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

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Sachet/Tube Extrusion Rig

Toothpaste extrusion test using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser
The SACHET/TUBE EXTRUSION RIG (A/STE) is a device which extrudes the contents of sachet and tube style packaging.

It has been designed to allow manufacturers of pharmaceutical, cosmetic and personal care products to quantify the ease of removal and application of products such as ointments, creams and gels.

The rig positions the product vertically between two rollers, clamping the closed end with a grip at the top. The grip then pulls the sachet/tube upwards through the rollers, forcing the contents out whilst measuring the force required.

Product developers can analyse changes in a product’s consistency throughout its shelf-life and adapt formulations accordingly whilst also enabling manufacturers to assess the suitability of packaging material and its construction.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Mysterious 'Q Texture' You Didn't Even Know Your Food Was Missing!

"Chewy. Gummy. Bouncy. Rubbery. These aren't typically flattering words when it comes to food. 

"That is, they're not traditionally complimentary in the United States or Europe. In Taiwan and often in other parts of East Asia, it's a different story. These adjectives describe a beloved texture – a food quality sought after, not shunned. It's called the "Q" texture, or the mystery food characteristic you didn't even know you were missing". 

These are words recently written by Alison Spiegel at the Huffington Post. Read on for more of her insight into Asian food textures...