AIST Past Webinars

The Association for Iron & Steel Technology’s (AIST) webinars bring together industry experts to discuss topics and events impacting the steel community. Please join us to hear insight from steel producers, suppliers and academia as they navigate the continually evolving steelmaking process

Automated Inclusion Analysis

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 • 10–11 a.m. EST

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This webinar will consist of three presentations on state-of-the-art methods in automated inclusion analysis. Automated analyses using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and composition measurement by energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) provide a wealth of information about inclusion populations in steel. The first presentation will detail methods used to segment SEM/EDS data from inclusions that contain more than one phase. The second will review the equipment and workflow for automated analyses using a desktop SEM. The final presentation will focus on the automated characterization of nanometer-sized precipitates using automated transmission electron microscopy and EDS.

Organized by: AIST’s Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting Technology Committee


SteelGoNomics: Connecting the Dots

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

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“SteelGoNomics: Connecting the Dots” — An Introduction to the Economic Drivers of the Steel Industry

This presentation will provide an overview and profile of the global and U.S. steel markets, an overview of U.S. economic drivers and how they relate to steel product consumption. A partial list of topics that will be discussed is given below:


AIST Foundation Faculty Grants Session

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Organized by: AIST Foundation


Cold Rolling: Surface Quality in Cold Rolling Applications Prevention

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

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Organized by: AIST's Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee


AIST Workforce Development Information Session

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

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This informative session will educate viewers on the benefits of AIST Membership and the opportunities available for Human Resource/Talent Acquisition representatives to continue to develop its current workforce, as well as tools to utilize to attract the next generation to the steel industry.


Cold Rolling: Surface Quality in Cold Rolling Applications – Corrective Action

Wednesday, 8 December 2021 • 10 a.m.–11 a.m. EST

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This session will dig further into the identification of specific surface defects at the production line, and trace back to causes that can be addressed upstream or in-line to correct and minimize affected material. Well-trained inspectors and personnel at the line are key to quickly identifying conditions that may affect final product quality. Having a consistent language to describe conditions and communicate quickly and effectively within the team and back to upstream processes or suppliers will improve efficiency of troubleshooting and resolving surface quality concerns. Understanding what information to collect about a defect and how to analyze for effective root cause determination will support better understanding by the team of potential failure points within the process, and drive problem solving for long-term solutions that prevent recurrence. These topics will all be explored in the corrective action webinar.

Organized by: AIST's Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee


Maintenance Solutions: Virtual Training Session

2 December 2021 • Virtually through Zoom

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This half day training seminar will provide attendees with hands-on instruction, tools, and the best available technologies for mechanical, electrical, lubrication, hydraulics, management system maintenance and reliability solutions. In addition, maintenance and outage planning, system design, and maintenance troubleshooting and techniques will all be covered. Manufacturing reliability is an integral part of sustainability in the metals industry. Improvement in reliability is essential to assuring manufacturing results at the lowest cost. Both operations and maintenance personnel must understand the direction their organizations need to take with respect to improving and managing their equipment maintenance programs.

Organized By: AIST’s Maintenance & Reliability and Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committees.


Cold Rolling: Surface Quality in Cold Rolling Applications - Identification

Wednesday, 1 December 2021 • 10 a.m.–11 a.m. EST

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This series of three webinars will focus on surface quality in cold rolling applications. The first webinar will describe the current technologies used to automatically identify quality issues using vision (camera) systems.

Organized by: AIST's Cold Sheet Rolling Technology Committee


Computational Modeling and Field Validation of Advanced Thermal System for Energy, Carbon and NOx Reduction

23 November 2021 • 10–11 a.m. EST

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Most major corporations are implementing strict policies to eliminate or reduce the carbon and NOx emissions from fossil fuel–fired thermal manufacturing processes. The used of advanced thermal ceramic designs, computational combustion modeling and additive manufacturing provide extreme flexibility in simultaneously achieving efficiency improvements and emissions reduction. Computational modeling, laboratory testing and field validations will be presented showing efficiency gains of 85% with simultaneous NOx reduction of 15% to 50%.

