DALLAS, TX (Siemens PLM Connection 2013) June 5, 2013 - In an industry where trade publications get exceedingly thin, like starving dinosaurs, Thomas Publishing may be he best example of a publisher that has made the transition to modern times. They totally abandoned their ThomCats, which seemed it would forever be a standard reference for manufacturers, and went to an online version, now known as ThomasNet.com -- the redundant reference to the web in the name only serve to emphasize its determination.
Freed from paper, Thomas Publishing is now bigger than ever. The numbers speak for themselves:
- 100 million parts
- 600,000 suppliers
- 70,000 part and service categories.
Online Catalog Service
ThomasNet will, for a fee, take your companies products and create an online catalog. Customers can not only see the parts in 3D, they can download the part in a variety of popular CAD formats. 130 companies have already used ThomasNet for this service. As a bonus, the parts are "syndicated," meaning that ThomasNet will add them to their library of parts. The parts exist online as "envelope" models, with internal details and proprietary details unavailable.
Who makes all these parts, I wonder? It turns out ThomasNet keeps workers in the Czech Republic for this purpose. I suggest we have our next meeting in Prague, as opposed to Dallas They politely agree to consider my request.