Technology Committees

Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee Activities

The LHTC met 30 June 2021, Nashville, TN USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions

  • Vice Chair: John Accurso, Quaker Houghton

  • Papers Chair: Bijay Prakash, Cleveland-Cliffs Steel LLC

  • Young Professional Chair: Nick Hladek, Quaker Houghton

  • Digital Transformation Liaison: Tom Wojtkowski, Primetals Technologies USA LLC

The LHTC and MRTC held a Joint virtual meeting 23 February 2021.
Carl Garringer,
MRTC chair, opened and led the joint meeting. The group reviewed the Steel Industry Fatalities statistics for the year and had a roundtable discussion about safety and travel restrictions within the attendees’ companies.
The AISTech 2021 sessions for both committees were reviewed. The committee officers have all decided to stay on for the 2021–2022 term.
Garringer discussed the AIST Reliability Achievement Award and encouraged attendees to reach out to iron- and steel-producing or processing companies to apply. Award applications are due 30 May 2021.
The committees reviewed plans for their next joint Technology Training Conference, Maintenance Solutions: Fundamentals and New Frontiers, which has been scheduled for 21–23 September 2021 in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
Brad Jensen, LHTC chair, gave a progress update on revisions to the Lubrication Engineers Manual 5th Edition.

  • “Extending Bearing Service Life in Severe Service Operating Conditions,” by Jeff Bernthisel, McNeil Industries.

  • “Basics of Roller Bearing Lubrication,” by Mike Allega, The Timken Co.

  • “Compressed Air Systems Maintenance and Reliability, “ by Wendy Domino, Universal Compressed Air.

The LHTC held a virtual meeting 24 September 2020.
Tom Wojtkowski gave an update on the Digital Transformation subcommittee and Kevin Morrow discussed future specialty training conferences. 
Brad Jensen gave a progress report on revision of the Lubrication Engineers Manual 5th Edition. 
Jack Weeks of Magenta Technologies LLC presented “The 5 Things a Hydraulic Troubleshooter Needs to Know.” 

The LHTC held a virtual meeting 14 May 2020.
The LHTC’s virtual meeting began with a summary of the unusual working conditions over the last two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While reviewing the committee mission statement and AISTech 2021 Call for Papers, the group discussed ways to better balance the committee’s technical content so that lubrication and hydraulics topics are equally represented.
The committee then held a vote for the 2020–2021 officers. The new officers are:

  • Chair: Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions.

  • Vice chair: John Accurso, Quaker Houghton.

  • Papers chair: Bijay Prakash, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor.

  • Education chair: Kevin Morrow, LubriSource.

  • Digitalization liaison: Tom Wojtkowski, Primetals Technologies USA LLC.

  • Young Professional liaison: Nick Hladek, Quaker Houghton.

The LHTC wrapped up their meeting with a discussion on the possible formation of a recurring webinar-style virtual education presentation. Topics suggested include understanding hydraulic controls in electrode regulation, hydraulic logic valve controls in steelmaking, troubleshooting hydraulic controls, hydraulic fluid conditioning in steelmaking and understanding caster hydraulics.

The LHTC and MRTC met 24–26 February 2020, Columbus, Miss., USA.
The LHTC met Monday afternoon to discuss the final chapter of the Lubrication Engineers Manual revision. Tuesday morning, MRTC and LHTC members met for a productive joint meeting. The meeting began with a review and discussion of the AIST Steel Industry Fatalities Report. The committees then held a deeper conversation regarding corporate culture as it relates to safety. Each committee finalized their slate of officers for the 2020–2021 term and added a Young Professional chair. The final vote will take place at AISTech 2020.
Updates were given on the upcoming Maintenance Solutions Technology Training Conference and there was discussion focused on if a specialty conference based on the Lubrication Engineers Manual would be held as a stand-alone conference. Wednesday morning, the entire group went to Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division to present the mill with the Gold Reliability Achievement Award. They were greeted by many members of upper management, given a full presentation, toured the project and ended with a fabulous lunch.

  MRTC vice chair Carl Garringer presented the team at Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division with the 2020 AIST Gold Reliability Achievement Award (left to right): Madhu Ranade, Garringer, Richard Thomas, Don Bryant and Wade Allen.
Mrinal Mahapatro (left), LHTC chair, and Ken Flowers (right), MRTC chair, displayed a plaque of appreciation for the MRTC and LHTC’s tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC.

