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In this Edition: | Asian Noodle Rig | Noodle Quality testing | Free E-book | Education Zone | Applications course |
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Asian Noodle rig - Wheat Marketing Center method

Extensive work has been carried out at the Wheat Marketing Center in Oregon, USA by Gary Hou and his team.

They use a particular type of perspex blade on their TA.XTplus Texture Analyser to measure noodle firmness which has now become internationally popular and therefore has been included in the Stable Micro Systems probe and fixture range.

The rig can be seen in use here in a video of Noodle firmness testing...

There are few people in the world who know as much about noodles as Gary Hou of the Wheat Marketing Center.

In addition to the hands-on short courses that he offers through the Wheat Marketing Center, he is also editor of 'Asian Noodles: Science, Technology and Processing'.

The book covers the current knowledge on Asian noodles with comprehensive cutting-edge coverage. It also covers an array of topics including breeding for noodle wheat, noodle flour milling, noodle flour quality control and analysis, noodle processing, sensory and instrumental measurements of noodle quality, the effects of wheat factors on noodle quality, packaging and storage, nutritional fortification of noodle products, noodle flavor seasoning, and noodle plant setup and management.

From the Wheat Marketing Center’s website: “This one-of-a-kind book provides a depth of insight unmatched in any other work on the topic of Asian noodles. Geneticists, research scientists, manufacturers, suppliers, and a host of other professions with a stake in the Asian noodle market are sure to find the solutions they are seeking in this comprehensive reference.”

Order Gary’s book through the Wheat Marketing Center’s website to obtain a 20% discount:

Check out Gary’s classes at the Wheat Marketing Center:

Request our Noodle method article to see all of the noodle testing possibilities...

The world is getting smaller: widespread immigration, increased travel and trade have taken a wide variety of foods across country and continent boundaries.

Some, such as noodles, have gained increasing acceptability outside their native lands.

Oriental noodles have been consumed for thousands of years and remain an important aspect in the diet of many Asians. Eaten hot and cold, noodles are used in soups, salads, stir fries and recipe dishes. They are manufactured in many shapes, widths and lengths.  Whilst many are available worldwide in fresh and dried form, others noodle types are only found in Asian markets.

Quality control methods, which are often subjective in noodle production, are increasingly implemented with objective test equipment to monitor the production of consistent, high standards of noodles.

We have developed objective tests for evaluating texture of both cooked and uncooked noodles, demonstrating how Quality Assurance (QA) depends not only on ingredient quality, but also on other variables such as processing methods. We provide probes and fixtures for these objective tests, which have shown good potential for use as research and QA methods.

To measure noodle texture, tests include break strength, flexure, tensile strength, firmness and stickiness, carried out on the TA.XTplus texture analyser (in conjunction with Exponent software), developed for use as a practical, fast and cost effective quality control device.

To request this article, click here...


Free e-book when you join our LinkedIn group

Free E-Book: Measuring Textural Properties...

If you join the Texture Analysis Professionals LinkedIn group this month, we’ll send you our e-book guide to the measurement of a wide range of physical properties.

Our e-book entitled ‘Measuring Textural Properties’ is a detailed introductory guide to the measurement of a wide range of physical properties that you may need to quantify in development and manufacture of your products.

The Texture Analysis Professionals group brings together specialists from a wide range of industries and academic centres, and provides a forum for discussion of new techniques, challenges and developments.

Visit the Group page to submit your request to join.


Remember the Education Zone

We often find that we are reminding customers that the Exponent software suite features an ‘Education Zone’.

This area offers users a wealth of application materials, an extensive library of technical information, published academic papers and valuable insights into the optimum choice of probes and fixtures.

At Stable Micro Systems, we continue to innovate in texture analysis solutions to deliver reliable and reproducible quality control and product development.

New users benefit from a comprehensive understanding of the instrument’s capabilities facilitated by the simple help file interface and the inclusion of an extensive sample video database covering a broad selection of pharmaceutical, food and industrial applications.

In recent years, the performance of the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser has been boosted by significant electronic and engineering improvements as well as by multiple software upgrades, and users can experience an extensive range of well established testing possibilities with ever greater ease and control.

Whilst experienced existing users of the Texture Analyser and Exponent software will be fully aware of the multi-functionality of the Texture Analyser, they also benefit from the sample projects and enhanced data analysis techniques, results spreadsheets with automatically generated charts and reports.

We are pleased to continue our programme of improvement which will enable manufacturers to carry out objective and repeatable assessment of texture characteristic issues even more quickly and simply.

Existing Exponent customers can access free software upgrades to benefit from the latest in improved functionality of each update – by visiting the Software Download page of our website.


Applications of food texture and rheology

Applications of Food Texture & Rheology:
Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences,
University of Reading, October 17-19, 2016.

A three-day training course at Reading University funded under the BBSRC Food Advanced Training Partnership, this post-graduate course is targeted at developing and extending the academic and technical abilities of people working in the food industry and food research centres.

The course will provide an in-depth understanding of the principles and measurement of Food Texture and Rheology and its applications to food processing and the creation and design of new or improved food textures. The aim is to present leading-edge state of the art knowledge and practice on food texture and rheology measurements and methods of developing and controlling texture by the leading academic and industrial experts in the field, and to underline these with applied case studies presented by industrial speakers and practical sessions.

The Food ATP programmes are a new collection of postgraduate courses designed to fit around your working life, programmes encompass a combination of distance and face-to-face tuition and deliver highly inspirational, cutting edge material using the latest learning techniques to ensure skills are quickly embedded in your working environment.

For more information, email:


Latest posts from Texture Analysis Professionals

The Texture Analysis Professionals blog keeps you up to date with current texture analysis developments across industry and academia.

Keep up with the latest news, and find out how Stable Micro Systems helps you take your new product from the earliest stages to the finished item.

Follow the blog regularly to keep abreast of the latest news in this fast-moving world.

Novel oral dosage forms is our new series – so check out these posts, with a couple more to come in the next month.

Novel oral dosage forms – Introduction and the requirement for quality

Novel oral dosage forms – Fast disintegrating tablets

Novel oral dosage forms – Films

Novel oral dosage forms – Pastilles/Lozenges

See below for our Blog Categories Panel, which will help you find your way around approximately 250 posts.

Don't forget the Texture Analysis in Action series, in which we present the whole range of standard Texture Analyser attachments. It features descriptive text, photos, sample output graphs, and other information including illustrative videos and a list of relevant published papers where applicable.

You can find all these posts under the Texture Analyser Attachments label in the right sidebar of the blog window, or you can use our Alphabetical Attachments Index

Looking ahead, as and when new attachments become available, a detailed post will be added to the list.

Click here to read our latest posts or to sign up.

This Month's Featured Post

Novel Oral Dosage Forms (Intro)

Oral drug delivery represents the largest share of the pharmaceutical market, accounting for approximately 90% of all medicines prescribed. 

The oral route remains the perfect one for the administration of therapeutic agents, due to the general simplicity and cost-effectiveness of the therapy, the accuracy of dosing, the avoidance of pain and the ability to self-medicate.

Whilst it is considered the most traditional and easiest route of delivery, it is – perhaps surprisingly – not always the most user-friendly, for a number of reasons.


Blog Categories Panel: click on any link below to see all available posts on the topics listed...

Texture Analysis in Action

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User News invites you to take part

We would be very interested to hear from you if you have any texture analysis news that you are able to share with our many thousands of users.

Whether it is an unusual product or a new approach to a procedure you have been carrying out for many years, why not get in touch and let us know what you are testing!

Please email us with your ideas.

Product testing videos

Our application area specific videos on Stable Micro Systems’ YouTube Channel are accessible from

Use the Video Channel > Texture Channel link from the left menu panel of our website to find the YouTube TextureAnalysis’s Channel screen.

If you click on the Videos by Industry option on the right of the page, you'll be able to view a selection of our videos, giving you some insight into how Texture Analysis can have a positive impact on your testing regime, and how Stable Micro Systems in particular can help you maintain the highest standards in both research and development and quality control.

Whether your speciality is adhesives, baked products, cosmetics, fruit and vegetables, meat, packaging or powders, we are confident that we can help you achieve better products.


Have you lost your manual?

All of our product manuals are available in .pdf format, free upon request to our users.

Please ensure that your e-mail account quota is not exceeded by the manual(s) you have requested, as this is the most common delivery failure.

To request any of these documents, please select your requirements on the Product Manual Request page of

User News invites you to take part

Our one day User Training Courses are designed for users wishing to obtain the maximum benefit from our texture analysis equipment and software.

The remaining Training Course dates for 2016 are as follows:

• Wednesday 29th June 2016

• Wednesday 26th October 2016

Further course dates may be released according to demand and any such dates will appear in future newsletters – or check the Training page on our website.

Click here for more details...

Then – book your place today by emailing:


Exhibitions and conferences

Our representatives will be available at each of these events.
Please visit us on our stand to discuss your texture analysis problems
and requirements – we will be only too pleased to help you!

The Texture Experts from Stable Micro Systems will be attending the following events over the next few months:

• IFTexternal link
16 – 19 July
Chicago, USA

• CRSexternal link
17 – 20 July
Seattle, USA

• 18th IUFoST – World Congress of Food Science and Technologyexternal link
21 – 25 August
Dublin, Ireland

• APS Pharmsci 2016external link
5 – 7 September
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Software versions/updates

The software packages below are available for download from our website – in the Software Download section:

Exponent/Exponent Lite6.1.10.1

VolScan Profiler software –

You may also download our free Texture Analysis Screensaver
from this page.

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