TMS small sample holder

 TMS small sample holder	The Small Sample Holder has been designed to accommodate spherical or irregular samples. Three sizes of holding plate are supplied which are fitted above and below samples, maximizing test flexibility. The small sample holder is a must for clumsy puncture tests where it is difficult to hold individual samples.

Three sets of top and bottom plates are supplied with 5mm, 10mm and 15mm apertures to maximise test flexibility. These plates are positioned above and below the sample in order to firmly hold it in place ready for testing. Plates can be easily interchanged using a unique hinge mechanism allowing quick set-up of test measurements.

 TMS small sample holder

Compression springs provide support to the top plate and enable users to finely adjust its position to prevent pre-test damage to samples.



  • Puncture and penetration tests of small foods such as small berries and jelly sweets
  • Puncture and penetration tests of larger food products such as whole eggs, fruits such as plums, and confectionery bars


Contents and summary


Part Number Description
Specialist jig for spherical and small irregular samples. Unique hinged top plates for maximum test flexibility and access during test configuration.
  • TMS Small Sample holder base with set screws
  • Three bottom plates, one solid, two with holes for product
  • Three hinged top plates
  • Four thumb screws and springs for securing the plates

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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

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

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

Use with

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