Top 10 Types of Measuring Instruments and Their Applications – Part 1

Top 10 Types of Measuring Instruments and Their Uses

Introduction Measuring Instruments

Various types of measuring instruments that generally have their own applications and are known to be commonly used by the general public and several others are commonly seen by specific groups of people depending on the website. We can learn many aspects about these different types of measuring instruments and their functions. Read about them in this handy guide.

10 Types of Measuring Instruments

1. Roll Meter (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Roll Meter - Measuring Instrument

Roll Meter

The roll meter is one of the measuring instruments used for the purpose of measuring the length of an object. This tool was quite similar to a ruler that accepts rollers for longer measuring distances of up to 50 meters.

This instrument is usually used for the purpose of the requirements of the furniture industry in order to measure the wood or planks for furniture. There is also a rolling meter that measures up to 100 meters while the shape looks a bit different.

2. Calipers (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Calipers - Measuring Instrument


A caliper is known to be a commonly used tool for measuring the length, thickness, diameter, and depth of an object. The measurement accuracy is about 0.1 mm. A caliper’s purpose is to measure the glass with this instrument.

3. Micrometer (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Micrometer - Measuring Instrument


A micrometer is an instrument that measures the diameter and thickness of an object. Usually, these are higher precision tools than calipers with an accuracy of about 0.01 mm. Therefore, the micrometer is a type that has applications for measuring the diameter and the thickness of smaller objects such as coins.

4. Elbow Ruler (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Elbow Ruler - Measuring Instrument

Elbow Ruler 

An elbow ruler, also known as a ruler, is used not only to measure the length but also to ensure the right angle is equal to 90 degrees. An elbow ruler is an instrument that can only check the 90-degree angle, while there is a different form of the elbow ruler that has been equipped with an angle adjustment function so that it can be rotated to check the angle of the object.

According to the requirements, this equipment is most commonly used in the furniture industry.

5. Angle Ruler (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Angle Ruler - Measuring Instrument

Angle Ruler

This instrument is most commonly used by school students to measure the angle of an object or use it to draw angles. Angle arcs are often used to solve math problems in children’s math classes.

6. Scale (Types of Measuring Instruments)

Scale - Measuring Instrument


A scale is a measuring instrument commonly used to measure the weight or mass of any type of object. There are different types of scales, such as sitting scales, body scales, three-arm scales, digital scales, hanging scales, and many more. The scale in the image is a type of sitting scale that is usually used to measure the weight of food ingredients and many other commercial objects. Scales are available in various units depending on the type and the requirement.

7. Ruler 



A ruler is known as a length-measuring instrument, most commonly used to measure the length of an object. Generally, rulers are made of iron, mica, or wood. This measuring tool is widely used by people and is even considered a must-have item for school children.

8. Thermometer 



A thermometer is known as an instrument that has a temperature-measuring application in either Celsius or Fahrenheit. There are many other types of thermometers that are used in various types of thermometers and in hospitals or laboratories. Another type of thermometer that has also become known in recent times is called an infrared thermometer which is used to measure body temperature.

9. Beaker Glass Beaker Glass

Beaker Glass

Beaker glass is called a volumetric instrument used to measure the volume of liquids. This tool is typically used in laboratories and is also used to measure the amounts of liquid chemicals prior to research. The beaker has a linear scale, which mainly indicates the size of the volume. This tool is available in a variety of sizes with the common unit in milliliters.

10. Stopwatch



A stopwatch is a measuring instrument that is commonly used to measure time in seconds. This is a commonly used tool to determine a runner’s speed, reaction time, heating time, or time with the intention of working on something that is under a duration of one hour. This is an instrument that is sometimes replaced by watches or mobile phones, while the accuracy of the stopwatch is considered to be higher than any other device with similar applications.

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