Technology Committees

Rolls Technology Committee Activities

The RTC and SHTC met 22–23 January 2019, Charleston, S.C., USA. 

RTC Highlights:
RTC vice chair Chris Hrizo reported on the RTC’s AISTech 2019 technical sessions. There is enough interest in presenting material in the Rolls session at AISTech that the RTC is considering a second session.
The winner of the Rolls Technology Best Paper Award was chosen. This award will be presented during the RTC meeting at AISTech 2019.
The Fall 2019 meeting location and tour site was discussed extensively, with tentative dates recommended in October.
A discussion of the upcoming Reliability Achievements Award application deadline was held. Attendees were encouraged to have mills consider submitting projects for the award. 
Membership chair Lydia Stromei spoke about the AIST Foundation Scholarships that are available as well as the T.C. Graham Award, which led to an enlightened discussion about recent recipients of the US$20,000 prize.
Stromei updated the group on the AIST 2018 European Steel Forum, which was held 3–5 October in Udine, Italy. The Forum brought together European industry representatives for three days of knowledge sharing and networking. Topics covered included the recent tariffs on steel in the U.S. and women in the steel industry from a European viewpoint.
There was much discussion about the inaugural Digital Transformation Forum for the Steel Industry and the AIST Digital Transformation Task Force. Christopher Pace will represent the RTC on the Task Force.
The following morning, the RTC toured Nucor Steel–Berkeley.

RTC chair Heather Creely (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Jimmy Black (left) for hosting the RTC’s tour of Nucor Steel–Berkeley during its January meeting.

SHTC Highlights:
The SHTC reviewed the 2018 Steel Industry Fatalities, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. The committee suggested a new fatality tab showing relatable fatalities not associated with the steel industry. There was interest in collaborating with the Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) to develop steel producer safety benchmarking. 
Ricky Rollins, papers chair, reviewed the SHTC’s AISTech 2019 sessions. The SHTC has three sessions scheduled. He also reviewed the instructions for session chair and papers chair.
Nominations were taken for SHTC officers for the 2019–2020 term.
Brad Bray and Malcom Dunbar provided an update on the 2020 Leading Safety Into the Future conference, which will be held 21–24 June 2020 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.
Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Butler Division will host the tour for the SHTC’s Fall 2019 meeting. As of this writing, the date was still to be determined.
The SHTC reviewed the schedule for Safety First articles in Iron & Steel Technology, and SHTC members were encouraged to contribute an article, or to reach out to colleagues for one.
Brad Bray and Justin Hoover will represent the SHTC at the Digital Transformation Task Force meeting at AISTech 2019.
The following morning, the SHTC toured SafeRack.

Justin Hoover, SHTC vice chair, presented Kenny Rogers, SafeRack, a plaque of appreciation (left to right): Jeff Gilbert, Charlie Droessler, Paul Thurber, Jason Merschat, Hoover, Rogers, Rob Honeycutt and Jeff Reichert.

Joint Meeting Activities:
The RTC and SHTC convened on 22 January 2019 for the following technical presentations:

  • “Why People Do What They Do? Complacency Curve/Rethinking Safety,” by Gary Higbee, Safe Start.

  • “Applications With Safety: Positioning Systems in the Roll Shops,” by Franco LaBruna, Janus Automation.

  • “Roll Shop Equipment and Mill Safety Equipment,” by Jeremy Bultema, AIM Machinery.

The HSRTC and RTC met 25–26 September 2018, Hammond, IN, USA
The two-day joint meeting was held at Purdue University Northwest. The meeting included tours of the 80-Inch Hot Strip Mill at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor and ANDRITZ Herr-Voss Stamco Inc. The tour of ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor also included its roll shop. The six-person committee that planned this joint meeting received a hearty thank-you from the attendees.
At the HSRTC meeting, Nancy Hake gave an overview of Hot Sheet and Plate Rolling Fundamentals — Practical Training Seminars, which was held in Mobile, Ala., USA, 25 February–1 March 2018. Due to industry demand, this training will be offered every 18 months instead of every 24 months. The next installment is being planned for the Hammond, Ind., USA, area in October 2019. The planning committee for this conference is working to eliminate topic overlap, expand the reliability section, and include more videos and visuals in the presentations.
There was discussion on the Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award. A motion was recently passed that allows a paper presented under a different Technology Committee to be eligible for the Hot Sheet Rolling Best Paper Award, providing the paper is relevant to the HSRTC. Seven papers are under consideration for the award this year. Volunteers were taken for the award selection committee.
At the RTC’s meeting, Raphael Steinhagen, RTC papers chair, reviewed the AISTech 2019 abstracts being selected for a stand-alone RTC session. He also collected names of session chair volunteers. He then touched on the Rolls Technology Best Paper Award, which will be presented at AISTech 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa., USA.
Presentations were given by the following attendees:

