October 8, 9, & 10 Meeting Agenda

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018

 7:00                      HOTEL BREAKFAST BUFFET

                              SIGN IN WITH YOUR BUSINESS CARD

 8:00 - 8:10.          INTRODUCTIONS & MEETING KICK OFF BY PRESIDENT SEAN COLLINS

 8:10 - 12:00         ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS.

                             (CLOSED TO SUPPLIERS)

 12:00 - 1:00         LUNCH BUFFET

 1:00 - 4:30           ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

                             (CLOSED TO SUPPLIERS)

 5:00 – 6:00          MEMBERS ARE ON THERE OWN FOR DINNER

 7:00 – 11:00        HOSPITALITY SUITE WITH HOURSDORVES

                             PROVIDED BY THE SUPPLIER GROUP (ALL INVITED)

 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018

 7:00 – 8:00          HOTEL BREAKFAST BUFFET

 8:00                      INTRODUCTION: VICE PRESIDENTS BILL HOSMER & JONATHAN PUTMAN

 8:05                      PRESENTATION:

LEE MONTGOMERY & STEVE HORNYAK OF CASTROL INDUSTRIAL PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED “LUBRICATION CHALLENGES”

 8:35 – 8:45          QUESTIONS

 8:45 – 9:00          BREAK

 9:00– 9:30           PRESENTATION: 

ROSS KOVANDA/TOM MILLS OF American Chemical technologies  & Robert McKimm form Professional lubricant solutions PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "US Steel Gary Works Caster Case Study ”

 

 9:30 – 9:40          QUESTIONS

 9:40—9:55          BREAK

  9:55 – 10:30        PRESENTATION:

DAVE ROBERTS OF AIRSTREAM PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED "Advanced Services Solutions to Drive Operational Excellence AT Nucor Jewett EAF Emission System Fans UPGRADE”

 10:30 – 10:45      QUESTIONS

 10:45 - 11:00       BREAK

 11:00 - 11:30       PRESENTATION: 

ROBERT STRAIN OF PRIMETALS PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "LADLE STIRING TECHNOLOGY”

 11:30 – 11:45      QUESTIONS

 12:00                 LUNCH BUFFET

 1:00 - 1:15           BOARD BUS OUTSIDE HOTEL PROMPTLY FOR THE TOUR OF ELLWOOD QUALITY STEELS NEW CASTLE FACILITY

 4:00 – 4:30          RETURN TO THE HOTEL

 6:00 -7:00            GATHER IN THE BALL ROOM FOR HAPPY HOUR

 7:00 - 8:30           DINNER

 GUEST SPEAKER:          

                             Bjorn Gabrielsson 

                             EGI Vice President

                             Steelmaking Technology

                             Ellwood group incorporated

 8:30 - 11:00         HOSPITALITY MIXER WITH BEVERAGES

 Wednesday OCTOBER 10, 2018            

 9:00 - 2:00           MEMBERS WILL ENJOY A GOLF OUTING AT THE

                              Mill Creek Golf Course

                             1 West Golf Dr.
                             Boardman, OH 44512

                              TEE OFF 9:00AM

 MEMBERS ARE ON THERE OUR FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK

Meeting Notice for the 45th meeting of the Maintenance Guild on October 8, 9, and 10, 2018.

The forty-fifth meeting of the Maintenance Guild will be held in Boardman, Ohio with our host Plant being Ellwood Quality Steels in New Castle.

All attendees should plan to be in an all-day round table session on Monday with an evening hospitality mixer. The technical presentations and tour will be on Tuesday and our Golf outing Wednesday morning. Transportation for the Plant tour will be provided for the group.

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel located at 7410 South Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44512. You can fly into Akron/Canton Regional Airport (CAK) which is 47 miles from the hotel, Cleveland International Airport (CLE) which is approximately 61 miles from the hotel or into Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) which is approximately 58 miles from the airport to the Holiday Inn. The room rate for the Guild members will be $104.99 dollars per night. To make your reservations, individuals should Call (800) 439-4745 or (330) 726-1611) ask for a room out of the "Maintenance Guild Meeting" block. You can also click Maintenance Guild to book on line. All reservations will be held after 6PM and guaranteed for late arrival only if accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed to a major credit card.

