Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee Activities
The PSTMTC met in Washington, D.C., on 15–16 October 2014.
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.
5–6 March, 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 proposed to change its name to the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee (TLTC) to better identify the group and to promote truck industry participation. In accordance with AIST Technology Committee guidelines and bylaws, voting took place at the committee, Technology Division and Technology Council levels, resulting in the decision to change the name. The TLTC will retain the same executive committee as the PSTMTC, with David Otte, SSAB Iowa Inc., serving as chair; Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., serving as vice chair; and Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkely, serving as papers chair.
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.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met in Washington, D.C., on 10–11 October 2012. A review of the 2012 Steel Industry Fatalities Report was followed by a safety roundtable discussion. The next PSTMTC meeting will address trucking qualifications that pertain to trucker safety training. Presentations included, “Transportation and Infrastructure,” by Jessie Perkins, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI); “Hours of Service — Regulation and Appeal Status,” by Martha Gibbons, SSAB; “Waterway Transportation,” by Katie McCall, United States Steel Corporation; and “Election Outlook — 10 October 2012,” by Laura Hylden, AISI. An evening rooftop reception was hosted by Nucor Corp.
The PSTMTC enjoyed three congressional staff meetings on Capitol Hill. The offices of Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Sen. Jay Rockerfeller, D-W.Va.; and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, provided valuable insight into congressional policy and practices. Three PSTMTC members were selected to lead the questioning for the PSTMTC: Joe Garofalo, The Timken Co.; David Otte, SSAB; and George Price, Berg Steel Pipe. The next PSTMTC meeting will be held on 6–7 March 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla. Part of this meeting will be the annual joint meeting with the Association of American Railroads.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on Wednesday, 9 May 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. The PSTMTC officers for the 2012–2013 term will be: Larry Guinn, chair; Richard Montano, vice chair; Dave Otte, papers chair; Doug Niksch, education chair; George Price and Terry Onufer, OTLRC-TAG co-chairs. Doug Niksch reviewed the 2012 Safety and Health Conference — A Critical Focus With Material Handling, which will be held on 28–30 August in Indianapolis, Ind. Steel Dynamics Inc. – Pittsboro will be the host plant.
The next PSTMTC meeting will be held on 10–11 October in Washington, D.C., with presentations regarding governmental regulations and new programs. A congressional aide visit will also be planned.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met in Charleston, S.C., on 7–8 March. There were 22 members in attendance. After reviewing the 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities report, the committee conducted a safety roundtable discussion. Truck driver safety with regard to load securement procedures will be a theme for the fall PSTMTC meeting. Doug Niksch, education chair, presented the possibility of a joint committee meeting in the fall with a tour of the Panama Canal in Panama City, Panama. A survey will be sent to committee members to see if there is any interest in touring the Panama Canal Expansion Project.
Terry Onufer, United States Steel Corporation, presented, “New Load Securement Methodology for Steel Pipes in Gondolas.” This presentation was also made to the American Association of Railroads (AAR). Martha Gibbons, SSAB Americas, and Katie McCall, United States Steel Corporation, discussed the following governmental issues: Transportation Laws Highway Bill, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, the Keystone Pipeline Project, and indemnification law at the state level. The committee decided to schedule a government regulation update agenda item each year before the joint annual meeting with the AAR. The following day was the annual committee meeting with the AAR. The Open Top Loading Rules Committee discussed pipe load securement requirements, non-metallic strapping, and past and future trials of pipe shipments. The next PSTMTC meeting will be on Wednesday, 9 May at AISTech 2012 in Atlanta, Ga.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on 3 May 2011 in Indianapolis, Ind. Current PSTMTC membership is at 31 members. The 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics were reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Newly elected PSTMTC officers were confirmed: Dave Haslar, chair; Larry Guinn, vice chair; Richard Montano, papers chair; Doug Niksch, education chair; and George Price and Terry Onufer, OTLRC-TAG co-chairs. Doug Niksch updated the group on the 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar on 4–6 October 2011 in Burr Ridge, Ill., organized jointly with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC). The next PSTMTC meeting will be a joint meeting with the MHTC. An American Society for Testing and Materials representative will make a presentation along with an update from the Association of American Railroads. Those interested in making a presentation during this joint committee meeting on 4 October 2011 should contact Dave Haslar at firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 August 2011.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on 9–10 March 2011 in Ontario, Calif. Dave Haslar welcomed 15 PSTMTC members in attendance. Current committee membership is at 32 members. The committee reviewed the 2010 and 2011 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics presented by the Safety & Health Technology Committee. Gregg Bond of The Timken Co. and past Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) chair will replace Donnie Spencer of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa as the AIST Division IX Board of Directors representative after AISTech 2011. The committee reviewed its joint AISTech session with MHTC. Doug Niksch, education chair for both MHTC and PSTMTC, updated the committee on the 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar. The committee requested a seminar date change to accommodate the shipping community. The initial Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar will be on 4–6 October 2011 in Burr Ridge, Ill. The Midwest Distribution Center of UPS will be the seminar tour host. Presentations followed: “Shipping Transformation” by Dave Haslar; “DHATEC — Line Pipe Logistic Solutions” by George Price; “ERW Pipe Loading in 65-Foot Gondola Cars Secured Loads” by Richard Montano; and “RFID on Timken’s Finished Products” by Dave Haslar. The PSTMTC discussed agenda items for the annual joint meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR).