Organized by: AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committee


3rd Annual Australian and New Zealand Steel Symposium

3 November 2021 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. AEDT • Virtual Event

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The symposium will bring together both academic researchers and engineers together to discuss recent advances in iron and steelmaking technology. Leading researchers and practitioners will make presentations on recent advances in the field.

Organized by: AIST’s Australian Technology Committee


AIST’s Reliability Achievement Awards

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 • 10–11 a.m.

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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.


Industry 4.0 and Modern Logistics Technology for Steel Plants: PESMEL

Wednesday, 25 August 2021 • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. EDT

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The webinar will cover real-use examples and the benefits of digitalization and automation on logistics and mill efficiency, warehousing, cranes, and packaging lines. Warehouse management system (WMS), or alternatively yard management system (YMS), can be used to enhance the supply chain in the metal industries through optimizing in-mill logistics and goods transportation. By implementing Industry 4.0 in its various applications, the integrated logistics solution removes the need for many separate storage units located around the mill complex. Modern logistic tools such as automatic robotic packing lines ensure quality, safety, and enhanced productivity and throughput.

Organized By: AIST’s and Digitalization Applications Technology Committee.


H2 Injection Into the Blast Furnace

10 June 2021 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Following a general review, this second webinar looks specifically at adapting the blast furnace to hydrogen injection, with a general strategy, results from European trials and a discussion panel discussing what paths might be followed.

Organized by: AIST’s Ironmaking, Direct Reduced Iron and Energy & Utilities Technology Committees


AIST Middle East North Africa Member Chapter

MENA Webinar: Environmental Sustainability and Energy Conservation

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 • 8–10 a.m. ET/2–4 p.m. Cairo 

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The webinar will provide an overview of some of the recent steel industry carbon emission reduction innovations from steel producers, academia and suppliers. Topics include: reduction in blast furnace production and the trend toward electric arc furnace steelmaking with scrap or direct reduced iron; hydrogen use in direct reduced iron processes with hydrogen created via green electricity; European developments under the Ultra-Low CO2 Steelmaking (ULCOS) program; and chemical production from waste gases.

Organized by: The AIST Middle East North Africa Member Chapter


Young Professionals Webinar

Leading Change – Contributing and Helping to Lead a Culture of Engaged Teams

Wednesday, 12 May • 1–2:30 p.m. EDT

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In today’s workplace, driving change, strengthening culture and developing engaged teams remains a primary focus and concern for most, if not all, organizations. Your abilities and acumen as a team player and future leader is critical to the success of your organization, teams, customer service and business development focus. This unique workshop will give you proven resources and ideas that you can apply quickly and effectively within your organization.

Organized by: AIST’s Young Professionals Steering Committee


Decarbonizing: Background and Current BF Fuel Strategies

6 May 2021 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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Decarbonization of ironmaking is actively exploring the use of hydrogen injection into the blast furnace. This first of two webinars looks at the background of current decarbonization developments plantwide and current fuel blast furnace strategies.

Organized by: AIST’s Ironmaking, Direct Reduced Iron and Energy & Utilities Technology Committees


Impact of Lip Adjustment on Wiping Efficiency

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29 April 2021 • 11 a.m.–Noon

The impact of the lip shape and adjustment is addressed by 2D computational fluid dynamics modeling. The effect on the coating weight and the nitrogen dilution by ambiance is also studied. It is shown that the shape of the tip has a significant effect of the behavior of the air jet in atmosphere. Similarly, the quality of the channel (convergent, divergent or parallel) impacts both the coating weight and the dilution of nitrogen. This means that the quality of the maintenance in an industrial line is as important as the initial design in order to ensure efficient wiping.

