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" is very convenient when you need to find a product or service. Instead of going through dozens of catalogs or websites searching for what I need, I simply go to ThomasNet and punch in what I am looking for. They give me multiple choices of where to go or who to see. This is a real time saver, and occasionally, a real life-saver."

Dean Douglas
Product Development Engineer
Leggett & Platt, Inc.

We sourced for: Products, parts and services for equipment and custom equipment
"I often use to locate downloadable CAD drawings for parts. It saves me time since I don't have to create blocks from scratch."

Linda Hartsock
CADD Technician
Eagle Sign Co.

We sourced for: Manufacturers
" helps me find the accurate model for fittings, valves, etc... With this, I can create a realistic piping design that can be displayed on each piece of equipment. This helps me convey my needs to the pipefitter visually when they do installations on the field. It also helps me to choose the right prices for my design."

Thai Pham
Air Liquide Canada Inc.

We sourced for: Valves, Supports, Pipe Fittings, Nuts and Bolts
"As a Production Engineer I must research many products and must find suppliers for my clients. ThomasNet has always made it easy to find what I need by providing great search methods and categories to search. Thank you all for a great job."

Jose Robles
Chief Engineer
DRS Outsourcing

We sourced for: Raw Materials, Electronic Chips to Pre Assemblies
"There is no other way to search for manufacturing processes or look for things that are as specific as they are in manufacturing. lists the companies and materials that we need. The different search capabilities on ThomasNet are a terrific help, for instance: by state(s) or within the number of miles of a zip code."

Ray Clement
Metro Fabricating

We sourced for: Manufacturing Processes and Materials
"My company has numerous old machines -- a few are as old as 60 years or more. Some manufacturers of these machines either went out of business, changed their name or were bought out. Numerous times I've had to go to ThomasNet to find these machine parts or a supplier that carries them. ThomasNet has helped me find company names, contacts, phone numbers and product information that has ultimately led to finding and purchasing the part I need. It would be almost impossible to do our business in maintenance without ThomasNet."

Jim Swallow
Maintenance Engineer
John Deere Power Systems

We sourced for: Machine Tool Repair Parts
David Shaffer"At I often see new product announcements long before other notices that come to me."

David Shaffer
Project Engineer

We sourced for: HVAC
"Frequently we need local manufacturers for mechanical power related equipment. We go to, which is our favorite web site rather than Google's general web site."

Chandrasen Chhatpar
Supervising Discipline Engineer
URS Corp.

We sourced for: Centrifugal Pumps, Tanks, Piping and Steam Traps
"As a Mechanical Engineer I used to collect numerous vendor catalogs from fasteners to connectors. Although you can find everything online directly from the manufacturers; my concern was not being able to remember the names of the suppliers to look up online. With I can specify a product and get a list of (literally hundreds) companies where I can get more detailed data from. I no longer store catalogs within my cubicle. No more clutter. My workspace is more efficient and looks nice too."

Van Elmayan
Mechanical Engineer
The Boeing Company

We sourced for: Fasteners, Connectors and Gaskets
Don Bartz"There are a multitude of examples I could give you. In my 28 years of engineering I have found no other site that has the range of searching that ThomasNet has. I used to work for a process tank manufacturer. We needed a drawing of a domed head for a tank we were designing. I thought why not try ThomasNet to see if we could get one. This was back when ThomasNet first started offering CAD drawings. I did a search for domed heads and there they were. I downloaded the drawing and was able to finish the design. Today the array of CAD drawings offered is amazing. Anytime I need to search the internet for job related items the first place I search is ThomasNet."

Don Bartz
Kusel Equipment

We sourced for: Motors and Gearmotors
Anatoliy Krasutzkiy"I work as an engineer in the service trade organization selling laboratory equipment. Our client has a need for a device to determine the heat conductivity of refractories. Specific equipment and manufacturers selection is very small. We had information about the German manufacturer Netsch; but with the help of we found a U.S. manufacturer Anter; whose quality-price ratio was the best. Thank you very much for your information."

Anatoliy Krasutzkiy
Service Engineer

We sourced for: Labware
Michael Peterson"I work for a Utility company that has several Nuclear power plants in the Southeast. One of my jobs is to evaluate replacement components needed at the power plants. Some times equipment vendors reply that a requested component is obsolete with no identified replacement. ThomasNet is one of my favorite tools to find alternate sources for a needed product. The function to search for vendors by product line is a great tool that provides me that needed door in what appears to be a dead end. Vendors who are listed with ThomasNet have this vast network of potential customers with critical contact information at their finger tips."

Michael Peterson
Senior Procurement Engineer
Southern Nuclear

We sourced for: Contact information on vendors and manufacturers of industrial equipment
Karen Thacker" has helped provide me with information on several product designs. The search engine provided manufacturing and distributors on fasteners and electronic datasystems along with 2D and 3D cad drawings. The drawings and catalog information I retrieved was used to implement current designs that we provided to our customer. It solved an issue of form, fit and function. All contained within ThomasNet. Otherwise I would have used Google. ThomasNet even provides a game to relax the brain while you try to beat the times of other users."

Karen Thacker
Intergraph Corp.

We sourced for: Hardware

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