Sheet Process & Finishing Lines


17–21 March 2019 • The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel • Mobile, AL, USA

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Sunday, 17 March

4 p.m.


5 p.m.


Monday, 18 March

8 a.m.

Introduction, Opening Remarks, Overview
Chad Donovan, SMS group Inc.

8:45 a.m.

Process Line Design Fundamentals
Dave Withrow, Allor Manufacturing Inc.
To ensure the success of a process line, its performance requirements must be integrated fully with its setting, and the strip driving power must be ample.

10:15 a.m.

Entry Equipment
Bob Garness, SMS group Inc.
Function, location, and different designs for entry-end terminal equipment in a process line depend on the application and the material to be processed. Types of welders and their use in the various types of lines will be discussed, including other equipment associated with the welder.

11:15 a.m.

Pickling Technology — Carbon and Stainless Steels
Bob Garness, SMS group Inc.
This discussion presents pickling theory for carbon and stainless steel, variables to be considered when sizing a process section, description of equipment required and consideration of the terminal equipment.



12:45 p.m.

Pickling Technology — Carbon and Stainless Steels (cont’d)

1:30 p.m.

Bill Lucas, Fives ST
This session will consider various aspects of steel annealing as it pertains to strip. The reasons for annealing, along with the physical results possible with different thermal cycles, will be covered. Equipment employed along with methods of heating, cooling and strip conditioning will be reviewed in greater detail. A brief discussion of materials used and how they influence equipment lifetime and maintenance is included. Processing atmospheres, equipment control methods and safety considerations are also discussed.

3 p.m.

Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanizing
Gary Dallin, International Zinc Association
Presentation on the coating section of a modern hot-dip zinc coating line, including bath control, zinc wiping practices and galvanneal production.

4:30 p.m.

Question and Answer Session

Tuesday, 19 March

8 a.m.

The Chemical and Mechanical Process of Steel Strip Cleaning and How to Enhance Performance
Stephanie Williamson, Quaker Chemical Corp.
Steel strip undergoes cleaning for the removal of process fluids, metal fines and surface residue prior to various downstream processing and finishing applications. A clean metal surface is necessary for these applications, which include annealing, metallic coating and painting. Before enhancing cleaning performance, it’s important for operating personnel to understand the general framework for chemical and mechanical strip cleaning. Once this general framework is learned, ways to optimize cleaner performance through solution chemistry control and equipment design will be discussed.

9 a.m.

Corrosion Preventatives
Stephanie Williamson, Quaker Chemical Corp.

10:15 a.m.

Coil Coating
Mark Slawikowski, Precoat Metal

11:15 a.m.

Skinpass/Temper Rolling
Michael Peretic, SMS group Inc.
This presentation will discuss objectives for skinpass/temper rolling. It will also give an overview of typical mill equipment and recent developments to enhance sheet quality and productivity.

12:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

Leveling Metal Strip
Dave Withrow, Allor Manufacturing Inc.
The three primary types of levelers now in common use will be described, including their theory, performance, benefits and shortcomings. Also discussed will be the impact the new high-strength metals impose on the existing machines, and what new machine parameters will be required to effectively process these new materials.

2 p.m.

Slitting and Sidetrimming
Cesar Martin, SES-Salico
This presentation will feature a description of the slitting/sidetrimming process, typical layout and operation considerations. Challenges of market trends (materials, legislation) on designs and new solutions derived from these will also be discussed.

3:30 p.m.

Entry Equipment — Coil Joining
Matt Keller, Taylor Winfield Technologies Inc.
This presentation gives an overview of processes and equipment utilized in the coil joining process in sheet processing and finishing lines, including resistance seam and spot, plasma, mig, and laser welding.

4:15 p.m.

Pickle-Line Weld Inspection System
David Mann, Innerspec Technologies Inc.
This presentation will discuss electromagnetic acoustic transducer ultrasonic testing inspection and the advantages it provides for automated weld inspection in industrial environments.

4:45 p.m.


Wednesday, 20 March

8 a.m.

Exit Equipment & Strip oiling
Bob Garness, SMS group, Inc.
Presentation of exit equipment and ancillary treatments, including strip coiling, used in sheet processing equipment.

9:30 a.m.

Safety Leadership Foundations
Dale Stacy, AM/NS Calvert LLC
Alec Glenn, AM/NS Calvert LLC

11 a.m.

Automated Coil Marking and Tagging
Bill Smith, Tebulo Industrial Robotics
This technical presentation discusses the types and procedures for identification of coils at the exit point of mills as well as the safety benefits that automation can bring, including legible marking, scannable and radio frequency identification labels, fast cycle time, reliable equipment, and increased operator safety. Steel producers are increasingly relying on automation to fulfill these needs in a cost-effective manner.

11:30 a.m.

Automated Surface Inspection of Sheet and Finished Product
Greg Gutmann, ISRA Surface Inspection
This technical presentation will discuss basic automated surface inspection systems technology and how it can be applied. Among the discussion topics will be the use of inspection data to assess product quality and assist in decision making, as well as understanding the potential return on investment.



1 p.m.

Control Basics
John Ingram, Primetals
This presentation is an introduction to control concepts used on process lines, with practical examples to illustrate control design.

2:45 p.m.

Strip Quality Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mark Marietti, AK Steel – Dearborn Works
Panelists: Abhilash Dash, Nucor Steel Decatur LLC
                 Stavros Fountoulakis, ArcelorMittal Global R&D
                 Nikhil Kulkarni, Steel Dynamics Inc.-Flat Roll Group-Jeffersonville Plant
                 Kevin Siebeneck, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works

4:15 p.m.

Question and Answer Session

Thursday, 21 March

8:30 a.m.

Slitting Mechanics & Slitter Tooling for Modern Metal Processing
Jim Robbins & Brian Shaw, ASKO

9:15 a.m.

Acid Regeneration
Chris Frith, AM/NS Calvert LLC

10:15 a.m.

AM/NS Calvert LLC Presentation
Thomas Brennan, AM/NS Calvert LLC
Shawn Roscoe, AM/NS Calvert LLC

11:30 a.m.

Tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC

4 p.m.

Conference Adjourn