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News in Brief: May 2012

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Voortman will be holding Product Introduction Days at its facility in Rijssen, The Netherlands on June 28 and 29. The company will demonstrate a large number of steel processing units, including five new machines, while a series of industry related seminars will also take place. For more information visit

What is claimed to be the world’s first fully automated robotic coping line has been installed at ASD Westok’s production facility in Leeds. The line is a Kaltenbach KC1201 and has been installed to produce the cut-out profiles of the company’s cellular beams. Martin Clarke, ASD Westok Managing Director said: “Our new coping line advances and streamlines our production and adds improved control and integration.”

Metsec has launched the latest version of its building shell design software MetSPEC 12, which includes design analysis to structural Eurocode EC: Part 1.3. The software is compatible with most Microsoft packages and features optimised wall face loading, a new eaves beam calculator, links to FrameSPEC for the design and specification of Metsec Steel Framing Systems, and links to LatticeSPEC.

Graitec has launched Advance Steel 2012, the latest version of its structural steel detailing software. The company said the new version increases general detailing and fabrication productivity, and includes its own graphics engine as well as the option to use it with or without AutoCAD. Graitec has recently announced a 52% growth in sales of Advance Steel software for 2011 compared to 2010.

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