Technology Committees

Electrical Applications Technology Committee Activities

The EATC met 7 May 2019, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

Chair: Donald Hughes, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC

Vice chair: Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

Papers co-chairs: Tim Burttram, Big River Steel, and Poojit Lingam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

The EATC and Sensors Subcommittee met 25 March 2019, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The joint committee meeting began with a review of the AIST Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. 
Papers chair Ramesh Khajjayam reviewed the committees’ sessions for AISTech 2019. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations for 2019–2020 committee officers were solicited.
The winners of the 2019 James Farrington Award were announced. The award was presented at AISTech 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
The EATC reviewed the 2018 Systems Automation Fundamentals course, which took place in September 2018 in conjunction with Cold Rolling Fundamentals. Chris Burnett and Donald Hughes then discussed the committee’s new training course, debuting in 2020, Introduction to Electrical Engineering. The new course will alternate years with Systems Automation Fundamentals. In the spring of 2020, Systems Automation Fundamentals will be co-located with the Cold Rolling Fundamentals course. 
Liwei Zhang, Donald Hughes and Chris Burnett then reviewed the strategic initiatives presented during the 2018 AIST Leadership Conference. They also reported on the activities of the Digital Transformation Task Force, including the inaugural Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry, which took place in March  2019.
Donald Hughes presented ideas for an increased university-level presence for electrical engineering students, including a university version of the AIST Road Show. He presented information showing that the existing student chapters, the Steel to Students program and the AIST Foundation Pizza Grants are all tied to the Material Advantage program, which mainly targets students in materials science and metallurgy and not necessarily the other engineering disciplines such as electrical, computer and mechanical.
Finally, the EATC’s fall 2019 meeting was discussed, with Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc. suggested as a possible location. The main focus topics will be women in steel, university relations and young professionals. The results of this meeting will be used to create a presentation for the 2019 AIST Leadership Conference. 

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 EATC and CATC 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.

Donald Hughes (left) and Ramesh Khajjayam (right) presented Liwei Zhang (center) with the EATC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

The EATC met 8 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Vice chair: Donald Hughes, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC

  • Papers chair: Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

The EATC met 7 November 2017, Northbrook, Ill., USA. The SSSC discussed the AISTech 2018 technical session development. Papers chair Chris Burnett reported that he and the Electrical Applications Technology Committee (EATC) papers chair reviewed nearly 30 abstracts and have developed five sessions.
The SSSC reviewed the Call for Papers topics for AISTech 2019. The EATC had reviewed the text and made no changes were made; the SSSC did not have any changes either.
Discussion followed on Technology Committee Award planning, specifically the criteria for the Farrington Award, and the need for transparency with respect to any paper chair or session chair voting for their own paper or a paper from their company.  The appearance of unbiased evaluation needs to be maintained. The scoring parameters and weighting also need to be reviewed. The SSSC will prepare a new proposed evaluation criteria.
The SSSC discussed the Systems Automation Fundamentals training course, which will be held the week of 9 September 2018. The location is still being discussed, but Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC has agreed to provide a tour. Presenters have been contacted and most have replied positively. The training agenda may be adjusted to accommodate more discussions on Industry 4.0.
Three presentations were given on digitalization trends in the steel mill:

  • Chris Burnett presented an overview of the digital transformation paper written by Dan Milklovic from LNS Research, distributed by SAP. He also incorporated Primetals’ “metals orchestra,” and slides from BFI on Industry 4.0. The takeaway was that other industries are realizing efficiencies and savings with digitalization. In order to stay competitive, the steel industry needs to consider how Industry 4.0 can help.

  • Pat Gallagher presented a summary of security concerns with the Industrial Internet of Things and connecting sensors and instruments to the internet without planning the hardware architecture. Inadequate firewalls can lead to vulnerabilities that can impact product quality, mill profitability and worker safety.

  • Ken Modeste from UL LLC provided an informative presentation on the new UL Cybersecurity Assurance Program 2900 Standard and how it applies to all networked devices, from consumer goods to industrial instruments.

