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Webinar: Lubrication & Machinery in the Steel Industry

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Join us for this webinar presentation, where Rick Schrama provides an overview of the steel industry.

Lubrication and Machinery in the Steel Industry

Instructor: Rick C. Schrama, P. Eng.

Where: STLE University, live webinar event broadcast to your computer

When: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12-1:30 p.m. (90 minute presentation), with optional Q&A from 1-1:30 p.m. Central Time

Cost: $39 for members, $59 for non-members

Credits: 1.5 (see recertification policy for details, under the CERTIFICATION tab)


This webinar on the steel industry will provide an overview of what the industry entails. The three main producing groups- integrated plants, mini-mills and finishing operations will be discussed. The types of lubricants, namely process lubricants, hydraulic fluids, metal working lubricants, and machinery lubricants including greases, gear oils, R&O oils, anti-wear oils, employed in the various operations and their typical properties will then be reviewed. After that, the challenges and problems such as high temperatures, impact forces, water entry, pumping greases, compatibility and increases in speeds that lubricants must be able to deal with in the facilities will be outlined. Next up is a discussion of the lubricant guidelines and lubrication systems for the steel making processes and the machinery used in the plants. The last major topic to be reviewed is the actual steel making and processing operations. This includes the primary end of the integrated plant with its raw material handling, sinter plants, coke ovens, blast furnaces and direct reduction plants. The steel making side of the process with its electric arc and basic oxygen furnace technologies and then the continuous casting and hot rolling facilities will be reviewed. That is followed by the cold finishing and coating processes with its pickling, cold rolling, tempering and either galvanized or electrolytic tinning processes. The last part of any facility is the utilities and transportation groups, which includes the turbines, compressed gas compressors, motors, overhead cranes, rolling stock and trucks. The types of machinery and the bearings and drive components used in the processes will be outlined and related to their lubrication requirements.  


Rick is a licensed professional engineer in the Province of Ontario. He has worked for Dofasco Inc. and then ArcelorMittal Dofasco for 32 years as a mechanical engineering staff specialist dealing with oil film bearings; roller bearings; gearing, gearbox design and maintenance; lubricant selection and testing; lubrication system design and troubleshooting; sealing devices; coatings and wear materials; rolling mill stack machinery design; maintenance and troubleshooting and the troubleshooting and maintenance practices of rotating machinery. Rick is semi-retired from ArcelorMittal Dofasco in July 2012. He is going to expand his own consulting company – Tribological Services- for training in lubrication and lubricants, bearing technology and gearing technology; design, troubleshooting, maintenance and failure analysis of heavy machinery. Rick has been involved with the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers since the mid 1980’s, both on the local section side in Hamilton Ontario and nationally. Locally, he was chairman and recently for several years the education day chairman. Nationally, Rick chaired the Grease and Steel Committees for several years, then went onto the Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) Exam Committee and went through the executive. He is one of the first group to achieve his CLS Certification with the number 13 certificate. Rick has also been part of the Association of Iron and Steel Technology’s Lubrication and Hydraulics Division for many years. Rick has given many presentations and taught at seminars on bearings, gearing, lubrication and sealing in his 32 years in the industry. He has co-authored chapters in the AIST Lubrication Engineers Manual, STLE/CRC Press Tribology Handbooks Volumes 1 and 4. He has contributed several articles to both the STLE and AIST journals. He is also a member of the ASME, ASM International and AWS. 

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