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Texturisers market

Food Texture Market TO BE Worth $11.8 Billion by 2018  

Apart from their primary function, texturising agents provide multiple benefits in food processing and improve the appeal of food and palatability.  

With the continuing increase in consumption of convenience foods, consumer-led demand for processed foods - in bakery, confectionery, convenience foods, and dairy industries - is driving the global texturising agents market.

The report 'Food Texture Market by Functionalities (Thickening, Gelling, Emulsifying, Stabilizing Agents), Applications (Dairy & Frozen Foods, Bakery & Confectionery, Sauces & Dressings, Snacks & Savory, Beverages, Meat & Poultry Products) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018', defines and segments the Food Texture Market with an analysis and forecasting of the global market size in terms of revenue.

It also identifies driving and restraining factors for the market with an analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning imperatives, and challenges.

To read more, visit: http://prn.to/1bPSWLC



Workflow improvement options

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SPEED UP YOUR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

The following options are available to increase operator efficiency, improve product throughput and speed up your texture analysis testing via automation.

Automated Linear Indexing System (ALIS)

Would you like to take advantage of a texture analysis system which provides multiple loading of samples and their subsequent testing with 'walk-away' time for the duration of all tests?.

If high volume, repetitive testing is causing a bottleneck in your operation, automating to meet critical deadlines can be a business imperative. An investment in automation can be justified for a number of reasons, all of which directly impact your laboratory's contribution to profit.

The Automated Linear Indexing System (ALIS) enables the loading of multiple test samples prior to testing and does not require constant supervision by the user during testing. It is integrated seamlessly with a TA.XTplus texture analyser with quick and easy set-up and sample mounting.

Test specimens are typically located in bespoke support plates then, with prompted steps, testing conditions are set, tests are performed, and results are reported with little or no operator involvement. Skilled technicians are free to perform more sophisticated tasks while accurate, repeatable testing information is generated automatically.

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Many faces of texture analysis

THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

Out of the top 100 food and beverage companies in the world by sales, 71 are Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser users*.

There must be a reason for this! In fact there are quite a few. Visit www.stablemicrosystems.com/MeasurementWorldLeaders.htm to find out more.

Source: www.foodengineeringmag.com/globaltop100

*Incidentally, of those top 100 companies, 18 are solely manufacturers of drinks, and therefore unlikely to be involved in Texture Analysis testing.

 



The perfect recipe for texture analysis

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A RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT TEXTURE ANALYSIS METHOD

The Ingredients:

- The Correct Test Type

- The Most Suited Probe/Fixture

- The Most Imitative Method

- An Optimum number of Replicates

- The Most Sensitive Test Settings

- A Range of Validation Samples

Cooking Directions:

The Correct Test Type - What test type should I choose?

A wide range of test principles are possible: compression, puncture, extrusion, bending, tension, shearing. Every one of these principles has been successful with some products but no principle has been successful with all products.

It is important to identify as early as possible the correct test principle that should be used for each particular application. Considerable time can be wasted if an incorrect test principle is used.

First of all, consider the nature of the product. The kind of material (crisp, aerated, homogeneous, plastic, brittle, heterogeneous) affects the type of test principle that should be used. For example, the extrusion test is unsuited for baked goods because they do not flow under force. Equally you cannot bend mayonnaise or stretch whipped cream. If the material is not self-supporting then you obviously cannot 'cut' it in a shearing test...



Exponent help file resources screen

EASIER ACCESS TO PUBLISHED TEXTURE ANALYSIS LITERATURE

The Abstract help file within the Education Zone of Exponent software has been updated so that a Google Scholar Search can be performed within Exponent for all products.

For those without Internet connection, a selection of published paper citations are included, but users connected to the internet will benefit most from an already defined live listing of published papers using the Stable Micro Systems Texture Analysers. 

This will give access to academic citations and provide locations of work that has been published that references the use of the Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser.

Download the latest version of Exponent to access this exciting new feature - go to www.textureanalyser.co.uk/ upgrades/index.htm to keep up to date.



Acoustic testing and meat texture

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RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND READING

'Role of Auditory Cues in the Multisensory Experience of Foodstuffs' is an article which discusses the influential role that auditory information plays in our perception of food.