The joint meeting with AAR involved 15 members of AIST and 20 members of the AAR. The Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) TAG Committee presented agenda items for discussion. LR 4.1.72 – Review of Figures 123 and 124 of Section 2 (Pipe in Gons) indicated that recent impact testing by U. S. Steel, California Steel Industries and Tenaris convinced the AAR to extend a rules change to allow for future impact testing. The AAR requested a subcommittee be formed to evaluate beam and plate loading procedures. Donnie Spencer, Mike Pacana, Larry Guinn, Jason Holmes, Dave Otte and Doug Niksch will begin addressing loading concerns with these shipment products. AIST thanked Bill Larsen of AAR and Bob Pollard, of CN and the OTLRC chair, for participating in AIST’s 2011 Material Handling and Transportation Training Seminar this fall. The next joint meeting will be 8 March 2012 in Charleston, S.C. Nucor–Berkeley will be the tour host.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on 27–28 Oct 2010 in Panama City Beach, Fla. A joint meeting between the PSTMTC’s Open Top Loading Rules Committee TAG (OTLRC TAG) team and representatives from the Association of American Railroad’s (AAR’s) OTLRC TAG committee discussed recent trials conducted to minimize pipe load shifts loaded in railroad gondolas. Richard Montano, California Steel Industries Inc., and Terry Onufer, United States Steel Corporation, presented their results from recent impact test trials. New load configuration measures were trialed with the AAR’s participation. Brent Lichty, Union Pacific Railroad and AAR’s OTLRC TAG chair, updated the committee on the current rule change extension. The deadline was 23 Jan 2011 to complete a new impact test using a new successful load configuration. Doug Niksch, Mi-Jack Products and the PSTMTC education chair, gave a presentation on friction materials that could help reduce load shift movement. A coefficient of friction formula provided by Mi-Jack’s Myron Glickman calculated that enough friction applied would withstand kinetic and static energy from load shifts. New friction material will be trialed at California Steel Industries in 2011. Mike Wheatley, V&M Star, presented their loading SOPs for varnished pipe that exceeds AAR loading requirements.
Dave Haslar, The Timken Co. and PSTMTC chair, welcomed 15 committee members for the general PSTMTC meeting. Mr. Haslar presented Timken’s RFID Bundle Verification & Shipping Portal Project. This paper will be presented at AISTech 2011. Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. and AIST BOD member, made a presentation on Nucor Tuscaloosa’s trial shipment test using Cordstrap material with edge protectors on a CSX car loaded with plate from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Pottstown, Pa. Doug Niksch presented the Material Handling & Transportation Seminar agenda, scheduled for 27–29 Sep 2011 in Tinley Park, Ill. Tom Duminuco, DuBose Strapping, presented an innovative strapping technique using a welded joint to replace strapping clips. Besides added strength, the safety feature is significant. The PSTMTC then reviewed the ASTM A700 Standard along with the D10 and D996 documents. Additional information from ASTM is required. The committee was encouraged to use the AIST Steel Glossary and participate in building a useful steel-related dictionary. AISTech 2011 session planning has Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning as joint sessions with the Material Handling Technology Committee. Tuesday morning’s joint session involves a safety panel discussion with the following panelists: Valerie Cantrell, Caterpillar; Malcom Dunbar, The Levy Co.; Jason Holmes, Nucor Steel–Berkeley; and Randall Winn, The Timken Co.. The next PSTMTC meeting will be 8–10 Mar 2011 in Ontario, Calif. A joint meeting with the AAR will be scheduled during this time.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on Wednesday, 5 May at AISTech 2010, with eight members in attendance. Donnie Spencer reviewed the 2010 Steel Industry Fatalities Statistics, with eight fatalities recorded so far this year. The group was asked to discuss recent injuries, near misses, and any successful corrective actions taken that improved their overall safety performance. The PSTMTC members were reminded that Technology Committee responsibilities are to develop technical sessions for upcoming AISTech conferences. A possible AISTech 2011 session will discuss innovations made with packaging banding materials. Terry Onufer updated the committee on the OTLRC TAG Subcommittee with the Association of Ameriacn Railroads (AAR) on trial procedures this committee is working on to maintain existing pipe shipment guidelines. Communication between the AAR and this subcommittee in finding an acceptable solution remains strong. The Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) is planning a Material Handling/Transportation Methods Training Seminar for August 2011. The PSTMTC has been invited to join the MHTC in developing an effective training seminar that will cover a variety of transportation methods, safety innovations, environmental restrictions, equipment maintenance, reliability performance, and steel-related obstacles and objectives with shipping/transportation. The PSTMTC officer elections for 2010–2011 are as follows: Dave Haslar as chair, Larry Guinn as vice chair, Richard Montano as papers chair and George Price as OTLRC TAG chair.