Reid Supply's Knowledge Base Offers Free CAD Library to Engineering Schools and Students

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Reid Supply Company, a leading supplier of industrial products, has enhanced their web site providing a free Knowledge Base resource to Engineering Schools and Students. John Carrier, the company's President, says ReidSupply.com offers the free Knowledge Base to teachers and students as learning and teaching tools; also to designers, engineers, technicians to save time and money. The companies' repository of information features a free CAD library, a large collection of reference books, a free "Ask An Expert" feature, a free e-newsletter, free resource guides, special requests and more.

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We created the Knowledge Base for anyone, teacher, student or technician, who wants to learn more about CAD and industrial products.

What could an industrial products supplier possibly offer students and teachers? Plenty, if those teachers are teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD).

Reid Supply Company, a Michigan-based, global distributor of industrial parts, components and supplies introduces a free Knowledge Base for teachers, students, designers, engineers and technicians. The companies' repository of information features a free CAD library, an online catalog featuring 90% of the products with free CAD downloads, a large collection of reference books, a free "Ask An Expert" feature, a free e-newsletter, free Resource Guides, special requests and more.

"We think that students and educators as well as folks in the industrial products industry, have long needed a place to go for comprehensive technical information and a place to ask questions," says John Carrier, President of Reid Supply Company. "We created the Knowledge Base for anyone, teacher, student or technician, who wants to learn more about CAD and industrial products."

Carrier says the Knowledge Base is also a great teaching tool for engineering teachers who want to point their students to a resource that offers free CAD drawings, an interactive technical parts catalog and industry specific information.

"Our free CAD is a terrific resource for an instructor who wants to incorporate uniform resources in lesson plans," says Carrier. "We can see how teachers could assign students to find parts in our interactive catalog or web site and then download those product's CAD drawings. Then he could assign them to build a virtual machine based upon the part downloaded. And best of all, it's all free to the school and students. It's a virtual resource that should not be underestimated."

Greg Palmer, Reid Supply Company's Director of Marketing, says the company recently added a new improved online catalog to their web site, ReidSupply.com. He says that the new catalog is the closest thing to thumbing through a print catalog without actually having the paper in hand.

"Over 90% of every product in our catalog has free CAD images that anyone can download," says Palmer. "This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, free CAD database in the industrial supply industry. It would be very beneficial for an instructor to incorporate the Reid CAD drawings into lessons because we make them available for free and students can download them at their convenience."

Reid Supply Company, which started selling industrial supplies in 1948, serves virtually every industry, including emerging alternative power producers, with parts ranging from clamps, to power transmissions, to structural systems, and everything in between. Greg Palmer, Reid Supply Company's Director of Marketing, says that their 12 category merchandising system, implemented on both the company catalog and web site, is beneficial for anyone wanting to learn more about the tools that manufacturers need.

"Our exclusive color-coded category classification is great for folks who want to locate specific items with a minimum of effort," says Palmer. "We have organized all of our products into these 12 areas and color-coded them for easy reference and access."

Reid's product offering features 12 color-coded categories as follows:

  • Manual Controls: Knobs, Handles, Hand Wheels
  • Clamps and Workholding
  • Tooling Components
  • Fasteners and Hardware
  • Leveling Devices and Vibration Control
  • Material Handling
  • Bearings and Power Transmission
  • Metalworking
  • Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO)
  • Pneumatics and Hydraulics
  • Structural Systems
  • Safety

After investing in new data management, higher internet speed connections, and a new improved shopping cart, the company says that its web site offers customers a streamlined and efficient way to order parts and then maintain records for all of their purchases.

"We are constantly striving to give the Customer exactly what they want," says Palmer. "That is why our team is always gearing up to help Customers by making sure that our organic site keeps up with the newest technology and continues to grow with their needs."

Carrier says Reid serves thousands of manufacturers who have been serving other industries, like the automotive industry, and these manufacturers are well suited to fill the new needs of alternative energy like the production of fuel cells, solar, biomass, electronics, geothermal and wind energy here in the US and around the world.

"We realize that the students of today are the builders of our future," says Carrier. "As emerging technologies are developed, we will be right there with our Customers, and our future Customers who are now students, helping them to create the changes our world needs now, more than ever."

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