  • Nancy Hake, NLMK Indiana.

  • Heather Creely, Nucor Steel–Indiana.

  • Jason Reiner, Nucor Steel–Arkansas.

  • Max Blunt and Mehul Patel, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor.

  • Bill Seres, Steel Dynamics Inc. – Flat Roll Group Columbus Division.

  • Dave Hamblin, Nucor Steel–Berkeley.

  • Bill Remley, U. S. Steel – Great Lakes.

  • Bobby Hines, Nucor Steel Gallatin.

  •  Ron Umbright, Anchor Seals.

  • Ryan Grundza, SMS Millcraft.

  • Gary Swinford, Chrome Deposit Corp.

A roundtable discussion was held, moderated by Chris Hrizo, RTC vice chair from WHEMCO. Isaac Garcia, University of Pittsburgh; Ian Ward, Primetals Technologies, Konstantin Redkin, WHEMCO; and Homero Ortiz, ArcelorMittal USA, participated in the panel.
Presenters highlighted their roles in the production of advanced high-strength steel. The major theme from the discussion is that producers are pushing the limits and capabilities of their mills, most of which were built in the 1950s and 1960s. There is an urgent need for greater communication between all parties.
In addition to the tours on the second day, the group enjoyed student presentations, with hands-on demonstrations in the Purdue University Northwest Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation.

1. Heather Creely (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Bill Donaldson (right), plant manager, ANDRITZ Herr-Voss Stamco Inc. 2. Heather Creely (left) presented a plaque of appreciation to Chenn Zhou (right), director, Center for Innovation Through Visualization and Simulation, Purdue University Northwest.
Heather Creely (left) and Bill Seres (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Brian Warnock (center), division manager, 80-Inch Hot Strip Mill at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor (East).
Chris Hrizo (left) and Heather Creely (center) presented Paul Fleiner (right) with the RTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

The RTC met 7 May 2018, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Heather Creely, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Vice chair: Chris Hrizo, WHEMCO Inc.

  • Papers chair: Raphael Steinhagen, Gontermann-Peipers America Inc.

The RTC met 30–31 January 2018, Memphis, Tenn., USA. There were 42 members in attendance, 13 of which were producers.
The RTC received nominations for committee officers for the 2018–2019 term.
A healthy discussion centered on a formal presentation given by Lydia Stromei, membership chair, which showed attendance at past RTC meetings. She encouraged everyone to suggest ways to engage more members. Joint meetings, like what the RTC has arranged in the past, are being received with great enthusiasm. And, committee officers are now working on a communication piece, intending to send it to a larger audience with some of the ideas developed during this meeting.
There was a lengthy discussion on future meeting sites, and this included a definite interest for visiting producer sites. A unique feature could include holding these meetings inside the host mills. This would provide an opportunity to open up attendance to more mill personnel, while keeping the travel expenses and time away from the job to a minimum.
The RTC then discussed its technical session for AISTech 2018.
During the tour of Big River Steel, the attendees spent considerable time in the EAF, RH vacuum degasser and slab caster front-end of the operations. Foundations for the second EAF and caster systems were visible and pointed out by mill staff.
A group dinner arranged during the meeting was appreciated for extended networking.
The following presentations were given:

  •  “MORGOIL® Bearings — Upgrades, Maintenance and New Developments,” by Ian Ward, Primetals Technologies.

  •  “Latest Developments in Work Roll Bearings,” by Andrew Layne, SKF.

Paul Fleiner (right), RTC chair, and Heather Creely (left), RTC vice chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Tommie Kifer (center) for hosting the RTC’s tour of Big River Steel.

