November 19, 2008 12:26 ET

IDES & Firehole Technologies Launch Search Engine for Composite Material Datasheets

LARAMIE, WY--(Marketwire - November 19, 2008) - IDES Inc. (, home of The Plastics Web® and the fastest growing search destination for the plastics industry, and Firehole Technologies Inc. (, a developer of innovative simulation technologies for composite materials and structures, announced today that both companies have developed and launched a searchable database of composite material properties and datasheets called Prospector:Composites. The online tool is designed to help engineers quickly locate technical property information about composite materials.

"Prospector:Composites is really a product driven by customer demand," said Jerad Stack, CEO of Firehole Technologies Inc. "Everyone we talk to in the composites community tells us that finding reliable material data for their designs is a significant issue. This is especially true in industries where the use of composites is just emerging, like the automotive sector."

Prospector:Composites delivers to the engineering design community a single location to quickly locate, compare and evaluate candidate composites. A key feature of the tool is that, in addition to manufacturers' supplied data, Prospector:Composites is populated with quality data from some of the world's foremost testing labs and research institutions, giving users access to data they can trust. Once Firehole Technologies Inc. gathers composite materials data from these various sources, they provide it to IDES who manages the information with their industry-leading materials management system and publishes the data to Prospector:Composites, a publicly available web-based search interface.

"Our Prospector plastics search engine is trusted by more than 230,000 thousand users worldwide as their source for property and processing data for 77,000 plastic materials," said Mike Kmetz, President of IDES. "With the launch of Prospector:Composites, we are excited to deliver the same quality and functionality to the composites community."

More information about Prospector:Composites is available at

About IDES Inc.

IDES is a plastic materials information management company. The Plastics Web® from IDES is a website with a vertical search engine connecting tens of thousands of companies around the globe with plastics content and technical data sheets from 670 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom resin selectors for nearly all resin distributors and a number of resin manufacturers. IDES is headquartered in Laramie, Wyoming, with offices in Europe. For more information, visit

About Firehole Technologies Inc.

Firehole Technologies supplies innovative computer-aided simulation software and services for composite materials to the aerospace, defense, automotive and energy industries. Firehole's Helius:MCT™ software enables the design of composite structures without the numerous expensive testing cycles traditionally deployed, allowing for a faster time-to-market and more reliable designs. The company's mission is to enable wide-spread use of composite materials leading to lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient applications. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Nathan Potter
    IDES | The Plastics Web®
    +1-307-742-9227 ext. 246
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    Jason Gies
    Firehole Technologies Inc.
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