Technology Committees

Hot Sheet Rolling Technology Committee Activities

James Murphy (left) presented William Seres (right) with the HSRTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

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

  • Chair: William Seres, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division

  • Vice chair: Robert Brunelli, TMEIC

  • Papers chair: Keegan Wright, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division

  • Education chair: Nancy Hake, Falk-PLI

  • Program co-chairs: Amy Beard, Quaker Chemical Corp., and Robert Brunelli, TMEIC

The HSRTC and SHTC met 24–25 January 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA.
The HSRTC and SHTC met separately the morning of 24 January. The HSRTC had 33 members in attendance, with producer members from Steel Dynamics Inc., ArcelorMittal, Nucor and the meeting’s host mill, Big River Steel.
Nominations for leaders of the HSRTC were received for the 2018–2019 term. Formal election will take place during the committee’s next meeting at AISTech.
Meeting attendance was discussed; particularly, how to engage more producers. Joint meetings, like this one, are being received with great enthusiasm.
A lengthy discussion on meeting sites was held. There is interest within the group to see an integrated mill with ironmaking capabilities, as well as visiting end users that are consuming hot strip products.
Bill Seres, HSRTC chair, encouraged a set format for each meeting to allow for producers to present on specific topics to ensure the same type of discussion at every meeting, and for suppliers to have time to develop effective and non-commercial presentations.
The HSRTC reviewed the technical program for AISTech 2018. The committee has arranged four sessions. Session chairs took time to review the session layout.
There was much interest regarding the Hot Sheet and Plate Rolling Fundamentals — Practical Training Seminars, which were held 25 February–1 March 2018 in Mobile, Ala., USA. Extra work has been done this year to update and blend a common look throughout all the presentations.
The group discussed the AIST Process Benchmarker® (APB®) with help from past HSRTC chair and current Board of Directors representative, David Hamblin. Lead participation continues to be demonstrated by the ironmaking group. At least one idea was to consider integrating some form of published Bureau of Labor Statistics/International Trade Administration data, which may increase the APB value.
Potential safety case study topics were discussed, including the start-ups of SeverCorr and Big River Steel. Mobile equipment safety and the use of ultrasonic sensors was brought up during this discussion. Many new vehicles include a “parking assist” feature based on ultrasonic sensors. The potential exists to retrofit mobile equipment with an ultrasonic alert system.
The SHTC had 13 members in attendance, five of which were producers. The 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities were reviewed.
Justin Hoover, SHTC papers chair, finalized the committee’s AISTech 2018 technical sessions. The SHTC has scheduled two sessions, for a total of eight papers. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations were taken for SHTC officers for the 2018–2019 term.
The 2020 AIME intra-societal safety conference was discussed. This is a joint-association Safety Conference between AIST; The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME); and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is planned for June 2020 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA. The subcommittee representing AIST includes Brad Bray and Malcom Dunbar.
The SHTC mission statement will be revised to reflect and encourage producer participation. A subcommittee has been formed to accomplish this revision.
The criteria for the AIST Safety and Health Innovation Award were reviewed. As of press time, no selection has been made for AISTech 2018. However, the 2018 AIST Don B. Daily Award will be presented during the SHTC meeting at AISTech 2018.
Also discussed were Safety First articles for 2018. SHTC members were encouraged to write an article or reach out to a co-worker to write an article.
The Fall 2018 SHTC meeting location was discussed. A possible joint meeting with another Technology Committee will be held 12–13 October 2018 (tentative).
After lunch, the committees met together for the following technical presentations and discussions:

  • A presentation on 2017 steel industry fatalities by Malcom Dunbar, SHTC chair.

  • “Big River Steel Safety,” by Bob Carter.

  • “Arc Flash — The Impact of Your Electrical System Maintenance and Testing on Arc Flash,” by Keith Mullen, Leidos.

  • “SDI Columbus Hot Mill Safety,” by Robbie Brock, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division.

The next day, attendees were given a tour of Big River Steel, where they spent considerable time in the cold rolling and finishing end of operations.

