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 www.plantengineering.com at the top of your list.

Useful Web Sites for Plant Engineers

Web SiteCompanyComments

www.plantengineering.com Cahners Business Information Home site of Plant Engineering magazine, the problem-solving resource for plant engineers
Associations & Organizations
www.afe.org Association for Facilities Engineering Member services, bookstore, certification, calendar, career help, journal, chapter news, and more
www.ansi.org American National Standards Institute Member services, library, databases, links, and more
www.asme.org American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member services, publications, codes & standards, calendar, career help, education, forums, links, and more
www.asq.org American Society for Quality Member services, standards & certification, education calendar, networking, and more
www.astm.org American Society for Testing & Materials Member services, ASTM Store, training courses, quality assurance programs, news, lab directory, consultants directory, and more
www.csinet.org Construction Specifications Institute Membership services, certification, education, publications, and more
www.iaqcouncil.org American Indoor Air Quality Council Member services, training, certification, and more
www.iienet.org Institute of Industrial Engineers Member services, books & proceedings, networking, career help, events list, news, and more
www.imionline.org International Maintenance Institute Member services, publications, on-line discussions, and training
www.iso.ch/ International Organization for Standardization Wide range of information dealing with the organization and international standards
www.smrp.org Society for Maintenance & Member services, calendar,
Reliability Professionals library, links, discussion groups, jobs, certification, and more
www.ul.com Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Descriptions of testing and registration services, and other services
Auctions
www.AuctionWatch.com AuctionWatch.com Variety of online auctions; plus links to other auction sites. Not a lot of industrial products
www.dovebid.com Dovebid Auctions Worldwide Webcast and online business-to-business capital asset auctions and valuation services
www.graingerauction.com or W.W. Grainger, Inc. Comprehensive business-to-business
www.mroverstocks.com auction offering excess, obsolete, and discontinued inventory from W.W. Grainger and partners
www.sorcity.com Sorcity.com Reverse-auction service enables buyers to define a product, commodity, or service they want, specify terms & conditions, and receive bids from sellers
www.point2auctions.com Point 2 Heavy Equipment Exchange Large-scale heavy equipment auction system
www.zonetrader.com ZoneTrader.com Full-service asset management solutions from procurement of used assets through efficient disposition
Distributors
www.accu-tech.com Accu-Tech Corp. Supplier of cabling solutions from various manufacturers for the voice, data, sound, security, and broadband markets
www.appliedindustrial.com Applied Industrial Technologies Distributor of industrial products
and components
www.bestroute.com Hughes Supply, Inc. Distributor specializing in hard-to-find electrical/voice/data products
www.grainger.com W. W. Grainger, Inc. Distributor of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies, services, and related information
www.mcmaster.com McMaster-Carr Broad-line distributor for maintenance, repair, and operating needs
www.mscdirect.com MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. Distributor specializing in supplies, tools, and equipment for manufacturing and metalworking
E-commerce Exchanges & Marketplaces
www.americanmanufacturers.com AmericanManufacturers.com E-commerce exchange linking buyers and sellers of products used in manufacturing processes
www.apx.com Automated Power Exchange, Inc. E-commerce exchange for buying and trading electricity on the wholesale market
www.b2bxchange.com B2BXchange, Inc. Auction and other exchange services
www.bigequip.com Bigequip.com, Inc. Used heavy equipment marketplace with online auctions
www.buildpoint.com Buildpoint Project bidding and materials procurement for the construction industry
www.buyused.com Used Equipment Network Metalworking, chemical/process, electrical, material handling, and other machinery currently available from used equipment dealers
www.capacityweb.com Capacityweb, Inc. Allows OEM and contract manufacturers worldwide to buy and sell engineered parts, capabilities, and manufacturing capacity
www.dirtpile.com Dirtpile.com, 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
www.EduPoint.com EduPoint, Inc. Marketplace for continuing education, providing centralized access to over 1.5 million learning opportunities through more than 4000 learning providers
www.energycustomer.com Exelergy Corp. Online exchange for retail energy buyers and sellers
www.e-industrials.com Ecommerce Industrials Inc. Global marketplace dedicated to bearings and related products, services, and solutions
www.e-steel.com e-Steel Corp. Internet exchange dedicated to steel market, including mills, service centers, converters, fabricators, OEMs, and international trading companies
