Chick Peas Bulk Firmness Testing by Shear Compression Method
Products such as beans are often tested in bulk when doing texture analysis. Instead of testing one individual piece, many pieces are tested at once – bulk analysis.
Not only does this test more product with less replications, but it tends to give a better overall picture of the product as it takes in to account any variation that there is from piece to piece. For this test, a set amount of product (150 grams) was loaded in to the TMS Pro Computer Controlled.
Carrots (Canned) Bulk Firmness Testing by Kramer Cell Shear Method
Many canned vegetable products are often tested in bulk as not only is it a valid test; it is also very simple and repeatable. The test is done by placing a set amount of product in the Kramer Shear Cell.
The upper blades of this fixture are designed to compress, shear, and ultimately extrude the product through the bottom of the cell.
Mushroom (Canned) Bulk Firmness Testing by Kramer Cell Shear Method
Bulk testing is often used to test products that are either consumed in that manner or too tedious to test one piece at a time.
The advantage of doing the testing like this is that is gives a better overall representation of the product with a limited number of replications. For this method, the sample product was first allowed to equilibrate to room temperature. A known amount (1 12 oz. can) was placed in the Shear Cell.
Avocado (Frozen, Diced) Bulk Firmness Testing by Bulk Analysis Method
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.
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.
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