Welcome to the new Plant Engineering Online

That's right! We listened. We learned. And now we have put that knowledge to work to provide you a new Plant Engineering Online.

01/01/1999


That's right! We listened. We learned. And now we have put that knowledge to work to provide you a new Plant Engineering Online . In May's Web Update , we emphasized the important role you have -- and will continue to have -- in the development and improvement of Plant Engineering Online and the content that it provides. We followed that up with an online user survey, giving you the opportunity to tell us what you thought about our web site-- from content preference to usability. (November's Web Update provides a synopsis of the results.) And on a daily basis, we receive your thoughts and suggestions about Plant Engineering Online via e-mail. Your continuing input has helped us take a major step toward our goal of developing Plant Engineering Online into the foremost online information resource for plant engineers. So read on to see what the new Plant Engineering Online has to offer, then log on to www.plantengineering.com .

Added value

If you have traversed the web enough, the term "channels" should sound familiar to you. It's a term used to describe the approach of providing targeted content areas for readers. While the novelty of such an approach in web publishing has worn off, its value remains.

To many web surfers, the ability to easily find related content is a high priority when searching for information online. Our channels can help you do just that. Enter a channel of your choice -- Electrical, HVAC, Maintenance, Material Handling, and more -- and a wealth of information for that specific subject is at your fingertips. And if you know of some specific channel content that would be valuable to its readers, yet does not exist within the channel, send us a line at planteng@ cahners.com.

What else have we done?

While we have significantly altered the structure of the new Plant Engineering Online , we have kept some of the underlying framework in place. Most notably, we have kept our frames to ensure that content is readily accessible from anywhere on the site. This approach includes access to all Plant Engineering magazine-related material, a current events section, a resource center, and an area dedicated solely to product information, including our new online Product Supplier Guide.

An additional area available via the frame is the "Your Voice" department, which features our new "Ask the Expert" column and a monthly opinion poll. The goal of these and future items under "Your Voice" is to allow Plant Engineering Online readers the opportunity to better use the two-way communication power of the web.

One last item worth noting is our increased commitment to providing information products that use the strengths of each media. In other words, keep an eye out in Plant Engineering magazine for signs indicating the availability of extended or exclusive content coverage on Plant Engineering Online .

We hope you will enjoy the new PE Online . -- Len O'Neal, Web Editor, 847-390-2689, loneal@cahners.com





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