In the equipment module you can filter on almost all fields from equipments and status
In the Index you can choose what columns you want to show out of these fields:
You can filter to show more relevant items by column values by selecting filter and what column to filter on.
If you select manufacturer you will need to type inn the textfield for manufacturer name and add filter
Now i will find manufacturer called tube i do this:
And click on add filter button to the right and the index will only show equipment from this manufacturer
You can also use the searchfield at the top of the Index to search from within all columns