The RTC met 26–27 September 2017, Holland, Ohio, USA. Chris Hrizo, papers chair, led the AISTech 2018 session development discussion. The RTC selected session chairs and reviewed session chair responsibilities.
Hrizo also noted that the Rolls Best Paper Award planning was underway and the winner would be awarded during the RTC meeting at AISTech 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.
The meeting continued with a review of the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report and a roundtable discussion.
The following presentations on roll shop management systems were given:

  • RSMS at Columbus Roll Shop,” by Gary Swinford, Chrome Deposit Corp.

  • North Star BlueScope RMS System,” by Joe Porter, North Star BlueScope Steel LLC.

  • New Web-Enabled RMSTrax System,” by Ken Hutchinson, AS&E.

  • Backup Roll Inventory Management,” by Jim Slawinski, Union Electric Åkers.

The meeting concluded and the group had a tour of the North Star BlueScope Steel in Delta, Ohio, USA.

Paul Fleiner (left) presented Joe Porter (right), roll shop supervisor at North Star BlueScope Steel, with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the RTC.
Paul Fleiner (right) presented Terry Boyd (left) with the RTC service plaque.

The RTC met 8 May 2017, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Paul Fleiner, Hitachi Metals America LLC

  • Vice chair: Heather Creely, Nucor Steel–Indiana

  • Papers chair: Chris Hrizo, WHEMCO Inc.

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 RTC and CSRTC met 31 August—1 September 2016, Terre Haute, IN, USA. The committees reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Terry Boyd, RTC chair, gave a presentation on safety practices and improvements at Nucor Steel–Arkansas.
The group split into separate rooms to work on committee-specific items. Both committees reviewed their AISTech 2017 paper sessions, selected session chairs, finalized their AISTech 2018 Call for Papers verbiage and discussed items to be brought up at the AIST Leadership Conference.
The RTC selected volunteers to select the recipient of the Rolls Technology Award for Best Paper. The committee also created a subcommittee for the creation of a Roll Shop Roundup.
The CSRTC nominated and confirmed Bob Waldron of Nucor Steel–Berkeley as its vice chair.
The committees rejoined for a networking lunch followed by technical presentations in the afternoon.
The following presentations were given:

  • “Roll Cooling,” by Oldair Sasso, Spraying Systems Co.

  • “Forged HSS Roll Technology,” by Jim Slawinski, Union Electric Åkers.

  • “Quality Improvements & Energy Optimization,” by Adam Trinks, Silvent.

  • A plant overview as given by Brock Miller, CSN.

The meeting concluded the following day with a full tour of CSN’s cold sheet rolling facility in Terre Haute.

Terry Boyd (right), RTC chair, presented Brock Miller (left) with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the CSRTC’s and RTC’s tour of CSN.
The RTC service plaque was presented to Terry Boyd (left
to right): Paul Fleiner, Boyd and Homero Ortiz.

The RTC met 16 May 2016, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Terry Boyd, Nucor Steel–Arkansas

  • Vice chair: Paul Fleiner, Hitachi Metals America

  • Papers chair: Christopher Hrizo, WHEMCO Inc.

The RTC met 26–27 January 2016, Lafayette, Ind., USA. The RTC finalized its three technical sessions for AISTech 2016, which are “Hot Mill Technologies” on Monday afternoon, “Cold Mill Technologies” on Tuesday morning and “New Developments in Roll Reprocessing Technologies” on Tuesday afternoon.
The RTC discussed the nominations for committee leadership for the 2016–2017 term. 
A template for a Roll Shop Roundup was established. The intent will be to have each lathe and grinding machine identified by the RTC meeting at AISTech.
The following technical presentations were given:

  • “Grinding Wheel Technologies,” by Lou Divers of Precision Abrasives and Kelly Pica of Saint-Gobain Abrasives.

  •  “Herkules MACHtechnology — Superior Grinding,” by Bob Curler of Herkules.

Terry Boyd presented a plaque of appreciation to Dan Gilbert for hosting the RTC’s tour of Wabash International (left to right): John LaBelle, Raphael Steinhagen, Heather Creely, Jean-Daniel Auzas, Lydia Stromei, Bob Curler, Boyd, Paul Fleiner, Bob Bennett and Gilbert.
Terry Boyd (left) and Paul Fleiner (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Allie Louthen (center) for hosting the RTC’s tour of Subaru of Indiana Automotive.

