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

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Texture Analysis in action: the Craft Knife and Extended Craft Knife

Cutting tests using the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe CRAFT KNIFE ADAPTER (A/CKB) accommodates a standard 50mm wide craft blade and enables precision cutting of samples.

Hard products can be cut whilst providing a ‘disposable’ blade option if blade blunting is of concern. The blade thickness (0.6mm) enables precision cutting of very small samples (e.g. nuts, seeds) or shearing without compression of very soft or brittle samples (e.g. laminated pastry), or tablets, pastilles and many industrial products.

A high density polythene cutting block and 10 spare blades are provided.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Materials of the future and how to test them

A prototype self-folding robot developed at MIT
A prototype self-folding robot developed at MIT
In laboratories around the world, scientists are finding new ways to manipulate matter at increasingly small scales, as well as drawing inspiration from biological materials.

This revolution is giving us substances with properties that were once confined to the pages of science fiction books. But these materials are more than just scientific curiosities – they are genuinely useful, to the point that as applications start to emerge they will radically change our world.