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

Tuesday 28 November 2023

Investigating the Texture and Properties of Bio-Inspired Materials using Texture Analysis

Bio-inspired materials are substances that mimic natural materials found in organisms, such as bone, shells, and silk, to name a few. These materials have gained significant attention in recent years due to their desirable properties, such as high strength, lightweight, and environmentally friendly nature. Scientists and engineers are keen on studying these materials to understand their unique properties and develop innovative applications in various industries. One approach to investigate bio-inspired materials is through texture analysis, which allows us to determine their physical characteristics and properties in a detailed and quantitative manner.

Tuesday 21 November 2023

The use of texture analysis in developing new materials for soft robotics

The field of soft robotics has gained significant attention in recent years due to its potential to revolutionise various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, fruit harvesting and entertainment. Unlike traditional rigid robots, soft robots are made from flexible and deformable materials, enabling them to interact with delicate objects and operate safely in human environments. However, developing new materials with desirable properties for soft robotics poses significant challenges. That's where texture analysis comes into play.

A Texture Analyser gives a reliable way to test the mechanical (and sensorial) properties of products by applying a choice of compression, tension, extrusion, adhesion or bending tests to measure a product’s physical properties e.g. toughness, bite force or firmness.

Tuesday 14 November 2023

Understanding the texture and properties of bone using a Texture Analyser

Understanding the texture and properties of bone is crucial in biomedical research, as it helps in identifying diseases, developing therapies, and designing medical devices. In the veterinary world, bone property measurements are used to inform on animal ageing and the effect of diet.  Researchers rely on various techniques and tools to study bone texture and properties, one of which is the use of a Texture Analyser.

A Texture Analyser is a sophisticated scientific instrument used in biomedical research to measure and analyse the physical properties of materials, including bone. It allows researchers to understand how different factors such as density, porosity, and composition affect the mechanical behaviour of bone. By analysing these properties, researchers can gain insights into bone structure and function, which ultimately helps in diagnosing and treating bone-related diseases.

Tuesday 7 November 2023

Understanding the texture and properties of dental composites using a Texture Analyser

Dental composites are widely used in restorative dentistry to repair damaged or decayed teeth. These materials have evolved over the years to mimic natural tooth structure and provide durability, aesthetics, and strength. However, it is crucial for dental professionals to have an in-depth understanding of the texture and properties of dental composites to ensure successful restorations. 

A Texture Analyser is a sophisticated scientific instrument that measures the mechanical properties of materials, including their texture, hardness, elasticity, and adhesiveness. It utilises a probe or a set of probes to exert controlled forces on the material and record the corresponding responses. This instrument is widely used in various industries, including food, pharmaceuticals, packaging, and cosmetics, to assess the quality and consistency of products. In dentistry, a Texture Analyser can be extremely beneficial in evaluating the performance of dental composites and restorative materials.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Using a Texture Analyser in gait analysis research

Why is gait analysis important?

Gait analysis, the study of human motion patterns during walking and running, holds multifaceted significance. Medically, it aids in diagnosing neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, guiding rehabilitation, and customising orthopaedic solutions like orthotics or prosthetics. In sports, athletes harness it to enhance performance and reduce injury risks, while footwear designers use it to create biomechanically supportive shoes. Beyond healthcare and sports, gait analysis plays roles in forensics as a potential identifier, in robotics and animation to simulate human-like movement, and in research to prevent falls among the elderly. Its diverse applications span from medical interventions to innovations in entertainment and technology.

Tuesday 24 October 2023

Pasta: The application of texture analysis on the latest developments

What are the new ingredient and product ideas in pasta and noodle product research, development and production and how can a Texture Analyser be applied?

The pasta and noodle industry continually evolves to meet consumer demands, dietary needs, and culinary trends and sustainability concerns. Here are some of the newer ingredient and product ideas in pasta and noodle research, development, and production and a typical academic reference to show how the Texture Analyser has already being applied:

Tuesday 17 October 2023

How a Texture Analyser be used in the development of food for spaceflight

Why is texture important in spaceflight food?

Texture is an important aspect of spaceflight food for several reasons:

Food texture plays a critical role in the palatability of food. In space, astronauts are often under high levels of stress and can experience a decreased sense of taste and smell due to the microgravity environment. Therefore, food that has an appealing texture can help to enhance the overall sensory experience and encourage astronauts to consume enough calories to maintain their energy and health. Moreover, texture can also affect the psychological well-being of astronauts. Eating is a social activity that can help to reduce stress and improve mood. In space, where astronauts are in a confined environment for long periods of time, the texture of food can play an important role in maintaining the psychological well-being of the crew.

Tuesday 10 October 2023

The Sensory Importance of Touch Texture in Consumer Experience

When it comes to consumer experience, the sense of touch and the texture of products play a significant role in shaping perceptions and influencing purchasing decisions. The tactile experience adds a sensory dimension to the overall interaction, allowing consumers to connect with products on a deeper level. Let's explore the sensory importance of touch texture in the consumer journey and how it impacts various product categories: