TA.HDplus Materials Testing
The TA.HDplus offers a maximum force capacity of 750kg (7.5kN), and a family of intelligent, factory calibrated loadcells down to 0.5kg. It can perform precision testing to a few grams without compromising accuracy, whilst providing the required rigidity to accommodate measurements of considerably higher force for heavy duty applications.
The greater testing bed area and height range offer the ability to test much larger samples within a twin column frame, making this instrument the obvious choice for users testing a wide range of products, or for those who have an uncertain future product testing requirement.
Coupled with easy-to-use Exponent software, this versatile instrument is extraordinarily well-engineered for long-term reliability and accuracy.
The TA.HDplus uses a range of 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 attached to the texture analyser’s base and/or arm.
Samples are either placed on the base of the texture analyser, on the lower fixture, or held between two fixtures. In a simple test, the crossbar of the texture analyser – containing a loadcell – moves down to penetrate or compress the product, and then returns to its initial position.
The list above is a representative selection of physical properties and tests that can be performed.
A product’s textural properties are of fundamental importance to its acceptability. Whether this is the ‘mouth feel’ of food, the flow properties of creams and pastes or the tackiness of adhesives, Texture Analysis provides accurate product information for research, QA and manufacture.
Many tests are International Standards, such as the Bloom Strength for gelatin gels, whereas others are recognised as standard tests within an industry, such as Texture Profile Analysis for many food products.