How to Measure Extrudability

Extrudability measurement applications using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser

EXTRUDABILITY is the power required to push or force something out of something. A compression-extrusion test consists of applying force to a product until it flows through an outlet (or number of outlets) that may be in the form of one or more slots or holes that are in the test cell. The product is compressed until the structure of the product is disrupted and it extrudes through these outlets.

Quantifying extrudability is important to determine the ease of removal and application of products such as ointments, creams, gels, sauces, paint, icings etc. 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.

Typical properties that can be obtained from a texture analyser graph:

Mean Extrusion Force which indicates Firmness/Consistency, Homogeneity, Removal Force, Cohesiveness, Index of Viscosity
Typical texture analysis graph

Typical Texture Analyser graph with annotated properties of tube content extrusion test

Typical Probe/Fixture used for Measurement:

Back Extrusion Rig >>
Forward Extrusion Rig >>
Sachet/Tube Extrusion Rig >>


The above are only typical examples of extrudability measurement. We can, of course, design and manufacture probes or fixtures that are bespoke to your sample and its specific measurement.

Once your measurement is performed, our expertise in its graphical interpretation is unparalleled – no-one understands texture analysis like we do. Not only can we develop the most suitable and accurate method for the testing of your sample, but we can prepare analysis procedures that obtain the desired parameters from your curve and drop them into a spreadsheet or report designed around your requirements.

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Texture Analysis probes

Probes and attachments

The Texture Analyser uses a range of different probes and attachments according to your specific application.

Exponent Software


Whether you require a simple test and data analysis solution or a fully featured software package – we give you the choice.

Peltier cabinet

Temperature Control

If your product is temperature sensitive, we have a range of temperature monitoring and control options.

Acoustic Envelope Detector setup

Additional measurement options

By attaching peripheral devices you can collect additional measurement parameters during your standard texture analysis test.

Automated Linear Indexing System


Find out how to increase your sample throughput, walk away time and testing efficiency with several automation options.

Loadcell in case


Our range of Texture Analyser accessories covers requirements for the use, maintenance and protection of your instrument.

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