You need to make the meeting fee payments in advance. The cost for this meeting will be $350.00 (American). Registration and payment can now be made on our website www.maintguild.com or you can fax me a PO number at (330) 479-5061 and I will invoice you for the fees as long as we receive the funds prior to the meeting. This fee will cover the cost of meals, bus transportation, meeting rooms, and equipment.  The cutoff date for the block of room we have on hold is September 24 2018 so make your reservations soon. After this date the rooms will go on a first come first served basis. There are few hotels close to this location so please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Tuesday evening we will have a dinner with a guest speaker from Ellwood Quality Steel, New Castle

For those individuals that are interested there will be a group gathering Wednesday for a round of golf.  If you are interested in playing please contact Mark Kropf at kropfm@maintguild.com or call him at (330) 479-5060. I need to know by no later than October 5th if you plan on golfing so tee times can be secured.  We plan to Tee off by 9:00 and finish at 2:00. After the outing all members will be on their own for the rest of the weekend.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in Boardman. Ohio.

 

Meeting Minutes of the 44th Maintenance Guild meeting

Meeting minutes of the March 5th, – 6th 2018 meeting in Johnstown, PA

The members of the guild arrived on Monday March 5, 2018 for breakfast at 7:00am.              

Mark Kropf reviewed the details of the meeting along with the voting guidelines and covered the week’s event schedule.

The following companies were represented; AK Steel Mansfield, Algoma Steel, CMC Alabama, Charter Steel Cleveland, North American Höganäs, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, WINOA, Electralloy, & Vallorec Star.

Sean started the round table session by review a new process in the round table development to organize the round table topics by grouping began at 8:10 with questions from the floor.

Who is doing predictive maintenance on the electrode holder Clamp force and what is it? Group discussed the testing applications used and how they respond to the results. The discussion moved to the maintenance of the holders and who does it. The also discussed predictive maintenance plans for the mast, arms,

Does anyone have someone who does complete caster alignments for a slab caster?

SMS Millcraft, Danieli and Primetals mentioned.

BOF hood panel designs, tube materials and the coatings were discussed. The group reviewed the Maintenance activities to maintain and improve the life of this equipment and what other shop were doing.

What are other shops doing with EAF spray cooled roof repair during operations? The dust covers are too small for access so repairs have to be made under the roof when swung off. The group discussed the different scenarios of online repair from spray-cooled to tube type roofs.

Took a break at 9:10

We started back at 9:20

We put in a new lower shell and after a short time it has started to warp. Has anyone experienced lower shell warping? The group discussed different scenarios of failure modes plate material should be a 516 gr70 and stress reliving is another thing to consider.

As anyone had trouble with the trolley idle wheel bearing failures. We had an inner race cracked on the bearing. Shock load was one type of failure mode discussed. The group discussed other maintenance items that would impact that type of failure. Vibration temperature and grease test are predictive test discussed. Auto greaser systems were also covered.

Does anyone have older P&H Cranes? And where do you get your parts from? SES was a company mentioned that can do the reverse engineering for parts. Horsberger Scott, Xtek, Zenar. Where others that may be able to help.

What are other shops using for electrode spray rings? Primetals, More’ Danieli were some of the purchase systems mentioned others did there’s in house. We discussed flow rate and system purge along with spray up or down. The group discussed even spraying hot electrodes in the storage rack that were pulled for downturns to minimize oxidation losses. Can it be utilized on the LMF? Yes

Does anyone have issues with moisture getting pulled into the baghouse duct from leaks on the outside? Have you tried using a smoke test system to find those leaks?

We have 3 cranes in one bay, so on a down day how do you manage safety during crane PMs? Lock outs, tags on boxes, and rail stops were all discussed, as well as the procedures that other shops are using.

The conversation moved to working at heights with tool tie off systems to prevent tool drops for safety. Discussed the yellow, red and blue taped off areas and what each meant and allow as for entry in the taped off area.

Took a break at 11:00

We started back at 11:15

Does anyone use a block and bleed valve for sidewall panels? No one present has used them, they do have pressure relief valves in the drain side. One shop uses a “T” block with a ½” bleed valve to bleed off any pressure. As a bypass to the pressure relief valves.

