Searching for Products

Learn about product search features and functionality

The main search box at the top of the page allows you to search for products using a CPC order code, a manufacturer's part number, a manufacturer’s name or keywords.

The search may include partial or complete terms as well as product attributes like voltage, ohms or other values.

Category Results

If your search query contains matches in more than one product category, a list of product categories will be displayed.

General Search Filters Glossary

  • In Stock:
    Checking this box will display only the products we have in stock available to be despatched same or next day.
  • RoHS Compliant:
    Checking this box will display only the products that are compliant with the RoHS legislation as reported by our suppliers.
  • New:
    Checking this box will display only items that are marked as new. This can include both new technologies as well as items that are newly added to our catalogue.

To see the results when you select general filters, you need to click the apply button. It is not necessary to enter any text in the search within field if all you want to filter is one or more of the check boxes.

Parametric Filters

If your search ends up within one category, you will see parametric filters. The actual search product results will be displayed below the filters on the page. You may narrow your results by selecting parametric filters either by checking the box for one or more specific attributes or by using the range selector to check multiple boxes more easily. To see the product results, you will need to click the “Show Results” button.

Selecting the Auto Apply filters will automatically hide filter options that would result in no match. However, the products displayed below the filter options will not update until you click the “Show Results” button.

NOTE: There may be more parametric options than visibly displayed at first. Simply scroll to the right to see additional parametric attributes.

Product Information Icons Legend

  •   3D Product
  •   CAD CadSoft Eagle
  •   Datasheet
  •   Multimedia
  •   Reach SVHC
  •   RoHS Compliant
  •   Not RoHS Compliant
  •   Downloadable/Printable RoHS certificate
  •   Catalogue Page
  •   Simulation Model
  •   Add to Favourites
  •   MSDS
  •   Lot Date

Price icons are under Pricing & Availability

Advanced Search

Advanced search provides focused search fields for Part number, keyword, and/or Manufacturer’s name.

For part number searches you can force exact match by selecting "exact match" or for partial part number search use the "starts with" option. Keyword descriptions can match all words or any words.

Product Information

Q: Can I speak to someone about technical product information?
  • Technical support:
  • This service is for Account holders and Customers only and due to the often complex nature of enquiries it would be appreciated if you could log this via our online form.

Q: Can I get help to find a product?
Q: How do the search filters work?
A:Check the box to filter by selected parameters then click “Apply”.

For parametric filters, the available filters will automatically update with each selection, however you still need to click “Apply” to see the updated product list that matches your filter selection.

You can disable the automatic update by unchecking the “Auto Apply filters” check box above the parametric boxes.

For more information visit the Searching for Products page.

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Q: What is an alternative item?
  • An exact alternative is functionally identical (same form, fit and function).
  • An upgrade alternative is a product that has been improved by the same manufacturer.
  • A suggested alternative is a product that is functionally similar with similar form and fit.
Q:I need a spare part but cannot find it on the website?
A:Even if the product you need isn't listed in our search results, most likely we can get it. Use our Part Finder service and we will see if we can source it for you.
Q:What can I enter in the search box?
A:See the Searching for Products section for more information.
Q:How do I select or search by product attributes?
A: Simply type the product attributes alongside the product you need in the search box. For example, if you're searching for a drill with a power rating of 12V, type “12V drill” into the search box and click “Search”.

The search results will then return all products relevant to the words you have typed in. Other product attributes can then be selected to narrow your results further.
Q:How do I compare products?
A: On the search results page, you can select products for a side-by-side comparison to help aid your decision making. Simply use the “tick boxes” to check the products you want to compare and then click “Compare”.

You can also select products for comparison from different search results screens by following these steps:
  • Select your first order code or series of order codes on the first results page
  • Click “Compare”
  • On the compare screen, click the browser back button to go back to the previous results page
  • Go to your second page of results
  • Select the order code or series of order codes
  • Click “Compare”
  • These order codes will be added to the “Compare” screen for easy side-by-side comparison.
Q:What do the icons next to Order Code mean?
  •   Click to access a datasheet on the manufacturer's website.

  •   Click to access the manual for this product.

  •   Click to view the product's application note.

  •   RoHS Compliant Item

  •   Click to view the catalog page.

  •   Click to open the MSDS on the manufacturer's website.
Q:What does the ‘RoHS Compliant’ icon mean?
A: See the RoHS / Legislation section for more information.