Our annual Product Marketplace issue lets you explore the process heating arena without leaving the comforts of your home or office.

After several fabulous long-weekend adventures, I've developed an itchy foot. Usually, I'm home only a few days before I start talking to family and friends about our next adventure. Should it be Italy or Australia? Florida or Maine? When I'm not traveling, I'm researching my next adventure, perusing maps and tourism guides. I find the travel guides particularly helpful -- most include a schedule of upcoming events as well as reviews of each state or country's tourism draws. I was sorting through those guides the other night when I realized they are a lot like our annual Product Marketplace. Both types give you a flavor of what's possible, who offers it and what you might do with it.

In this issue, you will find more than 200 product and literature descriptions as well as advertisements. And while the equipment, systems and supplies are available exactly as described, many also can be customized to suit your specific needs. That means if you think it might work, it's worth a call to the manufacturer to describe your application in detail. To make that easy for you, we've included phone numbers and web addresses with each of the product listings in this guide. You can put the Internet to work for you by going directly to the web sites of those companies in which you are interested. Or, if you would just like some literature for later, you can use the Reader Action Card bound in the magazine. We've made the Reader Action Card good for the next 12 months.

More Online

If, after looking through the products in this issue, you still can't find what you need, consider using our online Equipment Overviews. Offered exclusively on this site, our online Equipment Overviews cover nine key equipment categories -- ovens, convection and conduction heaters, temperature controllers, burners, heat exchangers, infrared heaters, heat transfer fluids, dryers and temperature sensors -- as well as engineering assistance topics of testing facilities and heat processing consultants.

Each online Equipment Overview includes an advanced search function that allows you to select an "and" or "or" search. If you select "and," the advanced search function finds only those companies that meet all of the criteria you select from the checklist. If you select "or," the search function will find all of the companies that meet at least one of your criteria. You also can use built-in hyperlinks to suppliers' sites to quickly get a closer look at a potential supplier. And, you can submit Reader Service requests online if you would just like to receive literature. To try it out, click on "Locate Suppliers Using Our Equipment Overview."

Explore the process heating arena without leaving the comforts of your home or office. We promise a comprehensive guided tour that might help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Linda Becker
Editor & Associate Publisher