Technology Committees


Material Handling Technology Committee Activities

Tony Nath was presented with the MHTC service plaque at AISTech 2018 (left to right): Doug Niksch, Bruce Zimmerman, Nath, Jesse DeSpain and Everette Davis.

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

  • Chair: Tony Nath, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Vice chair: Bruce Zimmerman, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair: Jesse DeSpain, Nucor Steel–Texas

  • Education chair: Everette Davis, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

The MHTC met 17–18 January 2018, Modesto, Calif., USA.
The MHTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities  report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion.
The committee’s AISTech sessions were finalized by Jesse DeSpain, MHTC papers chair. The MHTC has two joint sessions with the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee. In addition, the roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations for MHTC officers for the 2018–2019 term were approved.
The MHTC’s Fall 2018 meeting was discussed. It will be held 12–13 September 2018. A tentative tour site is Melton Trucking in Tulsa, Okla., USA. The topic for the meeting will be truckers’ hours of operation.
The following technical presentations were given:

 • “Interactive Training for Mobile Equipment Safety,” by Jack Moreland, Purdue University Northwest. Moreland suggested that AIST members utilize Purdue University Northwest’s facilities to improve their material handling operations. Contact him at morelnj@purdue.edu for more information.

 • “We Are the Switch Gazers,” by Moises Torres, California Steel Industries.

The MHTC and TLTC met 12 October 2017, Louisville, Ky., USA. The group reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable discussion. Both committees were reminded how they can and should contact all active committee members about any safety or material handling–related issue.
AISTech 2018 session development was reviewed by Jesse DeSpain, MHTC papers chair, and Allan Welch, TLTC papers chair. Two joint sessions were scheduled. Session chairs were selected, and the instructions for papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
Doug Niksch and Everette Davis, education co-chairs for the MHTC and TLTC, provided a review of the 2017 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar. All agreed that the three-tour format was a success. A recap of the event appears on page 137 of this issue, with a review of the three tours on page 118.
The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Material Handling & Transportation Simulation Modeling at NLMK,” by Jason Merschat, Advanced Process Optimization Inc.

  • “Modern Logistics for Automatic Coils, Plates and Sheets Tracking, Transfer and Storage System,” by Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Pesmel.

Winter 2018 meeting presentations were discussed. Contact Larry Guinn, TLTC chair, or Tony Nath, MHTC chair, before 1 January 2018 to make a presentation for these meetings.

1. Jason Merchant, Advanced Process Optimization Inc., presented in the afternoon during the MHTC/TLTC joint meeting.
2. Jagannathan Rajagopalan, Pesmel, also presented at the joint meeting.
 
 
 
Everette Davis was presented with the MHTC service plaque (left to right): Tony Nath, Douglas Niksch, Davis, Bruce Zimmerman and Jesse DeSpain.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Tony Nath, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Vice chair: Bruce Zimmerman, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair: Jesse DeSpain, Nucor Steel–Texas

  • Education co-chairs: Doug Niksch, Mi-Jack Products Inc., and Everette Davis, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

The MHTC met 18–19 January 2017, Columbus, Miss., USA. The MHTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The MHTC reviewed its technical sessions for AISTech 2017. The MHTC will hold two joint sessions with the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday. The roles of session chair and papers chair were discussed. Election of MHTC officers for 2017–2018 will take place during AISTech 2017.
An update was given on the  2017 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics — A Practical Training Seminar. The conference will be held at the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville, Ky., USA, on 10–12 October 2017. Doug Niksch confirmed the three tour locations: UPS Regional Service Complex, Amazon Distribution Center and Jeff Boat.  The MHTC’s fall 2017 meeting will follow the training seminar tour on Thursday, 12 October 2017.
The MHTC’s winter 2018 meeting site will be held in Modesto, Calif., USA, on 18–19 January 2018. Transbotics will host the meeting, which will feature automated guided vehicle technologies and steel mill applications.

The following presentations were given:

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

  • “Material Handling With Magnets — Special Emphasis in VerticalEye Coils,” by Alex Hernandez and David Baker, SGM Magnetics.

  • “AGV Technology and Mill Applications,” by Chuck Russell, Transbotics.

  • “New-Age Scale Operations,” by Jonathan Wismann, Nucor Steel Gallatin.

  • “SwitchRite Switch Point Indicator Is the Solution,” by Bruce Zimmerman, Nucor Steel–Indiana.

Tony Nath (left), MHTC vice chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Hal Nowell (right), general sales manager, Taylor Machine Works, for hosting the MHTC’s meeting and plant tour.

The MHTC met 14–15 September 2016, Louisville, Miss., USA.
The MHTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable safety discussion.
Bruce Zimmerman, papers chair, gave an update on the MHTC’s AISTech 2017 technical session development. Eight abstracts were selected for two joint sessions with the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee. Session chairs were selected, and the roles of papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
The MHTC’s representatives at the AIST Leadership Conference will be Everette Davis, Tony Nath and Bruce Zimmerman.
Doug Niksch, education chair, discussed the 2017 Technology Training Conference. A possible third tour is being considered with UPS. The seminar program will be completed before 1 December 2016.
Bobby King of Greenfield Products  gave a presentation entitled “Barge Cover Lid Lifter,” and Hal Nowell of Taylor Machine Works gave a presentation on Taylor forklifts. The MHTC toured the Taylor Machine Works complex on Thursday, 15 September.