In particular it highlights 'The Effect of Sound Manipulation on the Perception of Crisps' and the work that has been done using the Acoustic Envelope Detector to quantify crispness and freshness of potato chips. To read more follow: http://1.usa.gov/1lk5ReQ

A recently published paper: 'Application of texture analysis on quality detection of meat products' may be an interesting review article for you to read...



Top ten texture analysis books

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Top ten books to understand Food Texture Analysis

So you're new to Food Texture Analysis? As a consumer, you'll already appreciate that texture is a major determinant of food acceptance. 

Food companies use sensory evaluation panels to check the texture of their products for both product development and quality control purposes, but many companies supplement sensory evaluation with instrumental measurements.

You'll no doubt want to educate yourself and obtain a background in the science of this field. Let me present the top ten books in our library that will help you become a 'Texture Expert'...



Texture Analysis checklist images

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The Texture Analysis Professional Checklist:

A 7-point guide to optimising your results

As a Texture Analysis Professional, you will have established your texture testing methods and analysis and probably be employing your Texture Analyser on a regular or routine basis. Below you will find our Texture Analysis Professionals Checklist which will help you find out whether you are giving your texture analysis the required operational consideration to ensure optimum results.

Your Texture Analyser is a precision instrument and will produce the best results when properly maintained and set up.

Before testing, always ensure that...

[1] The instrument is regularly calibrated...

To be confident of your test results and maintain the accuracy of your instrument, it is vital that you should regularly calibrate and verify it. Make sure you follow the procedure as described in the instruction manual carefully. In particular, if you are a user of the TA.HDplus Texture Analyser, please note the specific instructions for the calibration process, which in this case entails an extra step...



Gel compression test

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More New Patents That Utilise The TA.XTPlus Texture Analyser

The TA.XTplus Texture Analyser is frequently listed in interesting new patents such as the three listed here:

Inventors in Virginia (USA) have recently filed a patent entitled 'Jellyfish-inspired tilt sensor and artificial mesoglea' which uses a Texture Analyser for physical property measurement.

Components of an unmanned undersea vehicle are inspired by jellyfish that uses its flexible body and tilt sensing to achieve efficient swimming and turning. A tilt sensor, based on a statocyst, has a metal ball in a chamber lined with resistors. The tilt is sensed in accordance with which resistors are contacted by the ball...



Apple testing with VolScan Profiler

DIMENSIONAL MEASUREMENT OF APPLES USING A VOLSCAN PROFILER

Scientists at Shenyang Agricultural University have been using their VolScan Profiler to measure the physical properties of 6 apple varieties to assess the volume variations.

The qualities of apples are important for the consumer. These quality attributes can be described by colour, texture and physical attributes such as size and shape.

The VolScan Profiler provides a non-contact laser based method of determining volume and dimensional parameters of products.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1vaTFUz

 


Placing a sample for tasting on the VolScan Profiler

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APPLYING THE VOLSCAN PROFILER
TO PACKAGING PERFECTION

The VolScan Profiler is a non-contact laser-based volume measurement instrument which has for several years now been employed to accurately and quickly measure the volume and dimensions of baked products.  

Software which accompanies the VolScan Profiler allows input of test settings and displays the finished test result as 2D and 3D profiles, whilst archiving all test data in spreadsheets and providing an optional report...



What we are reading...

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WHAT WE'RE READING

'Food Texture Design and Optimization' is a new book that we recommend...

Food texture has been one of the fundamental characteristics that consumers look for in their food products and drives consumer liking and purchase intent.

The introductory chapter of this volume presents an overview of the content discussing the basics, definitions, measurement of food texture, and current market trends and future challenges in food texture design and optimisation...



Photo Competition winning entry

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PHOTO COMPETITION WINNER

The result of the recent competition for photos of a Stable Micro Systems texture analyser being used for testing has now been announced.

Dr.-Ing. Calvin Onyango is a cereal technologist at Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, (KIRDI).

He receives a copy of the recently published 'Instrumental assessment of food sensory quality' by David Kilcast...



Humanoid robots image

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TESTING FOR ROBOTICS DESIGN

A humanoid robot is being developed at the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University, New Zealand, for implementing and evaluating dynamic gait algorithms.

Force sensors are placed on the bottom of the feet of the robot to provide feedback for the control system. The use of resistive force sensors is being investigated as an inexpensive and lightweight alternative to multi-axis force/torque sensors...



