Cleveland, OH - January 18, 2005 - Machine Design magazine announces a joint initiative with IDES (www.ides.com) to provide an engineering plastics search engine. IDES, the industry leader in plastics data management since 1986, provides specialized vertical search engines that focus exclusively on engineering and technical information for plastics materials. It publishes over 60,000 plastic material data sheets from 500 global resin suppliers.

Machine Design, the leading publication serving design engineers in the OEM, has been providing engineers with the most up-to-date technical information since 1929. Its popular website, www.machinedesign.com, celebrating 10 years of online information sourcing, continues to set the industry standard with superior content and high traffic. The partnership with IDES combines the reach and loyalty of Machine Design's audience and its high-quality editorial content with the scope of IDES material to offer the design engineering community the most in-depth materials selection search capabilities and information.

Recent Machine Design research shows that 82% of the Machine Design brand's audience of 180,000 engineers design with, specify, select or influence the purchase of materials, and 31% of these expect their purchases to increase. Yet 81% of respondents work outside their areas of expertise and 76% use websites and search engines for product information on how to specify structure, parts, tolerances and surface finishes.

The new site connects with IDES Prospector, a database comprised of high-quality polymer property data in all test standards with information in English and SI units. Three mouse clicks take users to complete data sheets with extensive processing information. The site also provides important links that connect users with processing charts, cost-estimation calculators, and more.

"The IDES philosophy of providing relevant engineering information to help engineers in the design process fits perfectly with Machine Design's aim to provide the most complete package of useful technical information," say Machine Design Group Publisher Rob Dorfmeyer. " We are pleased to partner with this top-notch information provider."

"Our partnership with Machine Design is a great fit - they have a large audience of design engineers that work with plastics, and through MachineDesign.com we're able to provide them with the technical materials information needed to make application design decisions," said Mike Kmetz, IDES President and CEO.

The Machine Design media franchise includes Machine Design, machinedesign.com, Medical Design, medicaldesign.com, Motion System Design, motionsystemdesign.com, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, hydraulicspneumatics.com, The Fluid Power Expo, MD's Literature Express, and Design Deck. Machine Design celebrates more than 75 years of publishing leadership and its information resources continue to provide design engineers with the most useful and up-to-date information.

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