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

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Measure Syringeability

Measurement of aspiration or extraction force of syringes using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser
SYRINGEABILITY can be described as the ability of a product to be successfully administered by a syringe and appropriate needle.

Syringes are used in hospitals, surgeries and homes around the world on a daily basis, and for a multitude of purposes. Successful administration, as well as comfortable receipt of the material under the skin, rely on the effective tracking of the syringe piston within its outer tube. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

How materials testing can improve feed formulations when finances are tight

Panda with bamboo The pressure for improved quality is on for animal feed manufacturers the world over. Although selling prices are high, so too are overheads, as raw material and energy costs spiral.

Profits are tight and competition is intense, so it’s now more important than ever that feed mixers and compounders focus on optimising their products and differentiating their offering from that of their competitors. But how is this possible without pushing up production and processing costs even further?

Simply starting to use a new, expensive ingredient is not a decision that can be made quickly, and may not be possible at all in today’s economic climate. Improving economies of scale is valuable but challenging as competitors fiercely protect their own market share. The key lies in improving existing products and / or ascertaining the best ways to modify them. And now technology widely used in the food industry can help feed manufacturers do exactly that.