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met in Jacksonville, Fla., for its annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR). There were 21 PSTMTC members in attendance, joined by approximately 25 members of the AAR. The joint morning meeting consisted of the annual review for the Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC), where general rules under review were discussed. Two TAG Groups (subcommittees) met separately later to discuss a possible loading rules change regarding pipe loading in gondola rail cars and steel plate loading guidelines. The AAR regulates railroad loading rules for North America, and the PSTMTC has an annual joint meeting in mid-March with the AAR to stay up-to-date with the latest railroad guidelines and revisions.
PSTMTC members then met in the afternoon to hear presentations from Cordstrap and Concept2. Darren Ward and Tom Keefe from Cordstrap showed the advantages of using their material to better secure any load shipment. Cordstrap made a similar presentation to the AAR in response to a need to reduce pipe load shifts in gondola railroad cars. PSTMTC members are considering trialing this material to see if pipe load securement improves. J.W. Franz from Concept2 presented the latest in RFID technology, where methods exist to improve product tracking, inventory control, and safety innovations in high-traffic areas. George Price, an employee of Berg Pipe and a member of an OTLRC TAG Group, updated the committee on the challenge ahead for pipe producers to develop a better pipe loading securement method that will reduce any pipe load shifts during transportation by the railroads. The PSTMTC will be working with the AAR to improve loading practices to avoid a loading rule change. Larry Guinn led a safety round table discussion covering the Steel Industry Fatality Statistics for 2009 and 2010. Three-year graphs depicting fatality “reason” and “type” highlighted the material handling/transportation areas as critical serious injury areas. The PSTMTC will join forces with the Material Handling Technology Committee to promote safety awareness.
PSTMTC officer rotation for the 2010–2011 term will be as follows: Dave Haslar, chair; Larry Guinn, vice chair; Richard Montano, papers chair; and Dave Otte, membership chair. The fall PSTMTC meeting will be held in Panama City, Fla., on 28–29 Oct with a tour of Berg Pipe. PSTMTC members of the AAR OTLRC TAG Group have been invited to attend a joint meeting with the PSTMTC on 29 Oct.
The PSTMTC toured the CSX Jacksonville Dispatch Center on Friday morning. CSX had one centralized dispatch center in Jacksonville since 1985. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the philosophy of having one centralized dispatch center was changed to having 10 regional dispatch centers across the United States in 2008.
The Packaging, Shipping & Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met on Monday, 4 May at AISTech 2009. There were seven PSTMTC members in attendance. Dave Otte, SSAB North America, reviewed last-minute presenters for the joint panel discussion with the Material Handling Technology Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Larry Guinn, papers chair, encouraged committee members to submit a paper or solicit a presentation for AISTech 2010, to be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., 3–6 May 2010. Donnie Spencer, chair, reviewed and approved the PSTMTC committee mission statement. PSTMTC officer elections were discussed and approved: Donnie Spencer, chair; Dave Haslar, vice chair; Larry Guinn, papers chair; and Richard Montano, membership chair. Next meeting will be a joint meeting with the Material Handling Technology Committee in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, on 16–18 Sep 2009. An update on Association of American Railroads (AAR) impact testing will be provided by Richard Montano. A top priority for this committee will be to improve communications with the AAR. A joint meeting with the AAR is scheduled for 17–19 Mar 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla. Mike Pacana, ArcelorMittal Coatesville, is the PSTMTC representative with the AAR.
