The two screens below will show you how to construct a typical turning center search to find all new models in the marketplace that meet your search criteria.
The first screen is the model search form. In this demo I have entered some values that are important to help me find the machines that meet the basic requirements for my application. Notice that I have not entered values for all search criteria because not all values are important.
In this case, I have asked the system to show me all turning centers with chuck diameters from 12” to 18”. Since bar capacity is not important for my applications I ignore this attribute. I know that I need a minimum of 25 HP, the jobs requiring the most HP, but just to be sure, I enter 30 in the minimum HP field. I intentionally leave the maximum HP field blank because I don’t mind including models with more Horse Power as long as I have at least as much as I need. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a model that can meet my criteria for all important values and get extra horse power, too.
The typical longest part that I run is 30”, so I enter 30 in the max turning length field and again, leave the max turning length field empty, because it’s OK to include models that give me more than I need. The main thing is I don’t want to overlook models that can do my job so I make sure the important attribute fields are filled with values that include models that can do my job.
I’ve also selected the single spindle button because a twin spindle or more than a twin spindle machine really changes the style of machine and neither a twin or multi-spindle machine is not what I want. Additionally I have checked the “yes” button to indicate I want to include only models that have milling and drilling function, too. Notice that the machine type check boxes are already preselected. I could uncheck one or more of these, especially “swiss” since it’s clear that the rest of the attributes I’ve defined clearly make what I’m looking for, NOT a swiss type machine. But it’s not necessary because those models will automatically be eliminated from the search results because the specs I’ve entered aren’t found on swiss-type machines. Once I’m satisfied with the values I’ve selected, I click the “Search” button. Scroll below the image to continue.
I have marked up the model search results screen below. Starting at the top, notice that we list the total number of manufacturers and models that are included in the results. In this case 50 different manufacturers make 179 different models that meet my search criteria.
The search parameters that I had entered that resulted in the models listed in the table also appear at the top of the page.
Three icons appear below the search parameters. The “Compare Models” icon is clicked after placing a check mark in the box to the left of the model you want to compare in detail. After selecting between 2-7 models and clicking the Excel spreadsheet icon most of the detailed specifications of those models will be displayed side-by-side to help you evaluate and compare the models specs for the selected models.
After selecting one or more models then clicking the “Get Price” icon, you will be able to get very detailed prices and delivery on most models.
By clicking the “New Search” icon, the system will return you to the search form you just filled out with the search values you had selected in place so that you can fine tune your search by changing, adding, or eliminating one or more values.
Just below the New Search icon is the “save to my dashboard” feature. Every user can save any of their searches to a private dashboard that only they can access. The saved searches on a user's dashboard allow them to revisit a list of matching models at a later date. Each saved search is identified with a unique url which can be shared with associates. So if a user has been researching machines and wants to share with colleagues, all they have to do is enter the url of the saved search and the list appears on their monitor and is fully interactive for them to explore on their own.
Below the "save search" button are four red arrows pointing to column headers. Clicking on any of these headers will resort the list alphabetically or by largest to smallest and vice versa. This helps to group models in various ways to make it easier to find models that are of interest.
I have placed theoretical check marks in the column to the left of the machine so you will see where the check marks are placed in order to compare and get prices. In the column to the right of the check marks column is the manufacturer name column. Clicking on a name displays the full contact info for each supplier clicked, such as address, phone, and much more information on that supplier, including their web site.
In the next column to the right is the model name. Clicking on the model name displays the full detailed specification sheets on each model. From that page you can display all the other models by type of that manufacturer as well as all distributors of that line. Further, many models will include editorial content on the manufacturer and even for that model.