www.ecaribou.com eCaribou.com HVAC site for sales of parts, equipment, goods, and services
www.electroneconomy.com Electron Economy Links all members of the supply chain through open and standard XML interfaces
www.energycat.com Select Energy Catalog of energy-related products and services
www.engineering-e.com MSC.Software Virtual marketplace for engineering expertise, goods, and services
www.epicline.com Pinnacle Information Corp. Electrical material pricing and product information source
www.equalfooting.com EqualFooting.com Inc. Online catalog for supplies and a variety of other services for small businesses
www.esprocket.com ESprocket Corp. Full services for finding, buying, and selling used capital equipment
www.fastparts.com FastParts.com Facilitator for electronics manufacturers to buy, sell, and trade inventories
www.findmro.com W.W. Grainger, Inc. Complete catalog of maintenance, repair, and operations supplies
www.fluidpowerzone.com Neuport Marketplace for hydraulic and pneumatic products; training available through annual subscription
www.hvacindustry.com eForay Corp. Buying and selling of HVAC equipment online through listings and auctions
www.industrialexchange.com Industrial Exchange Network, Inc. Portal site for a wide variety of vertical online marketplaces
www.iprocure.com Datastream Systems, Inc. Online procurement of industrial goods and services from leading suppliers
www.ironplanet.com IronPlanet.com, Inc. Used heavy construction equipment marketplace
www.liquidation.com Liquidation.com Exchange for buying and selling surplus business-to-business goods
www.manufacturingquote.com ManufacturingQuote.com Exchange for connecting buyers with contract manufacturing sources
www.materialnet.com MaterialNet.com E-commerce in industrial metals for original equipment manufacturers, service centers, primary mills, and others
www.materialnetwork.com MaterialNetwork.com, Inc. Marketplace and auction for buyers and sellers of material handling equipment, parts, and more
www.mro.com MRO.com, Inc. Marketplace for maintenance, repair, and operations buyers and suppliers
www.myplant.com MyPlant, Inc. Resources, services, and knowledge-based solutions to improve operational performance and solve plant problems
www.testmart.com TestMart Marketplace for test and measurement equipment, product comparisons, specifications, and more
www.tradeout.com TradeOut.com Marketplace to buy and sell surplus industrial equipment and consumer products
www.ubarter.com Network Commerce, Inc. Business-to-business barter services for retail, professional, media, and other corporate clients utilizing a noncash electronic currency
www.utilityconnection.com 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
www.verticalnet.com Vert Tech LLC Portal for a wide variety of online industrial marketplaces
References & Resources
www.buzzsaw.com BuzzSaw.com, Inc. Secure, online project hosting for building design and construction that allows architects, engineers, and contractors to view drawings, contracts and specs online
www.c-z.com Construction-Zone.com, Inc. Searchable database of construction products, free online training, and more
www.electrical-safety.com National Electrical Safety Foundation Variety of articles and links on electrical safety
www.flotherm.com 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
www.fmlink.com FMlink News from and links to magazines, publishers, academia, training organizations, associations, consultants, manufacturers, and suppliers; surveys; forums; and more
www.gridwatch.com Gridwatch Associates Directory of the electric power industry, including power transmission & distribution, power markets, and power generation
www.howstuffworks.com Howstuffworks.com, Inc. Thousands of explanations on how things and processes work, from technical to political
www.lightsearch.com inter.Light, Inc. Directories of lighting products, manufacturers, design firms, publications, and more
www.maintenanceresources.com TWI Press, Inc. Links to a variety of plant engineering and maintenance information sources
www.manufacturing.net Manufacturing.net LLC Access to thousands of articles and other information from numerous magazines, supplier directories, and other services
www.periodicals.net Library Technology Alliance, Ltd. Electronic data research of 3000 publications
www.plant-maintenance.com Plant Maintenance Resource Center Articles, benchmarking, conferences, jobs, newsletter, links, calendar, and more (international, based in Australia)
www.thomasregister.com Thomas Register Directory of manufacturers, catalogs, and CAD drawings
www.tpmonline.com/services/ TPM On Line.com Links to training providers,
links.htm consultants, organizations, and infolinmation resources on total productive maintenance
www.virtual-workshops.com Virtual Workshops Online courses on a wide variety of technical and business subjects; some free
www7.bcity.com/nst/World_Class_Training.html NST/Engineers, Inc. News about safety regulations, case studies of accidents and how they could have been prevented, book reviews, and more