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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

At the University of Saskatchewan, we are the proud owners of three generations of Food Technology Corporation texture equipment, all of which are still in working condition.

We are looking forward to future innovations from FTC.

 

 

Phyllis J. Shand, University of Saskatchewan - Canada
https://www.usask.ca/

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/

I have been working with FTC for the past 3 years, we bought in that lapse of time 2 texture analyzers with different probes fixtures for all kind of applications at our Monterrey Plant. We have always been able to count on the technical support of FTC who kindly answers our requests in a prompt manner and with the best disposition.

As we continue developing our process to achieve better results at our company, we will for sure rely on FTC for technical support and equipment upgrades that will deliver us the best possible results.

Claudia Rojas, Hershey Monterrey Plant - Mexico
Asst. Staff Scientist
https://www.hersheys.com