Metal Pass Teams
In providing technological
solutions to the steel industry, three teams in
Metal Pass are introduced in
this section, as showed below. Selected key personnel in each
team is outlined, particularly international experts. Past
project references, e.g. on
mill automation, are showed in the
section of this site.
Mill Automation Team
B.L.: Steel mill Level 2/Level 3 automation systems
expert; steel mill modeling expert,
with B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. (Germany, 1995) all on steel rolling.
Over 10 years steel mill software engineering experience with
30 computer classes finished during the work as mill software
engineer. A long list of mill Level 2 and other mill
model/software projects completed, with
20 related papers
published in the recent 3 years.
F.B.: Over 30 years steel mill experience with
expertise in a wide range of areas, particularly
in the model development and automation/electrical and
mechanical systems. Vice President of the world's
top-3 largest technology company (US operation).
Y.X.: Over 15 years of Level 2 development and other
related technology development; Senior
developer in the R&D center of the largest steel company. Also hold MBA and
various industry licenses.
Worked as Engineering Manager of I&S Meltshop Automation - Level
1, in the Siemens Energy and
Automation from 2007 to 2010, and worked in VAI Automation
from 1998 to 2007, changed position
from project Engineer to Engineering General Manager. Managed
projects for Nucor Steel Hickman,
North American Stainless, Roanoke Steel and SSAB, etc. B.S. in
Electronics and Electrical
Engineering in 1997.
Assumed Industrial IT Automation Manager position for over 10
years, primarily in MES
(Manufacturing Execution Systems) and Level 2 Automation.
Received B.S. of Electronics
Engineering in 1996. Used to be responsible for VAI Level 2
and in charge of 35 engineers.
Managed and developed nearly 30 projects on Level 2 and
related automation, for customers
such as AK Steel, North American Stainless, Dofasco Canada and
IT developer, IT project engineer, IT project leader for
former VAI, Simens VAI and Simens SA,
for over 10 years. Strong background leading IT projects,
International expertise in
commissioning MES and IT projects, and Extensive technical
acknowledge in IT Programming.
Electronic Engineer (1994), Electronic Technician (1988).
Worked as developer, project Leader,
Project Manager, Managing Director for mainly AVI Automation
(including former company acquired
by VAI). Extensive technical acknowledge in electrical
engineering and automation programming.
International expertise in general management of electrical
engineering and automation services
Electronics Engineering (1995), Bachelor in Information
Five years as Project Manager / Project Leader, including
on site leadership;
twelve years of hands-on experience in computer and
process automation system; mainly for VAI Automation and
Siemens SA. Experienced in programming and development for
Level 1 systems for meltshop, furnaces, and shapes
Technical information system (2001). Strong background in
computer science and software system development.
Systems Engineer, Programmer. Two years of experience in
projects of IT for the steel industry.
Semi-senior programmer with experience in desktop, web and
Experience in building HMI with Archestra for steel industry.
Steel Mill New Product/Process Models Development Team
Technical strengths and past experiences of each team member
are described below.
M.G.: Advisor for Metal Pass mill product model
development; Known as "Father of Micro-Alloy", who has set up
related industry standards for USA (and now also for China and
Director of Microalloy Steel Institute, with
over a hundred publications on microalloy steel development.
A.R.: Development Partner. Prof. Dept. Head of Carnegie
Mellon University. Served as director of a U.S. National
Labortory. Primary strengths exist in the metal properties
modeling and microstructure prediction, etc.
B.L.: Developed an entire set mill
models; expert on steel mill Level 2
model and pioneer in developing next-generation Level 2 system
with metallurgical principle integrated into the Level 2.
Primary strengths of mill product development exist in the
comprehensive and accurate basic models and online learning models
through integration with automation systems. Ph.D. from
J.N.: Managed a research team of 60 in a large steel
company. Ph.D. of MIT in early 70s. Over 30
years mill experience. See
F.B.: VP of US operation of the world's top-3 largest
steel technology company. Managed a great number of steel mill
projects worldwide; strength in mill model development.
J.L.: Worked as China representative for Morgan for 10
years; Ph.D. from USA on computer modeling; B.S. and M.S. on
steel rolling. Over 10 years work experience in North America.
W.S.: Over 10 years work
experience in USA after Ph.D. on Electronics/Automation
(Colorado School of Mine); B.S. and M.S. on Material Science (Tsinghua,
H.F.: Statics Expert; Professor of a US university with
success in applying statistics models in various industrial
P.F.: Pioneer in developing statistics optimization tool
to minimize testing options for the China's atom bomb project.
China Development Team
The establishment of Metal Pass China
development team is in the final stage after years of
preparation including site selection, funding and team member
recruiting, etc. There would be 12-14 experts, particularly on
the mill Level 2 model development and software programming.
The China team will maintain close cooperation with other
teams of Metal Pass to guarantee its technology
competitiveness in this field.
Metal Pass has a team for continuous development in the
website metalpass.com, for example, the Metal Pass Job and
Recruiting business (http://www.metalpass.com/job),
running by experienced recruiter with over 30 years of