Technology Committees


Digitalization Applications Technology Committee Activities

The DATC had a virtual meeting 29 April 2020.
The DATC kicked off their meeting with a discussion about the upcoming Maintenance Solutions technology training conference, which has been postponed to 24–26 February 2021. There are several Digitalization Applications–related presentations scheduled, including topics such as: autonomous maintenance at work, vibration analysis and monitoring, condition monitoring, industrial augmented reality for maintenance, and digital transformation of maintenance and reliability.
The DATC Best Paper Award winner was presented by the outgoing chair, Yufeng Wang. The award will be given at the AISTech 2020 in Cleveland.
The mission statement was reviewed and updated to incorporate the Digitalization Applications name change.
The new incoming chair Jim Hendrickson went over the committee objectives for the year. The DATC will focus efforts on organizing a new Digitalization Applications 101 Technology Training seminar. The course will cover the basics and overview of the Internet of Things (IoT) and digitalization technology. The format will be reference training material available for download.
It was suggested to hold the fall DATC meeting virtually after AISTech. Spring 2021 locations were brainstormed as well.
The new officers for the 2020–2021 term were elected:

  • Chair: Jim Hendrickson, ArcelorMittal USA.

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

  • Papers chair: Bryan M. Beard, TMEIC.

  • Young Professional chair: Michael F. Peintinger, QuinLogic LLC.

The DATC and EATC jointly met 20–21 February 2020, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Presentations:

  • Scott Christensen, Graymatter, presented “Cyber­security and IIoT.”

  • Osvaldo Bascur, OSB Digital, presented “Digital Transformation in the Steel Industry.”

  • David Kober, iba America, presented “A Hybrid Approach to Industrial Analytics.”

  • Michael Peintinger, QuinLogic, presented “Industry 4.0 — From Reactive to Proactive Quality Assurance.”

Meeting Highlights:
For AISTech 2020, session chairs were encouraged to contact/confirm authors assigned to their sessions.
Kober, outgoing DATC Young Professional chair, requested attendees consider candidates for the position within their Technology Committees.
Jim Hendrickson and Ramesh Khajjayam announced the plans for officer succession for the DATC and EATC, respectively, which will be approved during AISTech.
The last Systems Automation Fundamentals conference was held in September 2018, and while there are currently no plans to organize that training seminar again in the near future, the EATC is planning another training seminar called Electrical 101 to be held in 2021.
The committees reviewed the AIST Steel Industry Fatalities report and discussed a Young Professional Member Conference and the idea of virtual meetings.

José R. Favilla (holding plaque), worldwide director, industry solutions, industrial products, IBM, was presented with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the DATC and EATC’s tour of IBM.

The CATC and MSCTC met 9–11 October 2019, Livermore, Calif.
CATC Highlights:
The CATC reviewed its AISTech technical session development. At the time of the meeting, a total of 72 papers had been submitted for the committee. This is more papers than can fit into the five sessions at 
AISTech, so the committee discussed possible joint sessions. A small group of committee members will follow up on the session development. Seven members volunteered to be session chairs in addition to the Digital Transformation Core Team members. 
The Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry will be held 16–18 March 2020 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. At the time of the meeting, there were more than 40 abstracts submitted. The Digital Transformation Core Team is evaluating the papers and is working on finalizing the technical program. 
The CATC’s Young Professionals (YP) chair, David Kober, touched on some of the highlights of AIST’s YP programming. A YP Steering Committee has been developed and has six members. The goal is to coordinate with AIST staff to grow YP attendance and involvement. Currently the YP Steering Committee is working on a strategy for video testimonials on YouTube, the YP spotlight in Iron & Steel Technology, university Road Shows, etc. 
MSCTC Highlights:
Thinium Natarajan reviewed the MSCTC’s AISTech 2020 technical session development. He went over the session structure and reviewed the roles of papers chair and session chair. Volunteers for session chairs were taken.
Possible joint sessions were discussed, with the goal of attracting more attendees, specifically with the Metallurgy — Processing, Products & Applications Technology Committee and the Continuous Casting Technology Committee. Discussion then focused on the Kent D. Peaslee Memorial Session. As in previous years, this session will focus on steel cleanliness and inclusion evolution with presentations and a panel discussion.
There was discussion of the AIST Road Show, and a suggestion was made to consider it for universities that have a metallurgy program.
The group briefly discussed AIST’s Young Professional Program and reviewed the list of upcoming AIST Technology Training courses.
A request was made to add safety to the meeting agenda, to be discussed at the beginning of the meeting. The MSCTC then reviewed the AIST Steel Industry Fatalities statistics and had a good discussion on the ongoing work from each plant/area/lab.
The group discussed AIST Transactions. The MSCTC supports the expansion of peer-reviewed publication opportunities. Several strategies were discussed for increasing submissions to AIST Transactions.
The committee discussed planning for its Technology Committee Awards.
The next day, both committees met at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) for presentations and tours. The presentations focused on topics such as high-energy x-ray diffraction, data visualization, integrated computational materials engineering, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence and machine learning. 
 The attendees were then divided into four groups and went on two of the following four tours:

  1.  Advanced Metallurgical Diagnostics: Plasma focused ion beam, environmental scanning electron microscope, small angle x-ray scattering and FEI Titan transmission electron microscope.

  2.  Non-Destructive Characterization Institute: X-ray tomography and discussion of the LLNL Non-Destructive Characterization Institute.

  3.  Advanced Manufacturing (AM) Lab: Collaborative lab space with industry for additive and advanced manufacturing.

  4.  High-Performance Computing Facility: Video and discussion of leadership high-performance computing at LLNL, including Sierra, the second-fastest machine in the world.

The second day, the CATC and MSCTC members had a joint meeting with presentations. 

MSCTC Presentations:

  •  “Classification of Non-Metallic Inclusions by Computer Vision and Machine Learning Methods,” by Bryan Webler, Carnegie Mellon University.

  •  “Micro-CT and Inclusion Analysis Research at Missouri S&T,” by Ron O’Malley and Simon Lekakh, Missouri University of Science and Technology. 

CATC Presentations:

  •  “Accelerating New Product Grade Development Using Machine Learning,” by Bryan Williams of Gerdau and Alp Kucukelbir of Fero Labs.

  •  “Data Visualization and Data Technology, Big Data and High-Performance Computational Software (Industry 4.0),” by Jacqueline Peintinger of QuinLogic.

  •  “Data Visualization and Data Technology Management,” by Shao Mei Tan of OSIsoft LLC.

Pallava Kaushik (left) and Yufeng Wang (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Wayne Miller (center) for hosting the MSCTC’s and CATC’s tour of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The MSCTC and the CATC met at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and watched presentations focused on high-energy x-ray diffraction, data visualization, integrated computational materials engineering, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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.