How Archived Projects in Sourcebook Save TimeMay 26, 2017
We’ve all been there - you’re the new person on a research team and you need to get up to speed on the past and present projects, but the information you need is either missing or difficult to parse. Anyone familiar being the new member of a team knows this initial background research slows the progress of all your current projects. Luckily there is hope. If your team subscribes to Sourcebook Premium Commercial, all the past material sourcing projects are available right at your fingertips.
I recently found myself in this very position. I joined the team working on a bonding project where we needed to find a robust nonwoven material that would bond to itself using an ultrasonic sewing machine. My company has done work previously with a wide array of nonwoven bonding, so I felt the first place to start was to review the data we had collected from past projects. For most newbies, especially in small companies and research groups, this can be daunting. First, you need to chase past and present team members who are still around to find any historical data on the subject. Then comes the arduous task of reading through the reports, records, data, even trying to decipher the handwriting in old notebooks. After all of this, the information is rarely complete.
Accelerating with Sourcebook
In my case, this entire process was made easy by having access to Sourcebook Premium Commercial. Through this subscriber level, teams create their own projects where they lay out their specifications, requirements, and wants vs must-haves, as well as any background information for the project as needed. As they receive and test samples, they fill out an evaluation section to affirm a new material or to guide the Sourcebook Engineers to better material solutions. These projects are archived in an easily accessible format once a material has been selected and the project has been closed.
Before I started my project, I pulled up my account and found the other material bonding projects my team had taken on before I joined. I found the relevant material tests by looking through the Project Notes section to find projects with a similar scope, and the Materials Specification section to confirm the same end-goal specifications. Once I found the applicable projects, I read through the Material Sources log. This log is maintained in order of what materials my team received samples of chronologically, so I could easily follow the history of what materials we tested and where that led them. In this log, Sourcebook keeps a record of whether the material worked on the desired application and its evaluation results. Putting all this information together, I determined before ever having to do my own sampling and testing that a wetlaid nonwoven had already been tested by my team in the past and met our criteria. I requested a sample of the material again to do my own tests and confirmed that it suited our needs for our project.
Having access to our past project histories, the materials we have tested before, and the results, made my transition onto my new team quick and painless. Knowing a permanent record of all of our historical data on material testing exists in Sourcebook has given us an extra confidence boost in future material sourcing projects.
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