TU-12 Tenderometer

The TU-12 tenderometer is a portable and economical instrument for determining the maturity of fresh peas in the field.

TU-12 Tenderometer is a portable pea texture analyzer


The system comes calibrated to read out directly in “Tenderometer Units” (TUs) and operates from a 12-volt DC power source, such as an automotive battery.

The tripod legs fully collapse for ease of transport and are adjustable for operation on the back of a vehicle or free standing on the ground. A hard mount kit is also available to secure it directly to a harvester. Durable, rugged and reliable, the TU-12 is designed to withstand harsh use with minimum maintenance. With micro processor control, the systems are easy to operate and almost no training is needed.

Just load the sample and press the "START" button. It’s that easy. The TU-12 completes a test cycle and displays the results in standard Tenderometer Units up to 160 TUs.


SpecificationsTU-12 texture analyzer is designed for use in the field

  • Stroke speed Pre-set (standard) 30 seconds
  • Maximum force 160 tenderometer units
  • Display units Traditional tenderometer units
  • Standard 12 Volt Battery (other optional voltages available)
  • Dimensions 10” (L) x 10” (W) x 37” (H)
  • Weight 16kg / 35 lbs

For 40 years, processors worldwide have relied on FTC Tenderometers to determine harvest dates, buy on grade, and position harvesters for the most effective crop yield. With profits at stake a point or two off the standard can be very costly. FTC systems have proven to be the most dependable accurate, and trouble-free ever created for grading pea quality. Accurate readings can save thousands of dollars a day for a medium to large operation, and quickly pay back the initial investment.


Standard Equipement

Supplied with: TP-12 Texturepress, TG-4E texturegage, FTA-TU load cell (force transducer), CS-1-TU Kramer test cell, Certificate of Calibration and Operator Manual. System comes calibrated with fresh peas for tenderometer use.

Trusted by customers across the world

Nestle purchased a texture system from Food Technology Corporation in 2006. Since then I have recommended the texture system to several vendors in North and Central America. Staff at FTC was able to develop a simple training manual and procedure for the texture system allowing easy training in short period of time.

From purchasing of equipment through to installation and start-up, the level of personal care and service was remarkable. Shirl Lakeway and his staff at Food Technology Corporation are patient and understanding, and are always at our disposal for any assistance. Since we bought the equipment we have had no problems and feel very secure knowing that we can count on FTC for their support and service.

Dr Mawele Shamaila, Nestle - USA

Our experience with FTC has been more than satisfactory, not only for the quality of the equipment you’ve got but for the post selling service that has proved to be excellent.

Any problem that we had, it took nothing more than a simple mail or phone call to have your immediate answer. We want to thank you very much for the quality of service provided.



Gonzalo Moraes, Arrozur S.A. Montevideo – Uruguay

Service, equipment and people are all first class with Food Technology Corporation.

Questions and problems are handled quickly, which is something that is hard to find in today’s business environment.




David Smith, Riviana Foods Inc.