Lloyd instruments has a 5-blade version of the Kramer Type Shear Cell for use with the Lloyd Instruments TA1 Texture Analyzer
. The accessory is an alternative to the conventional 10-blade configuration and is designed for measuring the bulk shear and extrusion forces of meat
, especially where the samples have irregular shapes and sizes and forces expected are too high for the traditional 10-blade version.
The new Kramer Type Shear Cell comprises five parallel steel blades, which are driven down through guide slots into a rectangular container with corresponding slots in the base. The sample is sheared, compressed and extruded through the bottom openings. Since the blades are set further apart than on the 10-blade version, there is a reduction in the force of bulk shearing or compression on samples with many particles or foods with non-uniform texture.
The new accessory operates from ambient temperature up to 100°C with a maximum capacity of 102 kgf (225 lbf) and a minimum load cell of 10.2 kgf (22.5 lbf). It is fitted with a spill container, which can also be used with the 10-blade version.
The use of the latest NEXYGENPlus materials test and control software
with the TA1
allows testing to be fully automated and complete texture profile analysis to be performed.