Texture Analyzer

Stable Micro Systems - Texture Analyzer

Stable Micro Systems’ range of instruments can measure and analyse fundamental, empirical, and imitative tests covering those relating to texture analysis, materials properties as well as effects of the rheology of solid, semi-solid, viscous liquid, powder, and granulate materials across a wide range of industries.

The list below is a representative selection of physical properties that may be of interest.

  • Adhesiveness
  • Firmness
  • Swelling
  • Tear Strength
  • Extensibility
  • Burst Point
  • Disintegration
  • Relaxation
  • Break Strength
  • Stiffness
  • Spreadability
  • Flexibility
  • Hardness
  • Springiness
  • Cohesion
  • Setting/Curing
  • Peel Strength
  • Fracturability
  • Friction
  • Tackiness
  • Brittleness
  • Tensile Strength
  • Elastic Modulus
  • Compressibility Consistency
  • Toughness
  • Resilience
  • Puncture Force


Texture analysis is the mechanical testing of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, adhesives, and other consumer products in order to measure their physical properties. Because of its adaptability, texture analysis has become commonplace in many industries to measure a specific or range of characteristics or properties relating to the way a material behaves, breaks, flows, sticks, bends, etc. Major manufacturers routinely apply texture analysis techniques both in new product development and as part of quality control in all stages of manufacture, carrying out a wide range of measurements to analyse raw materials or excipients, semi-finished goods, packaging, and finished products. It is a cost-effective method to determine the effects of raw material or excipient quality or the adjustment of formulation or processing variables on end product acceptability – whether this is to measure the ‘mouth feel’ properties of food, the flow properties of creams and pastes, the break or bend of a product or the tackiness of adhesives. Where problematic textural issues occur during storage or transportation, texture analysis can provide a useful assessment. It may also prove to be an effective means of comparison with competitive products, or where claims substantiation is necessary to take a technical pro-active stance in your market. It will certainly provide an indispensable tool when you need to quantify the texture or overall physical properties of your ‘gold standard’ product for future comparison in manufacture – the key to maintaining consistent textural quality!

Stable Micro Systems offers the most universal Texture Analysers available today – the TA.XTplus Connect and TA.HDplus Connect ‘World Standard’ instruments – to completely satisfy the increasing demands for accurate, repeatable and quantifiable textural information. They assess textural properties by capturing force, distance and time data at high speed – data which is then displayed graphically by Exponent Connect software. Our range of Texture Analysers use different probes and fixtures according to the required test method. Each probe or fixture is designed for a specific group of applications, and can be quickly and easily attached. Samples are either placed on the base of the instrument or on the lower fixture, or held between two fixtures. In a simple test, the arm of the texture analyser containing the loadcell moves down to penetrate or compress the product, and then returns to its initial position whilst measuring forces in both directions.

The TA.XTplusC presents a small portable solution for your texture analysis testing measuring up to 50kg in force, and as such it is the Texture Analysis professional’s instrument of choice. Coupled with easy-to-use Exponent Connect software, this versatile instrument is extraordinarily well-engineered for long-term reliability and accuracy.

Technical Specification

Force Capacity: 50kg.f (500N)
Force Resolution: 0.1g
Loadcells: 0.5, 5, 30, 50kg.f
Speed Range: 0.01 – 40mm/s
Maximum Aperture: 370mm/590mm
Distance Resolution: 0.001mm
Data Acquisition Rate: 2000pps


Fruit and Vegetables
Gels & Films
Meat and Fish
Pasta and Rice
Pet food and Animal Feed


Bakery Product Texture Measurement & Analysis
Cereal Product Texture Measurement & Analysis
Confectionery Texture Measurement & Analysis
Dairy Product Texture Measurement & Analysis
Fruit & Vegetable Texture Measurement & Analysis
Meat & Fish Texture Measurement & Analysis
Pasta & Rice Product Texture Measurement & Analysis
Snack Product Texture Measurement & Analysis
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