Technology Committees


Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee Activities

►Past Activities

The TLTC and MHTC met 16 September 2015, Canton, Ohio, USA. The MHTC and TLTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Fall protection for truck loading was the main topic of discussion.
Doug Niksch, education chair for both committees, discussed the 2016 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar, to be held 11–14 April 2016 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. Bridgestone Tire will serve as the host plant. Niksch reviewed the program outline for the conference and noted that a presenter is needed for the trucking regulations topic. George Price of Berg Steel Pipe and Mike Wheatley of Vallourec Star were added to the panel discussion titled “Moving Steel Safely, Effectively, Efficiently.” Members of both the MHTC and TLTC are encouraged to attend and support this training seminar.
The annual Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) Subcommittee joint meeting will take place following the 2016 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar on Thursday morning, 14 April 2016.
Bruce Zimmerman and David Haslar discussed the MHTC’s and TLTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session development. Four abstracts were selected to complete the Tuesday morning session. Additional abstracts will be scheduled for the Wednesday morning session.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Fall Protection at Nucor Steel–Nebraska,” by Mark Petracek of Nucor Steel–Nebraska.

  • “Bulk Loading Program at TimkenSteel,” by Matt Griffith of TimkenSteel Corp.

  • “High-Density Storage at TimkenSteel,” by David Haslar of TimkenSteel Corp.

 
 
The TLTC service plaque was presented to Donnie Spencer (left to right): David Haslar, Spencer, Larry Guinn and Doug Niksch.

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

  • Chair — Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • Vice chair — Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Papers chair — David Haslar, TimkenSteel Corp.

  • Education chair — Doug Niksch, Mi-Jack Products Inc.

  • OTLRSC co-chairs — George Price, Berg Steel Pipe Corp., and Robert Barron, United States Steel Corporation

Meeting Highlights:
The joint MHTC and TLTC fall meeting was discussed. Presentations will be given by representatives from TimkenSteel Corp., United States Steel Corporation and Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
Doug Niksch reviewed the 2016 Material Handling & Transportation Logistics Technology Training Conference program outline. The conference will be held on 11–14 April 2016 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. Bridgestone  Tire will host a tour of its facility. The TLTC and Association of American Railroads joint annual meeting will be held on 14 April.

The TLTC met 4–5 March 2015, Houston, Texas, USA. Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Doug Niksch, TLTC education chair, discussed the TLTC’s 2016 specialty training conference with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC). Presentation topics and tour sites were solicited from the TLTC. The final program outline and tour site will be determined at a meeting to be held at Mi-Jack Products on 18 June 2015.
For its fall 2015 meeting, the TLTC will hold a joint meeting with the MHTC. Presentations will be given by David Haslar, TimkenSteel Corp.; Jon Repp, TimkenSteel Corp.; Robert Barron, United States Steel Corporation; and Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
On Thursday, 5 March, the TLTC held its annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads.

The TLTC met 15–16 October 2015, Washington, D.C., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Dave Haslar, TLTC papers chair, discussed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Two joint sessions were scheduled for AISTech 2015 with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC).

  • Allan Welch, Olympic Steel, will moderate a panel discussion titled “Addressing Challenges Moving Steel,” with the following panelists: Rob Roberson, Nucor Corp.; Mike Wastchak, Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals; Les Iharosy, CN Railway; and Kent Jordan, CRST.

  • Session chairs were nominated.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

Doug Niksch, TLTC education chair, gave an update on a possible joint committee training seminar in 2016 with the MHTC. Presentation topics, tour site venues and timeframe will be decided by both committees during their 2015 winter meetings. Those interested in participating may contact Niksch.
The following presentations were given:

  • “ One Nucor — A New Approach,” by Rob Roberson, Nucor Corp.

  • “ Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs,” by Scott Boos, Alliance for American Manufacturing.

  • “ Congressional Concerns for the American Trucking Association,” by Chris Spear, American Trucking Association.

  • “ Status of Rail Economics” by Adam Parr, Steel Manufacturers Association.

  • “ Water Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and the Highway Trust Fund,” by Jessie Perkins, AISI.

  • “ 2014 Mid-Term Elections Update,” by Anna Ehrich, Nucor Corp.

On Thursday, 16 October 2014, the TLTC met with staff from the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. A reception was hosted by Nucor Corp. that evening.

