You are here

Compression platens and plates

Compression platens and platesCompression platens (or compression plates) are designed to completely cover the text sample throughout its entire deformation, with 100% surface contact.

FTC compression fixtures are available in a choice of circular platens with various diameters, and a large rectangular plate.

Compression testing can also be achieved with any of the range of FTC probes where the sample is small enough in comparison to the area of contact surface of the accessory, or the stroke of the crosshead does not result in penetration.

Compression platens and plates



  • Firmness and stickiness of pasta for cooking profile
  • Cheese Texture Profile Analysis (TPA)
  • Soft candy, marshmallow firmness
  • Hot-dog, sausage firmness
  • Pharmaceutical gel capsule rupture strength


Contents and summary


Part Number Description
Large 5mm thick aluminium platen with anodised finish for compression testing. Fitted directly to load cell extension piece.
Large 5mm thick aluminium platen with anodized finish for compression testing. Fitted directly to load cell extension piece.
Large 5mm thick aluminium platen with anodized finish for compression testing. Fitted directly to load cell extension piece.
100mm x 150mm Rectangular plate for crush testing of large samples. Should be used with higher force capacity load cells only due to high forces generated. Ideal for packaging, whole loaves of bread, cross section samples of vegetables etc.

Trusted by customers across the world

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

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

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