UL was encouraged to submit an abstract so that this presentation could be included at AISTech 2018 in the EATC’s Industry 4.0 session. While many presentations on this subject are high-level overviews, the UL presentation offered some detailed actions that automation suppliers can take to protect the connectivity, mobility and data their systems collect and use.
Next SSSC Meeting: Joint meeting with the EATC and CATC, 20–21 March 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA, with a tour of Big River Steel. The technical topic will be Digitization/Industrial Internet of Things.

SSSC chair Dave Woodward (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Radhika Chaturvedi (left) for hosting a tour of UL LLC (left to right): Craig Moore, Chris Burnett, Greg Gutmann, Chaturvedi, Woodward, Pat Gallagher, Eric Huelson and Bill Grant.

The EATC met 5 October 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. The EATC meeting was co-located with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industrial Applications Society (IAS) annual meeting.
Papers chair Ramesh Khajjayam discussed the EATC’s AISTech 2018 technical program development, which consists of five sessions. Session chairs were also identified.
The AISTech 2019 Call for Papers topics for next year were reviewed and a few additional topics were suggested.
Candidates for the Farrington Award were identified, with the final selection process to be completed by the end of October 2017.
The EATC reviewed the System Automation Fundamentals training course held in March 2017 and began planning for the next iteration of the course, which is scheduled for fall of 2018.
Also discussed were the AIST Foundation Electrical Engineering Grant and potential relationships/collaborations between AIST and IEEE IAS. Various locations and topics for future meetings were also proposed.

Liwei Zhang (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Joel Payne (right) for hosting the EATC’s tour of Nucor Steel Gallatin.
  Liwei Zhang (left) presented David Mazur (right) with the EATC service plaque.

The EATC met 9 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Vice chair: Donald Hughes, Nucor Steel–Decatur LLC

  • Papers chair: Ramesh Khajjayam, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

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.
Dave Mazur (left) presented the EATC service plaque to
Sean Marlow (right).

The EATC met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation

  • Vice chair: Liwei Zhang, ArcelorMittal USA Research Laboratories

  • Papers chair: Marcelo CardosoArcelorMittal USA

The Sensor Systems Subcommittee (SSSC) met 17 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Vice chair: David Woodward, Nidec Avtron Automation

  • Papers chair: Brian Smith, ANDRITZ METALS

The EATC met 13 October 2015, Merrillville, Ind., USA. 
Marcelo Cardoso led a discussion on the EATC’s AISTech 2016 session development. Nineteen abstracts have been selected and organized into four sessions. Session titles and chairs were identified.
The group then finalized its AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topics.
The winner of the Farrington Award was selected from the best papers of AISTech 2015. This award will be presented at AISTech 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
It was agreed to change the name of the Process Systems Technology Training Conference to System Automation Fundamentals and began preliminary planning on the next conference, which is scheduled for early 2017.
The meeting concluded with an open discussion on ways to bring value to the EATC and engage more members.

Ryan Wolfred (right) presented the EATC service plaque to Sean Marlow (left).

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

  • Chair — Brian Smith, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

  • Vice chair — Chris Burnett, Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Papers chair — Dave Woodward, Nidec Avtron Automation

Meeting Highlights:
The subcommittee discussed the 2015 Process Systems Technology  Training Conference, its successes and suggestions for improvement. Future meeting options were also  discussed,  and the SSSC established  its  objectives for the coming year. One target is to co-locate meetings with Technology Committees and attract like-minded technologists to the group to bolster membership and overall value.

The ETC met 5 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair — Sean Marlow, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Vice chair — Dave Mazur, Rockwell Automation

  • Papers chair — Marcelo Cardoso, ArcelorMittal USA

  • Members chair — Jeff Mason, Integrated Mill Systems

Meeting Highlights:
The Process Systems Technology  Training  Conference held in 2015 was reviewed, and members discussed possible improvements for future events.

The EATC met 2 March 2015, Mobile, Ala., USA. Dave Mazur reviewed the status of the EATC’s technical sessions at AISTech 2015.

Ron Tessendorf updated the EATC on the Process Systems Training Conference, which was set to begin the next day. The feedback was that the course needed to be re-branded because of the confusion about subject matter. 

The AIST 2015 Farrington Award was selected and was subsequently awarded at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.