Lightweight 3-point bend

TMS lightweight 3-point bendThe TMS lightweight three-point bend is a medium scale fixture used to snap, bend and measure the flexure properties of brittle foods such as biscuits, potato chips and vegetable crudités.

The principle component of the fixture is a 120 mm adjustable span support plate which fits directly to the “T” slots on the TMS base.

This plate is constructed from anodized aluminium and comprises of two adjustable 60 mm (2.4 in) high support arms, each of which is capped with hard wearing 3 mm diameter stainless steel rods for friction free and damage proof testing.

The support arms are held in place via a stainless steel locking bar and hex screw, which gives maximum freedom of configuration. A top blade type assembly, also with a 3 mm diameter stainless steel rod, completes the fixture and is used to travel down and snap samples positioned on the support arms.

  

Applications

TMS lightweight 3-point bend

  • Crispness of vegetable crudités
  • Break strength of chocolate bars to predict transport damage
  • Crispness in staling of potato chips
  • Brittleness and hardness of hard baked biscuits
  • Flexure and softness of American style cookies
  • Freshness of asparagus spears
  • Brittleness and flexure of spaghetti and lasagne sheets
  • Snap force of tablets
  • Break strength of tortilla shells
  • Softening in celery stalks

 

Contents and summary

 

Part Number Description
432-248 TMS LIGHT WEIGHT THREE-POINT BEND
Mid-scale three point bend assembly with 60mm high arms and 120mm support span. Ideal for most snapping applications including cookies, crackers and snack foods. Recommend for use with 'S' beam type load cells and forces are below 1000N.

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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.

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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.

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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
Accessories required with this fixture: standard T-slot fixture table