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

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Hair Combing Rig

Syringe RIg test using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser The HAIR COMBING RIG (A/HCR) has been developed to assist manufacturers in the development of more effective conditioning agents.

It is well known that conditioning shampoos and hair conditioners are used to provide a variety of benefits to hair: they reduce the combing force, enhance the gloss, confer smoothness and antistatic properties and they improve the manageability of the hair.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Scoop on Ice Cream Testing

Ice cream scoopThis summer while waiting in line at your local ice cream parlour, you may have a lot to ponder.

Do you want ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt or sorbet? Will you choose a cone or a bowl? What about sprinkles, nuts or chocolate sauce? 

Back in the lab, ice cream manufacturers also have a lot to ponder when developing, testing, and reformulating their products.

Using a Texture Analyser, it’s possible to measure several textural properties of ice cream as well as the syrups, sauces, and inclusions that are added for enhanced consumer novelty or experience.
In terms of volume, ice cream is by far the largest frozen snack food item consumed in the frozen state in the West.

During its market growth, it has been transformed from a very high-class, expensive almost all-dairy product into an adequate, largely non-dairy but much cheaper and still very attractive version.