Any of the Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser range may be used for testing the products listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are also shown which are commonly used in this application area. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of snack products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion (forward and backward), cutting/shearing.


Snack Product Testing



 tortilla-pastry-burst-rig  crisp-fracture-support-rig  ttc-spreadability-rig
Tortilla/Pastry Burst Rig
Has been developed to perform
extension and elasticity
measurements on pastry and
Crisp Fracture Support Rig
Used for Fracturability of snack
foods and potato crisps by means
of penetration using a ball probe.
TTC Spreadability Rig
Used for the measurement of
spreadability of e.g. fats, table
spreads, peanut butter.
 craft-knife-blade  mini-kramer-ottawa-cell  pizza-tensile-rig
Craft Knife Blade
Can be used to assess cutting
force of e.g. nuts.
Mini Kramer/Ottawa Cell
Particularly suited to reduce the
force of bulk shearing/compression
of multi particle products.
Pizza Tensile Rig
The tensile force and extension
to break the sample is measured
and used as indication of pizza
 kramer-shear-cell  ice-cream-cone-strength-rig  acoustic-emission-video-playback
Kramer Shear Cell
This rig performs a bulk
compression/shearing test,
particularly useful when
trying to assess the firmness
of multiparticle products of
various shapes and sizes.
Ice Cream Cone Strength
Assesses the structural strength
of ice cream wafer cones under compression, simulating likely
conditions of use.
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
The Texture Analyser Range

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Most popular
single column
Texture Analyser
for universal application
High capacity
twin column
Texture Analyser
Simple stand-alone
Texture Analyser
with limited capacity
and testing stroke
Capacity 50kg 750kg 10kg
Speed Range 0.01 - 40mm/s 0.01 - 40mm/s 0.01 - 10mm/s
Maximum Data Acquisition 500pps 500pps 400pps
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Test Programming
and Data Analysis
x x
Expandability x x
Ease of Use x
Portability x x

Typical measurements include:

  • Crispness/ fracturability: potato chips, tacos, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, extruded snacks, popodums, prawn crackers, crispbread, breadsticks
  • Spreadability: table spreads, peanut butter
  • Toughness/Tensile Strength: pizza, tortillas
  • Firmness: nuts, tortillas, French fries, cereal bars
  • Extensibility/Elasticity: tortillas
  • Hinge Strength: taco shells
  • Consistency: ketchup, snack dips, jam
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