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

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Powder Flow Analyser

Powder Flow Analyser fitted to the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserThe POWDER FLOW ANALYSER (PFA/PL) is an accurate and reliable method of measuring the flow characteristics of powders.  

It can be rapidly fitted to a Stable Micro Systems plus series Texture Analyser, enabling manufacturers to assess and avoid typical problems such as batch and source variation of ingredients, caking during storage/transportation and problems with discharging from hoppers or bins.

The Powder Flow Analyser is supplied with library tests so operators can start testing quickly and conveniently after straightforward installation and calibration. Users can, however, fully program the instrument to carry out slicing, shearing, compressing, compacting and aerating cycles in any combination.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Pharmaceutical Product Texture Measurement and Analysis

Tablets spilling from their container The pharmaceutical industry, once among the most reliable investment areas for any portfolio, has faced increasing instability in recent years.

Both successful and aborted mergers, adverse publicity on pricing issues, cost pressures coming out of Obamacare in the US, the increase in patent expiries and the ongoing challenge of maintaining profitability in the face of ever-growing development costs have seen the industry on the back foot.

Countering this are the encouragements of new vaccines and new breakthroughs in immunotherapy which have been seen in many organisations, and the knowledge that emerging markets will continue to fuel demand.

The global pharmaceutical market is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2014 and nearly $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The market is likely to increase at an annual growth rate of 3 - 6% over the next five years, slowing at even the best estimate from the 6.2% during the past five.