Technology Committees

Computer Applications Technology Committee Activities

The CATC met 6 May 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

Chair: Yufeng Wang, SSAB Americas

Vice chair: Jim Hendrickson, ArcelorMittal USA

Papers chair: Tyler Campbell, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

The CATC met 25 March 2019, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
The meeting started with opening remarks by CATC chair Yufeng Wang as well as a safety discussion.
The inaugural Digital Transformation for the Steel Industry Forum, held on 26–28 March 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA, was discussed. The forum was sold out, with 244 people registered for the event. Due to its great success, the committee discussed holding a Digital Transformation Forum next year.
During the spring meetings, AIST requested a volunteer from each Technology Committee to join the Digital Transformation Task Force. Jim Hendrickson, CATC vice chair, agreed to be the committee’s representative.
The CATC’s sessions for AISTech 2019 were reviewed and the roles of session chair and papers chair were discussed.
Nominations for CATC officers were accepted for the 2019–2020 term.
The CATC Best Paper Award was discussed. The award was presented during the committee’s meeting held during AISTech 2019.
Information on the upcoming 8th International STEELSIM Conference was reviewed. The conference will be held 13–15 August 2019 at the Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Toronto, Ont., Canada. The CATC is a sponsor of the event.
The CATC then began planning for its Fall 2019 meeting. Location suggestions included a Nucor steel plant; the National Robotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University; the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, possibly as a joint meeting with the Metallurgy Technology Committees; the facilities at IBM; and the facilities at HP.

David Durocher (center) of Eaton was presented with a plaque of appreciation from EATC vice chair Don Hughes (left), Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC, and CATC chair Yufeng Wang (right), SSAB Iowa.

The CATC and EATC met 11–12 October 2018, Warrendale, PA,  USA.
The two meetings were held concurrently at AIST headquarters.
Each committee reviewed the Steel Industry Fatalities statistics, followed by a discussion.
The CATC’s and EATC’s papers chairs each sorted the AISTech 2019 abstracts for those that could be presented jointly in a separate Digital Transformation session.
David Kober, IBA America LLC, and Madison Mabry, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC, each volunteered to chair the Young Professionals activities for the CATC and EATC, respectively.
For the CATC, Mike Dudzic gave an update on the Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry, which will be held in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA, on 26–28 March 2019. The forum will include two keynote speakers, presentations that give practical applications and a roundtable discussion.
Ramesh Khajjayam, EATC papers chair, discussed the Farrington Award selection process. He talked about the purpose of the subcommittee and how this year’s selection team will be recruited.
Christopher Burnett reviewed the Systems Automation Technology Training conference for the EATC and gave an update on the Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry. The EATC then explored ideas on how to engage the newest professionals in the electrical engineering population with a fundamentals course, using past motors and drives conferences as a guide for content.
The following day, presentations were given at the Eaton Power Systems Experience Center:

  • “Experiences of an Existing Industrial Facility: The Journey to Become Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Ready,” by Lyle Sprinkle of Eaton.

  • “Protection and Control for the Power Systems in the Digital Age,” Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies.

  • “Steel Dynamics’ Bold Upgrade of Galvanizing Line No. 1,” by Tom Richards of TMEIC (see this technical paper on pages 72–79 of this issue of Iron & Steel Technology).

  • “Using AI Modeling for Predictive Quality and Routing,” by Scott Wilson of PSI Metals GmbH.

That afternoon, both committees toured the Eaton Power Systems Experience Center, a hands-on demonstration center for many of the products and applications servicing the users community of power distribution and control.

The CATC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Yufeng Wang, SSAB Americas

  • Vice chair: Jim Hendrickson, ArcelorMittal USA

  • Papers chair: Tyler Campbell, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

  • Young Professional chair: David Kober, iba America LLC

CATC chair, Mike McCabe (left), presented a plaque of appreciation to Chenn Zhou (right) for hosting a tour at Purdue University Northwest (left to right): Armin Silaen, Tyamo Okosun, Yufeng Wang, Perry Zalevsky, McCabe, Zhou, Jim Hendrickson, Phil Pitcher, Roberto Trevino and Xiang Liu.