Bob Carter (center), Big River Steel safety manager, accepted a plaque of appreciation from Bill Seres (right), HSRTC chair, and Malcom Dunbar (left), SHTC chair.

The HSRTC met 20–21 September 2017, Ypsilanti, Mich., USA. 
Rob Brunelli discussed the AISTech 2018 session layout with the group and was able to demonstrate the new Hubb abstract management system that is being used to help facilitate author submissions and session building. The role of session chair was also discussed and volunteers stepped up to fill this position.
The subcommittee was announced for choosing the 2018 Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award recipient.
The HSRTC also discussed the upcoming Hot Sheet and Plate Rolling Fundamentals course, which will be held 25 February–1 March 2018 in Mobile, Ala., USA.
A presentation from Hyson Metal Forming Solutions was given in the afternoon, titled “Servo Controlled Force in Forming High-Strength Steels.” This prepped the group for an extensive discussion on the challenges faced with hot rolling of advanced high-strength steels. The core of the discussion was around pushing maximum roll force, ways of maintaining strip temperature before the finishing mill, surface defects and scale issues, and post-rolling operations including, coiler upgrades and sampling stations.
The meeting concluded the next day with a tour of the Ford Woodhaven automotive stamping facility.

Bill Seres (left) presented a plaque at Ford Woodhaven in appreciation for hosting a tour for the HSRTC.
James Murphy (right) presented Randy Patterson (left) with the HSRTC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: James Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Vice chair: William Seres, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus

  • Papers chair: Robert Brunelli, TMEIC Corp.

The RTC and HSRTC met 24 January 2017, Columbus, Miss., USA. The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Afterward, the groups split to work on individual committee business.
For the HSRTC, papers chair Michael Peretic reviewed their AISTech 2017 paper sessions and identified session chair volunteers.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the HSRTC meeting at AISTech 2017. Other discussion items included: Hot Flat Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar, which will take place in spring 2018; the Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award, which will be awarded for the first time at AISTech 2017; locations for the fall meeting locations were discussed and it was agreed to hold it in conjunction with one of the new specialty training conferences.
The HSRTC brainstormed on topics for future meetings and decided to conduct a survey at the next meeting. The results will guide future planning especially in prioritizing tour locations and lining up quality technical presentations.  
For the RTC, committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the RTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
Lydia Stromei shared membership information and led a group discussion on how to bring in new members like having “mini meet-and-greet” visits at roll shops, allowing members to bring a guest to the meeting, and ways to get more involvement from companies like United States Steel Corporation and ArcelorMittal.
Other discussion items at the RTC meeting included the Rolls Best Paper Award and the RTC’s AISTech sessions; discussion of a Roll Shop Roundup, which was tabled; future meetings, including possible joint meetings with the Safety & Health and Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committees.
Pending confirmations, the RTC’s fall meeting is planned for 22–23 August 2017 in Ohio to tour NorthStar BlueScope Steel, along with a second possible location in the area such as the Jeep plant or Worthington Steel. The technical topic of this meeting will be roll shop management systems and a tentative lineup of presentations was proposed.
The two committees rejoined for the rest of the afternoon for a networking lunch, technical presentations and a plant tour of Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

Technical presentations included:




  • “New Technology to Check for Roll Defects While Grinding Rolls,” by Frank Weinmeister, Innerspec.

  • “Alignment and Wear Studies — Improve Quality and Reliability,” by Nancy Hake, Falk PLI.

  • “Overhead Crane Safety Lighting Innovations,” by Robert Brock, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus.

  • “Work Roll Cooling and the Effects It Has on Quality Within Hot Strip Mills,” by Ross Vidal, Lechler.

Randy Patterson (left), HSRTC chair, and Terry Boyd (right), RTC chair, presented Bill Seres (center), hot mill manager at Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus with a plaque of appreciation for hosting a tour during the HSRTC and RTC’s joint meeting.
The HSRTC toured the 84-inch hot strip mill at U. S. Steel – Gary Works during its meeting on 18–19 October 2016.

The HSRTC met 18–19 October 2016, Michigan City, IN, USA. The HSRTC discussed strategies to increase producer attendance at meetings, such as better advertising at the mills, sending out questionnaires to find out what attendees want to get out of the meetings, presentations by producers on specific problems and what they are doing to fix them, and amending the meeting agendas to better communicate the value of the meeting to make it easier to get permission to attend.
Michael Peretic, papers chair, discussed the HSRTC’s AISTech 2017 technical sessions. He reviewed session chair responsibilities and benefits, then solicited volunteers for the six sessions.
The group finalized its AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage and discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The AIST Hot Strip Mill Roundup was discussed and all were encouraged to review the company data before the next revision.
Jason Burns, general manager of safety for SMS Technical Services, gave the first technical presentation. This led to a roundtable safety discussion and a review of the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report. Alejandro Ramos, Ternium Mexico, discussed several safety improvements at his mill and shared video footage from the newly installed high-definition cameras. Tom Weiler then gave a presentation on safety and mill stability strategies at Nucor Steel–Indiana.
The meeting concluded the following day after a tour of the 84-inch hot strip mill at U. S. Steel – Gary Works given by Todd Hardesty. 

Jim Murphy (right) presented the HSRTC service plaque to
Randy Patterson (left).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Randy Patterson, Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Vice chair: Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Papers chair: Michael Peretic, SMS group

The HSRTC met on 23 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA.

The HSRTC met 23 February 2016, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The HSRTC meeting was co-located with Hot Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar in conjunction with Plate Rolling Fundamentals.
A Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award was proposed. Jim Murphy and Mike Peretic will create the procedure for nominations.
The HSRTC finalized its AISTech 2016 technical sessions and reviewed the session chair responsibilities as it relates to commercialism.
The HSRTC was given a tour of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

The HSRTC and CSRTC met jointly 15–17 September 2015, Ontario, Calif., USA. Randy Patterson, HSRTC chair, and Matt Baur, CSRTC chair, opened the joint meeting, which had 36 attendees. The attendees introduced themselves and gave a brief explanation of their company and their roles.
Representatives from the HSRTC and CSRTC reviewed AISTech session development, with the HSRTC planning five sessions and the CSRTC planning three sessions. There were a number of volunteers to serve as session chairs for both committees.
The AIST 2015 North American Hot Strip Mill Roundup was reviewed, which gives an overview of capabilities and equipment. The roundup was published in the November 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
Hot Rolling Fundamentals — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed. The conference will be held 21–25 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA. More information about this conference can be found on pages 148–150 of this issue.
Both committees finalized their AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topics and discussed items to be reviewed at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The producer members were encouraged to utilize the AIST Process Benchmarker® system for benchmarking their processes by entering data into the system.
Technical presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Pickling technology.

  • Eco pickled surface (EPS).

  • iBox technology.

  • Spray nozzle technologies.

  • Overview of Spraying Systems research facility.

  • Advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) (including a roundtable discussion on AHSS best practices).

Producers and suppliers discussed any challenges or successes related to the processing of advanced high-strength steels as related to their equipment.
Both groups toured their respective areas of California Steel Industries Inc. in Fontaine, Calif., USA.

Joani Phelps (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Dave Smith (left) for hosting a tour of California Steel Industries Inc. during the CSRTC and HSRTC joint meeting.
The HSRTC toured the hot mill at California Steel Industries Inc. during its joint meeting with the CSRTC.
Randy Patterson (right) presented the HSRTC service plaque to Dave Hamblin (left).

The HSTC met 4 May 2015, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • • Chair — Randy Patterson, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • • Vice chair — Jim Murphy, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • • Papers chair — Mike Peretic, SMS Group

  • • Training chair — Eric Thokar, Primetals Technologies U.S.A. Holdings Inc.

  • • APB® chair — Thomas Weiler, Nucor Steel–Indiana

Meeting Highlights:
Feedback was solicited from the HSRTC regarding joint Technology Committee meetings. As a whole, the committee agreed that this is important and would like to continue this trend moving forward, as it provides a valuable benefit not only for networking, but it also gives everyone a different perspective. Future possibilities of joint sessions would be with the Cold Sheet Rolling and Safety & Health Technology Committees.