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March 2016 | To notify a colleague please click here |

In this Edition: | Barcode scanning | Academic references | Meat textural challenges | 3D printing |
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Using a barcode scanner to increase texture analysis efficiency Barcode scanning video

Time is precious, so you’re sure to be interested in ways to speed up your product testing.

With the aid of a barcode scanner, a product barcode can be obtained, which automatically selects the correct project ready for testing reducing user error.

This device is attached via the USB port on the PC.

To see how easy it is, watch this...

Other options are also available to increase operator efficiency, improve product throughput and speed up your texture analysis testing via automation.

You can see more here...

As a Texture Analyser user, you may not be aware of the wide range of additional accessories that are available to optimise your texture analysis testing.

To browse through the possibilities, click here...

Cosmetic and skincare patent applications employing the TA.XTplus

Every day, our Texture Experts receive Google and Google Scholar notifications regarding literature that has been published relating to projects using a Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser.

We are then quickly able to access this documentation and keep informed of how the Texture Analysers are being used all over the world. This helps us keep abreast of new application and analysis ideas presented by our customers and adapt our development to new areas of testing interest.

With the growing number of Google Scholar notifications we were intrigued to see how frequently the Texture Analyser is being used in academic publications. We were delighted to have Google Scholar calculate that we are "the most academically referenced Texture Analyser in the world" (by a factor of 8)!

Click here to see for yourself...


The textural challenges of meat Texture - a meaty issueWoody Breast video

One of the most common issues facing the meat and poultry industries today is an increase in the incidence of tough meat.

This problem seems to stem from higher consumer demand for increasingly processed products, which in turn forces producers to increase production.

To keep pace with market demand, processors have had to evaluate various means of increasing production of boneless meat without negatively affecting overall consumer acceptance.

Read our blog post...

The latest concern in the poultry industry is that of the woody breast condition: The TA.XTplus is being employed in various research labs around the world as part of the measurement and understanding of this condition.

Watch the video...

For a general review of typical texture analysis tests using for meat testing, request a copy of our article ‘Texture - a meaty issue’...


Texture analysis of 3D printed tablets and cartilage grafts

Many of us are just starting to get our first experiences with 3D printing. It’s exciting and cool, but it’s not as new as we might think.

3D printing first appeared in the early 1980s but we’re just starting to imagine all the ways that we can use this ground-breaking technology. And now, the pharmaceutical industry is starting to explore how 3D printing can help us deliver better medicines.

Aprecia Pharmaceuticals recently announced some exciting news for people who take Levetiracetem, a medication that helps prevent seizures. Levetiracetem comes in a large pill format that can be difficult for many adults and children to swallow. Doctors have long been aware of what happens if the experience of taking the medication is unpleasant. It’s common in these cases that patients will often skip, forgot, or avoid taking their medication.

Aprecia has developed a method called ZipDose that uses to 3D printing to manufacture Levetiracetem. The 3D printed tablets deliver a highly efficient dose and dissolve instantly with a sip of water. The drug’s new form is expected to greatly improve the experience of patients who take the medicine. It’s expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2016. The TA.XTplus Texture Analyser was used to test and analyse the tablet’s dispersion time in aqueous fluid.

Read more about Aprecia Pharmaceutical’s new ZipDose technology here... and here...

Meanwhile, researchers at ETH Zürich have recently published a paper entitled 'Bioprinting Complex Cartilaginous Structures with Clinically Compliant Biomaterials' that employs their TA.XTplus Texture Analyser to perform tensile tests on dumbbell shaped samples.

Bioprinting is an emerging technology for the fabrication of patient-specific, anatomically complex tissues and organs. A novel bioink for printing cartilage grafts is developed based on two unmodified FDA-compliant polysaccharides, gellan and alginate, combined with the clinical product BioCartilage (cartilage extracellular matrix particles). Cell-friendly physical gelation of the bioink occurs in the presence of cations, which are delivered by co-extrusion of a cation-loaded transient support polymer to stabilise overhanging structures.

Rheological properties of the bioink reveal optimal shear thinning and shear recovery properties for high-fidelity bioprinting. Tensile testing of the bioprinted grafts reveals a strong, ductile material. As proof of concept, 3D auricular, nasal, meniscal, and vertebral disk grafts are printed based on computer tomography data or generic 3D models. Grafts after 8 weeks in vitro are scanned using magnetic resonance imaging and histological evaluation is performed. The bioink containing BioCartilage supports proliferation of chondrocytes and, in the presence of transforming growth factor beta-3, supports strong deposition of cartilage matrix proteins.

A clinically compliant bioprinting method is presented which yields patient-specific cartilage grafts with good mechanical and biological properties. The versatile method can be used with any type of tissue particles to create tissue-specific and bioactive scaffolds.

To read more, click here...


Food texture market forecast

The Food Texture Market has been estimated to be worth $11.8 billion by 2018.

The report "Food Texture Market by Functionalities (Thickening, Gelling, Emulsifying, Stabilizing Agents), Applications (Dairy & Frozen Foods, Bakery & Confectionery, Sauces & Dressings, Snacks & Savory, Beverages, Meat & Poultry Products) & Geography - Global Trends & Forecasts to 2018", defines and segments the Food Texture Market with an analysis and forecasting of the global market size in terms of revenue.

It also identifies driving and restraining factors for the market with an analysis of trends, opportunities, burning issues, winning imperatives, and challenges.

Read more here...


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.

Recently we have been continuing to look looking at the testing of the properties of sauces – among recent topics are:

Measuring Sauce Texture: Dispensing from Actuated Product Containers

Measuring Sauce Texture – Sachet/Tube Content Removal

It’s all in the Sauce – Extrudability

See below for our Blog Categories Panel, which will help you find your way around over 200 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

New popcorn texture measurement for booming snack sector

Popcorn is literally an exploding sector of the snack food market providing a new more healthy indulgence option that is less of a guilty pleasure.

In contrast to the well-known sweet toffee version, we are now seeing the introduction of a myriad of flavouring choices which is injecting the element of excitement and fun into the market.

Consumers’ growing interest in ethnic and exotic flavours has influenced brands to develop new, innovative and interesting flavours such as maple sea salt, green apple caramel, sour cream and onion, fruit chutney, pulled pork.


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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Texture Analysis Tips and Tricks

Exponent software is one of the reasons why our Texture Analysers are the best in the industry.

Exponent is a powerful tool that helps you analyse your testing data in ways that no other software product for texture analysers can.

It is packed with useful functionality that many users may miss.

Click here for a few tips – kindly compiled by our North American distributor Texture Technologies – that can help you make your experience with Exponent more useful and productive:

Due to its popularity of this item, Texture Technologies have also recently compiled another list of tricks and tips to help you up your productivity while working within Exponent.

We hope that you will find these posts useful.


User News invites you to take part

In 2016, we would love to hear from you if you have any texture analysis news that might be of interest to 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 partUser News invites you to take part

Stable Micro Systems' 2016 Advanced Training Course is now open for booking!

The dates for 2016 are as follows:

Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th June 2016

This special course for experienced Texture Analyser users will take place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Guildford, Surrey.

Click here for more details...

You can book your place today by emailing:

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

The 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:

• PBP World Meeting (Research Pharm) external link
4 – 7 April 2016
SECC, Glasgow

• InCosmetics external link
12 – 14 April 2016
Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

• 15th ICC Cereal and Bread Congress external link
17 – 21 April 2016
Istanbul, Turkey

Software versions/updates

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

Exponent/Exponent Lite6.1.9.1

VolScan Profiler software –

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

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