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Compression Fixtures

Compression fixturesThe FTC compression fixtures are large diameter, flat-bottomed cylinders, plates, or platens, used to deform solid or self-supporting samples. It is important that the surface area of the probe is greater than that of the sample throughout the test if true compressive forces are to be maintained.

Compression test methods involve compressing a sample in one direction while leaving it unrestrained in the other two. Pure compression requires that the fully deformed sample is of smaller diameter than the fixture contact surface.comression

These fixtures can also be used apply local compressive forces which may result in penetration or puncture of the sample. Correlation to consumer interactions which gently squeeze the product (finger feel, for example) can thus be performed.

 

 

 

Typical products tested Texture characteristics
  • Cakes and breads during development and manufacture
  • Cheeses, butter and dairy spreads - as a quality indicator
  • Eggs - to measure shell strength
  • Extruded snacks - to improve sensory profile
  • Fruits and vegetables in the field and factory
  • Gelatin and gels - to quantify concentration strength, Bloom
  • Low fat sausages - to quantify benefits of fat replacers
  • Packaging - to measure functional strength
  • Sugar confectionery - to optimize formulation
  • Tablets - to quantify consistency for drug release
  • Bite Strength
  • Consistency
  • Cook Quality
  • Resistance
  • Rigidity
  • Shear Force
  • Skin Break
  • Softness
  • Tenderness
  • Toughness

Texture analysis glossary

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As a Meat Scientist and program leader for the University of Nevada, Reno, I need to ensure that equipment I use in my lab is reliable, durable, versatile, and accurate. For texture analysis of meats, there are many systems available in the market. Over the last 15 years of my career, I¹ve worked with many of them and had great and bad experiences with different brands.

Last year, I decided to try a different system for my lab, the TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer from Food Technology Corporation. The system has all the attributes I was expecting to conduct texture and shear force analysis in a quick and not complicated way. The customer support provided by them is outstanding and their technicians are always ready to walk me through new procedures and initial set up. If you are looking for a reliable system for food texture analysis and special customer service, the TMS-Pro is the system to go for and the Food Technology Corporation is the one that can deliver the support.

Amilton de Mello
Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Meat Science and Food Safety
https://www.unr.edu/anvs

Excellent customer service. Consistently followed up and offered help without asking. Relatively low priced - provides good value. 

Easy to switch different load cells. Used it for 5 lab sessions for 68 students this semester and performed well.

 

 

Professor Jeyam Subbiah, University of Nebraska
https://nebraska.edu/

Nestle purchased a texture system from Food Technology Corporation in 2006. Since then I have recommended the texture system to several vendors in North and Central America. Staff at FTC was able to develop a simple training manual and procedure for the texture system allowing easy training in short period of time.

From purchasing of equipment through to installation and start-up, the level of personal care and service was remarkable. Shirl Lakeway and his staff at Food Technology Corporation are patient and understanding, and are always at our disposal for any assistance. Since we bought the equipment we have had no problems and feel very secure knowing that we can count on FTC for their support and service.

Dr Mawele Shamaila, Nestle - USA
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