The CATC met 26–27 October 2017, Merrillville, Ind., USA. The CATC was given a tour on 26 October of Purdue University Northwest’s Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) and the Steel Manufacturing Simulation and Visualization Consortium (SMSVC). Representatives from Purdue University Northwest (PNW) gave presentations on PNW’s latest research and development efforts:

  • “Overview of CIVS and SMSCV,” by Chenn Zhou.

  • “Development of a Scheduling Optimization Model for Steel Slab Producing,” by Armin Silaen.

  • “ArcelorMittal Walking Beam Reheat Furnace,” by Xiang Liu.

  • “Development of a Comprehensive Blast Furnace Package,” by Tyamo Okosun.

The CATC held its business meeting on 27 October, beginning with a review of the AISTech 2018  technical session development. There will be five sessions: Modeling I and II, Simulation & Optimization, Industry 4.0  and System Application.
Instructions for papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
The CATC reviewed its Call for Papers topics for AISTech 2019 and accepted them with no changes.
The winner of the Computer Applications Best Paper Award was determined, and the award will be presented at the CATC meeting during AISTech 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.
The group discussed the System Automation Fundamentals training course, which was held in March 2017 and was well attended. The next one is scheduled for September 2018 and planning is underway.
Next CATC Meeting: Joint meeting with the Electrical Applications Technology Committee and Sensor Systems Subcommittee, 20–21 March 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA, with a tour of Big River Steel. The technical topic will be Digitization/Industrial Internet of Things.

William McCabe (left) presented Perry Zalevsky (right) with the CATC service plaque.

The CATC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: William McCabe, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works

  • Vice chair: Josh Hausbach, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural and Rail Division

  • Papers chair: Yufeng Wang, SSAB Americas

The EATC, CATC and SSSC met 27–28 October 2016, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA. The first day of the meeting consisted of a tour of Rockwell Automation and the following technical presentations:

  • “Industrial Network Architecture Overview and Best Practice Network Design,” by Pat Gallagher, Management Science Associates Inc.

  • “Security Infrastructure: Physical, IT and Data Security,” by Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation.

  • “Lab Overview Connected Enterprise Demo,” by Mike Miller, Rockwell Automation.

  • “Reporting, Archiving, Analytics, Cloud Overview and Best Practices,” by Francois Pelletier-Bouchard,

  • OSIsoft.

  • “The ‘Things’ of the Industrial Internet of Things,” by Len Kosatka, Rockwell Automation.

The committees reconvened the following day and held the first portion of the meeting together to discuss AIST business and topics of general interest before breaking out into their respective groups.
There was discussion on the next System Automation Fundamentals Technology Training Conference, which will be held 6–9 March 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.
AISTech 2017 abstract selections and technical session layouts were addressed.
The 2017 AIST Computer Applications Best Paper Award winners were selected. This award will be presented at the CATC meeting at AISTech 2017.

Perry Zalevsky (left) and Chris Burnett (center) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mike Miller (right) for hosting a tour at Rockwell Automation for the Electrical Applications Technology Committee, Computer Applications Technology Committee and Sensor Systems Subcommittee.
Perry Zalevsky (right) presented the CATC service plaque
to Dave Reynolds (left).

The CATC met 18 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Perry Zalevsky, OSIsoft LLC

  • Vice chair: William (Mike) McCabe, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes Works

  • Papers chair: Josh Hausbach, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Structural & Rail Div.

Perry Zalevsky (left), CATC chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Andy Szabo (right) of RoviSys Co. for hosting a tour (back row, left to right): Dave Reynolds, Joe Maczuzak, Alan Georgio, Kevin Sainiak and Jim Cole; (front row, left to right): Mike Dudzic, Perry Zalevsky, Andy Szabo and Chuck Cinkowski.

