Technology Committees

Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities

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
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
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.