How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Measure Consistency

Measurement of consistency of creams and syrups using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser
CONSISTENCY is commonly the textural property possessed by dairy products, sauces, syrups and pharmaceuticals lotions (i.e. fluid products). 

It most often makes use of the back extrusion rig for its measurement. Consistency relates to the 'firmness', 'thickness' or 'viscosity' of a liquid or fluid semi-solid. 

Stirring a fluid or semifluid food with a spoon or a finger is frequently used by consumers to give an indication of viscosity or consistency.  
Measurement of consistency using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser

Typical Methods & Fixtures for Consistency Measurement in action:

Typical physical properties that can be obtained from a texture analysis graph:  
Force to actuate and/or deliver a product, distance at which actuation occurs during compression.

A wide range of attachments is available for measuring texture analysis properties.  

Typical Texture Analyser graph with annotated properties
Typical Texture Analyser graph
with annotated properties
The above are only typical examples of consistency measurement

We can of course design and manufacture probes or fixtures for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled – no-one understands texture analysis like we do. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample but we can prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

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Watch our video about texture analysis Replicating Consumer Preferences
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