Technology Committees


Transportation & Logistics Technology Committee Activities

The TLTC met 3–4 October 2018, Washington, D.C., USA.
The TLTC reviewed the 2018 Steel Industry Fatalities statistics, followed by a roundtable discussion.
Allan Welch, Olympic Steel, TLTC papers chair, discussed the technical session development for AISTech 2019. The selection of abstracts, as well as session titles and structure, will be done collaboratively with the Material Handling Technology Committee. More submissions are being sought from industry professionals, local colleges and research groups.
The meeting also included a number of presentations and a visit to Capitol Hill. See pages 104–110 of this issue to read more.

Larry Guinn was presented with the TLTC service plaque at AISTech 2018 (left to right): Doug Niksch, Guinn, Kevin Ray and Everette Davis.

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

  • Chair: Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Vice chair: Kevin Ray, Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.

  • Papers chair: Allan Welch, Olympic Steel Inc.

  • Education chair: Everette Davis, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Membership chair: Chance Suggs, Berg Steel Pipe Corp.

The TLTC met 6–7 March 2018, Birmingham, Ala., USA. The TLTC reviewed the 2017 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Allan Welch, papers chair, reviewed the TLTC’s technical sessions for AISTech 2018. The committee has two sessions scheduled as joint sessions with the Material Handling Technology Committee. The roles of session chair and papers chair were re-emphasized.
Nominations for TLTC officers for the 2018–2019 term were taken, and topics and presentation ideas for the next TLTC meeting were discussed.
The group discussed safety practices for tarping truck loads. This practice causes issues for every shipper. TLTC members are asked to present their practices/process used for tarping trucks at the next TLTC meeting and to offer ideas on fall protection procedures.
Peter Purvis of CSX Atlanta presented, “Precision Scheduling the Rail Road.”
On 7 March, the TLTC joined in the annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Open Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC).
The AAR guidelines were reviewed.
Discussion items included the uniformity of banding coils, an update to the AAR OTLRC website, wire rod coils, 200 Series (Pipe Loads) and Dhatec.
The AAR will determine the 2019 joint meeting date and site.

The TLTC and MHTC 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.
 
 
 
Douglas Niksch (left) and Kevin Ray (right) presented the TLTC service plaque to Larry Guinn (center) on behalf of Donald Spencer.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Vice chair: Kevin Ray, Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.

  • Papers chair: Allan Welch, Olympic Steel Inc.

  • Members chair: Chance Suggs, Berg Pipe

  • OTLRC chair: Scott Norton, American Cast Iron Pipe Co.

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

The TLTC met 8–9 March 2017, Cary, N.C., USA. The TLTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Kevin Ray, papers chair, reviewed the TLTC’s AISTech 2017 technical sessions. The roles of session chair and papers chair were reviewed.
Committee officers for 2017–2018 were discussed and elections will take place during the TLTC meeting at AISTech 2017.
Doug Niksch discussed Material Handling and Transportation Logistics — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held on 9–12 October 2017 in Louisville, Ky., USA. The TLTC will hold a joint meeting with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC) following the training seminar on 12 October 2017.    
Technical presentations were given by Lew Edwards of Combilift USA and D.J. Mariano and Steve Hart of Dubose Strapping.
Scott Norton, chair of the Open-Top Loading Rules Committee (OTLRC) subcommittee, presented the Association of American Railroad (AAR) docket items to discuss and address with the AAR. The group then met with the AAR the following day at Railinc headquarters. The AAR has agreed to send AIST any revisions or adjustments via a circular letter so that TLTC members of the OTLRC can review and respond back with comments relating to steel shipments of coils, plate, pipe, beams or any existing loading rule figure that needs amended. The AAR and AIST will meet next year on Wednesday, 7 March 2018, at American Cast Iron Pipe Co. headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., USA.

 
 
Larry Guinn (right), TLTC vice chair, presented Anna Ehrich (right), director of federal government relations, Nucor Corp., with a plaque of appreciation at a reception held during the TLTC’s meeting in Washington, D.C., USA.

