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Bulk Analysis Fixtures

Bulk analysis loadcell accessoriesBulk analysis fixture designs are among the most common and widely used in the food industry. Thousands of these test cells are in use every day in the food industry to measure the texture of a wide variety foods. Large sample size is representative of treatment and handling by the consumer and provides increased reproducibility in highly variable product.

Thin blade compression cell products

The Bulk analysis method is used to measure particulate products where analysis of individual components is not practical or representative. The test ideally combines compression, shear and extrusion forces and correlates very closely to sensory panel “mouth feel”.

The most famous bulk analysis accessory is the Kramer Shear Compression Test Cell (KSC). The original design developed by Dr Ahmed Kramer (one of the founders of Food Technology Corporation) employs 10 shear blades that move down through a containment box that holds the sample under test. This fixture is at the heart of the pea tendeness measuring FTC tenderometer.

 

 

Other fixtures may also be used to test products in bulk, without the applying the shear forces:

 

Typical products tested Texture characteristics
  • Beans and pulses to assess heat treatment
  • Breakfast cereals for bowl life testing
  • Cheese curds during production
  • Cooked pasta to identify formulation changes
  • Cooking sauces to optimize heat treatment
  • Meat patties for toughness and sensory
  • Peas for standard testing in the field
  • Pickles and preserves during process development
  • Raw and processed fruits and vegetables for firmness
  • Rice for ready cooked packaging
  • Adhesiveness
  • Cook uuality
  • Fibrousness
  • Flow
  • Shear Hardness
  • Softness
  • Stickiness
  • Tenderness
  • Toughness
  • Viscosity effects

Texture analysis glossary

Trusted by customers across the world

The University of Arizona’s Nutritional Sciences Food Lab acquired a Texture Analyzer from Food Technologies about 5 years ago. The company has a great product, which is tailored to food needs. 

We have used the Texture Analyzer for both research projects and as a tool to demonstrate to students how food manufacturers can employ objective testing in product evaluation to show how differing ingredients in the same product can affect quality attributes. Its use adds another dimension to the foods labs.

Drew Lambert has been instrumental in helping with set up for testing and providing support whenever there’s a question. He has been a pleasure to work with and is always accommodating with our needs and schedules.  He has even sent us special attachments for special projects.  We couldn’t ask for a better technical support.  Thanks for a great product and great service.

Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice
https://www.arizona.edu

My first contact with FTC was through buying texture analyzer equipment as my area of interest is Rheology. We faced a problem operating the appliance. The company tried hard to help us through the internet, but the University thought it was better to send me to the company branch located in England. I received a highly advanced training course for 10 days free of charge. They provided me with programs that operate the equipment along with the information needed.

It was a great effort and outstanding support. I would like to thank Shirl Lakeway and FTC for providing me with this opportunity and for his continuous help. Finally, I encourage researchers who are interested in the physical properties of foods and dairy to choose FTC as it is a respectable and dependable company and offers the best deals concerning prices and training with different languages, such as Arabic for the Middle East.

Professor Hoda El-Zeini, Dairy Science and Agriculture University - Cairo, Egypt
Professor
https://cu.edu.eg

As a seasonal vegetable processor, understanding crop maturity and the accuracy of this measurement is key to staying ahead of crop and knowing when to make the move from value to premium product as harvest time constraints permit.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

Colven Wilson
Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/