The RTC and PRTC met 22–23 September 2015, Pittsburgh, Pa., USA. The PRTC and RTC had separate business meetings with joint presentations and tours. 
Homero Ortiz, RTC papers chair, reviewed the RTC’s technical session layouts for AISTech 2016, which includes sessions on Monday afternoon and all day on Tuesday.
The RTC finalized its AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic by adding roll surface analysis to the existing topics.
Ortiz reviewed the status of the Rolls Best Paper nomination process, in which the RTC officers and John Ballani will re-view the two best-of-session papers from AISTech 2015 and vote on the winner.
There was a discussion on developing a Roll Shop Roundup, which was tabled until the next RTC meeting.  
The PRTC mission statement was revised as: “To promote advancement in safe plate rolling, finishing, quality practices, operating technologies and processing through information exchange.”
Eric Thokar discussed the PRTC’s AISTech 2016 technical session, which will be one morning session on Monday titled “Latest Advancements in Plate Rolling.” Blane Vines and Tom Bovalina volunteered to be session chairs.
Charlie Bender will champion the development of the criteria for the Norman Hodgson Outstanding Achievement Award nomination process.
The PRTC AISTech 2017 Call for Papers topic was finalized.
Blane Vines reported that the AIST 2015 North American Plate/Steckel Mill Roundup was ready for publication. This roundup was published in the November 2015 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.
The AIST Process Benchmarker® Plate Rolling Module has been developed, and producer members are encouraged to input their data.
Eric Thokar discussed Plate Rolling Fundamentals, which will be held in conjunction with Hot Rolling Fundamentals on 21–25 February 2016 in Birmingham, Ala., USA. More information about this seminar can be found on pages 148–150 of this issue.
The following individuals gave technical presentations:

  • Roman Pankiw of Duraloy spoke about the history of the company, the facility and what was to be expected during the tour the next day.

  • Neal Fedak of AIM Machinery gave a presentation on capabilities, including a variety of roll shop material handling equip-ment, lifting devices, and plate mill equipment such as centering guides and plate flippers.

  • Kevin Marsden of Whemco gave a presentation on Steckel mill coiling drums, their manufacture and design.

Both groups toured Duraloy Manufacturing in Scottsdale, Pa., and Brownsville Marine in Brownsville, Pa., USA.

1. Corey Ivey (left) and Paul Fleiner (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Roman Pankiw (center) for hosting a tour of Duraloy Manufacturing during the PRTC and RTC joint meeting. 2. Corey Ivey (front, left) and Paul Fleiner (front, right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Joe Kavulic (front, second from left) and Tim Scheib (front, second from right) for hosting the PRTC and RTC tour of Brownsville Marine. 3. The PRTC and RTC were able to launch a new barge.
Terry Boyd (right) presented the RTC service plaque to Lydia
Stromei (left).

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

  • Chair — Terry Boyd, Nucor Steel–Arkansas

  • Vice chair — Paul Fleiner, Hitachi Metals America Ltd.

  • Papers chair — Homero Ortiz, ArcelorMittal USA

  • Members chair — Tony Payling, Sarclad North America L.P.

Meeting Highlights:
The RTC developed discussion topics for future meetings: lifting devices and chock removing equipment  in roll shops and the integration of the thrust ring on hot mill work rolls instead of removing from the old rolls and reinstalling on the new roll.

The RTC met 27–28 January 2015, Mobile, Ala., USA. Dave Marshal presented, “Planning Major Maintenance Outages.” In addition, a case study was presented by Terry Charters depicting the recent Z line project upgrade at U. S. Steel Canada.
The AIST Project Excellence Award candidates were reviewed by Clay Piper. Ted Vrehas reviewed the current AISTech technical session status with the group.
Russell Sindrey reviewed the results of the membership survey that was conducted by the PCMTC.
Volunteers were solicited to form an organizing committee for a new training conference on project management that will be offered by the PCMTC.
The group toured AM/NS Calvert LLC, specifically the hot strip mill, cold strip mill and the galvanizing facility.
Next PCMTC Meeting: Monday, 4 May 2015 during AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA