Technology Committees

Material Handling Technology Committee Meeting

16–17 October 2019Holiday Inn City of Knowledge at the Panama Canal Panama Canal, Panama

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Hotel Arrangements

Holiday Inn City of Knowledge at the Panama Canal
Ave. Omar Torrijos Herrera
Clayton, Panama Canal 7336
Reserve by 8 October for AIST Room Rate of US$90
For reservations, call 507.340.9858 or book online 

Notice: This tour of the Panama Canal requires a copy of your passport photo to be sent ahead of this scheduled tour. Please send a copy of your passport page (shows photo) to Lauren Dlugopolski ( at AIST before August 1st to confirm your spot along with your meeting registration fee of $150.

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

9 a.m.

1. Chair’s opening remarks - Bruce Zimmerman 
2. Appoint minute-taker
3. Antitrust guidelines
4. Membership and attendance
5. Review minutes of previous meeting
6. AIST Staff Announcements

Main agenda items


Review 2019 Steel Industry Fatalities followed by a safety roundtable discussion


AISTech session development - Will Jones – Papers Chair

  • Selection of Abstracts (Due by 15 Sept) – (Handle via conference call if necessary)

  • Determine session structure (Due by 30 Oct) including session titles & session chairs

  • Review Papers Chair and Session Chair instructions


Finalize call for papers for next year

  • Safety policies, procedures, strategies and prevention with material handling; product tracking and identification; fleet management strategies; material handling equipment; equipment/vehicle maintenance strategies; scrap handling; government regulations impacting material handling; communication technologies; automation technologies; infrastructure maintenance of roads, tracks, bridges, etc.; or outsourcing of services.


AIST Leadership Conference – Solicit any discussion items/concerns from the TC to be discussed at the LDC


Joint Technology Committee Training conference - Everette Davis & Larry Guinn - Co-Education Chairs

  • Plans for the MHTC – TLTC – SHTC to develop program

  • Date proposed would be Fall 2021


Winter 2020 MHTC meeting venue / site / date


Discussion / presentation items

a All attendees will be asked to make a 15 minute presentation on safety programs, delivery performance, or current shipping issues


Next meeting – TBD – Port of Mobile week of Jan. 20th?


Chair conclusion - Bruce Zimmerman

3 p.m.


3 p.m.

Tour Old Panama City


Group meeting and free time.  After the meeting it is suggested to go to an interesting, quaint location in “Old Panama City” called Casco Antigua. It is an interesting place to walk around, numerous shops where wives can spend money if they are coming.  Restaurants are plentiful.  

Thursday, 17 October 2019

  1. MIT will order a bus to pick everyone up at 6:15 a.m. and take us all to the train station.  Coffee is available on the train.

  2. We will arrive in Colon around 8:15 a.m. and our bus will meet us at the station and take us all to the MIT terminal.  

  3. Breakfast at the terminal from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. on the terminal.

  4. Tour terminal from approximately 9:30-12:00 p.m.

  5. Return to the terminal cafeteria for lunch around noon – 1:00 p.m.

  6. Following lunch our bus will take use to Aguas Claras so we can watch the new locks in operation.  There is a very interesting 12-15 minute movie we will see just prior to walking a very short distance to the viewpoint to watch the new locks in operation.  Hopefully there will be a ship transiting when we are there.

  7. At the conclusion of the tour our bus will take us back to our hotel.  Dinner can either be at the hotel or we can go to a restaurant in downtown Panama for your final night if that is what the group, or any individuals, would like to do.

  8. You can get a feel for the terminal and the breadth of the Carrix Company’s operations by googling Manzanillo International Terminal, Colon, Panama