The LHTM and MRTC met 4–6 November 2019, Mobile, Ala., USA.
A working session for the latest revision of the Lubrication Engineers Manual was held on Monday, 4 November. Key members updated the group on revisions. Eleven chapters have been completed, with seven requiring additional work. The revisions are expected to be complete by February 2020. 
The MRTC and LHTC held a joint business meeting on Tuesday, 5 November.
The group reviewed AIST’s 2019 Steel Industry Fatalities report, which led into a lively safety discussion.
Bijay Prakash, MRTC papers chair, and John Accurso, LHTC papers chair, discussed AISTech 2020 technical session development for the two committees.
Ken Flowers then discussed plans for the MRTC’s 2020 awards, including the Carol Yates Award and the Reliability Achievement Award (RAA).
Jeff Kusnier led a discussion on the 2020 Maintenance Conference. It was decided to hold the conference on 15–17 September 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. An agenda was started and populated with a preliminary list of guest speakers to be invited to the conference. There will be more emphasis on hydraulics for the LHTC side. MRTC will focus on RAA participants, talent issues, digital transformation, condition monitoring and maintenance best practices. A request will be sent to CMC Steel Texas to serve as plant host.      
Mrinal Mahapatro provided an update from the previous day’s Lubrication Engineers Manual working session.
Tom Wojtkowski gave an update on the Digital Transformation Steering Committee’s progress and direction to date.

  • “New Developments in Hydraulic Systems,” by Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions.

  • “Powerful New Augmented Reality (AR) Tools for Maintenance, Training, Inspection, etc.,” by Eric Almquist, Star Tool and Die Works.

The group toured AM/NS Calvert LLC on 6 November. The committees wish to thank AM/NS Calvert for a very informative tour of their hot mill. 

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

Chair: Mrinal Mahapatro, Pall Corp.

Vice chair: Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions

Papers chair: John Accurso, Quaker Chemical Corp.

Technology Training Conference chair: John Accurso, Quaker Chemical Corp.

The MRTC and LHTC met jointly 26–27 February 2019, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The MRTC and LHTC reviewed the latest AIST Steel Industry Fatalities report.
The winning project for the 2019 AIST Reliability Achievement Award – Gold was presented, titled “From Firefighting to First-Class Maintenance.” Presenting the project were Worthington Industries – Columbus Division maintenance team members Don McDaniel and George Miconi.
Because both committees received many abstracts for AISTech 2019, they took the time to carefully finalize their respective sessions.
The election of committee officers for the 2019–2020 term was discussed. 
The recipient of the Carol Yates Award was selected, conducted via secret voting of all registered members of the MRTC in attendance.
Jim Smith, Tom Wojtkowski and Rachel Schmidt volunteered for the AIST Digital Transformation Task Force, which will meet during AISTech.
A significant amount of work is now being coordinated for the Lubrication Engineers Manual Fifth Edition, and Mrinal Mahapatro led the committees through an extensive update. 
For the tour of Worthington Industries – Columbus Division and the presentation of the RAA – Gold, the mill chose to stop production for about 2 hours to celebrate. The company’s president and chief executive officer, John McConnell, and general manager Geoff Klinger were in attendance.

The team at Worthington Industries – Columbus Division was presented with the 2019 AIST Reliability Achievement Award – Gold at their facility on 27 February. In the top photo, Don McDaniel (left) and George Miconi (right) accepted the award.

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

  • Chair: Mrinal Mahapatro, Pall Corp.

  • Vice chair: Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions

  • Papers co-chairs: Salvatore Rea, LANXESS Corp., and John Accurso, Quaker Chemical Corp.

  • Technology Training co-chairs: Salvatore Rea, LANXESS Corp., and John Accurso, Quaker Chemical Corp.

The LHTC and MRTC met jointly 20–21 February 2018, Gary, Ind., USA. Both committees reviewed officer nominations for the 2018–2019 term.
There was a discussion of merging the two committees. Both groups see value in specializing, and would prefer meeting jointly regularly, but also maintaining independent status within in AIST Technology Division structure.
The LHTC seeks to publish advances in the lubrication and hydraulics field through training seminars, and most importantly publishing newer editions of The Lubrication Engineers Manual.
Sal Rea and John Accurso, LHTC papers co-chairs, will be working to develop a separate lubrication track for the Maintenance Solutions course.
Rea gave an update on The Lubrication Engineers Manual. He presented a worksheet for identifying modules with progress points to indicate status of completion in each chapter of the newly rewritten book.
David Lunceford asked at this meeting for status on every line item, with attendees commenting on the specific modules with which they are familiar. Walt Kusnier volunteered to work with Rea until completion of the Fourth Edition. A separate spreadsheet from John Haspert will identify images that are in need of computerizing and revitalization.
Shannon Kiley, AIST’s manager — events, indicated a separate training seminar could be dedicated to the new content added to the Fourth Edition and that the attendees would each receive a copy of the manual as part of the seminar.
There were three Young Professional attendees at the meeting and there was discussion about recruitment for a subcommittee.
Ken Flowers gave an update on the Maintenance Solutions course.
The 2018 Gold and Silver Reliability Achievement Awards were presented. The Gold award went to
ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor for “Minimization of Hot Mill Losses Originating From Downcoiler.” A successful project working with a large set of historical data, on a 80-inch hot strip mill, the ArcelorMittal team determined which loss-of-production incidents could be attributed to the downcoiler equipment, and established their root causes. Once average lifespans for the equipment could be satisfactorily established, upgrade projects brought the coil defect rate down to one-third of the original rate, in eight years, significantly adding a positive contribution to the annual operating budget in the multi-million-dollar range.
The Silver award went to Nucor-Yamato Steel Co. for “Improvements of Self-Maintaining Air Cleaners.”

The following presentations were given:

  • “Safety Glass and New Rolling Glare Shield,” by Jane MacPherson, MacPherson Engineering Inc.

  • “Common Causes of Hydraulic Cylinder Failure in Steel Mills: Case Study Analysis,” by Gene Brown, Perfection Hydraulics.

  • “Endless Rolling Technology,” by Tom Wojtkowski, Primetals Technologies USA LLC.

Members of the ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor 80-inch hot strip mill management team were presented with the 2018 Gold Reliability Achievement Award (right to left): Brian Warnock, division manager; Mehul Patel, equipment technology manager; Max Brunt, operations technology manager; Rebecca Evans, equipment technology engineer mechanical — coiler; Curtis Mattull, equipment technology engineer electrical — coiler; John Tessling, equipment technology engineer mechanical — finishing mill and coiler; Matt Dazzell, production shift manager; Blake Sleicher, maintenance supervisor — coiler; Chris Zeller, reliability engineer — furnace.
David Lunceford (left) presented Salvatore Rea (right) with the LHTC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: David Lunceford, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • Vice chair: Mrinal Mahapatro, Pall Corp.

  • Papers co-chairs: Brad Jensen, IntelliSchematic LLC, and Salvatore Rea, LANXESS Corp.

The LHTC met 6 November 2016, Scottsdale, Ariz., USA. The LHTC discussed its AISTech 2017 session development. The committee’s session will consist of four papers and will be held on Tuesday morning. The roles and responsibilities of papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
Since the LHTC meeting took place during the co-location of the AIST Leadership Conference with the Maintenance Solutions conference and the Western Conference, the LHTC discussed items to be brought up with these respective groups.
The revision of The Lubrication Engineers Manual was discussed. From there, discussion led to the concept of a lubrication-specific specialty training conference, using the newly revised manual as the basis of the course.

Dave Lunceford (right) presented the LHTC service plaque
to Jim Sidow (left).

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Salvatore Rea, Chemtura

  • Vice chair: Dave Lunceford, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler

  • Papers chair: Mrinal Manapatro, Pall Corp.

  • Lubrication Engineers Manual chair: Walt Kusnier, Messinger Bearings

  • Membership chair: Nick Borland, EVRAZ Portland

  • Specialty Conference chair: Walt Kusnier, Messinger Bearings

Jim Sidow (right), LHTC chair, presented Oscar Ferut (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the LHTC’s tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC.

The LHTC met 16–17 February 2016, Mobile, Ala., USA. The meeting began with a morning tour of AM/NS Calvert LLC. Darren Robertson, manager quality assurance, welcomed the group and gave an overview presentation of the plant. Oscar Ferut, lubrication engineer, then took the group on a tour of the hot mill. The LHTC invited guests from AM/NS Calvert LLC to attend their meeting and listen to technical presentations.
The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Properties of PAOs,” by John Schlobohm, American Chemical Technologies Inc.

  • “History of Castrol,” by John Haspert, Castrol.

  • “Intro to Greases and Properties,” by Collin White, Fuchs Lubricants Co.

  • “Tracking Bearing Failures to Determine Developing a Better Lube Program,” by John Kurosky of Blue Star Lubricants.

  • “Chemtura Products and the Importance of Additives,” by Salvatore Rea of Chemtura/Anderol.

  • “Working With the DropsA Website to Select a Lube System,” by Jason Craft of DropsA USA.

The LHTC reviewed its technical session for AISTech 2016. Papers chair and session chair roles were also discussed.
LHTC officers were nominated for the 2016–2017 term.
The 5th edition of the Lubrication Engineer’s Manual is in progress. The manual subcommittee met at AIST headquarters on 5–6 April 2016 in order to work with AIST’s editorial staff to develop a production schedule.