T:  703-444-1870
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Texture Analyzers
T:  703-444-1870
F:  (703) 444-9860

Texture analyzers, or texturometers, are instruments used to apply scientific methods to the measurement and analysis of product texture. Such equipment is used to evaluate and control the factors affecting quality, processing, handling and shelf-life, enabling the producer to understand consumer habits and acceptance criteria. Food texture, through touch, is very important factor for the end customer, in addition to taste and smell. Cosmetics and pharmaceutical products are also sensory-dependent and benefit greatly from a texture analysis capability. FTC's texture analysis range consists of the latests systems, tenderometers and texture presses.


How a texture analyzer works

Food texture can be analyzed by deforming a product and measuring the forcesThe principle of a texture measurement system is to physically deform a test sample in a controlled manner and measure its response. The characteristics of the force response are as a result of the sample’s mechanical properties, which correlate to specific sensory texture attributes. A texture analyzer applies this principle by performing the procedure automatically and indicating the results visually on a digital numerical display, or screen.

Forces created during this movement are manipulated to recreate consumer interactions, for example the conditions that foods are exposed to when we eaten or processed. This enables the direct measurement and thus the ability to predict how a product will perform or feel.

There are fundamental test methods designed to deform samples in ways which simulate these complex human interactions and replicate such conditions. FTC has a range of fixtures to apply these test types.


Benefits of the texture analyzer

Instrumental methods of assessing texture can be carried out under strictly defined and controlled conditions. In food production, changes in ingredient levels can cause several simultaneous changes in product characteristics. A texture analyzer has the capacity to replace human sensory evaluation by providing a numerical value which serves as a quality assurance standard by which products can be evaluated.

  • Reliable, repeatable, accurate testing – consistent company-wide
  • Quality assurance – confidence in product performance
  • Processing equipment settings optimization – mixing, transport, and packaging
  • Respond to new regulations or legislation
  • Create new and alterative products with desired texture
  • Cost savings – maximise efficiency

Different test applications call for different levels of technology, load capacity, robustness, accuracy and budget. These requirements directly affect the choice of texture analysis apparatus. FTC provide food technologists with several levels of instrumentation to fit every test environment from laboratory or production facility to field-testing.

Texture Measurement Systems

texture measurment systems

Powerful, versatile, software-controlled systems

Texture Presses

Easy-to-use, rugged, push-button testers


Durable, portable, dedicated instrument for peas

Texture Analyzers
Texture Measurement Systems
Texture Presses
FTC Heavy-duty probes
TMS lightweight steel cylinder probes
TMS lightweight Perspex/acetate cylinder probes
Conical probes
Needle probes
Spherical probes
Auxiliary Adapters
Sample Presentation
TMS container grips
TMS spherical sample holder
TMS Small Sample Holder
FTC large scale fixture table
TMS Standard Fixture Table
Friable food support
Bulk Analysis Fixtures
Standard Shear Compression Cell
Thin Blade Compression Cell
Compression platens and plates
TMS dual extrusion cell
TMS spreadability jig
FTC universal cell
TMS extrusion platen set
TMS extrusion cone
Penetration and puncture
TMS Multiple Needle Probe
TMS multiple probe fixture
TMS adaptable multiple probe
Magness-Taylor probe set
General probe kit
FTC heavy-duty dual single blade shear set CW-2
TMS lightweight blade set
TMS wire shear probe and plate
TMS Volodkevitch bite jaws
TMS large knife edge
TMS Perspex knife edge
TMS craft knife
TMS large craft knife
Snap, bend and break
FTC heavy duty 3-point bend BC-1
TMS lightweight 3-point bend
TMS mini sample vice and 3-point bend
TMS spaghetti snap fixture
TMS extensibility fixture
Wedge grips
Film grips
Wire grips
Lever grip set
Industry-Specific Accessories
Dough and bakery fixtures
FMBRA dough pots
Dough stickiness cell
TMS dough-gluten extensibility kit
TMS AACC cylinder probes
Gelatin and gel fixtures