July 19, 2017

AIST Adding Processing Seminar to Lineup

The Association for Iron and Steel Technology has long been a leader in training and research for the country’s steelmakers. In September, it will deliver its expertise downstream.

The AIST is offering a Steel Processing and Finishing Lines seminar from Sept. 17-21 at the Ann Arbor Marriott in Ypsilanti, Mich. The seminar will offer a comprehensive overview of process lines, including pickling, annealing, galvanizing, cleaning, plating, painting, skinpass rolling, leveling, slitting and more.

For the association, it completes its return to this type of technology. Years earlier, the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers offered practical training seminars in three different fields: hot-sheet, cold-sheet and processing. But upon the merger of the organization with the Iron and Steel Society, plus the downturn in the steel business at the turn of the century, those seminars fell by the wayside.

The AIST revised the hot-rolled course a few years later, then brought back the cold-sheet work in 2008. Now, supported by membership demand, the association is reviving the processing seminar.

“The members have been asking for it. There is a need for some fundamental training in terms of slitting coating, everything,” says Brian Bliss, general manager, programs and publications for the Warrendale, Pa.-based association.

The program will follow the AIST’s model for instruction. It will focus on understanding and mastering the various technologies in processing, with the content delivered by industry professionals and cleared by the AIST.

“All of the instructors are connected. It’s by industry folks for the industry,” Bliss says.
Given the evolving nature of the steel supply chain, Bliss believes the seminar will serve a wide range of participants, from mills and equipment makers to servicers and processors. “There’s a lot of gray area. Some mills have a lot of these processing and finishing lines, and a lot of those things are also taken on by service centers.”

For more information on the seminar, visit the AIST at www.aist.org.


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