Pharmaceutical and Medical Testing Attachments

Tablet Strength Test - Texture Analysis

Tablet Coating Adhesion Fixture - Texture Analysis

Bloom Jar - Gel Test - Texture Analysis

Tablet Strength
This diametral crush test identifies 
important differences in tablet 
characteristics missed by 
conventional tablet strength 
testers, which only measure the 
point force at which the tablet 

Tablet Coating 
Adhesion Fixture
This test provides a quantitative 
measure of the adhesion strength 
of the coating to the tablet surface.
Such a test is useful for studying 
the consequences of changes in 
tablet coating formulation variables.

Typical measurements include
gel strength, bloom strength 
(according to ISO standard), 
rupture force, adhesiveness, 
gel forming points and 

Mucoadhesion Test Rig - Texture Analysis

Bilayer Tablet Shear Rig - Texture Analysis

Syringe Test Rig - Texture Analysis

Mucoadhesion Test Rig
Tests of solid dosage forms, semi-
solids such as ointments and gels 
and even systems which solidify 
on contact with the target organ 
can be performed.

Bilayer Tablet Shear Rig*
The improved version of this rig
enables tablet layer separation
to be quantified.

Universal Syringe Rig*
Allows measurement of the
aspiration and extraction forces
of a wide range of syringe
types and sizes.

Granule Compaction Rig - Texture Analysis

Capsule Loop Tensile Rig - Texture Analysis

Cylinder Probe - Texture Analysis

Granule Compaction Rig
Can be used to assess granule 

Capsule Loop Tensile Rig*
This rig measures the force
required to split one half of
a hard gel capsule.

Cylinder probes 
(small/large diameter)
Can be used to assess puncture/
compression force of e.g. capsules.

Powder Compaction Rig - Texture Analysis

Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig - Texture Analysis

Mini 3 Point Bend Rig - Texture Analysis

Powder Compaction Rig*
Allows measurement of the
compaction forces of powders.

Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig
Allows manufacturers to measure 
the ease of removal and application 
of products such as sauces, pastes,
creams and gels.

Mini 3 Point Bend Rig
Ideally suited to small diameter 
samples such as tablets. Sample 
supports can provide a 2mm 

Film Support Rig - Texture Analysis

Acoustic Emission & Video Playback - Texture Analysis

Alginate Raft Hook - Texture Analysis

Film Support Rig
This rig allows testing of thin, film-
like products to measure the burst 
strength, resilience and relaxation 

Acoustic Emission and 
Video Playback
Allow the collection of acoustic
data during a test and the
synchronisation of force data with
video frames - of particular interest
for the testing of brittle products.

Alginate Raft Hook
(British Pharmacopoeia)
Allows measurement of alginate
raft strength.

Tablet  Disintegration Rig - Texture Analysis

Tablet Disintegration Rig
The Tablet Disintegration Rig facilitates reliable assessment of the mechanical properties of fast-melt tablets. It closely replicates the in vivo conditions of the human mouth, enabling manufacturers to examine water absorption and the disintegration of associated particles.

*Community Registered Design

Application brochure


Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below.

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements which are commonly used in this application area are shown above. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of pharmaceutical and medical products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion, cutting/shearing.

Typical measurements include:

  • Bloom strength: gelatin gels

  • Gel Strength and Gel-Forming Properties: wound dressings, jelly lubricants, contact lenses, soft gel capsules, suppositories
  • Elasticity & Rupture Force: capsules, breast implants, coronary stents
  • Tablet Strength
  • Swelling and Disintegration: tablets
  • Tablet Coating Adhesion
  • Mucoadhesion
  • Bioadhesion: transdermal patches, films
  • Compressibility: powders, granules, pellets
  • Breaking Strength: bones, artificial limbs, alginate rafts, hard capsules
  • Syringeability: biogels
  • Consistency: creams
  • Adhesiveness: sputum, biogels, dentistry amalgums

Application Studies are available for the testing of pharmaceutical and medical products using the TA.XT2i, TA.XTplus, TA.XTExpress  or TA.HDplus texture analysers.

In addition, scientific papers have been published which reference the use of the TA.XT2i/TA.XTplus/
TA.HDplus in the testing of pharmaceutical and medical products.
Click here for paper titles and citation details.

Application Studies

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