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cross-referencing capability, the user could quickly move from specifications
detail to procurement detail, which showed purchase and price history.
Databases which shared keys with the FLIS database
were listed at the bottom of the screen. Clicking on those databases displayed
cross-referenced information for the selected part.
Returning to the original query, which specified
“clutch” as the only keyword, users could also perform a search for individual features and attributes of the parts a technical characteristics search, also known as
a parametric search.
Parametric searching is a key capability of the
software, providing a powerful way to select data based on a large
number of potential parameters that match search criteria. In the classic Haystack®
system, there were over 20,000 technical characteristics available for searching.
Parametric searching provided the ability to limit
the search, while guiding the customer through the process of selecting
additional characteristics associated with the parts selected. By using
parametric searching, the customer was able to home in on the particular features of the part that met acquisition