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Macsteel to Add Heattreat Capacity

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Macsteel will be adding a fourth quench and temper line with induction heating, similar to three existing lines, at its heattreat operation in Huntington, IN. The new line, to be completed early in 2007, is part of $6.2 million plant expansion that will add 16,000 tons of bar and tube capacity. For more, visit the website of Macsteel’s parent company, Quanex Corp., at

New SmartMove Conveyors Website
with Video Demonstration

Wednesday, January 18, 2006
SmartMove Conveyors, Fall River, MA, has debuted a website,, featuring video demonstrations and price estimators for the company’s “plug-and-play” modular conveyors. The site describes a broad line of plug-in plastic-belt conveyors that can be installed without technicians. The site, for users looking to select direct from the factory, without an integrator, describes short and long lines, multi-level turns, 90-deg. turns and walkthrough gates. The site includes all product documentation and features a “mouse-over” factory floor that highlights and describes each conveyor type.

Looking for New Robotics Markets

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
The Robotics Industry Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI, has debuted the Robot Market Incubator Program, a comprehensive effort to develop new markets for robotic technology. The initial element of the program, the Robot Market Assessment Program, has just gotten under. Under it, interested parties may receive RIA funding and support for formalized analysis of potential new markets for industrial robots. For more information on the Incubator program, visit


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