An executive from GlobalSpec, The Engineering Search Enginesm, has been tapped by National Manufacturing Week officials to help manufacturers understand how the Internet is re-shaping the parts discovery process and learn ways to make the Web a precise pathway â not a pitfall â to more streamlined product development.
Scott Virkler, Vice President of Business Development at GlobalSpec, Inc., will examine today’s OEM parts sourcing process during his presentation, “New Passageways to Product and Engineering Data Discovery on the Web.” It will begin at 10:30 am CST on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, during the National Manufacturing Week Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Mr. Virkler will discuss:
â¢ The evolution of the Internet as a prominent research tool for engineers
â¢ How engineering teams and manufacturing executives are increasingly using the Internet and Web sites to locate parts and services needed to complete projects and speed their products to market
â¢ The types of information engineers are finding easily through their use of the Internet and why certain types of data are proving harder to discover online
â¢ Avoiding potential part sourcing and development pitfalls
His presentation will provide insight on why the Internet has essentially changed the quantity and quality of new design projects, leading to new pressures on engineers and ultimately impacting the products they design along with their employers and their company’s customers.
“In just a few years,” Virkler says, “the way engineers work and the way they buy OEM products and services has changed significantly. This change is evident from design teams responsible for improving a motion sensor located in an office hallway to the reliability of a safety monitoring device used aboard the space shuttle.”
Virkler will contend the parts discovery process engineers have been trained to follow has evolved from a time-consuming exercise of reading catalogs and magazines, researching in libraries and attending numerous shows to staying put at a desk and using the Internet to cut costs and speed the time-to-market.