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Corn Chip Snack Crispness

The Application

corn chipsA large manufacturer of snack food items was looking for a quantifiable, consistent way to measure and ultimately better control the texture of their product. Current methods involved simple visual inspections and very subjective human sensory evaluation.

 

Problem

 

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The manufacturer wanted a baseline or “standard” for their fresh product that they could compare other product batches to in a pass/fail scenario. Before our test, they used sensory analysis alone to determine if the product was fresh or stale. However, they wanted a method to quantify the data and visualize the difference in the products. A consistent and repeatable method of measuring and therefore controlling the texture is essential.

 

Solution

corn chip testAll testing was done using the  FTC TM-2 Hydraulic unit with the heavy duty FTA 3000 loadcell and CS-1 Test Cell. The chart to the right exhibits the data collected from running 5 samples of the fresh and 5 samples of the old product at the same speed and with same sample size. The graph demonstrates tremendous difference between fresh and stale products, thus, giving the customer a range of values to use as a baseline moving forward.

 

Benefits

Quick and easy test that gives repeatable, objective results that are nearly real time with the processing Allows for more concise control of textural attributes of the product Reduces the possibility of downtime due to a product that does not meet quality standards

  

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David Smith, Riviana Foods Inc.
http://www.riviana.com/

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

I have been using the TMS-Pro mechanical tester in our undergraduate biological materials property course for the past 3 years. The simple setup and operation of the TMS-Pro allows my students to focus on learning the theoretical underpinnings of mechanical properties instead of fighting with a finicky test system.

An added bonus is working with Shirl and his amazing team at Food Technology Corporation. They respond almost immediately to questions and inquiries and are always friendly and helpful. 

Jennifer (Melander) Keshwani, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
http://www.unl.edu/