The MHTC service plaque was presented to Everette Davis
(left to right): Bruce Zimmerman, Larry Guinn, Davis, Tony
Nath and Doug Niksch.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Everette Davis, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Vice chair: Tony Nath, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Papers chair: Bruce Zimmerman, Nucor Steel–Indiana

The MHTC and TLTC met 16 September 2015, Canton, Ohio, USA. The MHTC and TLTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Fall protection for truck loading was the main topic of discussion.
Doug Niksch, education chair for both committees, discussed the 2016 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar, to be held 11–14 April 2016 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. Bridgestone Tire will serve as the host plant. Niksch reviewed the program outline for the conference and noted that a presenter is needed for the trucking regulations topic. George Price of Berg Steel Pipe and Mike Wheatley of Vallourec Star were added to the panel discussion titled “Moving Steel Safely, Effectively, Efficiently.” Members of both the MHTC and TLTC are encouraged to attend and support this training seminar.
The annual Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) Subcommittee joint meeting will take place following the 2016 Material Handling and Transportation Logistics Training Seminar on Thursday morning, 14 April 2016.
Bruce Zimmerman and David Haslar discussed the MHTC’s and TLTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session development. Four abstracts were selected to complete the Tuesday morning session. Additional abstracts will be scheduled for the Wednesday morning session.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Fall Protection at Nucor Steel–Nebraska,” by Mark Petracek of Nucor Steel–Nebraska.

  • “Bulk Loading Program at TimkenSteel,” by Matt Griffith of TimkenSteel Corp.

  • “High-Density Storage at TimkenSteel,” by David Haslar of TimkenSteel Corp.


 
 
The MHTC service plaque was presented to Gregg Bond (left to right): Everette Davis, Gregg Bond, Doug Niksch and Tony Nath.

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

  • Chair — Everette Davis, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Vice chair — Tony Nath, Nucor Steel Gallatin

  • Papers chair — Bruce Zimmerman, Nucor Steel– Indiana

  • Education chair — Doug Niksch, Mi-Jack Products Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
The joint MHTC and TLTC fall meeting was discussed. Presentations will  be  given  by  representatives from TimkenSteel Corp., United States Steel Corporation and Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
Doug Niksch reviewed the 2016 Material Handling & Transportation Logistics Technology Training Conference program outline. The conference will be held on 11–14 April 2016 in Nashville, Tenn., USA. Bridgestone  Tire will host a tour of its facility.

The MHTC and TLTC met 12–14 April 2016, Nashville, Tenn., USA. 
The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report in a  roundtable discussion.
The committees’ AISTech 2016 technical sessions were reviewed. Two joint sessions are to be held in the morning on Tuesday and Wednesday. The roles of session chair and papers chair were re-emphasized.
Nominations for MHTC and TLTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
The group discussed the 2017 Material Handling Transportation & Logistics Technology Training Conference. The conference was cancelled in 2016. The 2017 conference will be held on 3–5 October 2017 in Louisville, Ky., USA.
Hal Nowell of Taylor Machine Works Inc. and Doug Niksch of Mi-Jack Products Inc. gave technical presentations.
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the AIST Open Top Loading Rules Subcommittee held their annual joint meeting. The following items were discussed:

 

  • Recent beam load testing with Steel Dynamics Inc.

  • Impact testing at Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.

  • Impact testing continues with pipe load configurations for 200 series pipe.

  • Slab shipments are being tested.

  • AAR circulars will be made available to AIST so that they can be distributed in a timely manner to affected steel shippers.

  • Need to resolve issue for using stub stakes for plate shipments.

Myles Morgan (right) senior field engineer, Bridgestone Tire, hosted the MHTC’s and the TLTC’s tour of the Bridgestone LaVergne Plant facility. 
 

The MHTC met 21–22 January 2015, Ontario, Calif., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The AISTech 2015 technical sessions were reviewed, and it was noted that there are two vacancies.
Nominations for MHTC officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed and will be announced at AISTech 2015 in May.
Doug Niksch, MHTC education chair, reviewed several upcoming training conferences:

  • A specialty training conference for material handling and logistics in 2016. Several suggested topics were discussed to determine those issues with the most interest. Potential locations, tours and dates were also suggested. Niksch will discuss this seminar with the Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee (TLTC). Further discussions will take place during the joint meeting between the MHTC and TLTC at AISTech 2015. A joint planning committee will meet in Hazel Crest, Ill., USA, in June to finalize the program.

  • 2015 Safety & Health Specialty Conference agenda.

  • 2015 Mexico Safety & Health Specialty Conference.

 Past material handling specialty training conferences were also reviewed.
A joint meeting with the TLTC on 16–17 September 2015 was discussed. TimkenSteel Corp. has offered to host the meeting.  
The following presentations were given:

  • “Barriers and Process on Loading Pipe Into Railcars According to AAR Figure 124A,” by Mike Valencia, California Steel Industries Inc.

  • “Tire Preservation and Best Practices,” by Tony Femminella, Steel City Tire.

  • “Leading Safety — Making a Difference in People’s Lives,” by Malcom Dunbar, Edward C. Levy Co.

  • “Lifting Innovations in the Steel Industry,” by Peter Fulcher, Manitex LiftKing.

Next MHTC Meeting: Tuesday, 5 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA