AIST’s Reliability Achievement Awards

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 • 10–11 a.m.

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The AIST Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee established the AIST Reliability Achievement Award to recognize iron- and steel-producing companies for reliability improvements and achievements that can be demonstrated as unique or first in the industry. The AIST Reliability Achievement Award (Gold, Silver and Bronze) recognizes those organizations and the individuals within them that have developed, applied and proved a new practice, policy or procedure that significantly improves iron- and steelmaking reliability in North America.

This webinar will feature presentations by the 2020 AIST Reliability Achievement Award Gold and Bronze winners. The presenters will shine a spotlight on their successful projects and the real-world improvements seen to their plant’s reliability.

Presenter Information:

  1. Richard Thomas, EAF Day Electrical, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Southwest-Sinton Division

  2. Jason Vicari, Senior Maintenance Engineer, Cleveland-Cliffs Indiana Harbor

Moderator Information:

Carl Garringer, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

Presenter Bio Information:

Jason Vicari Bio:
Jason Vicari is a senior maintenance engineer at Cleveland-Cliffs Indiana Harbor in East Chicago, Ind., USA. He graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. He is a Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) through the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the state of Indiana. Vicari is also the winner of three previous AIST Reliability Achievement Awards.


Presentation 1: Reliability Achievement Award Overview
Carl Garringer, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division
The Reliability Achievement Award is given by the Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee to an organization and the individuals involved in improving plant reliability through the implementation of a project or procedural change.

Presentation 2: 2020 Reliability Achievement Award Gold: Using Pyrometers Instead of Thermocouples for the Ladle Pre-Heat Burner Control
Richard Thomas, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Southwest-Sinton Division
The use of a pyrometer has decreased the maintenance on the application from approximately 100 times a year to almost never. It has also decreased the amount of natural gas used per year by millions of cubic feet.

Presentation 3: 2020 Reliability Achievement Award Bronze: 80-Inch Hot Strip Mill Descale System Upgrade
Jason Vicari, Cleveland-Cliffs Indiana Harbor
Reliability improvements and energy savings have been achieved in a 55-year-old high-pressure water descaling system through restoration of pump performance, upgrades to pump materials and improvements in descale nozzle technology.