The TLTC met 5–6 October 2016, Washington, D.C., USA.  The TLTC reviewed the 2016 Steel Industry Fatalities report, followed by a safety roundtable discussion.
Kevin Ray discussed the TLTC’s AISTech 2017 technical session development. Eight abstracts were selected for two joint sessions with the Material Handling Technology Committee. Session chairs were selected, and instructions for papers chairs and session chairs were reviewed.
Doug Niksch discussed the 2017 Material Handling Transportation and Logistics — A Practical Training Seminar, which will be held in October 2017.
Presentations were given by Scott Boos, senior vice president for government affairs and policy, Alliance for American Manufacturing; Adam Parr, vice president of policy and communications, Steel Manufacturers Association; Jessie Perkins, director, government relations, American Iron and Steel Institute; and Catie Kawchak, legislative assistant, U.S. House of Representatives.
A Steel Industry Perspectives Panel Discussion was held, and included Anna Ehrich, director, federal government relations, Nucor Corp.; Tom Dower, senior director, government relations, ArcelorMittal USA; and Todd Young, managing director, federal government relations, United States Steel Corporation.
On 6 October 2016, the TLTC met with representatives from the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Steel Caucus, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Senate Steel Caucus.

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

The following officers were elected:

  • Chair: Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • Vice chair: Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Papers chair: Kevin Ray, Nucor-Yamato Steel Co.

The TLTC and MRTC 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 TLTC and MHTC 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 TLTC service plaque was presented to Donnie Spencer (left to right): David Haslar, Spencer, Larry Guinn and Doug Niksch.

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

  • Chair — Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

  • Vice chair — Larry Guinn, Nucor Steel–Berkeley

  • Papers chair — David Haslar, TimkenSteel Corp.

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

  • OTLRSC co-chairs — George Price, Berg Steel Pipe Corp., and Robert Barron, United States Steel Corporation

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 TLTC and Association of American Railroads joint annual meeting will be held on 14 April.

The TLTC met 4–5 March 2015, Houston, Texas, USA. Nominations for committee officers for the 2015–2016 term were confirmed. The nominations were then announced at AISTech 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Doug Niksch, TLTC education chair, discussed the TLTC’s 2016 specialty training conference with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC). Presentation topics and tour sites were solicited from the TLTC. The final program outline and tour site will be determined at a meeting to be held at Mi-Jack Products on 18 June 2015.
For its fall 2015 meeting, the TLTC will hold a joint meeting with the MHTC. Presentations will be given by David Haslar, TimkenSteel Corp.; Jon Repp, TimkenSteel Corp.; Robert Barron, United States Steel Corporation; and Donnie Spencer, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.
On Thursday, 5 March, the TLTC held its annual meeting with the Association of American Railroads.

The TLTC met 15–16 October 2015, Washington, D.C., USA. The 2014 Steel Industry Fatalities report was reviewed, followed by a safety roundtable discussion. Dave Haslar, TLTC papers chair, discussed the AISTech 2015 technical session development:

  • Two joint sessions were scheduled for AISTech 2015 with the Material Handling Technology Committee (MHTC).

  • Allan Welch, Olympic Steel, will moderate a panel discussion titled “Addressing Challenges Moving Steel,” with the following panelists: Rob Roberson, Nucor Corp.; Mike Wastchak, Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals; Les Iharosy, CN Railway; and Kent Jordan, CRST.

  • Session chairs were nominated.

  • Papers chair and session chair instructions were reviewed.

Doug Niksch, TLTC education chair, gave an update on a possible joint committee training seminar in 2016 with the MHTC. Presentation topics, tour site venues and timeframe will be decided by both committees during their 2015 winter meetings. Those interested in participating may contact Niksch.
The following presentations were given:

  • “ One Nucor — A New Approach,” by Rob Roberson, Nucor Corp.

  • “ Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs,” by Scott Boos, Alliance for American Manufacturing.

  • “ Congressional Concerns for the American Trucking Association,” by Chris Spear, American Trucking Association.

  • “ Status of Rail Economics” by Adam Parr, Steel Manufacturers Association.

  • “ Water Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and the Highway Trust Fund,” by Jessie Perkins, AISI.

  • “ 2014 Mid-Term Elections Update,” by Anna Ehrich, Nucor Corp.

On Thursday, 16 October 2014, the TLTC met with staff from the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; and Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind. A reception was hosted by Nucor Corp. that evening.