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Extrusion Fixtures

Extrusion fixturesExtrusion can be divided into two categories; forward extrusion and back extrusion.
Forward extrusion is when the test sample is placed into a confined container and then forced through an orifice or grid.

Back extrusion is typically performed with the product being measured is placed in an open top cylinder and a piston with a smaller diameter, is forced down into the sample, such that it flows back upwards, though the space between the piston and the cylinder. In both extrusion test methods, the resistance to flow is being measured, valuable in the study of the rheology of the product.
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Extrusion is also used to measure the spreadability of a product, where the piston and cylinder is replaced by a conical probe and a receptacle of matching geometry. The surface is initially penetrated before extrusion forces the product back around the probe to allow measurement of the resistance to spreading.

FTC extrusion fixtures and accessories enable the rheological property testing of semi-solid and viscous liquids by all of these methodologies and their impact on acceptable texture measured.

Some of the texture attributes measured by extrusion may also be analyzed by testing the product in its own container - more closely representing the interaction with the conumer, or free standing – with the use of shaped probes, for example a cone-shaped probe.

 

Typical products tested Texture characteristics
  • Fruit purées - to assess pumpability
  • Fruit topping, with particulates - to optimize viscosity
  • Mayonnaise and thick sauces - to correlate with mouthfeel
  • Personal care products - to quantify functional structure
  • Pumpable fats - to measure shear thinning
  • Starch pastes - to assess thickening
  • Thick soups and sauces quality for ready prepared foods
  • Weak hydrocolloid gels - to assess thickening
  • Whipped creams - to measure stability
  • Yogurts - to measure effect of formulation changes
  • Adhesiveness
  • Consistency
  • Flow
  • Internal structure
  • Mouthfeel
  • Stringiness
  • Thickness
  • Thinning
  • Yield Point
  • Viscosity effects

Texture analysis glossary

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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

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.

The TU units provided by FTC give us the accuracy to work to much tighter tolerances, replacing older less accurate analogue equipment which in turn can affect final product grading and profitability.

The units are well designed, very low maintenance and are backed up with a strong support service which will allow them to provide many years of accurate, reliable service.

Colven Wilson
Technical Manager
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

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/