Some test applications require that custom methods be developed outside the normal range of FTC accessories.
This particular method required that a custom bulk extrusion cylinder and plunger setup be created, as in order to compress small pieces of sample in a consistent manner, the product as a whole had to be contained. By developing this custom method, the client was able to consistently and repeatedly measure the firmness of their product.
The test setup was a sample cup that was 3.5” to hold the product and a 3.25” compression plate.
Each test replication involved compressing a set mass of product to a certain distance from the bottom of the sample.
At the conclusion of each replication, the TL Po software calculates the firmness of the sample.
Case Study: Frozen Avocado Firmness