Troy, NY — The vst majority of industrial professionals are now using the Internet to find components and suppliers, according to a recent survey of Canadian engineers, technical buyers, and members of the scientific and manufacturing communities.
These views were uncovered in the Canadian Industrial Engineering Trends Survey recently conducted by GlobalSpec, a specialized search engine, information services and e-publishing company for engineering, industrial and technical communities.
Forty-five per cent of respondents indicated that they spend more than six hours per week using the Internet for work purposes, according to the survey. And these professionals increasingly rely on the Internet for technical information: 88% of respondents indicated they use the Internet to find components and suppliers, while 84% go online to obtain product specifications and 67% use the Internet for research. Additionally, more than half of respondents indicated that product/component specifications are most valuable when searching for components.
Survey results also indicate the importance for manufacturers to have a strong online presence. Sixty-one per cent of respondents indicated that they use two or more search engines when searching on the Internet for work purposes. And online media is first on the list for engineering, technical and industrial professionals searching for products and services — according to respondents, the top three resources used are general search engines, an industry-specific search engine, and supplier websites.