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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

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

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

Use with

Accessories required with this fixture: Extension Rod, 110 mm