Sometimes engineers need more than a good pair of specs to find the right component. Billing itself as "The Engineering Search Engine", GlobalSpec offers engineers, scientists, and related professionals a searchable online database of supplier catalogs. Its SpecSearch search engine lets registered users search by specifications to find technical products and services, such as mechanical, electrical, and custom manufacturing offerings. Its Engineering Web search engine indexes millions of pages of engineering content. GlobalSpec also offers a suite of more than 70 product and industry specific e-newsletters. The firm was founded in 1996 by engineers John Schneiter and Thomas Brownell. Today it is owned by IHS.