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

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

I have found FTC to be an excellent partner for our company. In particular, it has been especially gratifying to work with Shirl Lakeway. Both creative and accommodating, he worked very hard with us to develop our projects.

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

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