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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Measuring Powder Flow – Grain Products

Baking can't happen if the basic ingredients won't flow...
Some of the most common powder handling problems arise when conveying from storage silos or bins into production. 

Often the powder or grain will have been motionless for hours, days, or even weeks before flow is required. Over this time, most powders or granules will compact with the result that far more energy is needed to cause flow than in aerated samples. On the other hand, powders used immediately after transport, which may have involved agitation or more pronounced vibration, will have been aerated and flow more easily than others that have been stored. 

In this video we show examples of the difference in flowability of such grain products as Cornflour, Couscous, Flour (white), Flour (wholemeal), Oatbran, Polenta, Rice (flaked), Tapioca and Wheatbran and the tool for the measurement of their flow properties.   

Making the most of all of the capabilities of an instrument
Being able to measure powder/granule flow is of prime importance to manufacturers, but as quality standards continue to rise, few can afford to stop there. Finished product testing is essential to ensure correct performance and safeguard reputation, sales and market share. 

By using a Powder Flow Analyser, manufacturers are able to change the attachments on the instrument for testing semi-finished and finished products as well. This offers considerable financial savings, as well as simplifying training and releasing valuable lab space. 

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We can 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. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also 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.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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