The Packaging, Shipping and Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met in Ontario, Calif., on 18–19 Mar. Donnie Spencer welcomed eight committee members who participated. Two conference calls were scheduled on 6 and 13 Mar to prepare this committee for its joint annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) on Thursday, 19 Mar. The PSTMTC reviewed the scheduled joint panel discussion session with the Material Handling Technology Committee. Travel restrictions have limited participation in this joint panel discussion. Committee member David Otte is trying to solicit panel discussion replacements with the U.S. Federal Department of Transportation, the Association of American Railroads, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Dave Haslar, PSTMTC vice chair, has sent out an e-mail to encourage supplier members to participate in this committee. The PSTMTC has nominated Mike Pacana, ArcelorMittal, to serve as the committee’s contact person with the AAR in hopes of improving communications between the two associations. PSTMTC officer nominations for 2009–2010 were discussed. Donnie Spencer was nominated for a second year as chair. Dave Haslar was nominated for a second year as vice chair. Larry Guinn was nominated as papers chair, and Richard Montano was nominated as membership chair for 2009–2010. These nominations were to be voted on and approved at the next PSTMTC meeting at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis. Richard Montano of California Steel Industries, who was the tour host, presented his paper, “ERW Pipe Loading on 89-Foot Flat Cars.” Dave Haslar of The Timken Co. presented Timken’s improvements in fall protection with loading/unloading of trucks.
The annual joint meeting with the PSTMTC and the Association of American Railroads took place on Thursday morning, 19 Mar. Sixteen members of AAR were in attendance. Both associations agreed that improved communications were needed. PSTMTC member Mike Pacana will help improve future dialogue between these two groups. Mr. Spencer requested that AAR circulars be re-instituted so that the PSTMTC can voice its opinion before any rule change is implemented. Committee member George Price expressed a serious concern over a nominal safety length allowance from 3 feet to 1 foot in distance from a car’s end. This change in the rules demonstrated a breakdown in communications that now exists. A number of agenda items were discussed, including: improved data collection with testing (impact testing); pipe loading (bare and coated pipe); RR stacking guidelines to reduce shifting; Dave Otte’s proposal (accepted) for a reinforced steel clamping material; impact testing results; protection of RR car ladders; floating loads in RR gondola cars; request for impact test with 84-foot pipe lengths; and successful scrap loading to keep below RR car frame height. Mr. Spencer asked what was the rule for car humping speed (coupling railroad cars together by slamming them into one another at low speed)? 6 MPH is the rule, while testing is done at 8 MPH. AAR announced that next year’s joint meeting will be 18 Mar 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla. The PSTMTC toured California Steel Industries on Thursday afternoon. The next PSTMTC meeting was to be held at AISTech 2009 in St. Louis on 4 May.
The Packaging, Shipping and Transportation Methods Technology Committee (PSTMTC) met in Charleston, S.C., on 1–2 Oct. Committee chair Donnie Spencer welcomed 14 members, including five new members: Steve Fulton of IPSCO Tubular; Mike Massis of GloboPro; and Holden DuBose, Tom Duminuco and Bill Hittinger of DuBose Strapping. Current PSTMTC membership is at 28 members. The committee hopes to expand its membership by contacting producers and suppliers involved with material movement, from raw materials to finished goods. This committee’s initial meeting after the AIST/AISI integration highlighted the need to expand committee involvement to include a variety of transportation methods and plant logistics. The PSTMTC will have a joint round table session at AISTech 2009 with the Material Handling Technology Committee. Dave Otte (SSAB), Mr. Fulton and Jonathan Repp (Timken) will represent this committee at the round table discussions. FreightCar America made a presentation on transverse trough coil cars, depicting improved methods in transporting coils in rail cars. DuBose Strapping made a presentation on updated strapping tools and strapping materials. The PSTMTC has a number of Work Plans that are covered at every meeting: Trucking, Lost Loads, RR Rules, and Open Top Rules Committee with support from AAR (Association of American Railroads). Mike Cummings (ArcelorMittal) discussed mixed coil issues where RFID technology can offer a solution. Dave Haslar (Timken) discussed the ongoing trial using an RFID system. The committee requested a government regulatory representative to provide new guidelines and restrictions established for the transportation industry. The next PSTMTC meeting will be a joint meeting with the AAR in Ontario, Calif., on 18–19 Mar 2009. Richard Montano will host a tour of California Steel. John Blackman (AAR) will be contacted to see if a committee tour is possible at the Pueblo Test Facility in the fall of 2009. Larry Guinn and Jason Holmes were hosts for the PSTMTC tour of Nucor Steel–Berkeley’s shipping department during the October 2008 meeting.