You are here

FTC Thin Blade Compression Cell

Thin blade shear compression cellThe main advantage of the Kramer Shear Cells (KSC), is that a large sample of the product can be tested at once. This gives a better average value of texture then testing one small piece of food multiple times and speeds texture assessment. The Kramer Shear Cell faithfully reproduces the actions of consumption by shearing, compressing and extruding the sample, measuring them together and providing increased reproducibility in a highly variable product.

 

 

One side effect from testing such an increased sample size is that higher forces are generated as a result. Since competitor systems cannot supply the higher forces, mock up designs like the “Mini Kramer/Ottawa Shear Cell” were developed to try and copy the original Allo-Kramer design. In a sense this defeats one of the big advantages derived from the ability to test larger samples.

 

Thin blade shear compression cell

The Thin Blade Shear Compression Cell, CS-2, employs thirteen (13) thin blades, each 1.5 mm (1/16-inch) in thickness, instead of the ten (10) of the standard cells.

The CS-2 also has 13 smaller grid opening slots to accommodate the size of smaller particles. The thin blade cell is used for textural measurements on cooked rice, cereal, and other small unit products. The size and volume of the cell is identical to that of the Standard CS-1 cell.

FTC offers a variation of the thin blade fixture made from stainless steel blades and a Delrin cell (CS-2A) for high acid food samples, like diced tomatoes and salsa.

Applications

  • Quality and gristle content of ground beef
  • Measure crispness of biscuit inclusions
  • Curd firmness to assess bulk properties
  • Moisture related toughness of croutons
  • Test roasted vegetables to obtain batch optimization
  • Measure the effect of cooking conditions on rice texture

Contents and summary

  • Sample holder
  • Slotted lid
  • 13 Moveable blades
Part Number Description
432-031 FTC THIN BLADE COMPRESSION CELL - MODEL CS-2
Kramer Shear Cell with thirteen, 1.5mm thick, parallel blades and corresponding test cell for compression-extrusion-shear testing of small particulate samples.
432-031-A FTC THIN BLADE COMPRESSION CELL- MODEL CS-2-A
Thin Bladed Kramer Shear Cell with identical dimensions to the standard CS-2, but made from stainless steel and black Delrin for high acid applications.

Notes

This part is recommended instead of a mini shear cell or Ottowa cell fixture

These fixtures are only suitable for use with:

1000 N or 2500 N loadcells and FTC dovetail top bracket (432-098 or 432-099), or FTA series force transducer

Trusted by customers across the world

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 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
https://www.unr.edu/anvs

At the University of Saskatchewan, we are the proud owners of three generations of Food Technology Corporation texture equipment, all of which are still in working condition.

We are looking forward to future innovations from FTC.

 

 

Phyllis J. Shand, University of Saskatchewan - Canada
https://www.usask.ca/

Use with

Accessories required with this fixture: FTC large-scale accessory table