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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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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

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
http://www.nestleusa.com/