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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

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
http://www.eyefreeze.co.uk/

I have been working with FTC for the past 3 years, we bought in that lapse of time 2 texture analyzers with different probes fixtures for all kind of applications at our Monterrey Plant. We have always been able to count on the technical support of FTC who kindly answers our requests in a prompt manner and with the best disposition.

As we continue developing our process to achieve better results at our company, we will for sure rely on FTC for technical support and equipment upgrades that will deliver us the best possible results.

Claudia Rojas, Hershey Monterrey Plant - Mexico
Asst. Staff Scientist
https://www.hersheys.com

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
https://www.arizona.edu

Use with

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