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Straightline Expands Steel-Buying
Inventory-Management Website

Monday, September 8, 2003
Straightline Source, the online steel-distribution division of U.S. Steel, has added new services to its website, StraightEdge, a suite of online contract and inventory-management tools available on the site, now provides more detailed information to improve inventory management. The enhancement allows users to view in real time their steel supply at the individual part level including work-in-process material, on-hand material and material scheduled to ship. The site’s StraightQuote quoting and ordering service now has an improved interface that provides more delivery options. Included is a “buy steel” calendar that provides delivery-date options over a 90-day period. The site also debuts SteelOutlet, designed to promote excess prime product as it becomes available. This feature allows customers to scan coil or sheet offerings in various sizes and dimensions at a preset price. Other improvements include simplified site navigation.

Industrial-Control Makers Merge

Friday, September 5, 2003
Control Associates & Mfg., Inc., Elgin, IL, developer and manufacturer of control panels for OEMs, has acquired the assets of BTR Controls, Inc., designer and developer of electronic industrial controls. The merger allows the Control Associates, under the name BTR Controls, Inc., to offer a complete package of services from product inception to final production. Learn more at

Visual EstiTrack Users’ Conference in November

Thursday, September 4, 2003
Users of the Visual EstiTrack job-estimating, shop-management and accounting software system will be able to preview the latest version of that system at Henning Industrial Software’s annual Users’ Group Conference, November 10-12, at the Walt Disney Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL. On display will be Visual EstiTrack 7.0, featuring a new quality subsystem that reportedly eases users’ requirements to comply with ISO/QS certification. Conference sessions will cover the use of Visual EstiTrack software for lean manufacturing and the software’s scheduling capabilities. Also, in-depth training will be provided. For more, contact Henning Industrial Software at 330/650-4212 or visit


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