Polymer testing results

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NEW HAIR STYLING POLYMERS

A new polymer generation offering truly multifunctional performance has been developed by BASF of Germany.

After decades of progress in hair styling polymers, there is still room for improvement.

Many generations of polymers have been developed over the years, starting from the first synthetic styling polymer Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in the 1950s – based upon a patent from W. Reppe...



Compression test on cake

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OVERVIEW OF AIB BAKERY METHODS

The American Institute of Baking (AIB)  has a collection of procedures for testing the texture of common bakery products with a texture analyser.

Bakery products come in every imaginable type and shape, so meaningful textural comparisons must account for the different product geometries.

The test procedures typically manage differences in geometry by reducing the products' size to a common denominator. Generally, the objective of most of these tests is to measure the firmness and shelf life of a baked product, summaries of a few such methods are highlighted below...



Designing foods for an ageing population article

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DESIGNING FOODS FOR
AN AGEING POPULATION

The boom of 2 billion people over the last century has resulted in an ageing world population.

By 2025, the world will have almost 800 million people over the age of 65. About 556 million of them will be in developing countries, another 254 million in developed ones.

In fact, the United Nations estimates that the global population age 60+ will soar from 11% in 2000 to 22% by 2050. While age is just a number, the numbers are certainly on the rise...



Texture Analyser Accessories

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AN ACCESSORY FOR EVERY
TEXTURE ANALYSIS OCCASION

In addition to the wide selection of special attachments for the Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser range, a new brochure now details some of the accessories which are also available to enhance the use of the Texture Analysers across all areas of testing.

Included are complex accessory sets such as the Video Capture and Synchronisation System; major peripherals like the Powder Flow Analyser; and a host of other equipment ranging from clamps and supports through temperature probes to transport cases...



Dynamic Integrated Balance

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DYNAMIC INTEGRATED BALANCE
NOW AVAILABLE

As just one part of Stable Micro Systems' expanding range of additional measurement options, we can now offer the Dynamic Integrated Balance for attachment to the Plus range of Texture Analysers.

During a standard force measurement test, users now have the possibility of adding an additional 'weighing' parameter to their test...

This measurement will be of interest in those tests where product is removed or deposited from the component that is being tested such as in an extrusion or actuation test. Typical examples of this would be in the testing of syringes, mayonnaise, toothpaste, hand dispensers, or sachets...



Exponent backup and restore

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How to backup and restore
Exponent user profiles

We are often asked by users how to backup and restore user profiles when changing their PC or installing on multiple PCs.

This is a relatively simple process and is made possible by a utility which is installed with Exponent.

To use it you will need to close down Exponent and be an administrator on the PC. Go to Programs > Exponent > Utilities and select Exponent Backup and Restore. If you see a security message saying that the program wants to make changes, you will need to select Yes so that the application runs with elevated administration rights...



Not The Sound Of Silence article

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NOT THE SOUND OF SILENCE

An article, published in IFT magazine in December and written by Neil Mermelstein, summarises the history and future of adding sound to texture analysis.

It is an excellent introduction for those interested in adding an additional 'acoustic' fingerprint to their existing product analysis and provides a valuable set of reference articles supporting this measurement tool...



Haircare articles

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Request our haircare product articles

The science of texture analysis has numerous applications in the manufacture of haircare products and their packaging.

Not only can the texture analyser apply specifically designed test methods to the development of these products and to the maintenance of high standards in production, but it can also be used to validate claims about product performance...



Baked confectionery quality control article

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Focus on baked confectionery products

We all like to treat ourselves, be it to a deliciously soft, fluffy sponge cake, a chewy caramel slice or a crusty croissant.

Today, even the more health conscious consumer can choose from and enjoy a wide range of baked confectionery products. As palates and tastes have evolved, so too has the range of products on offer, and today the baked confectionery market is as diverse as it is competitive...



Cosmetics - powder brush

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sensory profiling of cosmetic products: More efficient testing investigated

This is an article written by Milica Lukic at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Cosmetology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Serbia and Montenegro.

Sensory evaluation studies are performed in order to obtain full sensory profile of the cosmetic product. Since these studies are comprehensive, time-consuming and consequently expensive, the potential use of instrumental measurements that correlate with sensory properties is being extensively assessed...



