TA.XTExpress Texture Analyser

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TA.XTExpress Texture Analyser

The TA.XTExpress Texture Analyser is an entry-level and QC-based texture analysis option when compared to our sophisticated full-features Plus range.

It offers cost effective portable analysis for a wide range of low force applications.   

With a choice of two dedicated software packages or touchscreen operation, the instrument is easily configured to meet the user's exact requirements. Test profiles are stored for immediate use and the results analysed automatically using either 'in-built' Standards, such as TPA or Bloom, or product-specific procedures.

All TA.XTExpress instruments are now shipped with a Touchscreen Interface unit as standard equipment.

Typical Applications

The TA.XTExpress 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 arm 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.

Your choice of software and control

To be successful, all of these tests depend not only upon the integrity of the Texture Analyser and the manufacturing precision of the probe or attachment used but also the accuracy of the analytical software to provide the results in a clear, concise format.

The TA.XTExpress is controlled by either a Touchscreen Interface or by dedicated texture analysis software.

The Touchscreen Interface

This new unit allows operation of the instrument in stand-alone mode. Calibration, test setup and force measurement procedures may now be carried out without the need for PC software.

Touchscreen Interface

Full stand-alone control and display functions:
Calibration, test setup and force measurement procedures
Security settings for multiple users
High speed data collection and display of results with print option
Quick probe positioning via ‘Favourites’ icon
Connects to keypad port on Express back panel
Supports operation in multiple languages
Resistive touchscreen allows use of gloves
Automatic screen orientation
USB port for future updates
Built-in Help text and texture principles animations

Fully compatible with the TA.XTExpress texture analyser, the new technology provides users with enhanced flexibility for high speed data collection and display without the need for additional software.

Suitable for routine QC and production environments, the intuitive touchscreen interface now supports operation of the TA.XTExpress in 22 languages including: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Hungarian, Czech, Norwegian, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean, following growing demand for multi-lingual operation from across the world.

The interface features a built-in manual for individual texture tests, with added animation to show what each test will look like, for enhanced user understanding.

With a screen measuring 12cm x 8cm, its compact design helps operators to save space in place of a traditional keyboard. The touchscreen also maximises usability by removing the need for additional software or hardware, and connects directly with the texture analyser via a USB port for simplified operation and control.

Additional features include a resistive touchscreen, suitable for operators wearing gloves, as well as automatic screen orientation and easy switching between left- and right-handed use.

Alternatively, to access all the capabilities of the TA.XTExpress using a PC, two software packages are available:

Expression software is the ideal package for users who need to measure standard textural parameters but without the requirement for further post-test analysis.

Exponent Lite Express software is project-based data recording and analysis software, with full post-test analysis capability.

Software for the TA.XT Express

Technical Specifications: TA.XTExpress
Force Capacity: 5kg.f (50N); 1kg.f (10N) optional
Force Resolution: 0.1g
Loadcells: 0.5kg, 5kg, 10kg
Speed Range: 0.1 – 10mm/s
Sample Test Area: 247x228mm
Maximum Aperture: Model 490: 210mm; Model 650: 370mm
Net weight: Model 490: 13.0 kg; Model 650: 14.9kg
Power supply: Universal mains input voltage

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