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

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Wire Cutter

Wire Cutter attachment on the TA.XTplus Texture AnalyserOne of our simpler test attachments is the WIRE CUTTER (A/BC). 

This device incorporates a standard 0.3mm diameter wire, which is supported on a frame enabling it to cut through a 500g block of butter or similar self-supporting block-form sample. 

It can be used to measure the firmness of butter, ice cream or margarine and the consistency of cheese by measuring the force to drive the wire through the sample.



The supporting frame attaches conveniently to the loadcell by means of a bell-form thumb-operated screw, while the wire, secured by two wing-nuts, can easily be replaced at any time.

Depending on the sample type being tested, this attachment may be used with or without the HDP/90 Heavy Duty Platform. 

Measurement of bend and fracture resistance of uncooked spaghetti
Comparison of cutting force (firmness)
of butter and margarine using the Wire Cutter
Click to view application video




We can design and manufacture probes or fixtures
for the TA.XTplus texture analyser that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can also prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

For more information on how to measure texture, please visit the Texture Analysis Properties section on our website.

TA.XTplus texture analyser with bloom jar The
TA.XTplus texture analyser is part of a family of texture analysis instruments and equipment from Stable Micro Systems. An extensive portfolio of specialist attachments is available to measure and analyse the textural properties of a huge range of food products. Our technical experts can also custom design instrument fixtures according to individual specifications.

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