ALIS tape peel testing

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MULTIPLE SPEED PEEL TESTING
NOW AVAILABLE

Meeting deadlines is likely be critical in your operation. So, if high volume, repetitive testing is causing a bottleneck, investment in automation may be a business imperative.

Such investment may be justified for a number of reasons, all directly impacting your laboratory's contribution to profit.

You could benefit from automated multiple peel speed assessment of 90° peel characteristics of single adhesive strips, using a revolutionary new measurement system from Stable Micro Systems...



Gluten-free testing article

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Need to manufacture gluten-free alternatives?

Gluten is the complex of proteins found naturally in wheat, rye, barley, and spelt that gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and keep its shape.

It is because of gluten that baked goods made with wheat have their characteristic texture, strength, and crumb structure, and other sensory properties.

Gluten performs such a valuable service, but unfortunately for a certain percentage of the population, the consumption of gluten can cause serious medical conditions such as coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder. People with coeliac disease must avoid gluten in their diets...



Tablet fracture

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New Brittleness Index for 
Compacted Tablets

'A New Brittleness Index for Compacted Tablets' is a paper recently published by researchers at the University of Copenhagen using a Texture Analyser.

A dimensionless index that quantifies the brittle or ductile character of tablets is presented.

The work of failure (WOF) of crushed or broken flat tablets is calculated by numerical integration of the force/displacement measurement in a flexure tester...



Video Capture & Synchronisation System

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Video capture and synchronisation

Replay, freeze-frame and share your product texture testing - a fantastic tool for teaching texture analysis for those new to the field, or to help you gain a frame-by-frame understanding of your product breakdown.

Now you can make video recordings of your tests at 50 frames per second - and match events in those recordings exactly to your results graph.

The new Video Capture and Synchronisation System takes texture analysis into new territory in terms of user-friendliness...



The Sound of Quality for Food

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can you hear the difference?

Your product looks good, smells good, tastes good - but does it SOUND good?

When you bite into an apple, a sharp, crisp crunch tells you it's fresh. Without that sound, the apple would be less appealing. Noise gives you vital information on the quality of food both actual and perceived.

For decades, food manufacturers have tried to understand why some foods appeal to consumers, and others don't...



The Cheese Grating Rig

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TESTING THE GRATENESS OF CHEESE

A Grating Rig that accurately measures the force needed to grate cheese into shreds has recently been launched.

For the first time, dairies can scientifically, objectively and repeatedly measure shreddability, enabling them to perfect their cheese recipes and production and packaging processes.

Retail-ready grated cheese is a fast-growing market throughout Europe as the need for convenience and variety continues to dominate...



We all like a bit of sauce

We all like a bit of sauce

A new article on the use of Texture Analysis in the testing of Sauces is now available.

Written by Stable Micro Systems' Jo Smewing, and published in Food Management Today in August, We all like a bit of Sauce looks at the way texture analysis can describe physical properties.

Addressing such measurements as sauce consistency, cohesiveness, stickiness and extrudability, this feature is available to you free of charge.

Please send your request to: jo.smewing@stablemicrosystems.com



The Cake Freshness Lab

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The Puratos cake freshness testing lab

Perfecting the science of putting time and freshness on your side! Cake science is allowing major progress in extending the freshness and shelf life of packed cakes.

Certain manufacturers are taking full advantage of this progress. What do they know that allows their cakes to retain freshness long after other cakes have staled?

The Cake Freshness Lab shares with you the secrets of more and longer freshness for all packed cakes.



Bread roll acoustic test with V Squeeze Rig

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ZEELANDIA MEASURES THE NOISE FROM BREAD ROLL CRUSTS

Zeelandia, a global bakery ingredients manufacturer, has pioneered an exciting new testing method to determine the crustiness of bakery products using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser.

Combining the texture analyser bread 'V' squeeze test with simultaneous acoustic measurements, Zeelandia obtains detailed objective analysis of crust breakage. This enables the company to develop high-performance ingredients that respond to a dynamic and growing sector of the bakery market...



Dr Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy

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PHARMACY ACADEMIC RECEIVES MCBAIN MEDAL FOR WORK USING THE TA.XTPLUS

Congratulations to Dr Vitaliy Khutoryanskiy of the University of Reading, who recently received the McBain Medal for his research into how water-soluble polymers behave in solution mixtures - using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser.

Dr. Khutoryanskiy has rapidly gained an international reputation for his imaginative use of polymer and colloid science in the development of novel materials for biomedical applications...



