2014/08/28
 
 

Searching for Products

 

Below are questions you may have about searching:

 

How do I find products?
What can I enter in the Search box?
How do I use the Advanced Search page?
How do I search by product attributes?
How do I display products that are in stock only?
What is an extended range item?
What is a substitute item?
What is an accessory?
How do I select product attributes?
Can't find the product you're looking for?
How do I compare products?
How do I find more detailed technical information about a product?
Why aren't there any results for my search?
Can I view my contract prices in the search results?
In product categories, what does the number in parentheses indicate?
How do I sort search results?
How do I find a product by a particular manufacturer?
Legend-Tech Info icons
What does the RoHS Compliant Icon mean?
What does the RoHS Certificate of Compliance Icon mean?

 

How do I find products?

There are several ways to find products on our website: Search, Product Browse, and Manufacturer Index.

  • Search - The Search allows you to search for an element14 part number, a manufacturer's part number, a manufacturer name or a product description.
  • Advanced Search - You can use the Advanced Search page to perform detailed search queries.
  • Product Browse - Browse element14's Catalog online. Click one of the product categories in the left column of the home page to begin your browse.
  • Manufacturer List - If you need a product from a particular manufacturer, you can use the Manufacturer List. Look for products by selecting the manufacturer and then selecting product categories produced by that manufacturer until you find the product you need.

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What can I enter in the Search box?

Search allows you to search for an element14 part number, a manufacturer's part number, a manufacturer's name or a product.

You may enter:

  • A manufacturer part number, partial or complete
  • An element14 part number, partial or complete
  • Keywords in the product description
  • Product attributes
  • Manufacturer names

search box

If your search query contains matches in more than one product category, a list of product categories will be displayed. The actual search results will be displayed at the bottom of the page. You may narrow your results by selecting a product category.

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How do I use the Advanced Search page?

You can use the Advanced Search page to perform detailed combination searches. You may search using a part number, a keyword description, a manufacturer name, or any combination of the three.

Additionally, you may further refine your search query by selecting search operators. You may select one of the following operators:

  • Starts With - Will automatically put a wild card at the end of each piece of your search query
  • Contains - Will automatically put a wild card at the beginning and end of each piece of your search query
  • Exact Match - Will not add any wild cards to your search query
  • Match All Words - Will return results that exactly match every term in your search query
  • Match Any Words - Will return results that exactly match any term in your search query

You may also select to filter your results to display;

  • New Items Only - only products that have been added to the element14 store in the last 6 months.
  • Exclude items that will no longer be stocked by element14 - will filter your search results to remove any products that either are no longer stocked by element14 or will no longer be stocked by element14 beyond presently available inventory.

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How do I search by product attributes?

Simply type in the product attributes for the product you need in the search box. For example, if you're searching for a capacitor with a capacitance of 100 pF, type in "100pF capacitor" in the search box.

The search will return results containing capacitors with 100 pF capacitance along with product attributes that you can select to narrow results further.

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How do I display products that are in stock only?

To view only the products in stock at our warehouse please tick the In Stock Items Only checkbox.

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What is an extended range item?

element14 gives you access to a further 170,000 products through our US Stock and Manufacturer Extended Range products.

US Stock

Take advantage of our global network by accessing a further 110,000 additional products via our US warehouse:

  • No minimum order
  • No minimum quantity
  • Enhanced range easy to order through the element14 website
  • Technical specifications include datasheets

Manufacturer Extended Range

Exclusive online access to over 20,000 hard to source products.

Although not stocked by element14 we can still give you the opportunity to search and buy niche products through our website:

  • Accurate and reliable lead-times
  • FREE delivery
  • Items despatched as soon as they become available
  • Web exclusive products not available through the catalogue

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What is a substitute item?

  • An exact substitute is functionally identical (same form, fit and function) but has a different unit of measure from the same manufacturer.
  • An upgrade substitute is a product that has been improved by the same manufacturer.
  • A suggested substitute is a product that is functionally similar with similar form and fit.

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What is an accessory?

An accessory is a product that will improve or enhance the use of a product.

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How do I select product attributes?

In key product categories, you'll be able to narrow your results by selecting attribute values that meet your technical specifications. Here are detailed steps on how to use this powerful search method:

  1. Select values from the attribute boxes, which are listed in a row. You can select multiple values in an attribute box by holding down the Control key as you make selections. You can also select a range of values by holding down the Shift key as you select the first and last values of the range.
  2. After you select attribute values, click "Apply". After your selections are applied to the search results, note that:
    • Your results have been narrowed to display only parts that match your selections.
    • The search path has been updated with your selected attributes.
    • You may continue to refine your search using the remaining attributes.
    • The remaining items will always be displayed in the search results table below.

