Technology Committees


Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee Activities

Andy Pinskey (right) presented Kevin Ninehouser (left) with the SAFTC service plaque at AISTech 2018.

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

  • Chair: Kevin Ninehouser, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Vice chair: Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Papers chair: Calum Learn, ArcelorMittal Steelton

  • Education chair: Allen Chan, Praxair Inc.

The SAFTC met 13–15 March 2018, Florence, S.C., USA. The SAFTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Andy Pinskey reviewed the SAFTC’s technical session for AISTech 2018, and re-emphasized the roles of session chair and papers chair.
Nominations for SAFTC officers for the 2018–2019 term were taken.
John Middleton reviewed the June 2018 joint study tour of Spain with the Steel Founders’ Society of America. Six foundries are confirmed, with two more to be added.
The program for Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar was reviewed and revised. The course will be held on 19–22 March 2019 in Harrisburg, Pa., USA, with Carpenter Technology Corp. serving as host plant.
The SAFTC’s Fall 2018 meeting and tour site were discussed. It will be held near The Pennsylvania State University campus. Presentations and university participation are yet to be determined.
Cary Andrews gave an overview of Superior Machine Co., and Louis Pignotti gave a corporate overview of Kolene Corp.
On Thursday, 15 March, the group toured Nucor Steel–South Carolina and Remelt Sources Inc.

1. Joseph Ogea, process improvement engineer for Apollo Flow Controls, accepted a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of the facility from Charles Fink (left to right): John Middleton, John Joyce, Andy Pinskey, Fink, Ogea, Trevor Shellhammer, Dennis Rodal, Mark Suer and Louis Pignotti. 2. George Knapp, executive vice president of Remelt Sources Inc., accepted a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour from John Middleton (left to right): Dennis Rodal, Louis Pignotti, Andy Pinskey, John Joyce, Middleton, Knapp, Herm Moggee, Trevor Shellhammer, Charlie Fink and Mark Suer.
Ian Deeks, caster day supervisor, Nucor Steel–South Carolina, led the SAFTC through a tour of the steelmaking facilities at Nucor Steel–South Carolina (left to right): Louis Pignotti, Trevor Shellhammer, John Joyce, Dennis Rodal, Mark Suer, Deeks, Charlie Fink, Herm Moggee, John Middleton and Andy Pinskey.
 
1. Kevin Ninehouser (left), SAFTC chair, presents a plaque of appreciation to Don Voke (right), manager of proposal engineering and development, Duraloy Technologies, for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of Duraloy. 2. Kevin Ninehouser (left) presented the AIST Steel Wheel to Jessica Kadie-Barclay from the West Overton Village and Museums in appreciation for the tour of the facilities. 3. The SAFTC toured the Mount Vernon iron furnace, which was built in 1798.

The SAFTC met 27–28 September 2017, West Overton, Pa., USA. The SAFTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a roundtable discussion.
Calum Learn, SAFTC papers chair, led the discussion on AISTech session development. There are two sessions scheduled with plans for a third session for Tuesday morning. Session chairs were selected, and the instructions for papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
The recipient of the 2018 Specialty Alloy and Foundry Best Paper Award was selected. This award will be presented at the SAFTC meeting at AISTech 2018 in Philadelphia, Pa., USA.
Dennis Rodal gave an update on the committee’s 2019 Technology Training course. Mike Sullivan will approach Carpenter Technology Corp. in Reading, Pa., USA, to host this training seminar scheduled for March 2019. 
John Middleton of the Steel Founders’ Society of America (SFSA) discussed the SAFTC’s Spain Study Tour, scheduled for 24–30 June 2018. Collaborators include UNESID, a steelmakers’ association; FEAF, the Spanish Federation of Foundry Associations; Innovatek (logistics); and Lincoln College. This second SAFTC/SFSA international study tour will have a 25-person limit. Six lunch/dinner sponsorships will be available for non-producer members to participate. Contact Pat Philbin at AIST for additional information.

Presentations were given by the following attendees:

  • Charles Fink, Inductotherm: “Water Cooling and Recirculating Systems for Induction Furnaces.”

  • Herman Moggee, Magnesita: “World Stainless Steel, Production and Refractories.”

  • Logan Holmes: A historical presentation on Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie.

A potential date and venue for the SAFTC’s fall 2018 meeting is 18–20 September near The Pennsylvania State University.
On Thursday, 28 September 2017, the SAFTC toured the West Overton Village Museum, DURALOY and the Mount Vernon Iron Furnace.