Horizontal Friction Rig

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DO YOU NEED TO MEASURE FRICTION?

We're wondering whether you know that your Texture Analyser can be laid on its side, for cyclic friction assessment?

In horizontal mode, the TA.XTplus can be used to measure stiction, coefficient of friction, slip-stick and smoothness of material surfaces.

Friction is a phenomenon that is part of our daily lives. In one sense we would find it most difficult to survive without it, yet in another it can be most expensive to minimise...



500g Low Force Loadcell

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OPTIMISING YOUR LOW FORCE MEASUREMENT

We are now introducing a new 500g loadcell to provide even more precision in low force applications.

We have always advised on the importance of choosing the correct loadcell capacity to meet the needs of the typical force measuring range for each application. As such, we have historically provided a range of loadcell capacities from 5kg to 750kg. For those users measuring low forces...



Rat femur testing

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Rat femur testing at the University of Zagreb

Researchers at the School of Medicine in the University of Zagreb has been studying the biomechanical properties of bones from rats treated with sevelamer.

Sevelamer has been used for ten years to lower high blood phosphorus (phosphate) levels in patients who are on dialysis due to severe kidney disease. Dialysis removes some phosphate from your blood, but it is difficult to remove enough to keep phosphate levels balanced...



Texture analysis patents

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New Patents That Utilise The TA.XTPlus Texture Analyser

The TA.XTplus Texture Analyser is frequently listed in many interesting new patents - such as these examples:

GELS FOR TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY: Hydrogels may be used for transdermal delivery of bioactive agents, including drugs, and may also be useful as conductive compositions for use with electrodes....



Handcream image

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Measuring skinfeel properties

Scientists at the University of Le Havre have been using their Texture Analyser to investigate the skinfeel properties of creams.

The texture of oil-in-water emulsions was characterised by sensory and instrumental analyses. The main objective of the study was to investigate the possibility of predicting skinfeel properties of cosmetic creams by instrumentally measured parameters...



Cheese Extensibility Testing

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Stretching cheese to the limit

There are thousands of cheeses from different regions around the world, all with varying tastes and textures - that's what makes them so appealing!

It's not just the taste that matters though; the texture has to be just right for today's more discerning consumer and extensibility or stretchability has a direct effect on a cheese's success in the market...



Rice Extrusion Rig
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RICE AND EASY TESTING

Rice, a foodstuff of all times and ages, is the foundation of the diet for billions of people. As well as being a basic and widely consumed foodstuff in its own right, rice is increasingly popular as a component of processed and convenience foods.

But with over 1,000 varieties, identifying the one with optimal amylose content, gel consistency and gelling temperature to match the desired eating texture can be difficult.This allows for product distortion, which may be necessary for unevenly adhered products like packaging, and makes sample loading of difficult samples easier.



AACCI Standard Method test for cooked pulses
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AACCI Standard Method 56-36.01

for determining firmness of cooked pulses

A high standard of cooking is critical for pulses - peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans - because, in a variety of common uses, cooking is required to ensure that they have an acceptable sensory quality.

Texture/firmness is one of the most important quality factors influencing consumer acceptance of cooked pulses, and its evaluation is critical to the assessment of cooking quality.



MORS blade test on chicken
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NEW TESTING BLADE GUARANTEES
RAZOR SHARP RESULTS

Stable Micro Systems has just announced the launch of the Meullenet-Owens Razor Shear (MORS) blade.

It is being hailed as the quickest, most accurate and simplest destructive tool for measuring poultry tenderness - an attribute critical to consumer acceptance - which has historically been assessed using costly and time-consuming sensory evaluation.



Universal Syringe Rig
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Universal Syringe Rig

The Universal Syringe Rig, in conjunction with the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser, effectively measures the ease with which a fluid flows out of a syringe and through a needle. 

Determining the force required to operate the syringe quantifies how easily the preparation can be administered, so impacting patient comfort during injection and affecting how the material is received when deposited under the skin.



Exponent Batch Testing window
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New Feature in Exponent Software:

Configure your own batch testing protocol

We have added a Batch Testing Mode to Exponent to simplify the testing of a series of samples by providing the tools to design and build your own customised multiple test program with the inclusion of operator prompts. 