What has other shop done to improve grease systems on their cranes? Auto grease systems are a good start, but need to be used in a way that still requires a person to monitor to avoid maintenance missing other inspection issues that maybe overlooked.

The conversation moved into greasing pm’s and how to effectively manage a greasing program.

What are other shops doing to prevent oil in the environment from a failed heat exchanger? One shop does not use water they use air exchangers. Some control pressure to move water to oil. Some us continuous oil leak monitoring systems.

How are other shops showing Red zones around the furnace or under equipment? Some shops are using laser and led projection to the ground. They also talked about the blue lights on the fork trucks to warn people that the fork truck is moving towards it.

The group broke for lunch at 12:00

The group returned from lunch at 1:10

What equipment improvements are other companies doing to improve operations or reduce cost. LED lighting, Robotic sampling, automated alert systems to shut systems down or ramp down to save energy. One project was off gas sampling to detect water leaks, gas make up to measure the off gas for furnace to react to the sample.

We are working on a compressed air conservation program, what are other shops doing to conserve? Multiple ideas were discussed from leak detection to automated compressor systems.

Does anyone have experience with Primetals transformers? No one had used them. Tamini and ABB was discussed but it was pointed out the ABB was getting out of the EAF transformer arena. This will need verified.

What type of compressor systems are other shops using? Centrifugal, screw type. The group discussed the different type as well as recentralization of compressors. Lease and rentals systems was discussed Atlas Costco was one

What companies are other shops using to re-bag baghouses? There were a couple of companies mentioned. Anyone use National Filter? A couple of shops did Gore, K& D and Paul Berry in Ontario were others mentioned.

Arc flash safety: are any shops using clear 40cal hoods? The group had a long discussion on arc flash requirements and how they manage the requirements in protection.

The group closed nominations from the floor and Jonathan Putman of North American Höganäs was elected by unanimous vote to be the next second vice president of the Melt Shop Maintenance Guild. Congratulations Jonathon welcome to the team.

Took a break at 2:05

We started back at 2:15

What are other shop using in main door closers and the light weight high speed cloth doors just don’t hold up? Most shops are going back to heavy metal doors so it will hold up to the environment.

What other companies are other shops using for slew bearings Rotec, Messenger, NSK and SKF were mentioned.

What types of hoist full up limit switches are other shop using?  The group discussed a few different styles and how they worked.

What type of front door actuators are other shops using and where are they located? The group discussed the different types and locations.

How are other shops dealing with roll outs of electrical standards and safety training? Is it handled by an electrical engineer, safety …. A couple of shops shared there processes with the group and discussed the benefits of each.

Is everybody having trouble finding qualified people for Planners? Yes everyone is dealing with finding qualified people not only for planning but for skilled labor as well. There is a shift to going back to the high school level and working with internships and training them. The group had a long conversation on this topic.

What seal types are other shop using on their water pumps? The majority said that the standard packing type seal works the best vs mechanical seal and injectable.

Took a break at 3:30

We started back at 3:40

What are other shops doing to break the breast and clear the door? Moe tank, fork trucks, and other door cleaning machines were discussed.

Who repairs the radio controlled boxes for the cranes in your shops. Do they need to be certified to do repairs? The group discussed the pros and cons of doing them in house vs sending them out for repairs.

Who is using the door lances and what maintenance do you perform on them? Some shops use the More’ and other types and they discussed the maintenance plans they follow.

 What motor drive units are other shops using? Allen Bradley, ABB, Siemens and Magnetech were a few mentioned.

 Are any shops using tablets or hand held devises for route work checks and what brands? One shop is using Toshiba and have been working out so far. Another brand was Xplore and is very flexible on operating programs and built very tough and durable. The group talked for a while on the different operating systems and how they interface with the maintenance software.

How do other shops manage in house equipment repairs? Maintenance system software will generation a shop order and the maintenance group will work off of that back log, if there is a break down they will take care of that then come back to the back log work.

PPE for welding hoods, what are other shops doing as far as hard hats with the hood clipped on. Most shops require hard hats in the plant.

