2015, Huntsville, Ala., USA. The 2014 and 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities reports were reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The SAFTC finalized its AISTech sessions for Tuesday, 5 May. The roles of session chairs and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
An update was given on Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held on 20–23 July 2015 in Monroeville, Pa., USA. Two new presentations were added to the schedule.
The SAFTC’s fall 2015 meeting was discussed. The meeting will be held on 21–22 October 2015 near Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. John DuPont of Lehigh University will participate in the discussion, and two tours are being planned for the meeting.
A joint study tour will be held between the SAFTC and the Steel Founders’ Society of America. The study tour will be held on 19–25 June 2016 and will include Northern England specialty steel companies and foundry companies. Mike Strelbisky, study tour chair, and John Middleton, Multon Process Technology Ltd., will organize the program for this study tour.

The following presentations were given:

  • “Department of Defense Procurement Programs and Types of End-Use Products,” by Robert J. Olson,  U.S. Army AMRDEC.

  • “EAF and Induction Melting,” by Dominic Varghese, ABP Induction LLC.

  • Ernie Jones gave a presentation on Carpenter Technology Corp. Athens Operations.

  • Ken Hoekstra, Holland Manufacturing Corp., gave a 3D refractory presentation.

The SAFTC met 29–30 October 2014, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Andy Pinskey, 2015 SAFTC papers chair, led the discussion on AISTech 2015 technical session development:
Two sessions are scheduled for the SAFTC.

  • The following SAFTC members were nominated as session chairs: Mark Suer, Tom Kantor, Andy Pinskey, Allen Chan and Kevin Ninehouser.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

The group reviewed the SAFTC’s description for the AISTech 2016 Call for Papers.
Allen Chan, SAFTC education chair, gave an update on the 2015 Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar, to be held on 20–23 July 2015 in Monroeville, Pa., USA. It was noted that the Forging Industry Association (FIA) is interested in promoting the conference to its members.
Chan also discussed the Specialty Alloy and Foundry Roundup, and will present a list of parameters to be approved at the SAFTC’s March 2015 meeting. 
The following individuals gave presentations:

  • Greg Lance, Hysitron, discussed the testing of nanomaterials.
    Carola Sekreter, FIA, gave an overview of the FIA, a worldwide association comprised of approximately 200 member companies.   

  • Kevin Ninehouser, Latrobe Specialty Steel, presented a case study involving stress cracking in large-diameter alloy steel ingots/electrodes.   

  • Jim Zelasko, Microtrac, discussed 3D particle imaging.  

On Thursday, 30 October 2014, the SAFTC was given a tour of Lincoln Electric Welding Co. The tour included a company overview, safety review, machine division tour, consumable division tour, and a question-and-answer session. 

The SAFTC met on 19–20 March 2014, Huntington, W.Va., USA. Tom Kantor, SAFTC papers chair, reviewed the SAFTC sessions at AISTech 2014. Session chairs were reminded to register, read papers and contact authors.
Nominations of SAFTC officers took place during the SAFTC meeting at AISTech in May.
Presentations given during the meeting included:

“Engineering Products for the Steel Industry,” Mike Barraclough, Hammers Industries.
“Thermite Reduction,” Mike Sullivan, Ironmasters LLC.
“3D Printing and Advanced Manufacturing,” Dennis Jarvis, Robert C. Byrd Institute.
“Combustible Dust Extraction,” Joe Flinn, ENGLO.
“Carbon — Carbon Composites for Molten Metals Processing,” Matt Ostrofsky, Carlise.

The SAFTC toured the Museum of Radio & Technology Inc., Richwood Investment Castings Inc., High Performance Heat Treating and Special Metals.

The SAFTC met on 12–13 November 2013, Birmingham, Ala., USA. Tom Kantor, SAFTC papers chair, reviewed the sessions for AISTech 2014. The SAFTC has scheduled two sessions on Tuesday, 6 May. Session chairs were selected.
The AIST Modern Electric Furnace Steelmaking Training Seminar is to be held on 3–7 February 2014 in Birmingham, Ala., USA. There was discussion on the lack of concentration on Specialty Steelmaking, and it was decided to look into reverting to the former stand-alone Specialty Steelmaking Training Seminar for 2015.  Inclusion of induction melting was suggested, and a conference call for further discussion was planned for 10 December 2013.  
The SAFTC enjoyed a plant tour of American Cast Iron Pipe Co.
An evening reception was held at the Vulcan Park and Museum, along with a presentation on non-destructive testing by Resonant Acoustic Inspection.
SAFTC members were able to attend a joint meeting with the Southern Division of the Steel Founders’ Society of America (SFSA) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on Wednesday, 13 November. The host was Charles Monroe, and the meeting included presentations by SFSA executive vice president Raymond Monroe and John Griffin. Also included was a tour of the Materials Processing and Applications Development (MPAD) Center, and presentations by UAB students.

The SAFTC met on 24–25 October 2012 in Hershey, Pa. The committee was taken on three plant tours. David Yopconka, plant manager, McConway & Torley LLC, led the morning tour for the committee. In the afternoon, Warren Bieger, chief executive officer, Frog, Switch & Manufacturing Co., conducted a tour of his facility. The final tour was at Pennsylvania Precision & Cast Parts Co., which concluded a full day of touring steel and foundry operations.
Mark Suer presented the lineup of papers that will be given in two sessions at AISTech 2013. The joint Electric Steelmaking and Specialty Steelmaking Training Seminar program, which will take place in February 2013, was discussed. Two tours of CMC Steel Arizona are planned for this seminar. Presentations included, “Modeling of Castings,” by Dr. Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa, who gave an overview of his work in the modeling of ingot casting, sand casting and continuous casting; “Specialty Steelmaking Benchmarking Module,” by Jeralyn Brown (Management Science Associates Inc.), demonstrating the new AIST Process Benchmarker; and “Special Refractories for Specialty Metallurgy,” by Howard Lowenstein (Holland Manfacturing), which highlighted refractory solutions for specialty steel melting. The next SAFTC meeting will be held on Wednesday, 6 February 2013 during the joint training seminar in Arizona.

The Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee (SAFTC) met on Tuesday, 8 May 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. The SAFTC officers for 2012–2013 are: Mark Rodney, chair; Andy Pinskey, vice chair; Mark Suer, papers chair; and Allen Chan, education chair. The 2012 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was reviewed. Discussions included recent incidents in India (blast furnace) and Europe (heating furnace). Chan reviewed the program outline for the 2013 joint EAF and Specialty Steelmaking Training Seminar on 4–8 February 2013 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The host plant will be CMC Steel Arizona.

The next SAFTC meeting is scheduled for 24–25 October 2012 near Grantville, Pa. Tour sites selected are McConway Foundry, Regal Cast, PA Precision and aluminum caster Boose. Mark Rodney has contacted Prof.Christoph Beckermann of the University of Iowa as a guest speaker, along with reaching out to American Foundry Society members to participate in this meeting. A potential joint session with the Refractory Systems Technology Committee for AISTech 2013 was discussed, with Raymond Monroe presenting a paper on Foundry Refractories.