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SMU Steel 201 Workshop Schedule

Written by John Packard

Steel Market Update is taking registrations for our first Steel 201: Introduction to Advanced High Strength & Other New Steels Workshop, which will be held at AK Steel’s new Research and Innovation Center on Sept. 11-12, 2018, in Middletown, Ohio.

This will be a special experience for those wanting to learn more about how steels are made and, perhaps more importantly, how steel mills work with customers to create new steels to make specific parts. We will walk through the process with AK Steel at their new Research and Innovation Center (RIC) and we will tour the AK Steel Middletown steel mill. We will have Dean Linders, Vice President of Red Bud Industries, as a new instructor discussing the difficulties in processing new steels and what equipment manufacturers have learned about working with these new products. He will join existing SMU Steel 101 metallurgists/instructors, AK Steel metallurgists and their commercial team to provide a unique experience for those attending.

This workshop is suitable for those relatively new to the industry all the way through the president of your company. The workshop schedule is listed below. More details about the workshop, costs to participate and how to register can be found on our website: or you are welcome to contact me directly at

Workshop Schedule

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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