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What is Mecmesin | Texture Analysis?

 

Mecmesin | Texture Analysis is the rebrand of our Food Technology Corporation (FTC) business under our parent Mecmesin brand.

Through our 15 plus year association with FTC, Mecmesin has built up extensive experience in practical food texture measurement.

This rebrand is part of our strategy to emphasise the strength of our capabilities and to grow our food texture analysis business.

Our expertise combined with our cost effective solutions for field, factory and laboratory test environments makes us the ideal partner for your texture measurement needs.

TU Tenderometer
Pea tenderometer solution

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TU Tenderometer texture analyzer
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Pea maturity TR measurement system

Measure maturity, grade quality and monitor the texture of peas from grower to retailer with accuracy and ease.

Designed exclusively for peas, the model TU Tenderometer is the industry standard for measuring the maturity of fresh peas.

It has been proven to be the most dependable, accurate and trouble-free system ever created for grading pea quality, in the production process 'from field to fork'.

Example applications

Overview

Pea maturity TR measurement system

Measure maturity, grade quality and monitor the texture of peas from grower to retailer with accuracy and ease.

Designed exclusively for peas, the model TU Tenderometer is the industry standard for measuring the maturity of fresh peas.

It has been proven to be the most dependable, accurate and trouble-free system ever created for grading pea quality, in the production process 'from field to fork'.

Measuring pea TR value

The TU Tenderometer is easy to use, delivering accurate and repeatable measurements by all users in all factory locations. 

Simply fill the Shear Cell with a sample of peas, load into the TU, press 'start' and record the displayed value.

Versatile

Our test cells are used throughout the world to grade the textural attributes of products ranging from legumes, fruit and vegetables to gains, ground meat and pet food.

Firmness, succulence, consistency and shearing properties can all be measured on the model TU with the appropriate loadcell and test cell combination. Contact us with your exact application requirements for more information.

Features

Profits and savings

Processors of peas worldwide are using the Model TU Tenderometer to determine harvesting dates, to grade at intake within a short 150 minute time window and to monitor texture during storage.

With profits at stake, a point or two off the standard can be very costly.

Durable, rugged and reliable

Designed to withstand harsh environments, the splash-proof Model TU will perform in factory conditions with a minimum of maintenance.

Our texture management systems have been in continuous operation in 24/7 production environments for over 50 years.

Controlled, optimised process

Accurate TR (Tenderometer Reading) measurements can save large sums of money for a medium to large processing operation.

This can quickly pay back the initial investment by grading the peas more precisely.

Easy to use

The Tenderometer is easy to operate with minimal training.

Simply load the peas, close the safety door and press ‘START’.

The system will test the sample and clearly indicate the TR result on the digital display directly in Tenderometer Units

Key specifications

Stroke speed

Factory preset to your specification (30 seconds default)

Rated capacity

Over 300 Tenderometer Units (TU)

Display units

Tenderometer Units (TU)

Loadcells/Force Transducers

Models compatible

FTA-TU, FTA-3000*, FTA-1000*, FTA-500*, FTA-250*, FTA-100*, FTA-50*, FTA-30* and metric equivalents (suffix 'M')

*The FTA-TU loadcell is calibrated specifically for pea tenderness TR readings directly in TU units. Other imperial or metric loadcells may be fitted to the Tenderometer to display load value results in pounds-force or Newtons; work measurements are displayed in either inch/pounds or Joules. Select a loadcell capacity rated close to the peak force to be measured in order to optimise accuracy.

Electrical supply

Voltage

115 V AC 50/60 Hz or 115 V AC 50/60 Hz

Fuse rating

10A (T) 20mm x 5mm cartridge fuse, IP67 rated panel mounted fuse holder

Generator (for portable use)

3 kVa minimum

Dimensions

Height, Width, Depth

915 mm (36"), 610 mm (24"), 610 mm (24")

Weight

73 kg (160 lb). A stable workbench able to support the system must be used.

Environment

Operating temperature

5 °C to 40 °C

Relative humidity

30% - 80%, non-condensing

Options

1.

Other test cells to measure a variety of industry-standard textures are available**

**FTC test cells are used throughout the world to grade the textural attributes of products ranging from legumes, fruit and vegetables to gains, ground meat and pet food. Firmness, succulence, consistency and shearing properties can all be measured on the model TU with the appropriate loadcell and test cell combination. Contact us with your exact application requirements.

2.

Integral function - calculates the work performed on the sample, or 'area under the curve', applicable to non-TU measurement

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