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By Jim Montague, Executive Editor
Of course, if you go to ControlGlobal.com, you're already half way there.
Still, even on authoritative and easy-to-navigate websites like ours, it can be a little overwhelming to get through all the available resources to find precisely what you need. Personally, I start my research for new stories by checking what I and my colleagues have written on that topic recently, which informs me how to proceed and also helps prevent duplicating prior coverage.However, since searching for "flowmeters" would return too many results, I try to pick a few representative words or phrases that are most likely to appear in the documents I'm seeking. For example, searching for "flowmeters" and "Coriolis" or "ultrasonic," or adding manufacturers' names, standards numbers or other specific details will begin to shave down the results to more manageable levels. In my case, I may add "Montague" to further narrow the results to what I've written about many of these topics.
In fact, there are many terms you can add to basic searches to zero in even better. These can include applicable control methods, likely specification numbers, typical hardware accessories and anything else you can dream up. Similarly, adding the name of the particular problem you're trying to solve to the basic technology you're investigating can reveal more solutions. For example, adding "ratholing" or "angle of repose" to a search for "level" will pull up items on how to measure down into the cone areas of vessels.