System Automation Fund.


Schedule

17–18 September 2024 • The Westin Cleveland Downtown • Cleveland, OH, USA

Monday, 16 September 2024

4–6 p.m.

Registration

Tuesday, 17 September 2024

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m. 

Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
David Kober, Global Gauge Corp.

8:30 a.m. 

Keynote: Introduction to Control System Levels (L0, L1, L2)
Kevin Bort, TMEIC Corp. Americas

9:15 a.m.

Foundations of Level 0: Sensors and Actuators
Jeremy Garza, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Southwest-Sinton Division
This presentation discusses level 0, which serves as the foundation, where sensors collect data and actuators respond to control signals. It’s the starting point for building more complex automation systems.

9:45 a.m. 

Break

10 a.m.

Thickness, Width and Vision-Based Measurement Systems
David Kober, Global Gauge Corp.

10:30 a.m.

Shape Rolls and Flatness Measurement
Leland Robinson, Novelis Inc.
This is an introduction to basic flatness concepts, causes of off-flatness and its impact on the rolling process. It will continue with an introduction to the commercially available flatness measurement instruments and finish with an introduction to induced measurement errors.

11 a.m. 

Caster Measurement — Fiber Optic Sensor
Ronald O’Malley, Missouri University of Science and Technology
This session will review the applications of currently available and pending applications for fiber optics sensing in steelmaking and continuous casting processes.

11:30 a.m.

Process Condition Monitoring
Robert D. Miller, IVC Technologies
Explore the fundamentals of process condition monitoring in this informative session. Participants will gain a functional understanding of how to systematically observe and analyze key parameters within industrial processes. The session covers various monitoring techniques, real-time data acquisition, and the implementation of monitoring systems to ensure optimal performance, reliability, and efficiency in steel manufacturing and automation processes. Case studies and practical examples illustrate the application of process condition monitoring principles.

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m.

What Is a PLC? Introduction to the Brains of Automation
Joe Maczuzak, RoviSys
This presentation will look at the interface between the physical world and computer systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs). These pull process data from sensors, make decisions and send commands to control devices. They also communicate with higher-level systems.

1:45 p.m.

Drive Systems Overview — How They Fit in Control Systems
Thomas Richards, TMEIC Corp. Americas
System view of how drive systems fit into the larger picture of the entire system.

2:15 p.m.

Level 2 System Overview
Robert Oldroy, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC
Demystifying the level 2 system: What it is, how it fits into the automation and control of modern steel mills, and what the challenges are that need to be understood and managed.

3 p.m. 

Break

3:15 p.m.

Industrial Data Acquisition, Analysis and Visualization
Sam Jacobson, iba America LLC
This session will highlight the essential role of integrating data from various sensors to enhance precision and reliability in data acquisition. Explore advanced techniques for analyzing complex data streams and gain insights into effective visualization methods.

3:45 p.m.

Cybersecurity in Operational Technology Networks

4:30 p.m.

End-of-Day Wrap-Up and Adjourn

5:30 p.m.

Reception

Wednesday, 18 September 2024

7 a.m.

Breakfast

8 a.m. 

Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Preview
Kyle Greene, Integrated Mill Systems

8:15 a.m.

Managing the Combination of Disparate Components and Systems

9 a.m.

Safety in Industrial Automation
Mark Eitzman, Integrated Mill Systems

9:45 a.m. 

Break

10 a.m.

Case Studies: Upgrading Control Systems
Joe Maczuzak, RoviSys
Challenges and methods of upgrading obsolete controls systems in a steel production environment with a real-world example.

11 a.m.

Case Studies: Installing New Control Systems
Kevin Bort, TMEIC Corp. Americas

Noon

Lunch

1 p.m. 

Reporting and Documentation Best Practices

1:30 p.m.

Vision Systems — Round Products Surface Inspection
Gregory Gutmann, ISRA Vision Parsytec

2:15 p.m. 

Leadership, LEAN Philosophy, Purpose and Troubleshooting Examples
John Manko, Outokumpu Stainless USA
Discussion of leadership principles, LEAN philosophy, purpose and how they apply to daily work and troubleshooting.

2:45 p.m.

Break

3 p.m.

Application of AI and ML in Steel

3:30 p.m.

Practical AR Overview: Empowered Frontline Workers
Eric Almquist, Star Tool, and Brian Smith, ANDRITZ Metals USA Inc.
Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are interchangeable terms for technology that is changing frontline workers’ job by providing multimedia information within the context of the task. Real-world cases using state-of-the-art technology will be used to present plain-spoken and practical information about how to implement AR/MR tools with best practices

4 p.m.

AI and MILP Models in Modern Process Control Systems
Michael F. Peintinger, Smart Steel Technologies Inc.
This presentation will discuss artificial intelligence models and mixed-integer linear programming optimization techniques used in modern level 2 process control systems.

4:30 p.m.

End-of-Day Wrap-Up and Adjourn