If you were to do a Google image search for “die cast,” you might be surprised by the search results. Instead of cast aluminum intake manifolds, cast zinc faucets or industrial magnesium castings, you’re more likely to see a thousand miniature models of cars, trucks, airplanes, helicopters and even action figures. That’s the difficulty with searching for products on the Internet; it can be hard to know how to ask Google for the results you’re looking for, and it can be even more difficult to sort through the sea of unrelated results that Google sometimes returns.
Die casters, like most other professionals within industry, like predictability and consistency. They work hard to understand the metallurgical properties of the materials they work with, and they intentionally task themselves with understanding the qualities of the die casting equipment they use as well. This is enough work without having to root through all of the possible suppliers of the materials that they need. Industrial directories can be the remedy for this problem. Consider the following example. Suppose you’re looking for a large supply of magnesium AZ91D for a large-scale casting contract you’ve just secured. Naturally, you want to get access to the highest-quality materials at the lowest prices. So you try to find a list of suppliers, and you send out a bunch of RFQs. In this regard, directories can be more helpful than Google because they have less general information and more specific information – information like supplier lists and contact details. Many of these details certainly can be found on Google, but that usually comes after much more time and effort compared to the time it takes to browse a directory.
Procurement can be a headache for any industrial operation. With the advent of the Internet, at least there are more easily-accessible resources at the disposal of procurement managers. In some cases, this can make finding the materials needed for a job much easier and faster.