Who directs the maintenance crew on the off shift? Some shops had supervisors, so had team leaders no one present had self-directed crews. All the guys present shared how they manage their off-shifts.

The round table finished at 4:00 pm.

This meeting the members will be on their own for dinner and return to the hotel for the Hospitality room activities from 7 till 11 provided by the supplier sponsors.

The group started off Tuesday with breakfast from 7:00 to 8:00. Bill opened the Technical session with updates for the day and reminded everyone that was in attendance to provide their business cards for the attendee list. This will be emailed to the attendees later in the week.

Sean made the introduction for our first presentation at 8:05.

LEE MONTGOMERY & STEVE HORNYAK OF CASTROL INDUSTRIAL PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED “OIL ANALYSIS & VARNISH TESTING" Lee finished the presentation at 8:35 and took questions from the floor.

After a short break Sean introduced our second paper at 8:55. 

JOE SAVARIEGO OF DELTA STEEL TECHNOLOGIES PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "CYLINDER REVITALIZATION”. Joe finished the presentation at 9:30 and took questions from the floor.

After a short break Sean introduced our third paper at 9:45

 JILL CANNON & ALEKS KASZUBOWSKI  OF NEDERMAN MIKROPUL PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED "ADVANCED SERVICES SOLUTIONS TO DRIVE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE". Jill finished the presentation at 10:30 and took questions from the floor.

Sean made the introduction for our fourth presentation at 10:30

JOHN LEWIS OF CONNORS INDUSTRIALS Inc PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "VTD CAMERA TECHNOLOGY” John finished the presentation at 11:30 and took questions from the floor.

Bill made the introduction for our fourth presentation at 11:25 PHIL DIMATTEIS & ALEX TADLA OF SIMMERS CRANE DESIGN & SERVICES PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED “CRANE FALL PROTECTION & EMERGENCY EGRESS SYSTEMS”

12:00 Members went to lunch

1:10   Members boarded bus and departed at 1:30 for the tour of the North American Höganäs plant

4:00                 RETURN TO THE HOTEL

At 6:00 the members gathered in the Ballroom for a hospitality mixer.

At 7:00 dinner was served.

At 8:30 we were able to hear our guest speaker Dave Milligan Vice President, Iron Powder Operations North American Höganäs

From 9:00 - 11:00 the group finished with a mixer to discuss the day’s events and information.

           

Meeting Agenda for the March meeting

PLEASE NOTE ALL ATTENDEES NEED TO HAVE SAFETY SHOES TO GO ON THE PLANT TOUR. BRING YOUR OWN SHOES. ALL OTHER PPE WILL BE PROVIDED.

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

7:00                     HOTEL BREAKFAST BUFFET

                             SIGN IN WITH YOUR BUSINESS CARD

8:00 - 8:10.         INTRODUCTIONS & MEETING KICK OFF BY SEAN COLLINS

8:10 – 8:20         NOMINATIONS FOR 2ND VICE PRESIDENT OPEN TO THE FLOOR

8:20 - 12:00        ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS. (CLOSED TO SUPPLIERS)

12:00 - 1:00        LUNCH BUFFET

1:00 – 1:20         VOTING FOR THE 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

1:20 - 4:30          ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS (CLOSED TO SUPPLIERS)

5:00 – 6:00         MEMBERS ARE ON THERE OWN FOR DINNER

7:00 – 11:00       HOSPITALITY SUITE WITH HOURSDORVES

                             PROVIDED BY THE SUPPLIER GROUP (ALL INVITED)

TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

7:00 – 8:00         HOTEL BREAKFAST BUFFET

8:00                     INTRODUCTION: BILL HOSMER

8:05                     PRESENTATION:

                             LEE MONTGOMERY & STEVE HORNYAK OF CASTROL INDUSTRIAL PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED                                   “OIL ANALYSIS & VARNISH TESTING"

8:35 – 8:45         QUESTIONS

8:45 – 8:55         BREAK

8:55– 9:25          PRESENTATION: 

                             JOE SAVARIEGO OF DELTA STEEL TECHNOLOGIES PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "CYLINDER                                          REVITALIZATION”

9:25 – 9:35         QUESTIONS

9:35—9:45         BREAK

9:45 – 10:15       PRESENTATION:

