One of this month’s magazine focuses is consulting. Companies consult with experts to help them do a job better, more economically or with enhanced efficiency. In many ways, you consult with Industrial Heating for the same things. In this issue alone, one of the articles discusses how to improve your quality (p. 42), one explains how you can do it more economically (p. 45) and two articles help you to accomplish the end result in a better way.

In addition to the technical articles inside our print cover, we also post regular articles as online exclusives. A vacuum series from Dan Herring, The Heat Treat Doctor, has been running as a once-monthly online exclusive for the past seven months. Another recent online-only feature was our 2009 Feature Article Bibliography, which provides a list of every article in 2009 sorted by month and by topic. If you are looking for the vacuum articles run last year, you can find them quickly by using this resource. There were six, by the way.

Another way to locate articles by a certain topic is to use the search feature at the top of our website home page (www.industrialheating.com). A search for “vacuum feature” yielded 1,530 results available on our website. A more specific search for “vacuum nitriding” resulted in 126 possibilities on our site.

There is another way to search for what you need – searchable directories. On the left side of the screen, click the “Searchable Directories” link. You will be directed to a page with four options. One of these is very pertinent to this month’s Aftermarket focus – the Aftermarket Services directory. The other three are the Buyers Guide, Commercial Heat Treat Capabilities and Materials Characterization & Test Equipment. A click on the Buyers Guide provides you with options to browse by various sections and by products.

Another web-only feature is The Experts Speak. Each week, new content is posted on a variety of topics of interest to our industry. The broad topics include heat treating, failure analysis, corporate management, combustion safety, brazing, intellectual property and metallurgy. Some weeks, a new blog is posted each day. Recent specific topics include “Carbon Residues on Brazed Joints,” “Emissivity” and “Surface Oxidation.” Clicking on any of the experts provides a list of all of the topics covered by that individual. In Dan Herring’s heat-treatment category, for instance, there are over 75 blogs available to consult.

If you’re looking for news in our industry, a news podcast has been added to our daily news item. Twice monthly, current industry-related news will be available in this format. Also available twice monthly is the magEzine newsletter, which provides a selection of the latest, most compelling industry news. Also available in a podcast format is our Talk Back to Barry feature, where Federal Triangle writer Barry Ashby answers your questions as he converses with our publisher, Doug Glenn.

Is there a specific industry event you seek? Our online calendar is a great place to look. A tab at the top of the home page takes you to a choice of three options. Picking the Meetings and Shows link revealed 21 possibilities remaining in 2010. A link is provided for each in order for you to get more detailed information. On the home page, the Featured Shows section provides logos with links to upcoming shows.

Don’t forget to use the links provided on the home page to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. To see what you might have missed, check the bottom of the home page to find out 10 of the most e-mailed and most popular articles in addition to the 10 most searched terms.

A regular survey of readers often indicates the most useful component of our magazine is The Heat Treat Doctor column. Whether you read it in print, find us online or peruse the digital edition, The Heat Treat Doctor column is a must-read.

Regardless of how you choose to consult with Industrial Heating, please take note of our advertisers and sponsors. They are the folks that allow you to consult with us for free. Please take advantage of all that we can offer you, make it a regular part of your week to check back to see what’s new and let us know if there is something you can’t find. We want to be your “hottest” source of information. IH