Mouser enhances online presence with new web tools

“Our goal was to build the most intelligent Bill-of-Materials tool for our industry, making the materials management process less burdensome for engineers and buyers,” explains Hayne Shumate, Mouser Vice President, Internet Business. “It remembers not just your preferences, but the layout of your spreadsheets, your naming conventions, and the product selections you have made previously. Instead of only matching exact manufacturer”s part numbers, it can analyze partial part numbers and descriptions using a relevancy engine so that the best options can be offered.”  Currently, other industry BOM tools come up short by showing no results were found.

Unlike tools on other sites, engineers and buyers can choose what product data they want in which columns and export everything into their original spreadsheet with their own custom formatting intact. Currency, formatting, RoHS options, and other preferences are remembered, allowing each user to create a truly personalized experience and speed their processing the next time. If a customer does not have a spreadsheet, they may paste data directly into the tool. Ultimately, customers will spend less time reformatting data and resetting preferences.

As well as the new BOM Tool, Mouser has also unveiled a new Product Knowledge Center (PKC) training site on Mouser.com covering the entire lighting ecosystem. The site has been completely redesigned to help design engineers find the latest lighting advancements, trends and supporting product information in as few clicks as possible.

The new site complements Mouser”s broad line card and, according to Kevin Hess, Mouser Vice President of Technical Marketing “We have created a new PKC interface that was intuitive enough for design engineers to navigate without having to experience any learning curve, allowing them to find the exact information they need even faster. At Mouser, we realize the one component that”s always in short supply is time, and that”s exactly what our newest PKC delivers – a quicker, in-depth, more user-friendly lighting resource.”

Mouser”s lighting PKC application training site is a comprehensive resource center spanning three areas: products, applications and design engineering resources. The Lighting Product Selector Guide is arranged into five main product categories with a graphical interface to speed navigation. Engineers can quickly narrow in on a set of products based on defined parameters/engineering standards geared to their specific design needs.

The Applications Guide assists design engineers in finding products tailored for a particular end equipment lighting application such as high bay lighting or MR16 replacement. This guide navigates by block diagram, which provides a higher system level view.  In addition, the site features a Resource Guide – containing videos, selection guides, white papers, application notes, key industry trends, plus other helpful design sources to help fast track the overall design process.

Arranged neatly into defined categories, information can be quickly referenced by supplier or topic.

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