                            JILL CANNON & ALEKS KASZUBOWSKI OF NEDERMAN MIKROPUL PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED

                            "ADVANCED SERVICES SOLUTIONS TO DRIVE OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE"

10:15 – 10:25     QUESTIONS

10:25 - 10:35     BREAK

10:35 - 11: 05    PRESENTATION: 

                          JOHN LEWIS OF CONNORS INDUSTRIALS Inc PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "VTD CAMERA                                             TECHNOLOGY”

11:05 – 11:15     QUESTIONS

11:15 – 11:25     BREAK

11:25 – 11:55     PRESENTATION:             

                             ROSS MUHLEMAN & TIM RIDZON OF SIMMERS CRANE DESIGN & SERVICES PRESENTING A PAPER                               TITLED, “CRANE FALL PROTECTION & EMERGENCY EGRESS SYSTEMS”

11:55 – 12:05     QUESTIONS

12:05                   LUNCH BUFFET

1:05 - 1:20           BOARD BUS OUTSIDE HOTEL PROMPTLY FOR THE TOUR OF NORTH AMERICAN Höganäs

4:00                     RETURN TO THE HOTEL

6:00 -7:00           GATHER IN THE IN BALL ROOM FOR HOSPITALITY

7:00 - 8:30          DINNER

GUEST SPEAKER:            

                            DAVE MILLIGAN VICE PRESIDENT IRON POWDER OPERATIONS

                             NORTH AMERICAN Höganäs

8:30 - 11:00        HOSPITALITY MIXER WITH BEVERAGES

WEDNESDAY MARCH 7, 2018      

 MEMBERS ARE ON THERE OUR FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK

Meeting Notice for the 44th Maintenance Guild Meeting in Johnstown, PA

Meeting Notice

The Maintenance Guild will hold their Forty-fourth meeting on March 5, and 6, 2018.

    The forty-fourth meeting of the Maintenance Guild will be held in Johnstown, Pennsylvania   with our host Plant being North American Hoganas. All attendees should plan to be in an all-day round table session on Monday with an evening hospitality mixer. The technical presentations and tour will be on Tuesday and the Golf outing may not happen due the time of year and weather. An alternative event maybe considered. Transportation for the Plant tour will be provided for the group.

Member dues need to be renewed and are still $25.00 per year. This meeting we will be electing a new vice president. The member dues need to be current to be considered a voting member per our corporate charter and only steel mill employees are voting members. Please consider becoming an officer with the Maintenance Guild.

We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Hotel located at 250 Market St., Johnstown, PA 15901. You can fly into Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) which is 86 miles to the hotel. The room rate for the Guild members will be $99.00 dollars per night plus a $5.00 per day parking fee. To make your reservations, individuals should call (800)-433-5663 or (814)-535-7777 ask for a room out of the "Maintenance Guild Meeting" block. You can also click Maintenance Guild Room Block  and use code MAI to reserve your room online. All reservations will be held after 6PM and guaranteed for late arrival only if accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed to a major credit card.

You need to make the meeting fee payments in advance. The cost for this meeting will be $350.00 (American). Registration and payment can now be made on our website www.maintguild.com or you can fax me a PO number at (330) 479-5061 and I will invoice you for the fees as long as we receive the funds prior to the meeting. This fee will cover the cost of meals, bus transportation, meeting rooms, and equipment.  The cutoff date for the block of room we have on hold is February 18, 2018 so make your reservations soon. After this date the rooms will go on a first come first served basis. There are few hotels close to this location so please make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.

Tuesday evening we will have a dinner with a guest speaker from North American Hoganas.

Due to projected weather forecasts we will not be golfing. We are currently looking at an alternative event and will communicate as soon as possible what that may be.  If you are interested in an alternative event please contact Mark Kropf at kropfm@maintguild.com or call him at (330) 479-5060. After the event all members will be on their own for the rest of the weekend.

We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in Johnstown, PA.

Meeting Minutes for the 43rd meeting in Mobile, Alabama

Meeting minutes of the October 18th, – 20th 2017 meeting in Mobile, Alabama

The members of the guild arrived on Wednesday October 18, 2017 for breakfast at 7:00am.           