The SAFTC enjoyed a hands-on experience with a local group of blacksmiths learning the ironworking trade.
 
 

 

Calum Learn (left) presented Andy Pinskey (right) with the SAFTC service plaque.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Kevin Ninehouser, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Vice chair: Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Papers chair: Calum Learn, ArcelorMittal Steelton

  • Education chair: Allen Chan, Praxair Inc.

  • Study tour chair: John Middleton, Multon Process Technology Ltd.

The SAFTC met 16 March 2017, Mobile, Ala., USA. The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The group then reviewed the SAFTC AISTech 2017 technical sessions and discussed the role of session chair.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the SAFTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
The SAFTC Best Paper Award subcommittee was formed, and consists of SAFTC past chairs Dennis Rodal, Andy Pinskey, Mark Suer and Allen Chan, who will chair the subcommittee. 
Allen Chan reviewed Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar. This conference is discussed on page 331 of this issue. The SAFTC reviewed the success of the conference and offered suggestions for improvement.
A 2018 Specialty Alloy and Foundry Spain Study Tour with the Steel Founders’ Society of America was discussed, to be held in June 2018. John Middleton presented a preliminary agenda, which included the five largest steel producers in Spain, along with a variety of steel foundries.
The fall 2017 SAFTC meeting will be held on 27–28 September 2017 in West Overton, Pa., USA, and the spring 2018 meeting will be held in South Carolina.

The SAFTC met 26–27 October 2016, Westampton, NJ, USA.  The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Calum Learn discussed the SAFTC’s AISTech 2017 technical session development. Ten papers were scheduled. Session chairs were selected, and the roles of papers chair and session chair were reviewed.
Raymond Monroe provided an update on Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar. This conference will be held in Mobile, Ala., USA, on 13–16 March 2017 with Outokumpu as the tour host.
John Middleton reviewed the Specialty Alloy & Foundry Study Tour, which was held in June 2016. The next Specialty Alloy & Foundry Study Tour with the Steel Founders’ Society of America is being planned for June 2018 in Spain. Middleton and Monroe will present a program outline at the next SAFTC meeting.
The SAFTC has agreed to create a best paper award to be given to the best paper presented at AISTech regarding specialty steelmaking or foundry innovations with process improvements. A nominating subcommittee was also created for this award.

The following presentations were given:

  • “Safety on the Furnace Deck,” by Charlie Fink, Inductotherm Corp. 

  • “Tackling Some ‘Kobayashi Maru’s’ in Recycling,” by Dennis Rodal, ELG Haniel Metals.

  • “Iron Castings at American Foundry Society,” by Phillip Harrison, Penumbra Design Studio.

1. Charlie Fink (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented John Middleton (center) with a plaque of appreciation for organizing the first joint study tour between the AIST Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Committee and the Steel Founders’ Society of America, which took place in northern England in June 2016. 2. Charlie Fink, vice president customer relations and training for Inductotherm Corp., accepts a plaque of appreciation from Andy Pinskey, SAFTC chair, for hosting the SAFTC (left to right): Dennis Rodal, John Middleton, Pinskey, Trevor Shellhammer, Fink, Mark Suer, Raymond Monroe, Phillip Harrison and Garrett Smith.
 
The SAFTC service plaque was presented to Mark Suer
(left to right): Andy Pinskey, Suer and Kevin Ninehouser.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Vice chair: Kevin Ninehouser, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Papers chair: Calum Learn, ArcelorMittal Steelton

The SAFTC met 16–17 March 2016, Warrendale, Pa., USA.
The SAFTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report in a roundtable discussion, followed by roundtable discussion.
The SAFTC reviewed its AISTech 2016 technical sessions. The roles of session chair and papers chair were discussed, and the session protocol was reviewed.
The SAFTC approved establishing a Best Paper Award. The first award will be presented at AISTech 2017.
Nominations for SAFTC officers for the 2016–2017 term were confirmed.
Allen Chan and Dennis Rodal gave an update on the 2017 Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar.
John Middleton gave an update on the 2016 United Kingdom Study Tour. As of the meeting, 14 SAFTC members were registered. The group will be limited to 20 participants. Those interested in attending should contact Pat Philbin at pphilbin@aist.org.
The following individuals gave presentations:

  • Tom Kasun of ALCOA, “Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment.”

  • Charles Fink of Inductotherm, “Introduction to Induction Furnaces.”

  • Howard Kuhn of America Makes.

  • Diana David of Steel Founders’ Society of America.