Organized by: AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committee


AI Benefits Combining Process Control Data With High-Performance Hot Temperature Rod Surface Defect Detection Technologies for Bar and Rod Mill Products 

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1 April 2021 • 11 a.m. - Noon

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee   


One Heat Pot Balance to Check Entry Strip Temperature

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11 March 2021 • 11 a.m.–Noon

Organized by: AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committee


Improving Periodic Defect Detection in Hot-Rolled Long Products by Means of Combination Between Eddy Current and Vision

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Thursday, 4 March 2021 • 11 a.m. – Noon 

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee


Direct Reduced Ironmaking (DRI) Technology

Tuesday, 23 February 2021 • 8–10 a.m. EST/3–5 p.m. Cairo
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Organized by: AIST’s Middle East North Africa Member Chapter


Accurate Strip Temperature Measurement for Continuous Annealing and Hot-Dip Coating Lines

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Thursday, 18  February 2021 • 11:00 a.m.–Noon

Organized by: AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committee  


Performance‐Based Contract Solutions for Reheat Furnaces

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Thursday, 28 January 2021 • 11 a.m. – Noon

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee   


Choosing the Right Grease for Your Application

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7 January 2021 • 11 a.m. – Noon

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee   


Achieving the Limit of Interbillet Time to Increase Bar Mill Production

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Thursday, 10 December 2020 • 11 a.m.–Noon EST

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee


Metallurgy – Processing, Products & Applications Webinar

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 • 1:30–3 p.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Metallurgy – Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee


Digital Transformation in Long Products – The [Learning] Steel Plant

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19 November 2020 • 11 a.m. – Noon EST

Organized by: ​AIST’s Long Products Technology Committees.


Use of Laser Scanning and 3D Models for Improved Project Results in Brownfield Facilities

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EST.

Organized by: AIST’s Project Construction Management Technology Committee


Interactions Between Dry Vibratable Tundish Linings and Steel Melts

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020 • 3–3:45 p.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Refractory Systems Technology Committee


Scale Formation on 430 Stainless Steel in a Simulated Slab Combustion Reheat Furnace Atmosphere

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 •  Noon – 1 p.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee.


Brief Overview of “State-of-the-Art” Laser Measurement Equipment Improvements

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Thursday, 29 October 2020 • 11 a.m.–Noon EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committees.


Metallurgy – Steelmaking & Casting: Impact of Inclusion on Mechanical Properties

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Thursday, 29 October 2020 • 9–10:30 a.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting Technology Committee


Metallurgy – Steelmaking & Casting: Inclusion Evolution & Characterization

Thursday, 22 October 2020 • 9–11 a.m. EDT

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Organized by: AIST’s Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting Technology Committee


AIST Virtual Town Hall Forum
Steel 2020: The Unprecedented Impact of COVID-19

30 September 2020 • 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. EDT

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Sponsored By: The Systems Group


Integrated Solution — Combination of DUMA-BANDZINK Jetpro Air Knives and EMG eMASS Stabilization: Results

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8 October 2020 • 11 a.m.–Noon

Organized by: AIST's Galvanizing Technology Committee


Kent D. Peaslee Memorial Webinar: Understanding Effective Inclusion Control

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8 October 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Metallurgy – Steelmaking and Casting and Ladle & Secondary Refining Technology Committees


Day 3 – Mill Building Design Updates & Crane Automation

1 October 2020 • 1 p.m.–3 p.m. EDT
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Sponsored By: Morgan Engineering
Organized by:
AIST’s Cranes Technology Committee


Day 2 – Crane Safety Technologies

30 September 2020 • 1 p.m.–3 p.m. EDT
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Sponsored By: Morgan Engineering
Organized by:
AIST’s Cranes Technology Committee


Day 1 – Crane Wheel & Below the Hook Design

29 September 2020 • 1 p.m.–3 p.m. EDT
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Sponsored By: Morgan Engineering
Organized by:
AIST’s Cranes Technology Committee


Digitalization Applications: Product Inspections With Big Data

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24 September 2020 • 9–11:30 a.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Digitalization Applications Technology Committee


Peculiarities Of Post-Rolling Cooling Of The Hot-Rolled Coil Of Advanced High-Strength Steel

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23 September 2020 • Noon.–1 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee.


Hot Rolling Coil Technology Development For Pipes Intended For Extraction And Transportation Of Petroleum Products

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22 September 2020 • Noon–1 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee.


