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Tap the network by sharing your project

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One of the most important features of Industrial Interface is the ease with which a sourcing need can be passed around our network of suppliers and engineers.  This makes it easy for your design application to reach people with relevant experience who can help.  Why is this so important?

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Help suppliers help you by posting complete project details to Industrial Interface

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The first time engineers post a design project to Industrial Interface,  they usually don’t write a book about their application.  We get it.  First time on some weird website… why would you waste your time filling out a long form?  When we see these vague projects we reach out to get the details and welcome you to the community.  It’s during that conversation that you really open up. You tell us all about your application, what you’re trying to do, what the big project is, problems you are having, things you’ve tried, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

IndustrialInterface.com Automates Industrial Sourcing, Allows Engineers to Focus Efforts on Their Designs.

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IndustrialInterface.com makes sourcing industrial products and services as simple as sending a single email.  Engineers find solutions to their design applications in minutes instead of weeks.

San Diego, CA, November 11, 2009 — IndustrialInterface.com officially launches its new site that bypasses traditional sales channels and lets engineers instantly and anonymously share design applications with dozens of relevant suppliers.  This allows engineers to quickly find multiple solutions for their designs and the right suppliers to provide them.

Salespeople who have experience with similar projects and sell exactly what an engineer needs pay to contact the engineer.  This insures that engineers only receive productive and desired communication from suppliers. This is the first website for the manufacturing industry specifically designed to put engineers in direct contact with local sales representatives.

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Why purchasing agents and engineers hate each other! (Guest Post)

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In general, purchasing agents have a good deal of disdain for engineers (and probably vice-versa).  This doesn’t have to be the case, but it generally is.  Below is a list of reasons why this often happens.  These two groups rarely work together in harmony, but with a little effort they probably can.

In my experience as a finder of hard to find metals, I get inquiries from buyers on a daily basis for metals, forms, sizes and quantities that are simply not available from US metal suppliers. Typically, the buyer has received a print from a client for a new widget designed by an engineer who has searched high and low to find “the perfect material” for his or her new design.

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What To Consider When Purchasing A New Tool, Product, or Service

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1. It’s All About The Money

How much does it cost?  Engineers hate to accept this, but cost plays as important a role as any when outsourcing new tools.  You can find the best product in the world for your design, but if you can’t turn a profit because it costs too much, it’s simply not attainable.

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Where is your email address? Contacting industrial suppliers sucks!

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One of the biggest problems engineers encounter when sourcing products and services is simply finding the right person to call.  If you need a 3M product, odds are your company is too small to deal directly with 3M, so they’re going to refer you to a distributor’s regional office.  That office will probably take your call, but your local sales rep will surely be out in the field, and you won’t get to talk to him.  Maybe you can wrestle an email or a cell number from the inside sales rep, if you’re aggressive, but that doesn’t describe most engineers.

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Top 10 Features of Globalspec, Good & Bad (Online Industrial Supplier Listings Part II)

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Globalspec is probably the most popular of all the industrial supplier listings for engineers and designers.  They boast 5 Million registered users, including engineers, purchasing agents, technicians, etc.  They have a huge supplier database, and are branded as the Engineering Search Engine.  Most other sites cater specifically to purchasing departments, although Globalspec’s offerings don’t differ much from the norm.

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Highlights for Engineers and Designers

The Good

  1. Globalspec has one of the largest supplier databases on the web, along with Thomasnet and Macrae’s Blue Book, and is one of the easiest supplier listing sites to navigate.
  2. Globalspec maintains one of the largest engineering forums on the web.  There’s an active community of engineers helping each other with simple to very technical problems.
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