TMS-Pilot texture analyzer

Flexible, portable and affordable

TMS-Pilot is an affordable texture analyzer for applications up to 1000 Newtons

Designed exclusively for customers who desire an easy-to-operate, portable texture analyzer, the TMS-Pilot by Food Technology Corporation (FTC) is an affordable alternative for determining a variety of food texture characteristics.

FTC has proven to have the most dependable, accurate and trouble-free systems for measuring texture within the food industry for over 50 years.

Easy to use

Operated via an intuitive touch screen interface, the TMS-Pilot requires minimal operator training.

Tests are performed at the touch of an icon and programs can be saved as 'favorites' on the main screen for instant accessibility, using the TL-Touch software.

With a plug and play design, the TMS-Pilot has a simple set up, allows loadcells to be interchanged in seconds and accepts the majority of FTC's probes and fixtures.

Versatile and affordable

Designed with the budget-conscious in mind, the TMS-Pilot has the capabilities needed to perform basic texture testing of most food products, including: bakery, cereals, confections, snacks, dairy, fruits and vegetables, meats, gels and more.

TMS-Pilot accepts many fixtures for simple texture analysis


  • LCD touch screen interface
  • Plug & Play design
  • Password protected log-in
  • Customization of reports
  • Unlimited storage of test methods
  • Flexible use of probes, fixtures and loadcells


  • Load Range
    ±500 N (110 lbf / 50 kgf)
  • Load Accuracy
    0.1% of full scale for load cells from 2 - 500 N
  • Intelligent Digital Loadcells
    2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 N (0.45 – 110 lbf)
  • Speed Range
    1 - 500 mm/min (0.04-19.5"/min)
  • Speed Accuracy
    ±0.1% of set speed
  • Speed Resolution
    1 mm/min (0.04 in/min)
  • Displacement Accuracy
    ±0.13 mm (0.0005") over full travel
  • Displacement Resolution
    0.01 mm (0.0004")
  • Crosshead Travel
    300 mm (11.8"), without fixtures
  • Data Acquisition Rate
    Selectable (1000, 500, 100, 50, 10 Hz)
  • Data Sampling Rate
    16 kHz
  • Power Supply
    110/230 V AC, 60/50 Hz
  • Weight
    19.2 kg (42.3 lbs)

Standard Equipment

Supplied with: Fixture table (432-043), T-slot mounting base, TL-Touch software, cables and manuals.

Trusted by customers across the world

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

I have been using the TMS-Pro mechanical tester in our undergraduate biological materials property course for the past 3 years. The simple setup and operation of the TMS-Pro allows my students to focus on learning the theoretical underpinnings of mechanical properties instead of fighting with a finicky test system.

An added bonus is working with Shirl and his amazing team at Food Technology Corporation. They respond almost immediately to questions and inquiries and are always friendly and helpful. 

Jennifer (Melander) Keshwani, Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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.

Patricia Sparks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Practice