Originally Published MPMN
Originally Published MPMN May 2004
Interactive Web Site Offers On-Line Course and Revamped Menus
Boston Gear (Quincy, MA) added menus and interactive tools for design engineers and industrial designers during the revamping and relaunching of its Web site. The site offers tools and data for its line of industrial power transmission units. Technical data, CAD drawings, and product information on speed reducers, gears, motors, and controls are also on-line.
Part of the revamping included adding drop-down menus and interactive training tools. The site now offers the Gearology on-line course on power transmission basics and the BostSpec2 product configurator. Gearology includes a video session on 700-series worm gear speed reducer maintenance and repair. Quizzes can be downloaded at the end of each chapter, and users can receive a diploma at the end of the course.
BostSpec2 features 2-D and 3-D CAD drawings enabling design engineers to access the exact product part number needed based on technical specifications. After the number is chosen, a drawing or PDF file can be downloaded. An on-line request for quote can also be submitted to the engineer's preferred industrial
"More people want our literature as a PDF nowadays instead of mailed catalogs," says Cheryl Alley, manager of on-line communications. "Many design engineers and manufacturers don't have regular business hours, and we're trying to cater to them. People who need help outside the '8 to 5' hours could still get assistance."
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