Mark Kropf reviewed the details of the meeting and covered the week’s event schedule.

The following companies were represented; CMC Texas, CMC Alabama, Charter Steel Cleveland, Charter Steel Saukville, North American Hoeganaes ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Outokumpu, Pan Abrasive and IVACO Rolling Mill

Sean started the round table session by review a new process in the round table development to organize the round table topics by grouping began at 8:10 with questions from the floor.

Sean ask the members to introduce themselves and what small projects there shops completed that had a big impact on the operations that was not a big project or CAPEX job.

In over 30 years in the steel industry we cannot get or keep people in the steel mill in general. The group in general are experiencing similar issues and the topic of apprenticeships came up and the mills that went back to it are having better luck with retention than the mills without it. The conversation continued for a while discussing the different ideas. Shift schedules also came into the discussion as a deterrent to worker retention. Other topics that came into the discussion was the incentive programs, retirement incentives and the use of outside contractors. The group discussed the team process by getting there maintenance and production personnel involved with the improvement or solution process to create buy in with the staff,

Took a break at 9:10

We started back at 9:20

Slag door/lip cleaning system, who is using what and does anyone use the grant system? Moe tank was discussed, Empco, Concast, Demag systems were mentioned. The group discussed the pros and cons of those systems.

Who is using the aluminum current conducting arms? A number of shops are using them and the group discussed the pros and cons for the aluminum arms vs the copper clad arms.

How do other shops set triangulation on their electrode arms? The group discussed the different processes that are used and what works and items to watch for.

Scrap crane operator runs crane from the crane cab, who uses the loading process with remote control crane without a clear line of site using cameras for view? Most shops are using remote controlled cranes but have a line of site. The group discussed the issues associated to this process.

Is anyone using optical system or protective relays for over current scenarios in the furnace? One or two shops are working with it with more work to do.

What kind of life are most shops seeing on the power cables for the electrode arms? Some shops are on a 3 year cycle. Storage of the cables were also discussed and the trend today is to store in a crate flat and long rather that hanging them. The newer technologies of internal mounted sensors for field and current measurement for cable integrity checks.

The group talked about beer can grounding lugs from DMC which allows for quick disconnect on the grounding connections 4,000 MCM ground on the roof to gantry. And they use an explosion welded copper/carbon base to be able to weld the mounting blocks to the arms for improved grounding.

What are other shops doing with hydraulic & grease sampling and how often? Most shops are doing monthly sampling. They also use the suppliers to do the monitoring as a service. They also will filter new fluids being used to bring levels back up.

Took a break at 10:30

We started back at 10:40

What are other shops using for status lights for there in service cranes? There was different color references. The group discussed what they are using in color identification.

Do other shops have problems with shell over temps and what are you doing to correct it. And what temps do you stop? Most shops will shut down to correct over temps on the slag line when there at 700 to 750 degrees F. Most issues are either electrode profiles or slag make up issues. The conversation moved into continuous thermal scans of ladles in service to measure refractory thinning.

Are other shop looking at or working with the “TOYOTA Way” of lean management in the maintenance side of the work. A lot of shops are using LEAN, “5 S” and or TPM types for maintenance management systems. The key was to train the teams in the culture change and to empower them take ownership of the process. Conversation covered a lot of different issues on buy in and what holds back some team members. Peer recognition was another program discussed to improve collaboration between teams.

The group broke for lunch at 12:00

What incline belt suppliers are other shops using flex-a-wall was one mentioned. The group talked about different ways to do repairs on damaged sidewall belts.

Gunning and stamping robots for refractory addition. Also scanning the bottom for refractory addition. The group discussed a BSE unit for the scanning unit and RHI has the gunning robot. The conversation moved to sample lances and the stainless process has different requirement and requires higher quality.

Does anyone have problems with scrap puncture on the roof panels? Most shops do not but some had arc issues and evacuation, scrap mixture profiles, and grounding issues are some of the issues that effect this phenomenon.

Water leak repairs on the roof was discussed and one company talked about using a vacuum pump to remove water from leaking and allows repairs to performed quicker with no water coming out the hole or crack.

