August 21, 2009 10:22 ET

IDES Prospector Gets Faster With New Search Technology and Data Display

LARAMIE, WY--(Marketwire - August 21, 2009) - Fast is better than slow. You want answers to your plastics material-related questions and you want them right now. Who are we to argue? IDES believes in instant gratification. By fanatically obsessing on shaving every excess bit and byte from our pages and increasing the efficiency of our search technologies, IDES has broken its own speed records time and again. And IDES continues to work on making it all go even faster.

Today IDES announced the addition of two speed-enhancements to the new interface for Prospector, the flagship program that enables businesses of all sizes to quickly find and access technical plastic material datasheets.

The new version of the Prospector plastics search engine now includes 90% faster search capabilities that displays search results in a fraction of a second. Also datasheets in Prospector are dynamically generated from a proprietary database created by IDES and display in 50 milliseconds versus a previous display speed of 2 seconds.

By listening closely to customer feedback and iterating rapidly, IDES has redesigned the Prospector interface with the goal of making material selection faster, clearer and more intuitive. To that end, searching for plastics is now simpler, data more accessible, and many new features have also been added.

The new basic version of Prospector is available to all plastics-related companies worldwide for free. Enhanced subscription-based capabilities include searching for alternative resins, locating plastics approved for automotive applications, and property search, helping plastics design professionals quickly and easily locate plastics meeting their application's demanding requirements from an available list of more than 400 material properties.

To learn more about the new Prospector interface, visit or sign up for a free webinar session at You can also read more about this on our Prospector blog 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 datasheets from 700 global resin manufacturers. The company provides custom information management services 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

Contact Information

  • For more information:
    Nathan Potter
    Marketing Manager
    IDES Inc.
    Phone: 307-742-9227 ext. 246
    Email: Email Contact