The CATC met 10 March 2016, Auora, Oh., USA.
The following individuals gave technical presentations:

  • Valerie Ney, RoviSys Co., “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Transforming Controls Networks to Protect Against Innovative Risks.”

  • Andy Szabo and Peter Forney, RoviSys Co., “Integrating Process Data Into a Data Warehouse.”

  • Andrea Molinari, Siemens PLM US, “Embracing Manufacturing Optimization — The Digital Enterprise Realization.”

Following lunch, the group enjoyed a tour of RoviSys Co. headquarters before conducting its business meeting. The CATC held an open discussion on safety and security.
Mike McCabe discussed the CATC’s AISTech 2016 technical session development and addressed the few remaining issues.
Nominations for the 2016–2017 CATC officers were put forth and approved.
The CATC began planning for the System Automation Fundamentals Training Conference to be held in March 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind., USA.
There was discussion on coordinating future meetings with other committees and the topics that would be of interest.
The meeting concluded with a discussion on cyber security.

The CATC met 29–30 October 2015, Warrendale, Pa., USA.
Representatives from the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research provided a tour of their facilities and gave technical presentations titled “Modeling Kinetics of Steel-Slag-Inclusion Reactions Using FactSage Macros” and “Modeling Electron Beam — Sample Interactions in Inclusion Microanalysis.”
The group then reconvened at AIST headquarters for the following presentations:

  • “Automation Challenges and Issues Related to IT Security,” by Mike Dudzic of ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • “Cyber Security Overview,” by Ken Zalevsky of Bayer Health­care and Carnegie Mellon University.

  • “Pursuing Security Risk Assessments,” by Andy Szabo of Rovisys Co.

The first day concluded with a roundtable discussion on cyber security.
The second day focused on the committee business portion of the meeting. Mike McCabe addressed the CATC’s AISTech 2016 technical program planning. Twenty-three abstracts were selected and organized into five sessions. Titles and chairs were identified for all sessions.
The CATC’s AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic was finalized with minor changes.
A winner was selected for the Computer Applications Best Paper Award.The award will be presented during the CATC’s meeting at AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. 
The CATC then had a general discussion on what it can do to improve industrial control systems security.

Dave Reynolds (right) presented a plaque to Chris Pistorius (left) for hosting a tour of the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Iron and Steelmaking Research for the CATC.
Dave Reynolds (right) presented the CATC service plaque to
Chuck Cinkowski (left).

The CATC met 6 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Dave Reynolds, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Vice chair — Perry Zalevsky, OSIsoft

  • Papers chair — Mike McCabe, United States Steel Corporation

Meeting Highlights:
The CATC discussed the AISTech 2015 technical program. Overall, the committee’s sessions were well attended and of high quality.
The Process Systems Technology  Training  Conference held in 2015 was reviewed, and members discussed possible improvements for future events.
Basic  functions/activities  of the CATC were discussed, and objectives were set for the coming year.
Also discussed were topics for the next CATC meeting, which may include data analytics, enterprise space, automation-centric information security and general information security.

The CATC met on 6 March 2015, Mobile, Ala., USAPerry Zalevsky reviewed the status of the CATC sessions at AISTech 2015. Although there were some last-minute cancellations, there were replacement presentations, and the CATC had a full slate of presentations.
The just-completed Process Systems Conference was reviewed. There were 47 attendees, which was down from the last time the conference was held. There were some comments about including more content on the hot end, including ironmaking.
The Computer Applications Best Paper Award was selected and was subsequently presented at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Chuck Cinkowski asked what other process automation groups use to benchmark themselves. Some use help desk statistics, weekly status updates and/or customer feedback, but there wasn’t agreement on the best way to do it. This will be a discussion for the future. Jim Hendrickson mentioned the desire to be able to measure the amount of time spent on maintaining systems versus working on process improvements.
There was also a discussion on future webcasts for the CATC.