2 Interesting Portable Tools

The workplace has become more mobile than ever in today’s busy world of business and commerce. Traditional office jobs are still around but many workers now telecommute or find themselves in the field more than in the office. When workers go mobile many tools must become portable to accommodate this reality. Interestingly, there are a few unusual portable tools that many people have never heard of or seen. Here are two such mobile tools that are little known and support on the road occupations.

Hardness Tester

A portable hardness testing tool isn’t something you see every day for sure. This unusual gadget helps engineers and scientists determine the relative toughness of a material. Hardness, particularly of metals, is a critical element of many engineering tasks. This is particularly the case in fields such as quality control and assurance. Metals used in the construction of automobiles, structural elements and aerospace must withstand very demanding operational conditions. The properties of metal I-beams that make up supporting structures for a bridge or skyscraper must be capable of holding up under severe forces. The hardness of such a building element is related to the probability of its failure. These metal components can also weaken over time resulting in catastrophic failure. Obviously, it is difficult or impossible to remove such items and take them to a laboratory for testing.

Handheld Narcotic Analyzer

The world-wide problem faced by authorities tasked with enforcing drug laws and catching suspected smugglers prompted the invention of this unique tool. The analyzer is capable of definitively scanning and identifying almost 500 different controlled substances in the field. The device uses a testing method known as Raman spectroscopy. This technique is based on the unique light scattering properties of different molecules. A laser beam is trained on the substance to be tested and a small portion of the light that is scattered provides information about the specific chemical bonds between atoms and molecules. The wavelengths of this specific portion of the light corresponds to unique chemical bonds. This amounts to a kind of chemical fingerprint that identifies specific substances.

Unique portable tools that most people have never heard of point to the constant innovation being made in laboratories around the world. Enquiring minds are capable of amazing inventions that provide necessary tools in today’s mobile workplace.