AGROSTA®Belle TEXTURE ANALYZER

Agrosta®Belle Texture Analyzer is a versatile high precision texture analyzer. It is dedicated to soft materials, food (Fruits and vegetables, dough, bakery products, dairy products and many more..), gels and gelatins, as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. We propose a wide range of optional accessories : Tensile testing system, bloom testing, raft hook, AOCS.. as well as many tips and tables Agrosta®Belle Texture Analyzer comes with : - A 5 Kg / or a 17 Kg pressure capacity load cell - A 110V / 220V power module, and USB plug for PC communication + USB cable - A “calibration check” tray A software for Windows (all versions, from Vista / XP till Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10) : With this software you can display graphs, fix the parameters (speeds and strokes, constant pressure etc..), extract the maximum values, make statistics, export to Excel and take / record pictures during tests - Position aperture : 170 mm - Position theorical precision : 0.00125 mm - Average accuracy : +/- 1 gram with load cell 5 Kg and +/- 3 grams with load cell 17 Kg - Resolution : 1 gram - Speed : From 0.1 mm per s to 27 mm per s - Design generation : 2019 - A Cmos Camera 1MP 1280*720 Pixels wide angle 160° fixed on the side of the machine, manual focus adjustment - Materials used : Mainly ABS, ABS + Kevlar, Polycarbonate and Steel - Microcontroller ESP32 double core working at 80 Mhz (One core manages measurements, one core manages motor) - Stepper motor Nema23 - Measurement frequency : 80 values per second - Tips fixture : M5 female - Guarantee : 2 years Our texture analysis machine is able to perform any test according to international norms, as well as any specific test : You can adjust up to 14 parameters PUSH : - The machine comes in contact with the sample according to the high speed defined - Then, when the Trigger defined is reached, it starts the stroke as defined in 1/10e mm inside the sample - The measurements are taken at a frequency of 80 values per second, a curve is displayed - Then the machine goes back to Home position - If you want to measure springiness, or form memory, you can define the parameters for a second stroke - In this case, the machine goes back according to a defined stroke, waits a time defined in the software, and starts a second pressure PULL : - Use the arrows in the software in order to place the tip in the right position (on the surface or inside the sample) - Define the Pull speed - Launch the cycle : The tray goes back to home position while measuring pressures each 50 milliseconds CONSTANT PRESSURE : - Define the value of pressure to be applied - Define the time of Hold - Start a cycle - The software provides the stroke of deformation in 0.1mm RECORD & LOAD PROFILES : - Save your current parameters under Excel format, and load previous parameters easily SOFTWARE : - The software is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows, it is very easy to install, and you can immediately start using the machine - All functions are managed from the PC : - Tare - Check calibration - Launch cycles - Capture photos (2 options : Take one photo only, or define a number of images to be taken, and the time between 2 pictures - So the researcher that wants to obtain a photo of a specific effect during measurement is sure to catch it) - Export to Excel, picture format or word - Move the tray up and down - Obtain statistics APPLICATIONS : - Quite all texture analyzing existing tests can be performed with our texturometer - Some of the machines we have sold : - Bakery products and bread texture analysis - Test of vacuum level in coffee packets (designed for Jacobs group) - Citrus ripeness testing (designed for Pepsico) - Glue viscosity measurement for battery manufacturers (Used as bloom gelometer) - High level research on fruits and vegetables (designed for government research centers) - Testing machine for a frozen food manufacturer - Chicken breasts hardness testing for the biggest US poultry genetician - Individual rice grains crispiness testing for an Indian university - Graphene compound cohesiveness for an Australian Research Center + Rupture resistance of a thin film in graphene oxide - Bloom test on medical resins - Raw salmon, cooked and fumed salmon texture analyzis in Canada - Effect on firmness of food conservation in a fridge with Electrolux - Calculating puncture force by Drosophila suzukii ovipositor (A fly that damages cherries) with Michigan State University - Evaluation of egg vitelline membrane strength with Texas University - Evaluation of fruits flesh firmness and fruits skin resistance with many research centers in the world - Oil viscosity testing - Alginate raft hook (Pharmacy) testing machines in India and yemen - Texture Analyzer with Hair combing rig in order to assist manufacturers in the development of more effective conditioning agents (Cosmetics) Any specific design can be done for the texture sensor head (Tip) and tables or stands Hereafter the Hair combing rig system :
From PepsiCo USA : This is a fantastic machine that will be put to good use within the next couple weeks. From Jacobs, The Netherlands : After some tests we managed to find correlations between our standard equipment and Agrosta device - Based on this I would like to order 5 additional machines From CL, France : The machines has better features than Brookfield CT3 for a price divided by 3 From PT Indolab Indonesia : We have tested samples using the tensile tester with the customer. The result was great! The sensor is so sensitive From Electrolux, Sweden : We have found a very good way to measure texture in strawberries and mushrooms. In fact, the Agrosta Texturometer is very precise and simple for it
Agrosta Belle Texture Analyzer software Agrosta Belle Texture analyzer for food and pharmacy Agrosta Belle Texture Analyzer presented with a beaker and flat sensor Testing citrus firmness with Agrosta Belle Agrosta Belle Texture Analyser equipped witha  Warner Bratzler module Hair Combing Rig system designed for Agrosta Belle texture analyzer
SOME THEORY ABOUT TEXTURE ANALYZIS : From Szczesniak (1963) : Relation between textural parameters and popular nomenclature : - HARDNESS - Soft -> Firm -> hard - COHESIVENESS - Brittleness - Crumbly -> Crunchy -> Brittle - Chewiness - Tender -> Chewy -> Tough - Gumminess - Short -> Mealy -> Pasty -> Gummy - VISCOSITY - Thin -> Viscous - ELASTICITY - Plastic -> Elastic - ADHESIVENESS - Sticky -> Tacky -> Gooey - PARTICLE SIZE AND SHAPE - Gritty, grainy, coarse etc.. - PARTICLES SHAPE AND ORIENTATION - Fibrous, cellular, crystalline etc.. From Jowitt (1974) : That textural property perceived as shortness of duration of mouthfeel : - Consistency : All the sensations resulting from stimulation of the mechanical receptors and tactile receptors, especially in th eregion of mouth, and varying with the texture of the product - Hard : As a texture characteristic, describes a product which displays substantial resistance to deformation or breaking. - Soft : As a texture characteristic, describes a product which displays slight resistance to deformation. - Tender : As a texture characteristic, describes a product which, during mastication, displays little resistance to breaking - Firm : As a texture characteristic, describes a product which, during mastication, displays moderate resistance to breaking From Guraya (1988) : - Hardness : Is the perceived force required to break the sample into several pieces during the first bite by the molars - Crunchiness : Is the perceived cumulative intensity of force required by repeated incremental failures of the product by chewing up to five times with the molars Strain Limits for linear viscoelastic behavior : - Alginate gel : 5 to 8 % - Cornstarch gel, fried : 4% - Dulce de Leche : 3.5% - Sausages : 3.8% - Fresh fruits : 1.5 to 3% - Meat : 0.5% Bernnan & Bourne (1994) : Two influences are present when food is compressed between the molars : 1/ Saliva acts as a lubricant 2/ The cusps of the molars act as anchors to hold the surface and prevent lateral movement The conclusion from this experiment is that if one is looking for true rheological data, the surface should be lubricated Malcolm C. Bourne : Few food are perfectly elastic. Most foods possess flow properties in addition to elasticity, most frequesntly ‘plastic’ and ‘viscoelastic’. When a weight is placed on the food, there is an immediate compression of the food which is the instantaneous elastic deformation. This is followed by a prolonged, continuous but decelerating rate of deformation called ‘creep’ or ‘retarded deformation’ The deformation continuously increases with timsand theorically never stops; the slope line never becomes perfectly horizontal Values for the modulus of deformability of some foods (Young’s modulus in Pa) : - Fresh Apple : 60 to 140 - Fresh Banana : 8 to 30 - Bread : 0.1 to 0.3 - Fresh Carrot : 200 to 400 - Fresh Peach : 20 to 200 - Fresh Pear : 120 to 300 - Fresh Potato : 60 to 140 - Gelatin, gel : 2
Some clients :
From PepsiCo USA : This is a fantastic machine that will be put to good use within the next couple weeks. From Jacobs, The Netherlands : After some tests we managed to find correlations between our standard equipment and Agrosta device - Based on this I would like to order 5 additional machines From CL, France : The machines has better features than Brookfield CT3 for a price divided by 3 From PT Indolab Indonesia : We have tested samples using the tensile tester with the customer. The result was great! The sensor is so sensitive From Electrolux, Sweden : Yesterday, we unpacked our new toy after Christmas. The system looks very good Agrosta Belle Texture analyzer for food and pharmacy

