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

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Texture Analysis in action: the Pizza Tensile Rig

Pizza toughness test using the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe PIZZA TENSILE RIG (A/PT) is comprised of two four-pronged components. 

The upper component fits directly to the loadcell and the lower to the base of the texture analyser. The rectangular shaped test sample is positioned on the attachments using the prongs. 

The tensile force and extension to break the sample is measured and used as an indication of pizza toughness.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Assessing haircare performance using texture analysis

Combing hair
'A new polymer generation offering truly multifunctional performance' is an article published by BASF in Germany.
After decades of development and improvement of hair styling polymers there is still room for improvement. Many generations of polymers have been developed over the years, starting from the first synthetic styling polymer – Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) – in the 1950s, based upon a patent from W. Reppe. 

Today’s styling formulations are further optimised by the use of polymer combinations. This is especially true for styling gel and wax formulations.