Technology Committees

Galvanizing Technology Committee Meeting

19–21 March 2019 • Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa • Mobile, AL, USA

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Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa
26 N Royal Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Reserve by 25 February 2019 for AIST Room Rate of $149 (single/double occupancy)
For reservations, call +1.866.316.5957

Registration Fee
A nominal fee of $200/attendee and all attendees must be AIST members.

Hotel Arrangements
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa. Please call the hotel at +1.866.316.5957 by 25 February 2019 to secure the AIST discount rate of US$149 per night for single/double occupancy.  

AIST technology committee members are asked to print out the latest revised meeting agenda from our website one week prior to this meeting.

Tuesday – 19 March 2019 – Location Battle House Renaissance

5–6 p.m.


Meeting Wednesday – 20 March 2019 – Location Battle House Renaissance

7 a.m.

Continental Breakfast


8 a.m.

1. Chair’s opening remarks   
2. Appoint minute-taker
3. AIST Antitrust Guidelines & AIST Anti-harassment Policy
4. Membership and attendance
5. Review minutes of 18 – 19 September 2018 meeting
6. AIST Staff Announcements
7. Steel Industry Fatalities Safety Discussion

Main agenda items


Finalize AISTech sessions

  • Papers due to AIST (18 February)

  • Author Registration deadline (1 March)

  • Presentation Draft Due in to AIST (18 March)

  • Re-emphasize the role of Session Chair and Papers Chair


Nominations for committee officers


Review Galvanizing Mill Roundup 


Technology Training conference (if applicable)


Young professional recruitment subcommittee


Galvanizing Study Tour


Establish GTC Digital Transformation Chair 

8:45 a.m.

Conclude AIST Business Portion of Meeting


Self-Introduction of Participants (name, role/title, affiliation)

Technical Discussions:



8:45 a.m.

Safety at AM/NS Calvert
Mark Tackla – AM/NS Calvert 
Attendees – please be prepared to discuss any safety initiatives that your facility has recently implemented

Chemical Strip Cleaning

9:15 a.m.

Cleaning Section Overview/Layout
K. Ramalingam – ADS Machinery Corp.

9:45 a.m.

Chemicals/Strip Bath
Stephanie Williamson - Quaker

10:15 a.m.

Coffee break

10:30 a.m.

Eric Almquist – Star Tool and Die

11 a.m.

Name? - United Rotary

11:30 a.m.

Spray Headers
David Lippucci - Lechler



DFF Strip Cleaning

1 p.m.

DFF Strip Cleaning – Orientation and Design
John Trenkelbach – CMI Industry America

1:30 p.m.

DFF Strip Cleaning - Thermal Parameters
Bill Lucas - Fives

2:30 p.m.

Strip Processing and Finishing Lines – A Practical Training Seminar – Panel Discussion

5 p.m.

Adjourn for the day

6:30 p.m.

Informal dinner – Convene in hotel lobby

Thursday – 21 March 2019 – Battle House Renaissance 

7 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8 a.m.

Cleaning Section Upgrade at Spartan Steel
Name?  – Spartan Steel

8:30 a.m.

Zero Gravity (Maggie) Technology Filters
Jim Wiest – Zero Gravity

9 a.m.

Coffee break

9:15 a.m.

Cleaning Section Upgrade at US Steel - Great Lakes
Ed Silva – U. S. Steel Research

9:45 a.m.

New Concept of Cleaning Section
Satoshi Nishizawa – Hotani

10:15 a.m.

Tour description
Mark Taglia – AM/NS

10:30 a.m.


11 a.m.

Carpool from hotel and meet at AM/NS Calvert’s – AIDT Training Center


Drive time to the plant from the hotel is about one hour.  


Tour of AM/NS Calvert

PPE Requirements:


Minimum of closed toe shoes, long sleeve shirt and long pants.  Please bring your own hardhat and safety glasses if possible, otherwise, they will be provided.

4 p.m.