Has anyone ever had issues with transformer gassing on a new transformer?  Most of the members present said no and that it is an issue that should be addressed. The level of acetylene has been stable around 1ppm so they are not sure if it is an issue.

Is anyone using any online training programs for trouble shooting? One program that was looked at runs high at $1200.00 per user per year and not sure if it has the value.

The group returned from lunch at 1:10

Does anyone monitor the manpower for the vacuum truck and grounding for the corrugated pipe? The group discussed the different issues that they all deal with in their respective mills.

Does anyone use personnel cooling or have areas for the workers to get cool fresh air for the guys on the floor. There were a couple of companies that do and they discussed how they prevent dirt from being blown around. Group discussed different cooling technologies like cool vests and other types of personnel cooling technologies. Vortex was another cooling unit discussed.

Does anyone up north deal with frozen wet coal and how do you keep it fluid? There was a discussion on bin heaters and different vibratory system used but at time it requires jack hammers to break it free. The conversation moved to 5th hole addition systems.

Does everyone have fire suppression in the transformer vaults? Yes from everyone present.

What style roof lift does the group like and why? The group had different comments and each had there pros and cons.

Took a break at 3:30

We started back at 3:40

Does anyone have any comments on a company called UMEC? Some did but not many commented.

How are other shops managing compressed air some shops use air cooled, some have water-cooled, some are screw compressors and others are centrifugal types are all had their reasons for the one they used.

Has anyone done anything with updating power outage procedures? The group discussed their particular procedures and what the importance is for them.

Do other shops purge there tundishes with nitrogen prior to pouring? Yes most shop do.

Does anyone allow people under a full furnace with a flat bath ready to tap to clean the pit? NO!

Does anyone have a procedure for verifying all water valves are open after an outage? Some shop have and they had different ways and methods.

What procedures are other shop doing when using crane rail stops? Different procedures were discussed. Rail stop, spotters and tags in the crane cabs that show the operator rail stops are installed, were mentioned.

Does anyone have trouble with thermocouples changing polarity after a furnace outage? No other shops had seen this phenomenon and could not offer an explanation.

The round table finished at 5:00 pm.

This meeting the members will be on their own for dinner and return to the hotel for the Hospitality room activities from 7 till 11 provided by the supplier sponsors.

The group started off Thursday with breakfast from 7:00 to 8:00. Sean opened the Technical session with updates for the day and reminded everyone that was in attendance to provide their business cards for the attendee list. This will be emailed to the attendees later in the week. All papers will be available for review on our web site.

Sean made the introduction for our first presentation at 8:05.

DEAN CAREY OF DGI LOGAN PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED “: A LOGAN INDUSTRIES CASE STUDY ON A MEDIUM SIZED CYLINDER REPAIR GONE BERSERK" Dean finished the presentation at 8:35 and took questions from the floor.

After a short break Sean introduced our second paper at 9:00. 

GREG ODENTHAL OF INTERNATIONAL TECHICAL CERAMICS PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED, "ITC ENERGY SAVING CERAMIC COATINGS.” Greg finished the presentation at 9:30 and took questions from the floor.

After a short break Sean introduced our third paper at 9:55

 EDGARDO LA BRUNA OF TIMKAN TECH PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED "SOLUTIONS & SERVICES FOR THE METALS INDUSTRIES" Edgardo finished the presentation at 10:30 and took questions from the floor.

Sean made the introduction for our fourth presentation at 11:00

DEREK FORREST OF HYTORC PRESENTING A PAPER TITLED “NEW ADVANCEMENTS IN BOLTING FASTENERS” Derek finished the presentation at

11:30 and took questions from the floor.

12:00 Members went to lunch

1:05   Members boarded bus and departed at 11:10 for the tour of the Outokumpu Stainless plant

5:30                 RETURN TO THE HOTEL

At 6:00 the members gathered in the Ballroom for a hospitality mixer.

At 7:00 dinner was served.

At 8:30 we were able to hear our guest speaker Mason Burge Team Manager – EAF/AOD, BA AMERICAS OUTOKUMPU

From 9:00 - 11:00 the group finished with a mixer to discuss the day’s events and information.

On Friday October 20th, at 9:00 the members attending enjoyed a round of golf at Spring Hill Golf Course.