ThomasNet Re-Launches Platform for Supplier Discovery and Product Sourcing

ThomasNet, a free platform for supplier discovery and sourcing of components, equipment, MRO products, raw materials and custom manufacturing services, was formally re-launched during IMTS 2012.

The new ThomasNet offers users an even wider range of content, tools and resources. Engineers, purchasing professionals, and facilities managers can quickly find suppliers, source products, and access CAD models and product news.

New to the ThomasNet platform is Product Search which enables users to find the specific components and products they are looking for.  

Thomas’ team of content engineers has aggregated detailed information and line item detail for over 100 million parts from over 30,000 suppliers. Product Search allows users to specify the product they are looking for using groundbreaking taxonomy-powered search and navigation features.  Specifiers can find the product that meets their requirements by defining precise product attributes such as applications, materials, dimensions and tolerances.  

The new site also makes it easier for buyers to find local suppliers, quality certified suppliers, and companies that meet their supplier diversity requirements. Whether they’re searching for women-owned businesses, an ISO certified custom manufacturer, or nearby distributors the new ThomasNet makes it easier to hone in on exactly what they need and create a supplier short list.

“We make it our business to understand the challenges our users face when sourcing, and the new ThomasNet.com is designed to address them.  Product Search combines semantic search technology with curated content to create an unparalleled sourcing tool,” said Tom Greco, Vice President of ThomasNet.  “Product Search is a perfect companion to our improved supplier directory and 2D/3D CAD model library,” added Mr. Greco.

The new ThomasNet platform includes a suite of applications including:

  • Supplier Directory –Over 610,000 suppliers including multi-media company profiles
  • CAD Library – Millions of downloadable 2D/3D models and drawings from leading industrial product component OEMs
  • ThomasNet News - the latest product, company and industry news
  • Job Board – to help find your first or next job
  • Deal of the Day – Big savings on electronics, office supplies and business services
  • Purchasing Tools – Free RFQ Event management and Contract management tools

“When engineers and procurement professionals experience a demo of ThomasNet.com, they immediately ask how much it costs. Their expectation is that access to ThomasNet, which is a free service, requires a large investment, which further highlights the value they see in the platform”, said Mr. Greco.

ThomasNet, part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is the Internet’s pre-eminent sourcing and supplier discovery and selection platform for OEM, MRO and other products and services. The platform serves procurement professionals, engineers, plant and facility management and other buyers from corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, the military and small businesses. It also serves manufacturers, distributors, and service companies throughout North America who want to connect and do business with these buyers.

Additionally, Thomas Industrial Network includes: the Navigator Platform, a proprietary technology that helps industrial companies leverage their product information and data to increase sales; and Enterprise Solutions that enable companies to create and manage digital product data which can be syndicated to a variety of platforms.

For more information, visit: www.thomasnet.com

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