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

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Texture Analysis in action: the TTC Spreadability Rig

Spreadability test using the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe TTC SPREADABILITY RIG (HDP/SR*) measures the ease with which a product, such as margarine and table spread, or wax, can be applied in a thin, even layer. 

It comprises of a male 90° cone probe and five precisely matched female perspex cone shaped product holders.

The material is either deposited and allowed to set up in the lower cone holders in advance of testing, or is filled with a spatula and then the surface levelled. The sample holders can be stored in frozen, refrigerated or ambient environments before testing of the sample.

Measurement of the spreadability of margarine
Measurement of the spreadability of margarine
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The product is forced to flow outward at 45° between the male and female cone surfaces during the test, the ease of which indicates the degree of spreadability. 

Withdrawal of the cone probe from the sample provides information about adhesive characteristics which may be present.

*Attachments with code prefix HDP/ must be used in conjunction with HDP/90 Heavy Duty Platform.   

Papers that use this fixture on a TA.XTplus Texture Analyser have been published, some examples of which are listed below: 

AAMODT, A., MAGNUS, E. M. & FAERGESTAD, E. M. (2003). Effect of flour quality, ascorbic acid, and DATEM on dough rheological parameters and hearth loaves characteristics. Journal of Food Science, 68 (7), 2201-2210.
AAMODT, A., MAGUNS, E. M., HOLLUNG, K., UHLEN, A. K. & FAEGSTAD, E. M. (2005). Dough and hearth bread characteristics influenced by protein composition, protein content, DATEM, and their interactions. Journal of Food Science, 70 (3), 214-221.

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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