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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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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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.

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Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Meat Science and Food Safety
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Service, equipment and people are all first class with Food Technology Corporation.

Questions and problems are handled quickly, which is something that is hard to find in today’s business environment.

 

 

 

David Smith, Riviana Foods Inc.
http://www.riviana.com/

Use with

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