Knovel Corp. plans to grow its plastics business through the second edition of its plastics and rubber database, which is set for a July 1 release.
The database is an online research and analysis resource that covers material selection, machining, tooling, technology and other aspects of the plastics market. Launched in 2001, the plastics database was one of the first offered by New York-based Knovel after its 1999 spinoff from the William Andrews publishing firm.
Plastics now is the second-largest of the 12 databases the firm offers, with 160 corporate clients, including 25 resin makers. The plastics database is estimated to have 150,000 individual users, according to plastics product manager John Morine.
The new module includes research on Six Sigma quality management and other productivity tools, Morine said in a recent interview at Plastics News' office in Akron.
``Basically, the database offers two or three bookcases full of reference handbooks in an online setting,'' said Morine, whose industry experience includes stints at GE Plastics and M.A. Hanna Co. ``The database is continually updated with Antec proceedings and other new books and information. You can do two or three hours of research in 10 seconds.''
Annual subscriptions for the database average about $350. Current users include Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Co., Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Morine said. Recently, the U.S. Navy signed up for the service, he said.
Knovel also works with publishers including McGraw-Hill, Hanser Gardner and Plastics Design Library to include contents of new research books. Knovel now even works with some publishers when they're deciding which books to publish, Morine said, since the database allows publishers to reach a wider audience than they would through conventional single-volume sales.
Knovel employs 85 and has research offices in Norwich and Binghamton, N.Y.; and St. Petersburg, Russia.