November 10, 2006

GlobalSpec Launches Online Peer-to-Peer Community for Industrial Professionals

.: As href="">reported in today's KnowledgeSpeak, GlobalSpec has launched its new online community for industry engineers, CR4SM – The Engineer's Place for News and Discussion. CR4 means Conference Room 4; I don't know what the first three conference rooms might be. From the press release:

TROY, NY - (BUSINESS WIRE)- 11/8/06 – GlobalSpec (, the leading specialized search engine, information resource and e-publishing company for engineering, industrial and technical professionals, today announced the launch of its online community, CR4SM – The Engineer's Place for News and Discussion. Located at, the site provides a collaborative environment for engineers, scientists, technical researchers and related professionals.

CR4 offers visitors access to open, industry-based forums where they can discuss important engineering issues and seek out answers to technical questions. Additionally, the site contains blogs from industry professionals, tracking news, trends and technological advancements. Registration is offered at no cost and users are invited to participate in the forums and blog discussions.

The CR4 community is comprised of active users who contribute questions, answers, stories and discussions in fields ranging from current science and technology news, to major engineering disciplines including electrical, mechanical, optical and civil.

The newly redesigned CR4 makes it easier for users to register, post articles, ask questions, and obtain information tailored to their specific interests. Among the unique functionality is the ability for users to post images, which in conjunction with the symbols editor function, can be used to post mathematical formulas when posing questions and participating in discussions.

Users can also subscribe to the Daily Digest, a daily e-mail summary of current stories and posts on CR4, allowing them to easily stay up-to-date.

"The features and functionality now available to CR4 users further position GlobalSpec as 'the place' for the engineering, industrial and technical community," said Guy Maser, senior vice president of marketing for GlobalSpec, Inc. "With the variety of blogs and discussions tailored to different industry interests, CR4 is a unique destination for professionals who are looking to ask questions and discuss issues of importance to them."

May 5, 2006

GlobalSpec Launches Targeted Newsletters, Product Alert System

.: From Knowledgespeak:

Search engine and online engineering community operator GlobalSpec, US, has announced the recent launch of several new product-specific e-newsletters. It has also introduced a new product alert system to its millions of segmented e-mail subscribers with the help of retention e-mail marketing services provider iPost, US.

Engineers and technical professionals visiting the GlobalSpec site can now select from 132 product topics to receive weekly e-mail updates about new products, suppliers and technical articles. iPost has helped keep GlobalSpec e-mail subscribers returning to the site through the expansion of its suite of product-focused e-newsletters. The company increased its set publications from four to 16 in late 2005, and has launched several more in 2006, in areas ranging from lights and lasers to supply chain management and scientific instruments. The company’s Techs & Specs weekly e-newsletter has an audience exceeding one million.

GlobalSpec's trademarked parametric search technology, SpecSearch, allows visitors to search for products by specification, while The Engineering Web enables users to examine over 250 million engineering and tech web pages. The company publishes over 40 e-newsletters each month.

I haven't used GlobalSpec much in the past, but I think I need to give it more attention. I like its search engine options, which include the "Engineering Web", a "vertical search engine that indexes hundreds of millions of pages of engineering content from both the open web as well as from a variety of proprietary content publishers", product specification, material properties, part numbers, standards, patents, application notes, and products and services. I'm not sure where Knowledgespeak verified this entry, because I can't find any mention of it on the GlobalSpec site.