Knowde for raw material searches

I know a lot of you might use UL.  But this site offers different suppliers and you might be able to find more niche materials.

https://www.knowde.com/sign-up?referral_token=1136ee145aadfe74984761b758c76edef41b05420ad197e74261a6d1a2a87504

Any feedback on the site I'd definitely pass along to the developers!

Comments

  • I've tried using knowde before, it's not bad but ULpropsector is a lot easier to access literature on. If I have to request every piece of info on a material  it will take too long (by sales standards). Also sometimes I'm just browsing, having to follow up with each rep for a material I just had passing interest in is time consuming.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I've used knowde a bunch and there are things I like about it. The search display is better than UL Prospector and the search process seems a bit more user friendly.

    However, their algorithms are a bit dumb and give erroneous information. For example, I do a search for "preservatives" and it gives back examples like...

    Neolipid™ SC Biobarrier - not a preservative
    STEOL® CA-460 - (ammonium lauryl sulfate) - not a preservative

    And these are on the first page. If you go to the next page you just find a bunch of surfactants that no one who is looking for a preservative would ever use as a preservative.

    The same thing happens with other searches. It's just a dumb search engine which needs to be smarter to make it useful. 
  • @Perry

    Would you be willing to talk to the founder about your concerns?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @chickenskin - Sure. Although I have actually talked to some people over there previously. But that was probably a year or so ago. If they want to connect again, I could do that.

  • Perry said:
    @chickenskin - Sure. Although I have actually talked to some people over there previously. But that was probably a year or so ago. If they want to connect again, I could do that.

    Thanks Perry I sent you a PM.
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