The TLTC met 5–6 March 2014, Mobile, Ala., USA. The TLTC will hold a joint session with the Material Handling Technology Committee at AISTech 2014 on Tuesday, 6 May, from 2 to 5 p.m. Session chairs were reminded of their responsibilities to contact authors.
Larry Guinn provided an update on the TAG Beam/Slab Securement Subcommittee. George Price discussed Dhatec shipping innovations.
Allan Welch will develop a session on trucking regulations and the DAT for AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Larry Guinn and Doug Niksch will develop a session on shipping logistics and reliability issues.
The TLTC’s fall 2014 meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., on 14–16 October 2015. A visit will be made to U.S. senators’ chiefs of staff who are involved with the U.S. Department of Transportation. A tour of the Surface Transportation Board offices will be scheduled, along with a tour of Monument Park. Representatives from Nucor Steel, United States Steel Corporation, SSAB and the American Iron and Steel Institute will give presentations. Nucor Steel will host a rooftop reception on Thursday evening, 16 October.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR)/AIST annual meeting was reviewed. Donnie Spencer, Larry Guinn and George Price updated the TLTC on AAR rules and standards. The TLTC received AAR docket items to review before the annual meeting.

The PSTMTC met 9–10 October 2013, Indianapolis, Ind., USA
The TLTC abstracts for AISTech 2014 were reviewed. A joint session with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Doug Niksch, education chair, said that this session will be completed by the MHTC. The TLTC also scheduled a panel discussion on Tuesday morning with the tentative title, “Supply Chain Transportation With Safety and Regulations.” Nucor Corp. and The Timken Co. are two producers involved in the panel, and Dave Otte, past TLTC chair, will serve as the panel moderator.
With Dave Otte’s recent retirement, the TLTC elected Dave Haslar as papers chair.
Larry Guinn, TLTC vice chair, gave an update on the Flat Car Beam Securement TAG Subcommittee. Jason Holmes, Nucor Steel–Berkeley, will chair this TAG subcommittee and provide a report at the next TLTC meeting.
Bob Barron, Open Top Loading Rules Committee co-chair, asked the TLTC to provide a meeting agenda from the Association of American Railroads (AAR) before the next annual meeting on Thursday, 6 March 2014 in Mobile, Ala., USA.
Donnie Spencer, TLTC chair, requested that a conference call be scheduled for Friday, 17 February 2014 at 11 a.m. EST to prepare for the joint meeting with the AAR.
Doug Niksch presented a 3D video asking the TLTC to critique the process of safely pre-staging pipe material.
Donnie Spencer recommended another Congressional staff meeting with three U.S. Senators on the Senate Transportation Committee. Martha Gibbons, SSAB; Katie McCall, United States Steel Corporation; and Jennifer Diggins, Nucor Corp., will be contacted by David Otte and Larry Guinn to confirm a meeting scheduled for 15–16 October 2014 in Washington, D.C., USA.
Plant tours of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Engineered Bar Products Div. and Nucor Steel–Indiana took place on Thursday, 10 October 2013.
TMC made a presentation which covered: impact of carrier safety administrator, load securement/driver orientation, length requirements, environmental regulations, greenhouse gas regulations and market considerations.
Next TLTC Meeting:
5–6 March 2014 in Mobile, Ala., USA. There will be a joint meeting with the AAR on Thursday morning, 6 March 2014, followed by a tour of the Port of Mobile in the afternoon. 

The PSTMTC met in Jacksonville, Fla., on 6–7 March 2013. The PSTMTC officers for the 2013–2014 term are: David Otte, chair; Donnie Spencer, vice chair; Larry Guinn, papers chair; and George Price and Robert Barron, Open Top Loading Rules Committee co-chairs. The annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) was held on Thursday, 7 March. Agenda items pertaining to loading rules included pipe shipments, top load shifts and adjustments, adding clamping pieces to steel plate loads, floating load figures, standards on end-bearing piece locations, Rule Figures 124 and 124A, and testing for coil wire loads for Charter Steel. The 2014 joint meeting with the AAR will be held on 7 March 2014 in Mobile, Ala., with a tour of SSAB Mobile. The next PSTMTC meeting will be held on 9–10 October 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind.