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. Please note that some webinars require an AIST membership to view.

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Opportunity Awaits – Road Mapping Your Career in the Steel Industry

1–2 p.m. • Thursday, 2 November 2023

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Regardless of how far along you are in your education, it’s hard not to think about where your future career will take you after graduation. Thanks to recent research and developments, the steel industry is more safety-conscious, technologically advanced and environmentally aware than ever! These industry advancements increased and evolved the opportunities available to young professionals who are willing to learn new things, take on exciting projects and serve as leaders in their specializations.

Oxy-Fuel Technologies With Different Hydrogen Carriers

Decarbonization Webinar #5

Thursday 26 October 2023 • 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

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The efficient use of chemical energy via burners is vital for steelmaking of the future. Relative to air-based combustion, oxy-fuel has been shown to offer the potential for increased thermal efficiency and decreased emissions. However, in order to achieve mid- and long-term decarbonization targets, low-carbon fuels will need to replace fossil sources. Green hydrogen (H2) and green ammonia (NH3) are two potential low-carbon fuels that are being considered to enable this transition. This webinar will provide an overview of the fundamentals as well as practical steelmaking experience in the combustion of hydrogen and ammonia.

The Evolution, Metallurgy and Operational Experience of EAF and SAF Steelmaking

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 • 10–11:30 a.m.

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This webinar is intended for newcomers as well as professionals already acquainted with the challenge of decarbonization of the iron and steel industry. After eight webinars, the focus now turns to electric steelmaking eight its own particular challenges.  

By reusing scrap, electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking is already far less carbon-intensive than integrated steelmaking, and in recent years energy, materials and processing innovations have further reduced its carbon footprint even as production and quality demands grow. However, these improvements alone are not enough, so newly developed and adapted technologies are continually being examined, developed and adopted into steelmaking processes.

This webinar introduces both the theoretical and practical aspects of this long and complicated journey.

Organized By: AIST’s Decarbonization Subcommittee

Chrome-Free Passivation of Tinplate for Packaging (CFPA)

Thursday, 13 April 2023 • 9–10 a.m.

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Tinplate passivation is the process by which the growth of tin oxide is controlled on tinplate. Hexavalent chromium is used globally for the passivation of steel for tinplate packaging. Control is necessary because continued growth of an oxide layer could impair lacquer adhesion and affect welding. The continued use of hexavalent chromium substances in the manufacture of Electrolytic Tinplate (ETP) is subject to a time-limited authorization permit in the European Union and the U.K. These substances have been identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) resulting in their inclusion in REACH Annex XIV (Authorization list). This presentation outlines a CFPA update discusses technical challenges faced during conversion of hexavalent chromium to chrome-free passivation.

Organized by: AIST’s Tinplate Mill Products Technology Committee

Decarbonization 102: Hydrogen Ironmaking — Managing Expectations of H2 Transformation and Its Many Colors

Thursday, 30 March • 1–2:30 p.m. EST.

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The future of steelmaking requires changes to achieve significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, using new process flowsheets and technologies such as the use of hydrogen-direct reduced iron (H2-DRI). This webinar will feature two presentations: (1) the orderly transformation from blast furnace/basic oxygen furnace (BOF) to H2-based DRI for electric arc furnace/submerged arc furnace (BOF) steelmaking, and (2) the production, storage, safety and utilization of hydrogen with a focus on explaining the colors of hydrogen.

Organized by: AIST’s Decarbonization Subcommittee and Young Professionals Steering Committee

Strength-Based Leadership: The 10-80-10 Principle

14 March 2023 • 1–2:30 p.m. EST

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Delivered in a high-energy, high-content and highly humorous manner, this webinar will introduce attendees to the 10-80-10 Principle, a framework to increase performance and results by focusing energy and efforts on highest yielding activities. 

Every person or group already exhibits behaviors that are Top 10 (percent) — those behaviors that lead to high performance and achievement. What people lack is the knowledge and a framework to consistently operate at that dynamic, Top 10 level. The 10-80-10 Principle program provides a methodology to reward and grow Top 10 behaviors and neutralize Bottom 10 actions. The framework has a direct application to employee management and helps to reduce stress and increase fulfillment on the job.

Filled with practical examples and engaging content, this webinar will help attendees identify their Top and Bottom 10 behaviors and then “A.C.T.” with the 10-80-10 Principle to create greater performance levels in both their personal and professional lives. Attendees will learn how to save time by focusing on the right activities, increase team cohesion by increasing output with fewer resources, and create a healthier organizational culture by cultivating and training toward team member’s strengths — which increases job satisfaction and reduces turnover.

Decarbonization 101: Exploring Life Cycle Sources and Measuring of CO2 Emission

Tuesday, 13 December 2022 • 10–11 a.m. EDT

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This webinar is intended for newcomers as well as professionals already acquainted with the challenge of decarbonization of the iron and steel industry. Attendees will focus on the topic of decarbonization from the viewpoint of two contributing members of the AIST subcommittee for decarbonization. Clearly, the control of greenhouse gases and the reduction of carbon emissions is at the forefront of today’s global corporate challenge facing the iron and steel industry. Presentations include a comprehensive overview of blast furnace operation while identifying opportunities to decarbonize, followed by one industry proposal outlining a standard that policymakers can consider implementing for incentivization within the steel industry.

Organized by: AIST’s Decarbonization Subcommittee

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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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:

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 (provisional)

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 (provisional)

Decarbonizing: Background and Current BF Fuel Strategies

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6 May 2021 • 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

A 1-million-metric-tons-per-yearl mini-mill long product steel plant produces millions of data/months feeding programmable logic controller, level 1, level 2 and level 3 process control for various automatic and manual on-time adjustments in order to improve safety, cost, quality and process consistency.
An in-time connection between general data collection and final hot surface defects detection information is a real challenge for artificial intelligence in order to facilitate machine learning, preventive maintenance, energy, cognitive decision support applications along the complete production line.
This webinar will present immediate industrial examples and benefits.

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

The paper will first review the principle of the method proposed, using the industrial data during normal production. It is mostly based on a previous paper presented at Galvatech. The “quality” of the balance will then be discussed. Industrial results obtained on different lines will be shown, including the range of heat losses observed. The question of data filtering as well as the difficulties observed in various situations will be addressed. The conclusion discusses the benefit of the method and the recommendations for common use.

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 

Periodic defect roller marks, PDRMs. are an important problem for hot-rolled long products, Most PDRMs are caused by groove cracks (GCs). An early detection of GCs as well as their identification is of vital importance to improve the profitability of steel plants, and in many cases their survival. In this webinar we will review the fundamentals of periodic detection in hot rolled long products by using the state of the art technologies, more specifically a combination between eddy current and vision fully synchronized that makes users able to make an automatic classification in real time of all occurrences.

Organized by: AIST’s Long Products Technology Committee

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

Strip temperature is perhaps the most critical parameter for the assurance of a quality product and optimal line productivity, and yet, due to the complexity of the process, it is one of the most challenging measurements to make accurately. This webinar will review the theory of infrared pyrometers and those issues that influence the accuracy of measurement for the continuous annealing line and for zinc-coated steel strip. Consideration will be given to the non-greybody emissivity variation of steel strip, the multi-reflective roller wedge measurement technique, and the direct view measurement technique with and without a cooled viewing tube. Included will be the special considerations associated with the measure of Generation 3 advanced high-strength steel alloys. Measurement points to be discussed include the welder, heating zone, soaking zone, cooling zone, snout, galvanneal furnace, APC cooling tower, temper mill, acrylic curing oven and passivation drying oven. Materials covered include cold-rolled steel, hot-rolled steel, galvanneal, galvanize, galvalume, aluminize and ZAM.

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

Fives provides a five‐step performance‐based contract to reheat furnace owners who want to increase profitability and efficiency of furnace operations. The presentation will outline an efficient action plan, with illustrated case studies based on experience, technical solutions and digital solutions in order to achieve savings and to improve operational expenditures. This includes reduced fuel consumption, scale reduction, increased throughput, quality improvements and emission reduction. Performance‐based contracts allow steelmakers to share savings based on performance evaluations after each step, with limited capital expenditure required from the end user.

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

There are many types of greases to choose from. Depending on the application, environment, conditions, bearing loads and speeds, choosing the right grease can result in reductions in bearing failures, downtime and cost. This seminar will help understanding the properties of grease and their functions.

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

Interbillet time is one of the few performance improvements available to increase production. Achieving a mill’s limit of performance while not increasing cobble rates is a significant engineering challenge. This webinar will introduce a method for assessing the potential for interbillet time improvement and implementation. It includes a case study of a successful revamp with representative return on investment and break-even time for the project.

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

Attendees will learn about a variety of metallurgy, processing, products and applications-related topics that were originally scheduled for presentation at AISTech 2020. This webinar will present three papers including “Generation of High-Corrosion-Resistance Surface-Optimized Diffusion Alloy (SODA) Steel Sheet for Forming Operations,” “Development of Nanobainitic Steels With Accelerated Kinetics and Tensile Strength of 1.7–2.0 GPa” and “A Modified Johnson-Cook Model Incorporating the Effect of Grain Size on Flow Stress.” 

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

Now more than ever, the metals industry is under massive cost pressure and the key factors for competitive production are all the more relevant: a maximized equipment availability, a low specific energy consumption per ton, a minimized downgrading and scrap rate, and continuously cost-optimized production planning to deliver on time in full. The digital transformation of the metals industry is a huge opportunity and can help companies to realize cost reduction potential in production, increase further process efficiencies, reduce operational complexity and ensure process stability. Through consultation and direct support, your team could unlock its maximum potential and put you on the road to a digital transformation. 

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

This webinar will review the use of 3D models incorporating laser scans on brownfield projects. Topics will include best practices for laser scanning, how it is incorporated into 3D models, and the advantages of using this approach to optimize both from a design and construction perspective. The presentation will also introduce remote inspection technologies that can be used to review and coordinate site investigations using video and communication with personnel in office locations.

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

Interactions between a tundish working lining and molten steel were investigated using industrial samples and laboratory testing. A periclase-based dry vibrational lining containing 30 wt.% olivine was sampled from a production facility and examined. Cathodoluminescence imaging, secondary electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis were performed to characterize the interactions. An experiment was developed to replicate the conditions found in a production tundish on the laboratory scale. Results comparing interactions observed in the laboratory lining tests and commercial samples for the lining material are presented and discussed.

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

Scale formed during slab reheating can be difficult to remove by high-pressure descaling, having a negative impact hot roll surface quality. A large-capacity thermogravimetric apparatus that replicates the combustion atmosphere and temperature in a slab reheat furnace was used to investigate scale formation on 430 stainless steel. Effects of reheating parameters (temperature, time and atmosphere) on oxidation kinetics were investigated. Oxidized samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction to document the microstructure and morphology of scale. Mechanisms for the formation of multi-layered oxide structures that complicate oxidation kinetics and scale removal are discussed.

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

Nextsense has evolved several new improvements to laser measurement solutions in the long products division as well as the roll shop. A brief overview of the primary advantages its research and development department has developed will be presented. 

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

In this two-day series, attendees will learn about a variety of metallurgy steelmaking and casting-related topics that were originally scheduled for presentation at AISTech 2020. The second webinar will present “Hot Tearing Behavior in Steel” and “The Influence of Ti, Nb and V on the Hot Ductility of As-Cast Microalloyed Steels.”

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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In case you missed it:  the virtual AIST Town Hall Forum is now available on demand!
Did you hear Steel Dynamics Inc. CEO Mark Millett explain why he’s never been more optimistic about the prospects for his company, and for the overall industry? We hope you didn't miss Big River Steel CEO David Stickler’s prediction on the makeup of the flat-rolled business. Did you listen to Lourenco Goncalves talk about Cleveland-Cliffs' recent blockbuster acquisition — and his one simple idea for improving the industry?
Available now on demand through 31 October!

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

In 2016, DUMA-BANDZINK and EMG Automation joined engineering forces to develop a fully integrated unit consisting of a JetPro Air Knife and an eMASS strip stabilization system. Combining the advancements and innovations of both companies’ equipment, the integrated solution has evolved with great success with the development of future generation designs currently being realized. Together nine units have been installed since 2016 with a high operating customer approval rating. Two additional projects currently slated for installation in Germany (2020/2021) are presently being constructed for two high-output automotive exposed grade lines. Optimizing the use of the innovative equipment with cutting-edge coating control analytical programing, the integrated solution continues to deliver uniform coating profile, quality improvements, reduced investment cost, as well as operational/maintenance advantages and operating savings in zinc cost.

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

Each year the Ladle & Secondary Refining and Metallurgy — Steelmaking & Casting Technology Committees hold a session at AISTech to honor Dr. Kent D. Peaslee for his support of AIST, including serving as AIST president in 2012–2013, and in recognition of his tireless efforts to educate students at all levels in support of the steel industry, explain concepts to new engineers and promote university relations within the industry. This year we are proud to offer this session as a webinar. This webinar will focus on inclusion evolution as well as effective inclusion modification.

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

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

Post-rolling cooling of hot-rolled strips of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) grades is of the utmost importance for producing a material with desirable properties. Such cooling includes two stages: water cooling on the runout table of the hot strip mill and subsequent air cooling of the coil after removing it from the coiler mandrel. The industry practice shows that some AHSS grades do not undergo phase transformation on the runout table. Thus, the final phase composition and properties are formed during air cooling. The current study discusses a method of predicting the phase transformation and mechanical properties of the coiled material.

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

A technology has been developed for the production of low-carbon and microalloyed steel for the production of strips in order to manufacture medium-diameter pipes for the extraction and transportation of petroleum products, and it allows stable corrosion properties to be obtained, according to the NACE TM 0284 technique, in a hot-rolled condition from slab with thickness of more than 200 mm, which is very difficult in terms of ensuring the availability of inclusions and heterogeneity in the structure. The obtained results allowed, with minimum costs, to prepare the previously developed integrated computer model (STAN 2000) for calculating the structure and mechanical properties.

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

In this three-part series, attendees will learn about a variety of digitalization applications-related topics that were originally scheduled for presentation at AISTech 2020. The second webinar will include “Pressure Drop and Flowrate Model of Slidegate Metal Delivery Systems”, “Novel Methodology of Modeling Iron Ore Induration Furnaces” and “Preservation of OpenVMS Control Systems.” 

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

In this three-part series, attendees will learn about a variety of digitalization applications-related topics that were originally scheduled for presentation at AISTech 2020. Part one begins with “Spray Cooling Prediction in Continuous Casting” and “Steel Continuous Annealing Line Simulation.”

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
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2020 AIST Steelmaker of the Year Award   

The AIST Steelmaker of the Year Award, established in 1991, recognizes a prominent individual for steel industry leadership. Recipients have demonstrated successful steel industry leadership through continuous improvement, technological innovation, strategic planning and the creation of a strong corporate culture, in addition to having served the greater steel industry and advocated for the various communities it supports.

2020 AIST William T. Hogan, S.J. Memorial Lecture Award

The AIST Hogan Memorial Lecture Award was established in 1990 in memory of the late Rev. William T. Hogan, S.J., director of Fordham University’s Industrial Economics Research Institute and internationally known steel industry economist. This honorary lecturer is selected in recognition of individual outstanding leadership to the iron and steel industry with selected lectures covering trade, economics, steel industry operations, developments or forecasts.

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

The practical study of Closing the Six Common Gaps in Hydraulic Troubleshooting focuses on component application and functionality. This webinar will study an axial piston pump venting application used on four primary pumps on an electric arc furnace hydraulic power unit. This will include an introduction to slip-in cartridge valves as one of the several components working together in the application.

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

The implementation of digitalization systems in the steel industry has a significant potential to improve the overall productivity and stability in steel production. The foundation for these improvement is first to generate a high transparency of production and quality. Data is used to generate key performance indicators and is coupled with human expertise and artificial intelligence to realize intelligent digitalization systems. But this full transparency is not always welcome at all levels of operators and experts. Another topic is potential information overload, which has to be considered. The presentation shows an example of an intelligent digitalization system and deals with the mentioned “cultural” topics.

Sponsored by: iba

Orgainized 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

In this webinar we will continue with our practical study of closing the six common gaps in hydraulic troubleshooting and skills development. Using our downcoiler hydraulics as our machine-specific application, we will continue our process by identifying the ISO symbology in the outboard bearing clamp circuit, and learning a quick-start method to schematic reading this circuit’s events.

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

This presentation discusses system architecture with the integrated production management system (PMS) as the platform for innovation. Furthermore, the presentation will highlight how an integrated PMS can evolve to enable new use cases with the example of a novel integrated quality management system.

Sponored 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

Steelmaking would be different if the iron source were direct reduced iron produced with hydrogen: the absence of carbon would affect slag foaming and nitrogen control. With this webinar, the DRITC aims to provide members with information on steelmaking with carbon-free material.

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

As part of Tenova’s digital transformation, the digital team at Tenova has worked closely with various business units to identify opportunities for application of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques where they could bring value to customers in the steel industry. This paper discusses some of these initiatives applied to the control and optimization in steel production plants:

  • Application of machine learning (ML) to data from a basic oxygen furnace.

  • Application of ML to control cassette penetration and strip tension in a tension leveler machine.

  • Application of convolutional neural networks for automatic classification of scrap material in a steel plant.

  • Application of ML to predict metallization and carbon content in a direct reduction plant.

  • Model to predict NOx emissions in a walking beam furnace.

The paper describes the various machine-learning models developed, the benefits obtained, as well as lessons learned during the process.

Sponsored by: UNILUX

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