This feature can be used with an automated sample presentation such as the Automated Linear Indexing System (ALIS) or with manual sample changing.



VolScan Profiler 600
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Volscan - things you couldn't test using seed displacement

Traditionally, volume measurements of baked products have been obtained by the technique of seed displacement, in which the amount of rape seed or pearl barley packing around the loaf in a standard container is measured.

Whilst this method has been universally recognised for decades as indicative of baking quality it is now considered primitive, inaccurate, tedious and laborious.



Pinterest boards

LAUNCHING OUR PINTEREST BOARDS

In March 2013, we launched Stable Micro Systems' Pinterest boards.

See what some of our customers are testing across the world - visit http://pinterest.com/TextureAnalysis/

Would you like to provide some photos to add to our boards? If so, please send them to: jo.smewing@stablemicrosystems.com



Automated Linear Indexing System
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AUTOMATED LINEAR INDEXING SYSTEM

Texture Analysis with:
- walk-away time
- increased productivity via automation
- improved operator safety
- elimination of operator errors

Would you like to employ a texture analysis system which provides multiple loading of samples and their subsequent testing with 'walk-away' time for the duration of all tests?

If high volume, repetitive testing is causing a bottleneck in your operation, automating to meet critical deadlines can be a business imperative.

An investment in automation can be justified for a number of reasons, all of which directly impact your laboratory's contribution to profit.



Articulated Tensile Grips
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ARTICULATED TENSILE GRIPS

The Articulated Tensile Grips are lightweight grips, which have been designed for the gripping of thin materials whilst providing a good degree of rotational flexibility during the tensile test.

This allows for product distortion, which may be necessary for unevenly adhered products like packaging, and makes sample loading of difficult samples easier.



Tablet Swelling
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LATEST TESTING IN STABLE MICRO SYSTEMS' LAB...

Measuring Tablet Swelling

When exposed to an aqueous medium, certain tablets swell and rapidly form an interfacial rubbery or gelatinous layer. This layer allows some additional liquid to penetrate the tablet while also acting as a rate controlling layer for active diffusion.

As the outer tablet layer dissolves, a new layer of tablet medium is exposed that retards diffusion and continues sustained, controlled drug release.



Research - Acoustic and Powder
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RECENT RESEARCH USING THE ACOUSTIC ENVELOPE DETECTOR AND POWDER FLOW ANALYSER

Researchers at the University of Torino in Italy have been using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser and Acoustic Envelope Detector to investigate wine grapes. 

The following papers have been found which outline the work being carried out to assess both the mechanical properties and the acoustic indices of ripening.



Pharma feature reprint

PHARMACEUTICAL FEATURE REPRINT

An article by Stable Micro Systems' Jo Smewing, published in Pharma magazine in August, is now available as a reprint.

The article covers the widespread use of gels in pharmaceutical applications, the challenge that R&D and manufacturing departments need to overcome and the important role that texture plays in determining the suitability of formulations for specific pharmaceutical applications such as mucoadhesion, capsule bursting force and contact lens mechanical strength. This feature is available free of charge on request from: jo.smewing@stablemicrosystems.com



Confectionery Overview

AVAILABLE ON REQUEST:

Would you like to receive the latest Texture Analysis Application Overview highlighting methods for Confectionery Product testing?

Application Overviews give a detailed summary of all of the methods and fixtures that are currently in use in this field of testing. They include testing points to consider and a comprehensive list of academic references. To request the Confectionery Application Overview please contact: jo.smewing@stablemicrosystems.com



Application Studies menu
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EXTENDING YOUR APPLICATION STUDIES

The Application Studies library in Exponent has been recently updated with the addition of new studies.

These studies demonstrate a viable test method for a wide range of specific products, and also act as an ideal starting point for studying similar products. Detailed reports present typical results and interpretation.



Social media logos
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SOCIAL NETWORKING UPDATE

We have had both a Twitter feed and a YouTube Channel for some time now, as means of providing you with news snippets and a library of interesting applications for you to watch and share.

We now have three additional means of keeping you connected and fully informed of the latest news, both at Stable Micro Systems and across the globe in the field of texture analysis.



Warburtons Dough Stickiness Rig
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Warburtons and Stable Micro Systems solve a sticky problem

Stable Micro Systems and Warburtons, the number one bakery brand in the UK, recently launched a valuable new item of testing equipment for the bakery industry: the Warburtons Dough Stickiness System.

