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Granola Bar Bite Force Evaluation

The Application

Crisp granola bar can be tested by bend and snap testingA processor of nutritional and granola bars 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

The processor had bars from different formulations with known textural difference detected through sensory analysis. However, they wanted to quantify the data and visualize the difference in the products. Also, they wanted to be able to measure textural properties within the same batches/formulations. A consistent and repeatable method of measuring and therefore controlling the texture is essential.

 

Solution

All testing was done using a TMS-Pro with a light-weight blade set at a speed of 250 mm/min, to a distance of 35mm, which allowed the blade to shear completely through the product. The graph to the right shows when the blade first cuts product (first peak), and then when the blade is slicing through the body of the product (jagged curves). The graph demonstrates consistency in this product batch.

 

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

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
Professor
https://cu.edu.eg

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/

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I appreciate his commitment to our joint efforts and his open-minded approach. He and FTC have been exceptionally helpful.

Steve Antonius, Del Monte Foods
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