Senior Partner – Senior Steel Plant and Equipment Engineering Specialist
Wayne Pottmeyer is Senior Staff Consulting Engineer at Metal Strategies, and is one of the world’s leading engineering experts in steel making and rolling facilities including specializing in plate mills – both conventional and Steckel, hot strip mills, cold mills and galvanizing lines. Wayne holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Some examples among many projects in his senior position at Metal Strategies include the following:
- Technical advisory work with SSAB’s EAF-based U.S. plate mills.
- Extensive technical advisory support services with Steel Dynamics (and predecessor Severstal) at the 3.4 million-ton Columbus MS EAF-based sheet steel mill complex – the newest existing/operating EAF sheet mill in North America.
- Extensive technical advisory support services with Big River Steel at the Osceola AR site of the 3.4 million-ton EAF-based sheet steel mill complex – the newest EAF sheet mill in North America now under full construction with start-up in H1-2016.
- Technical advisory work with Essar Steel Algoma BF-BOF-based Canadian plate mill – the only plate facilities in Canada.
At his previous position with General Electric, Wayne served as steel industry field service and commissioning managing engineer where Wayne was generally the sole GE representative on site. Field engineering duties encompassed on occasion the forensic analysis of equipment failures.
As manager of Tippins’ steel industry electrical engineering department, Wayne was the commissioning electrical engineer on site at Highveld Steel and Vanadium when the first plate was rolled on the 110” wide plate mill in Witbank, South Africa. No other Tippins electrical personnel were on site at the time and Wayne served as the lead Tippins representative while on site.
- As a member of Tippins’ proposal / sales department Wayne was at Southern Cross in Middleburg, South Africa when he sold the concept of the world’s first single-stand Steckel Mill. As the sole Tippins technological representative Wayne was required to understand the rolling program, motor loading issues, slab reheating, material handling to and from the plate mill, and all monetary aspects of project.
- Subsequently the single stand Steckel concept evolved into the world steel industry’s accepted technology for the rolling of plate products, which was an improvement over conventional techniques in both throughput and quality. Wayne’s name is on several of the patents awarded to Tippins regarding the use of Steckel rolling for plate products.
- During Wayne’s tenure as Vice President of Sales for Tippins, he was involved with the development of rolling mill facilities in response to the company’s potential client’s production requirements. It was necessary for Wayne to understand in detail the rolling programs, equipment technology, and facility scope for all types of mill applications, including in particular plate rolling.