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FTC Heavy-duty probes

FTC Heavy-duty probesFood Technology Corporation’s heavy duty range of probes are made from stainless steel and can be used for higher force or corrosive applications where strength and robustness are critical. Ideal for compression, penetration and puncture tests, the range has four platens (circular plates) and a cylinder.
These probes are able to penetrate into and crush much harder samples up to a force of 2500 N.

They are also ideal for stress relaxation type investigations, as they can be lubricated with vegetable oil to minimise surface friction.

Custom designs and geometries are available on request.

FTC Heavy-duty probes application



  • Firmness of raw vegetables
  • Hardness of toffee
  • Bite force strength of hard shell confectionery
  • Hardness to touch of hot dogs


Contents and summary 

User-specified size of heavy-duty cylinder probe:
Part Number Description
432-299 FTC 1/2 INCH (12.7mm) DIAMETER CYLINDER
Stainless Steel heavy duty cylinder. 19mm long with M6 mount
432-300 FTC 1 INCH (25.4mm) DIAMETER PLATE
Stainless steel 1/4 inch (6.35mm) thick heavy duty platen with M6 mount
432-301 FTC 1&1/2 INCH (38.1mm) DIAMETER PLATE
Stainless steel 1/4 inch (6.35mm) thick heavy duty platen with M6 mount
432-302 FTC 2 INCH (50.8mm) DIAMETER PLATE
Stainless steel 1/4 inch (6.35mm) thick heavy duty platen with M6 mount
432-303 FTC 2&1/2 INCH (63.5mm) DIAMETER PLATE
Stainless steel 1/4 inch (6.35mm) thick heavy duty platen with M6 mount

Trusted by customers across the world

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

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

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

Use with

Accessories required with this fixture: Extension Rod, 110 mm