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Registration Open for First SMU Steel 201 Workshop

Written by John Packard

Steel Market Update is working with AK Steel as we present our first Steel 201: Introduction to Advanced High Strength & Other New Steels workshop. This workshop is meant to be a continuing education course focused on how steel is made with a special focus on advanced high-strength steels for automotive and other “lightweighting” applications. We will also work through how a manufacturing company can create a part and then go to a mill like AK Steel to see what engineering needs to be done to match the part with the right steel.

The dates for this workshop are Sept. 11-12, 2018.

Cost is $2,000 per person with discounts given for SMU member companies, as well as multi-person registrations from the same company. Registrations can be made by calling 706-216-2140 or by going through our website:

The hotel is the Fairfield Inn, Middletown, Ohio. SMU’s rate is $94 per night.

The workshop will be held at the AK Steel Research and Innovation Center. We will tour the AK Steel Middletown fully integrated steel mill as part of the workshop.

Day 1:

7:00-7:30 AM – Registration in Hotel Lobby (breakfast on your own)

7:30 AM – Bus Departs for AK Steel Research and Innovation Center

8:00-8:30 AM – Introductions with AK Steel Executives and SMU Instructors

8:30-9:30 AM – Review of the Steelmaking Process

9:30-9:45 AM – Break

9:45-10:30 AM – How Various Grades of Steels are Made Through Chemistry, Testing

10:30-Noon – Review of “New” Steels with AK Steel Metallurgists. Review of what group will see on the tour of the AK Steel Research and Innovation Center (AK Steel instructors)

Noon-1 PM – Lunch

1-2:00 PM – Tour of the AK Steel Research and Innovation Center (AK Steel tour guides)

2:00-2:45 PM – Overview of Auto Lightweight Steel Options (AK Steel instructors)

2:45-3:15 PM – Break

3:15-4:30 PM – How to Process the “New” Steels: Leveling, Blanking, Slitting and Manufacturing of AHSS and other New Steels (Equipment Manufacturer or Toll Processor Instructor)

4:30-6:00 PM – Return to Hotel and prepare for dinner

6:00-8:00 PM – Dinner with AK Steel Executives, SMU Instructors and Workshop Attendees

Day 2:

7:30 AM – Leave Hotel for Mill Tour (AK Steel Middletown – Breakfast on your own)

8:00-Noon – Tour of the AK Steel Middletown fully integrated steel mill. Group will see: Blast Furnace, Basic Oxygen Furnace, Continuous Caster, Hot Strip Mill and two coating lines.

Noon-1 PM – Return to Research and Innovation Center, Lunch

1-1:30 PM – Review of what was seen on the Mill Tour (AK Steel metallurgists and SMU Instructors)

1:30-3:00 PM – Solving Customer Part Issues: How Does the Process Work from Idea to Development to Production?

3:00 PM – End of Workshop – Return to Hotel from RIC

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