We present to you summary information about Steel Strip Society regarding its history, description of professional activities and its own organization.
History od Society
Foundation of Steel Strip Society (originally the national group of experts “Strip Production”)
The national group of experts “Strip Production” was founded on December 5, 1973 on the occasion of its 1st workshop in Ostrava. It was Ing. Vladimír Dědek, CSc (represented the national enterprise VŽKG Ostrava at that time) who was charged by set-up of this group. Totally 29 foremost experts in the branch of strip steels production and development, among them those representing all Czechoslovak rolling mills, producers of rolling mills and their parts, project organizations designing metallurgical plants, experts of technical universities and Headquarters of Iron and Steel Metallurgy in Czechoslovakia (GŘHŽ at that time), were selected to become the core of the above mentioned group. In the course of the workshop the main principles and mode of work were agreed.
Establishment of Steel Strip Society
The national group of experts “Strip Production” was transformed to “Steel Strip Society” on May 18, 1994 at the foundation meeting in the course of the 38th workshop at Žloukovice. Based on its own memorandum of association (Rule Book), it is a voluntary association of citizens and legal entities joined together in accordance with Law No. 83/90 Sb. In the initial meeting Executive Board was elected, Rule Book was accepted and other organizational issues were negotiated. It is considered very important that original principles and the mode of work were kept to, especially to arrange twice a year workshops with a topic determined before, alternately in particular hot/cold steel strip rolling mills or other institutions involved in the sphere of activities specifically dealt with; along with workshops regular plenary sessions of Steel Strip Society are held.
Thematically, the Society focuses on issues of materials and the production of semi-finished products for the production of steel strips by hot rolling and cold rolling, the technology of hot and cold steel strip production, thermal and mechanical processing of steel strips. The Society also deals with issues related to the surface treatments of steel strips before and after their processing. Last but not least, the Society deals with the design of equipment for the production of steel strips, the issue of manufacturing equipment for the production, treatment and further processing of steel strips. An important area is also the monitoring of ecological aspects of production and subsequent processing technologies of steel strips.
Workshops have always created the main topic of working activities of the Society. Their fundamental concept has since the 1st workshop remained without substantial change. On the agenda of the first day of every workshop (in the part of the plenary session of the Society) are organizational and personal issues, information about the preparation of following workshops or conferences, evaluation of realized actions, etc. In the second part of the day the technical (professional) programme of the workshop follows, where sufficient space is reserved for papers or parallel papers, as the case may be, and for the discussion. In this second part of the workshop the invited representatives of the company/institution which is a guarantee of the current workshop usually take part. On the agenda of the second day is usually a field trip to the plant of the company organizing the workshop, or another accompanying programme is ensured.
Conferences with international participation
These conferences have been arranged since 1976 in a five year interval. Their basic concept is without change, similarly as in the case of workshops. As far as professional aspects is concerned, conferences are ensured by members of Steel Strip Society. Steel Strip Society completely arranged the 5th conference in Opava in 1996, the 6th conference in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm in 2001, the 7th conference in Přerov in 2006, the 8th conference in Stará Lesná on the High Tatras (Slovak Republic) in 2011 and the 9th conference in Mikulov in 2016. Also all future conferences will be completely arranged by the Society, it means that not even the preparation (invitation cards, topical distribution of papers into sections, providing board and lodging services, interpreting, cultural and/or accompanying programme of the conference, financial frame, etc.), but also the actual course of the conference itself (managing the sections, secretariat and information centre, audio-visual aids, etc.).
Executive Board (Committee)
The national professional group “production of strips” has been managed by an elected committee since its inception, and after the establishment of the Steel Strip Society, then by an executive board headed by the president. The election period is approximately five years. The Executive Board ensures the fulfillment of tasks and activities in the period between plenary sessions.
The membership base of the Company is around 30 regular members, the average participation in events (seminars and conferences) is approximately 75% of the membership base. It should be noted that even the disintegration of Czechoslovakia did not mean any change in the membership base or in the way of work; the originally national group thus became a Czech-Slovak or international group.