Manufacturing Your Product

Materials and How Products Are Made

Manufacturing & Distribution USA

Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HD 9723 M365
Three volume set contains statistics and leading companies for manufacturing industries, wholesale and retail. Includes information on materials consumed, product share details, inputs and outputs and employee occupations.  This information taken from the U.S. Economic Census. See below:

Economic Census: Industry Snapshots

http://www.census.gov/econ/snapshots/index.php
The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from the Economic Census and per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in: enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.

U.S. Census Bureau Industry Statistics Portal

http://www.census.gov/econ/isp/
This application provides access to the Census Bureau programs that provide economic data for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.  Once you are on the industry page, click on Economic Data in AFF (American Fact Finder)  to view the list of industry data available through the Economic Census.  Click on the 2007 data year to access the Economic Census data series that can be downloaded into Excel.

How Products Are Made

Pardee Reference Collection –  X TS 146 H67
Provides concise information on how common products are manufactured. Also includes illustrations for each entry and bibliographic citations leading to more information.

Virtual Plant Tours

http://www.umsl.edu/~jmartini/book/virtualplanttours.html

A to Z Online Virtual Tours

http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/virtualtours.html

Plant Tours on the Internet

Virtual online tours of plants to show processes, arranged alphabetically by business names.

List of Manufacturing Videos on How Things are Made

(NAM – National Association of Manufacturers)

How Stuff Works

http://www.howstuffworks.com/
Basic internal workings of common mechanical devices.

National Technical Information Service

http://www.ntis.gov/
From the US Department of Commerce, this service is the “central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.”

You can also check the Research Guides at the:

Boston University Science and Engineering Library
Mechanical Engineering

Manufacturers’ Directories

ThomasNet.com

http://www.thomasnet.com
Formerly Thomas Register. Company profiles provide contact information for over 168,000 US and Canadian manufacturing companies. Browse by product and service and request prices.

Grainger’s Catalog

http://www.grainger.com/
Industrial and commercial equipment and supplies.
Print version (available on Industry Table at Pardee Library Reference) includes prices.

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: Use custom search to create lists of manufacturers by product name, SIC or NAICS code, and geographical area.

Manufacturing & Distribution USA

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A comprehensive analysis of economic activity in 458 manufacturing industries. Includes rankings of companies listed by(SIC) code.

Alibaba.com

http://www.alibaba.com/
Browse by category to find parts and products mostly made in China.

Patents

Inventor’s Handbook

http://lemelson.mit.edu/search-resources/45
Clear FAQ’s about the patent process by the Lemelson-MIT Program.

Esp@cenet (European Patent Office)

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/
Includes patent applications in their original language from The European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization and patent applications with an English abstract and title from Worldwide (50 countries and regions) and Japan. Includes bibliographic details and where available the abstract, full text and images of a document. See the Patent Offices of the Member States.

US Patent & Trademark Office

http://www.uspto.gov/
The official web site of the United States patent and Trademark Office. Search patents and trademarks, order copies, apply for patents, register trademarks, pay fees, monitor progress and more.

You can also check the Research Guide: Patent and Trademark Searching at the Boston University Science and Engineering Library

Regulations

Code of Massachusetts Regulations

http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/source/mass/cmr/index.html
Gives sections of the CMR which are available on the web from the Mass Trial Court Law Libraries. Consult this online CMR index (Code of Massachusetts Regulation Index) to learn the title and section of a regulation. See their document delivery service to obtain a copy via email of a regulation not yet available on the web.

Cornell University Legal Information Institute

http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/
Searchable US Code.

Code of Federal Regulations

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR
Current updates of rules and regulations provided by the Government Printing Office.

Internet Law Library

http://www.lawguru.com/ilawlib/
Searchable US Code.

Labor Statistics

Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)

http://www.mass.gov/lwd/
Massachusetts labor market information.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://www.bls.gov/
Information on earnings, inflation and spending, and the economy in general, along with other topics. See: National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of the BLS.

Handbook of US Labor Statistics: Employment, Earnings, Prices, Productivity, and Other Labor Data

Pardee Reference Collection
X HD 8051 A63
Provides historical as well as current data on employment, earnings, hours, productivity, occupational safety, consumer prices, living conditions, and projections by occupation. Also includes employment and productivity data for selected foreign countries.

International Labor Statistics:

Note: “Country Commerce Reports” include information on human resources including wages and working hours.

International Labor Organization Statistics

http://laborsta.ilo.org
LABORSTA Internet allows you to search a variety of tables by country. Tables include wages by economic activity.

Real Estate Costs

Colliers International

http://www.colliers.com/en-US/Insights
Market intelligence by country and city, includes office market, industry market and R & D market. Reports contain square feet available, vacancy rates, and other useful information.

U.S. Market Trends: Office Market Trends

http://www.ngkf.com/
Provides office rental rates.