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TMS wire shear probe and plate

 TMS wire shear probe and plateThe TMS wire shear probe and plate uses a cutting wire to slice through a sample at a low force in order to give an overview of its cross-sectional properties.

With the cutting wire attachment fixed to the travelling beam of the texture analyzer, the cutting base plate included allows the wire to pass completely through the sample.

The probe consists of a 0.3 mm diameter wire fitted between two rigid supports providing a 80 mm x 60 mm useable test area. The wire is held taught between two locking nuts and can therefore be easily replaced in situ by the technologist should it be damaged.

This fixture can be applied to the measurement of shearing and cutting forces in a wide range of soft solid foods and has particular conformance to ISO standard 16305:2005, Butter – Determination of firmness.

  

Applications

 TMS wire shear probe and plate

  • Cheese testing - imitates wire cutting and provides hardness indicator
  • Vegetable assessment – accommodates irregular geometries, enabling cross-sectional measurement of broccoli florets pre- and post-blanching
  • Fruit texture measurement – accommodates non-homogeneous consistencies such as strawberries
  • Pasta, nougat and other similar products
  • Toughness of croissants
  • Cross-section to measure softness of bananas
  • Hardness to bite of hotdog for product comparisons
  • Slice marzipan to assess softening properties

 

Contents and summary

 

Part Number Description
432-242 TMS WIRE SHEAR PROBE AND PLATE
Rigid 80mm frame support supplied with 0.3mm diameter wire conforming to ISO 16305:2005 Butter Firmness standard method. Base plate is included for easy alignment and complete shearing of sample. Recommended for applications below 100N.

Notes

This fixture is only recommended for texture measurement applications below 100 N. 

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
Professor
https://cu.edu.eg

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
http://www.delmonte.com/

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
http://www.unl.edu/

Use with

Accessories required with this fixture: Extension Rod, 110 mm
Accessories required with this fixture: standard T-slot fixture table