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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.

Texture Analysis SolutionsTortilla Tear Strength

Highlights

  • Objective process developed to measure the tear resistance and ultimate strength of a flour tortilla to add a quality check into the manufacturing process
  • Repeatable, quick and representative strength and extensibility test method using a software-controlled texture analyzer
  • Industry-specific fixture to grasp and stretch the product under tension and simulate the penetration by a finger
  • Quantified hardness texture correlated to the ideal acceptable mouthfeel softness quality balanced with handling resilience

Situation

Resistance to tear testing of tortillasProducer of cornflour tortilla products needed a way to determine the texture and the resistance to tearing their products.

To be considered a good tortilla, the product has to be flexible enough to roll up but strong enough to hold a typically hot filling without tearing. Current methods for testing are very subjective and unreliable. The bakery product manufacturer wanted a way to put firm numbers to the properties of their products to replace historical subjective measurements.

 

 

Method

Individual samples to be tested were prepared by cutting 6 square samples from the same tortilla to fit into the testing fixture. All testing was done at room temperature using the TMS-Pro Texture Analyzer. The samples were held in place using a ring clamp (Extensibility Fixture) and punctured through using a 1” inch cylinder probe. The test speed was set to 150mm/min and run to a distance of 35mm. This distance was far enough to have the probe puncture through the sample.

 

Significance

• Simple test to objectively measure the tear strength of tortillasTortilla resistance-to-tear testing data table

• Software facilitates automatic statistical analysis
• Allows customer to put "real" numbers to their subjective data

 

Tear strength of tortillas graphical results
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