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Engineering Tools You Should Know About

Engineering Tools You Should Know About

5 Engineering Tools You Should Know About

The right engineer tools can simplify many accuracy-specific and specialized tasks. Some of the most common engineering tools include calculators, calipers, flashlights, multimeters and rulers. The five engineering tools that are listed below either feature relatively new technology or have long been associated with specialized tasks when these tools actually have wider applications. Find out more about five underrated engineering tools that can be useful for a wide range of applications.

1. Digital Survey Supplies

Analog survey tools have been used for thousands of years, but newer digital surveying tools are more accurate and can also be easier to use. You can find digital magnetic locators as well as automatic and electronic levels and total stations at Engineer Supply. Total stations integrate an electronic theodolite and distance meter. Many manual tools such as distance measuring wheels are available in digital versions that automatically track, store, calculate and can even wirelessly transmit measurements.


2. Construction Level

Construction levels range from analog magnetic and non-magnetic levels to digital automatic and electronic levels. The type of level you need depends on the application. These tools are useful for determining whether surfaces are level or plumb, and some devices also measure distance. Engineer Supply carries several types of levels for construction, including magnetic torpedo laser levels, self-leveling rotary lasers and horizontal and vertical rotary lasers.

3. Load Cells

Load cells are useful engineering tools for measuring loads and obtaining compression, pressure, tension or torque data. These physical elements or transducers translate pressure (force) into electrical signals. Based on the application, engineers may use hydraulic, pneumatic or strain gauge load cells. Devices such as force gauges are used to convert signals into numerical measurements.

4. Thermal Imaging Tools

Thermal or heat-detecting camera and imagery tools have improved significantly in recent years and become more affordable. Thermal imaging tools can be useful for a wide range of engineering applications. Experiment with an entry-level handheld USB rechargeable thermal imager with an LCD display priced around $300 or opt for an integrated thermal camera that has more advanced features such as a large color display, image memory and wireless connectivity.

5. Mechanics Mirror

A handheld mechanics mirror or inspection mirror can provide an engineer with a better view of assemblies that are otherwise hard to see in their entirety. Inspection mirrors range in size from small hand tools that are most useful for cabling and electrical applications up to large mirrors for use in automotive engineering and construction. Engineer Supply carries an insulated inspection mirror that is rated at nominal voltages up to 1,000 volts for working at or near live line applications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I compare the features of engineer tools?


Engineer Supply has a large selection of engineering tools ranging from angle finders, architectural scales and altimeters to wall detection devices and workbenches. Search for a type of tool and narrow results with filters such as brand, price or category. You can also shop by department and browse by category.

What are some of the most common engineering tools?

Engineers across specializations use flashlights when working in areas with low light levels. Hand tools such as chisels, hammers and saws are also useful for many types of projects. Measuring tools are also best sellers, though the type of measurement device that will be most useful depends on the application.

Are digital tools more accurate than analog tools?

Digital measurement tools are more accurate than analog tools. Digital measuring tools are often rated for accuracy within 3.175 millimeters (1/8 inch) or 1.5 mm (1/16"). Skilled professionals may be able to take relatively accurate readings with analog tools, but digital tools can be more reliable.

How do I find replacement components for engineering tools?

Some types of tools, such as rotary multi-tools, require replacement components to keep operating at optimum performance levels. Search for a brand or type of tool to find replacement components. You can also shop by brand to see a full selection of products from the leading makers of engineering tools.

What is the best way to learn how to use engineering tools?

Start by referencing the manufacturer’s guide for a tool. You can also search for a particular type of tool online to find video explanations and walkthroughs as well as written guides. Watching a skilled professional demonstrate safe use on video or in person can prepare you to use any tool.

Engineer Supply stocks an extensive selection of engineer tools. Search or browse product categories to find measurement and location tools in addition to specialized equipment for a wide range of applications.
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