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My Favorite Bookmarks

Originally Published MPMN July/August 2002

E-NEWS

My Favorite Bookmarks

Kevin Mack
Associate Project Engineer
Arrow International Inc.

Zachary Turke

eFunda (www.efunda.com) is an on-line engineering community where I go when I need to look up a scientific formula or conversion. With more than 30,000 pages of engineering data, the site serves as a comprehensive data source for everything from beam bending equations to the figures on the thermal conductivity of aluminum alloy 6061. It’s easy to find exactly what I need because all the information is grouped into subcategories that can be explored using a handy search function.

Wire Industry (www.wireindustry.com) is the most complete on-line resource I’ve found for locating suppliers of wire materials and processing equipment. My company does a lot of work with catheters, and this page is where I go when I need to find a list of companies that can help me meet a specific design challenge. Each company listing contains a physical address, phone number, fax number, Web address, and e-mail contact information to make getting in contact a breeze.

Fort Wayne Metals (www.fwmetals.com) is a company supplying medical-grade wire products. Material spec sheets for the wires are featured on the firm’s Web site, so I’ll often go there to determine if one of them can serve as a starting point for a new design. Among other information, the literature details wire composition, tensile strength, density, electrical resistivity, and a range of other mechanical and physical properties.

SMC Corp. of America (www.smcusa.com) hosts an on-line application that facilitates the selection, sizing, and construction of pneumatic automation products. Dubbed E-Tech, this program helps you find what you’re looking for by browsing through the catalog, entering part numbers, or specifying required features or operating loads. Each product listing contains photos, descriptions, and even 2- and 3-D CAD files that can be downloaded or viewed directly from the site. Once you register with the company, you can save your work for future reference or for sharing with others.

Arrow International Inc. (Reading, PA; www.arrowintl.com) develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of disposable catheters and related products for critical and cardiac care. The company’s products are used primarily by anesthesiologists, critical-care specialists, surgeons, emergency and trauma physicians, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, electrophysiologists, and other healthcare providers.

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