Useful Web Sites for Plant Engineers

The Web has thousands and thousands of interesting and useful sites. Here's a starter list researched and selected by the editors of Plant Engineering magazine. No claims are made or implied as to the completeness of this list.

By Staff November 1, 2000

The Web has thousands and thousands of interesting and useful sites. Here’s a starter list researched and selected by the editors of Plant Engineering magazine. No claims are made or implied as to the completeness of this list. All sites were active as of October 23, 2000.

Be sure to put at the top of your list.

Useful Web Sites for Plant Engineers

Web SiteCompanyComments Cahners Business Information Home site of Plant Engineering magazine, the problem-solving resource for plant engineers
Associations & Organizations Association for Facilities Engineering Member services, bookstore, certification, calendar, career help, journal, chapter news, and more American National Standards Institute Member services, library, databases, links, and more American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member services, publications, codes & standards, calendar, career help, education, forums, links, and more American Society for Quality Member services, standards & certification, education calendar, networking, and more American Society for Testing & Materials Member services, ASTM Store, training courses, quality assurance programs, news, lab directory, consultants directory, and more Construction Specifications Institute Membership services, certification, education, publications, and more American Indoor Air Quality Council Member services, training, certification, and more Institute of Industrial Engineers Member services, books & proceedings, networking, career help, events list, news, and more International Maintenance Institute Member services, publications, on-line discussions, and training International Organization for Standardization Wide range of information dealing with the organization and international standards Society for Maintenance & Member services, calendar,
Reliability Professionals library, links, discussion groups, jobs, certification, and more Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Descriptions of testing and registration services, and other services
Auctions Variety of online auctions; plus links to other auction sites. Not a lot of industrial products Dovebid Auctions Worldwide Webcast and online business-to-business capital asset auctions and valuation services or W.W. Grainger, Inc. Comprehensive business-to-business auction offering excess, obsolete, and discontinued inventory from W.W. Grainger and partners Reverse-auction service enables buyers to define a product, commodity, or service they want, specify terms & conditions, and receive bids from sellers Point 2 Heavy Equipment Exchange Large-scale heavy equipment auction system Full-service asset management solutions from procurement of used assets through efficient disposition
Distributors Accu-Tech Corp. Supplier of cabling solutions from various manufacturers for the voice, data, sound, security, and broadband markets Applied Industrial Technologies Distributor of industrial products
and components Hughes Supply, Inc. Distributor specializing in hard-to-find electrical/voice/data products W. W. Grainger, Inc. Distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies, services, and related information McMaster-Carr Broad-line distributor for maintenance, repair, and operating needs MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. Distributor specializing in supplies, tools, and equipment for manufacturing and metalworking
E-commerce Exchanges & Marketplaces E-commerce exchange linking buyers and sellers of products used in manufacturing processes Automated Power Exchange, Inc. E-commerce exchange for buying and trading electricity on the wholesale market B2BXchange, Inc. Auction and other exchange services, Inc. Used heavy equipment marketplace with online auctions Buildpoint Project bidding and materials procurement for the construction industry Used Equipment Network Metalworking, chemical/process, electrical, material handling, and other machinery currently available from used equipment dealers Capacityweb, Inc. Allows OEM and contract manufacturers worldwide to buy and sell engineered parts, capabilities, and manufacturing capacity, Inc. Portal for the heavy construction industry that provides an interactive marketplace for the sale of all types of new and used construction equipment and machinery EduPoint, Inc. Marketplace for continuing education, providing centralized access to over 1.5 million learning opportunities through more than 4000 learning providers Exelergy Corp. Online exchange for retail energy buyers and sellers Ecommerce Industrials Inc. Global marketplace dedicated to bearings and related products, services, and solutions e-Steel Corp. Internet exchange dedicated to steel market, including mills, service centers, converters, fabricators, OEMs, and international trading companies HVAC site for sales of parts, equipment, goods, and services Electron Economy Links all members of the supply chain through open and standard XML interfaces Select Energy Catalog of energy-related products and services MSC.Software Virtual marketplace for engineering expertise, goods, and services Pinnacle Information Corp. Electrical material pricing and product information source Inc. Online catalog for supplies and a variety of other services for small businesses ESprocket Corp. Full services for finding, buying, and selling used capital equipment Facilitator for electronics manufacturers to buy, sell, and trade inventories W.W. Grainger, Inc. Complete catalog of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies Neuport Marketplace for hydraulic and pneumatic products; training available through annual subscription eForay Corp. Buying and selling of HVAC equipment online through listings and auctions Industrial Exchange Network, Inc. Portal site for a wide variety of vertical online marketplaces Datastream Systems, Inc. Online procurement of industrial goods and services from leading suppliers, Inc. Used heavy construction equipment marketplace Exchange for buying and selling surplus business-to-business goods Exchange for connecting buyers with contract manufacturing sources E-commerce in industrial metals for original equipment manufacturers, service centers, primary mills, and others, Inc. Marketplace and auction for buyers and sellers of material handling equipment, parts, and more, Inc. Marketplace for maintenance, repair, and operations buyers and suppliers MyPlant, Inc. Resources, services, and knowledge-based solutions to improve operational performance and solve plant problems TestMart Marketplace for test and measurement equipment, product comparisons, specifications, and more Marketplace to buy and sell surplus industrial equipment and consumer products Network Commerce, Inc. Business-to-business barter services for retail, professional, media, and other corporate clients utilizing a noncash electronic currency M.L. Metzler Links to more than 3000 electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities, utility associations, organizations, news, magazines, utility financial resources, and related state & federal regulatory and information sites Vert Tech LLC Portal for a wide variety of online industrial marketplaces
References & Resources, Inc. Secure, online project hosting for building design and construction that allows architects, engineers, and contractors to view drawings, contracts and specs online, Inc. Searchable database of construction products, free online training, and more National Electrical Safety Foundation Variety of articles and links on electrical safety Flowmerics Ltd. WebTHERM online design tool helps engineers create power supply layout iterations, perform environmental and airflow adjustments, measure heat dissipation trade-offs, run board-level simulations, and view a full-color thermal image in minutes FMlink News from and links to magazines, publishers, academia, training organizations, associations, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers; surveys; forums; and more Gridwatch Associates Directory of the electric power industry, including power transmission & distribution, power markets, and power generation, Inc. Thousands of explanations on how things and processes work, from technical to political inter.Light, Inc. Directories of lighting products, manufacturers, design firms, publications, and more TWI Press, Inc. Links to a variety of plant engineering and maintenance information sources LLC Access to thousands of articles and other information from numerous magazines, supplier directories, and other services Library Technology Alliance, Ltd. Electronic data research of 3000 publications Plant Maintenance Resource Center Articles, benchmarking, conferences, jobs, newsletter, links, calendar, and more (international, based in Australia) Thomas Register Directory of manufacturers, catalogs, and CAD drawings TPM On Links to training providers,
links.htm consultants, organizations, and infolinmation resources on total productive maintenance Virtual Workshops Online courses on a wide variety of technical and business subjects; some free NST/Engineers, Inc. News about safety regulations, case studies of accidents and how they could have been prevented, book reviews, and more