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Can't find the product you're looking for?

Even if the product you need isn't listed in our search results, most likely we can get it. Use our and chat with a product technical specialist.

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How do I compare products?

On the search results page, select products for a side-by-side comparison of attributes to help you make your final choice. Check the products you want to compare and then click "Compare".

To select products from different results screens for comparison, follow these steps:

  1. Select your first SKU or series of SKU's on the first results page.
  2. Click "Compare".
  3. On the Compare screen, use the browser back button to go back to the previous results page.
  4. Go to the next page of results.
  5. Select the next SKU or series of SKUs.
  6. Click "Compare".

Once a SKU is added to the "Compare" screen, it will stay there until you remove it or you close the browser.

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How do I find more detailed technical information about a product?

We have additional technical information, including links to datasheets and manuals, for many products. When available, you'll find links to technical information on the search results and the product detail page. If there is no additional technical information available, use our manufacturer list to access technical information on manufacturer sites.

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Why aren't there any results for my search?

If no parts match your criteria, you have probably entered too many criteria or you may have mistyped your keyword or part number. You may:

  • Start a new search
  • Go to the Advanced Search page
  • Contact our and chat with a product technical specialist
  • Use the Manufacturer List to find the product you need

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Can I view my contract prices in the search results?

Yes. You must be logged in to see prices based on your service agreement with us. Contract pricing appears in the "Your Price" column.

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In product categories, what does the number in parentheses indicate?

The number in parentheses indicates the number of parts that match your search query for each product category. If you click that product category, you'll see the matching parts in the category you selected, in addition to any sub-categories (if available).

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How do I sort search results?

Just click the up or down arrows of the column you'd like to sort by.

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How do I find a product by a particular manufacturer?

There are number of ways to find a product by a particular manufacturer, including:

  • In Search: Entering the manufacturer name in the search box and then clicking the "Search" button
  • Advanced Search: Entering the manufacturer name in the "Manufacturer Name" field and then clicking the "Search" button
  • Going to the Manufacturer List page

Additionally, clicking the manufacturer name in the search results table will display all of the products available from the selected manufacturer

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Legend - Tech Info Icons

tech data icon - Click to access a datasheet on the manufacturer's website.

manufacturer MSDS - Click to open the MSDS on the manufacturer's website.

tech manual icon - Click to access the manual for this product.

tech app icon - Click to view the product's application note.

RoHS icon - RoHS Compliant Item

RoHS cert icon - Click to access a RoHS Certificate of Compliance

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What does the RoHS Compliant Icon RoHS icon mean?

Where a product is flagged as RoHS Compliant or where the RoHS Compliant icon RoHS icon is used, this means that, based on information provided by our suppliers, the product does not contain the substances prohibited by the European Community Directive (2002/95/EC) on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances, commonly known as the RoHS Directive, at levels in excess of the anticipated maximum concentration values. Member states of the European Community are required to implement the RoHS Directive into their national law. As not all member states have done so at the date of this catalog, the foregoing represents our understanding of how the RoHS Directive is likely to be implemented. The information contained in this website supersedes the information contained in any printed catalog or other publication.

element14's policy is only to designate a product as RoHS compliant when we are confident that the product is fully compliant.

We use a simple "Yes", "No" and "YesX" designation on our web site and the meaning of these designations is as follows:

  • RoHS Compliant YES RoHS icon

    Based on information provided by our suppliers, this product does NOT contain the substances restricted by the RoHS legislation at levels over the maximum concentration values.

  • RoHS Compliant by Exemption YesX RoHS icon

    Products where our supplier has confirmed that the product qualifies for one of the specific exemptions set out in the Annex to the Directive.

  • RoHS Compliant NO

    Based on information provided by our suppliers, this product contains the substances restricted by the RoHS legislation at levels over the maximum concentration values.

  • No RoHS Designation

Products that are outside the scope of the RoHS legislation and products for which we do not have enough information from our suppliers to confidently confirm their RoHS compliance status have no designation on our web site. Customers that wish to purchase a RoHS compliant version of any product that is not designated as RoHS compliant YES or YesX should contact or check available alternatives on our web site as we may be able to provide a suitable product from our extensive range.

To learn more about RoHS compliance, please visit the Legislation page on the element14 community.

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What does the RoHS Certificate of Compliance Icon RoHS certificate mean?

For any RoHS compliant product you can download and save a RoHS Certificate of Compliance complete with your unique customer details. Please note: you will need to be registered and have logged in to download a RoHS Certificate of Compliance.

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