This new testing rig enables more realistic assessment of dough stickiness, as it minimises the dough's exposure to atmospheric variables by testing under controlled conditions.



Ice Cream Cone Test Rig
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Perfectly crisp cone testing now available

Maintaining an interest in all food sectors, we have also introduced new testing possibilities for ice cream cone manufacturers.

Measuring key textural parameters such as brittleness, toughness and crispiness, the new Ice Cream Cone Support Rig reliably informs cone formulation and design, for optimum consumer acceptance and product success.



Powder Flow Analyser
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STABLE MICRO SYSTEMS INCREASES 
THE FLOW OF INFORMATION FOR 
POWDER TESTING

Stable Micro Systems has enhanced its already flexible graphical user interface for the Powder Flow Analyser to include a wider selection of tests and background information.

New users will benefit from a more comprehensive understanding of the instruments capabilities with the addition of enhanced data analysis techniques, results spreadsheets, automatically generated charts and reports and an extensive sample video database.



VolScan Profiler 300
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LAtest testing inside Stable Micro Systems' lab

We are constantly amazed at the testing challenges with which we are presented here at Stable Micro Systems. Our customers facing rigorous new quality control demands need accurate, repeatable solutions to their texture analysis and volume testing needs.

We have recently been asked for a means of testing multiple products simultaneously, followed by post-test analysis of the data of each sample piece.



Design drawing of test rig
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World leading test design

You may like to know that Stable Micro Systems is the only Texture Analysis provider to offer testing attachments which are also Community Registered Designs.

Since 2007, all our new devices have been registered with the EC under this scheme. The benefit to you, the end user, is that you can be confident that Registered Designs have not been illegally copied from other sources and are fully compliant with all current regulations.



YouTube video channel
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Product testing videos

For your interest, there are several new application area specific videos on Stable Micro Systems' YouTube Channel.

Use the Video Channel link from the left menu panel of the website to find the YouTube TextureAnalysis's Channel screen. Then click on the Videos by Industry option on the right of the page.



Hair testing
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Croda and the TA.XTplus put tresses to the test

A recent study has validated the use of a TA.XTplus texture analyser for evaluating objectively the effectiveness of personal care products on the physical characteristics of hair.

The study highlighted how analytical technology can help the industry substantiate ambitious marketing claims about shampoos and conditioners that claim to leave hair soft and manageable.



Remote switch assembly
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Get yourself an extra pair of hands

Do you sometimes wish you had an extra pair of hands when testing? A USB User Programmable Remote Switch is now available which is able to replicate a key switch combination.

This could, for example, provide a replacement for the Cntrl-Q keystroke combination that is commonly used to start a test and the action be performed by pressing down on the switch instead.



Apple girl image
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FOP 2012

The second International Conference on Food Oral Processing - Physics, Physiology, and Psychology of Eating - was held in Beaune, Burgundy, France, on 1st-5th July 2012.

As at the 2010 conference in Leeds, one key aim was to bring together scientists and industrials from such different disciplines as dentistry, food science and technology, biochemistry, biomechanics, sensory science, oral physiology and modelling.



VolScan video
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More great advances for your texture analysis programme

We have now successfully launched our new comprehensive texture analysis package. Epitomised by the introduction of a redesigned instrument, our approach is founded on decades of research, rigorous testing and cutting-edge NPD.

The software suite features an 'Education Zone', offering users a wealth of application materials, an extensive library of technical information, published academic papers and valuable insights into the optimum choice of probes and fixtures.



Powder Flow Analyser video

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT POWDER FLOW ANALYSIS

So you have a Texture Analyser. Do you also work with powders and need to measure their flow properties?

Well, you're halfway there - simply attach a Powder Flow Analyser to your instrument and you're off! We can expand your product testing from raw ingredients to finished product.

Watch this summary to see how:

www.stablemicrosystems.com/powflow.htm



TA.XTplus Texture Analyser
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COMPLETE ANALYTICAL SOLUTIONS FROM STABLE MICRO SYSTEMS

We are pleased to report that the successful launch of our new comprehensive texture analysis package took place at Food Ingredients Europe 2011 in Paris.

Epitomised by the introduction of a redesigned and enhanced TA.XTplus instrument, our approach is founded on decades of research, rigorous testing and cutting-edge NPD.


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