Digitalization Applications: Process Optimization

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22 September 2020 • 9–11 a.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Digitalization Applications Technology Committee


Digitalization Applications: Digitized Process Analysis

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17 September 2020 • 9–10:30 a.m. EST

Organized by: AIST’s Digitalization Applications Technology Committee


2020 AIST Steelmaker of the Year Award
2020 AIST William T. Hogan, S.J. Memorial Lecture Award

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16 September 2020 • 10 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: The Systems Group and HabrisonWalker International


Closing the Six Common Gaps in Hydraulic Troubleshooting, With Component Application and Functionality

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15 September 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee


Digitalization and the Double-Edged Sword: Transparency

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19 August 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: iba
Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Six Common Gaps in Hydraulic Troubleshooting

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18 August 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committees.


Integrated Production Management and Quality in the Age of Industry 4.0

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12 August 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: Primetals Technologies ​
Organized by:
AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Steelmaking With Zero Carbon Iron Units

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11 August 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Direct Reduced Iron and Electric Steelmaking Technology Committees


Machine Learning Applications for Process Control and Optimization in Steelmaking

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5 August 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: UNILUX
Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Integrated Autonomous Crane System

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29 July 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Organized by:  AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Machine-Specific Steel Mill Hydraulics

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22 July 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committees.


Accelerating Product Chemistry Refinement Using Explainable Machine Learning

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22 July 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: fero labs
Organized by:
AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Advice for the Steel Industry’s Young Professionals on Navigating the Current Marketplace

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21 July 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by: Tokai Carbon
Organized by:
AIST’s Young Professionals' Steering Committee


Digitalization Through Smart Robotics, Machine Vision and Advanced Automation

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15 July 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Organized by: Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications


Application of Machine Learning for Defective Coil Prediction

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8 July 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: Danieli Taranis
Organized by:
AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees


Applying Machine Learning to Eliminate CGL Strip Weld Failures 

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30 June 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: OnPoint
Organized by
: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Weld Technologies and Quality Verification

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25 June 2020 • 11 a.m.–Noon EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committees.


How AI Is Increasing Production Quality in Steel Manufacturing

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24 June 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees


Technology-Driven Industrial Troubleshooting

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23 June 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committees


Production, Storage and Safe Handling of Hydrogen

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23 June 2020 • 10–11:30 a.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Direct Reduced Iron Technology Committees


Planning For Success — Project Baseline Scope and Budget Development and Management

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18 June 2020 • 1–2 p.m. EDT

Organized by: AIST’s Project & Construction Management Technology Committees.


You Asked For It: Your Questions Answered About SBQ Bar Cold Finishing 

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17 June 2020 • Noon–1 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by: Fabris
Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committees.


Solving Product Quality and Asset Reliability Challenges Through the Application of AI

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17 June 2020 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

Sponsored by: SMS Group in partnership with Noodle.ai 
Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.


Making Sense of Maintenance 4.0

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11 June 2020 • 12 p.m.

Organized by: AIST’s Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee


Ironmaking With Alternative Reductants

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9 June 2020 • 10–11 a.m.​

Organized by: AIST’s Direct Reduced Iron Technology Committee with support from ABM-AIST Combi Membership


Merging Process Knowledge & Artificial Intelligence to Find Hidden Value, Part 2

20 May 2020 • 10–11 a.m.
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Sponsored by: SMS Group in partnership with Noodle.ai 
Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.  


Merging Process Knowledge & Artificial Intelligence to Find Hidden Value, Part 1

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19 May 2020 • 10–11 a.m.

Sponsored by: SMS Group in partnership with Noodle.ai 
Organized by: AIST’s Electrical Applications/Sensors Subcommittee and Digitalization Applications Technology Committees.  


Steel Internships During COVID-19

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5 May 2020 • 3-4 p.m. EDT

Sponsored by the AIST Foundation


Steel Mill Safety During COVID-19

30 April 2020 • 2–3:15 p.m. EDT

Organized by the AIST Safety & Health Technology Committee


Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (BOF) Operations and Management During COVID-19

29 April 2020 • 9–10:15 a.m. EDT

Organized by the AIST Oxygen Steelmaking Technology Committee