The group was given tours of Industrial Gasket & Shim (IGS Industries) and All-Clad on 17 March 2016.

Mark Suer (left), SAFTC chair, and Andy Pinskey (right), SAFTC papers chair, presented a plaque of appreciation to Jean Stewart (to the right of Suer) and Bill Groll (to the right of Stewart) of All-Clad, a division of Groupe SEB.
Mark Suer (left) and Andy Pinskey (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to Dave Sphar (center), president of IGS Industries. 

The SAFTC met 21–22 October 2015, Bethlehem, Pa., USA. 
The SAFTC reviewed the 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities Report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Andy Pinskey, papers chair, discussed the SAFTC’s AISTech 2016 technical sessions. Three sessions were scheduled and session chairs were nominated.
Allen Chan and Raymond Monroe discussed the program outline for Secondary Steelmaking Refractories — A Practical Training Seminar and the changes needed for the next training seminar, which is tentatively scheduled for 20–23 February 2017 in Mobile, Ala., USA. The seminar program will be reviewed at the next SAFTC meeting.
John Middleton discussed the 2016 SAFTC and Steel Founders’ Society of America’s England Study Tour, which will be held 19–25 June 2016. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2016. The study tour will be limited to 25 participants. For more information contact Pat Philbin at pphilbin@aist.org.
The following presentations were given:

“Specialty Steelmaking,” by Raymond Monroe of Steel Founders’ Society of America.

“Innovative Refractory Gate Tile Products,” by Richard Kilgore of Schaefer Industrial Ceramics.

“New Refractory Spray Products,” by Aaron Ingalls of Emerald Refractories.

On Thursday, 22 October 2015, the SAFTC toured the Minteq Research Center, Effort Foundry and the ATLASS Lab at Lehigh University.

1. Andy Pinskey (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented Richard Griffin (center), global director R&D, Minteq Research Center, with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of Minteq Research Center. 2. Raymond Monroe (left) and Trevor Shellhammer (right) presented Charles Hamburg (center), CEO of Effort Foundry Inc., with a plaque of appreciation for hosting the SAFTC’s tour of Effort Foundry on 22 October 2015.
 
 
The SAFTC service plaque was presented to Mark Suer (left to right): Allen Chan, Suer, Tom Kantor and Andy Pinskey.

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

  • Chair — Mark Suer, Special Metals Corp.

  • Vice chair — Tom Kantor, Carpenter Latrobe Operations

  • Papers chair — Andy Pinskey, Holland Manufacturing Corp.

  • Education chair — Allen Chan, Praxair Inc.

Meeting Highlights:
Allen Chan gave an update on the 2015 Specialty Alloy & Foundry Technology Training Conference, which was held on 20–23 July 2015 in Monroeville, Pa., USA. He reviewed the program outline and asked SAFTC members to solicit participation in the conference.
A joint study tour with the Steel Founders’ Society will be held on 19–25 June 2016. The delegates will travel to Northern England to visit steel foundries and specialty steelmakers. John Middleton of Multon Process Technologies discussed the program outline. The plans for the study tour will be finalized before the SAFTC’s fall 2015 meeting.

The SAFTC met 25–26 March 2015, Huntsville, Ala., USA. The 2014 and 2015 Steel Industry Fatalities reports were reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
The SAFTC finalized its AISTech sessions for Tuesday, 5 May. The roles of session chairs and papers chair were reviewed.
Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
An update was given on Specialty Alloy and Foundry — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held on 20–23 July 2015 in Monroeville, Pa., USA. Two new presentations were added to the schedule.
The SAFTC’s fall 2015 meeting was discussed. The meeting will be held on 21–22 October 2015 near Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. John DuPont of Lehigh University will participate in the discussion, and two tours are being planned for the meeting.
A joint study tour will be held between the SAFTC and the Steel Founders’ Society of America. The study tour will be held on 19–25 June 2016 and will include Northern England specialty steel companies and foundry companies. Mike Strelbisky, study tour chair, and John Middleton, Multon Process Technology Ltd., will organize the program for this study tour.

The following presentations were given:

  • “Department of Defense Procurement Programs and Types of End-Use Products,” by Robert J. Olson,  U.S. Army AMRDEC.

  • “EAF and Induction Melting,” by Dominic Varghese, ABP Induction LLC.

  • Ernie Jones gave a presentation on Carpenter Technology Corp. Athens Operations.

  • Ken Hoekstra, Holland Manufacturing Corp., gave a 3D refractory presentation.