AGROSTA®Belle

Agrosta®Belle Texture Analyzer is a versatile high precision texture analyzer. It is dedicated to soft materials, food (Fruits and vegetables, dough, bakery products, dairy products and many more..), gels and gelatins, as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical products. We propose a wide range of optional accessories : Tensile testing system, bloom testing, raft hook, AOCS.. as well as many tips and tables Agrosta®Belle Texture Analyzer comes with : - A 5 Kg / or a 17 Kg pressure capacity load cell - A 110V / 220V power module, and USB plug for PC communication + USB cable - A “calibration check” tray A software for Windows (all versions, from Vista / XP till Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10) : With this software you can display graphs, fix the parameters (speeds and strokes, constant pressure etc..), extract the maximum values, make statistics, export to Excel and take / record pictures during tests - Position aperture : 170 mm - Average accuracy : +/- 1 gram with load cell 5 Kg and +/- 3 grams with load cell 17 Kg - Resolution : 1 gram - Speed : From 0.1 mm per s to 27 mm per s - Design generation : 2019 - A Cmos Camera 1MP 1280*720 Pixels wide angle 160° fixed on the side of the machine, manual focus adjustment - Materials used : Mainly ABS, ABS + Kevlar, Polycarbonate and Steel - Microcontroller ESP32 double core working at 80 Mhz (One core manages measurements, one core manages motor) - Stepper motor Nema23 - Measurement frequency : 80 values per second - Tips fixture : M5 female - Guarantee : 2 years Our texture analysis machine is able to perform any test according to international norms, as well as any specific test : You can adjust up to 14 parameters PUSH : - The machine comes in contact with the sample according to the high speed defined - Then, when the Trigger defined is reached, it starts the stroke as defined in 1/10e mm inside the sample - The measurements are taken at a frequency of 80 values per second, a curve is displayed - Then the machine goes back to Home position - If you want to measure springiness, or form memory, you can define the parameters for a second stroke - In this case, the machine goes back according to a defined stroke, waits a time defined in the software, and starts a second pressure PULL : - Use the arrows in the software in order to place the tip in the right position (on the surface or inside the sample) - Define the Pull speed - Launch the cycle : The tray goes back to home position while measuring pressures each 50 milliseconds CONSTANT PRESSURE : - Define the value of pressure to be applied - Define the time of Hold - Start a cycle - The software provides the stroke of deformation in 0.1mm RECORD & LOAD PROFILES - Save your current parameters under Excel format, and load previous parameters easily