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Using Globalspec® In The Classroom

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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International Engineering Education II

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10.1409.1 - 10.1409.12



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Gary Kardys

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Abraham Michelen

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Using Globalspec® in the Classroom Abraham Michelen, Gary Kardys Hudson Valley Community College Troy, New York 12180

1. Abstract

In this paper, Globalspec, a web-based engineering tool and search engine, is introduced GlobalSpec simplifies the task of specifying engineering parts and components by using powerful parametric searches. GlobalSpec presents detailed product information provided by broad base of manufacturers of optical components, mechanical parts, electrical products, semiconductors, materials, manufacturing systems, instruments, sensors, process systems and many other industrial product areas. The authors presents the techniques used in two classes where the students select components for engineering designs using the tools available at Globalspec. The design details will be discussed along with the design examples. Also outlined are the powerful resources GlobalSpec provides for engineering users or students to explore or learn about products and their specifications.

2. Introduction

Globalspec ( is an Internet-based engineering search engine and the largest online database of technical catalog. Users can search the large engineering database of technical component by specifications, part numbers, patents, application notes, government and industry standards, and thousands of manufacturers. Since its inception in 1996, Globalspec has seen a steady increase in registered engineers and technical buyers that daily use the free service to look for part specifications for design, testing and other purposes.

Globalspec has become a one-stop location where engineers and technical buyers meet, and can search for products, services, technical articles, standards, application notes, and more. Globalspec has amassed the largest online community of engineers and technical professionals in the history of the Internet with over 1.3 million registered users at the time of this writing. Nowadays engineers and technical professionals use the Web throughout their work process to search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content on standards, patents, design, specifications, materials, application notes, and many other important activities in the daily life of and engineer. Without Globalspec, or a tool similar to it, the essential task of locating a specific component for a design would take many hours of browsing in manufacturer’s catalogs.

All these tasks are accomplished by just linking to the Globalspec site. This is the reason why many engineers at important industrial manufacturers as well as research laboratories

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Kardys, G., & Michelen, A. (2005, June), Using Globalspec® In The Classroom Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15087

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