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Stable Micro Systems Ltd

Located 40 kilometres south of London, Stable Micro Systems' 600 square metre Headquarters offers full design, manufacture and product support facilities of high quality texture analysis and powder characterisation equipment.

Stable Micro Systems' roots lie in high quality design and development engineering. We hope that this will be evident when you see the engineering excellence built into every one of our accessories. Our design and development skills are honed by our own applications laboratory tests and by feedback from our customers.

Every accessory is detailed on our in-house CAD system and manufactured on one of five CNC machines at our machining facility. Only the finest quality materials and the best quality finishes are used in the manufacture of our probes and attachments; food quality or better Stainless Steels (polished and mirror finish), aerospace quality aluminium alloys (micro finished and hard anodised) and ICI or GE engineering plastics.

Every probe and attachment is rigorously inspected for dimensional accuracy, profile and finish during manufacture, again both during and after assembly and finally before despatch to the customer. Above all, we listen to you, the user, and constantly work to improve our products to suit your requirements. We are always enthusiastic to hear from users with suggestions on how we could improve or extend our range of accessories, and are always happy to quote for 'one-off' special designs.

Many simple tests may only require a cylindrical or conical probe, whereas more sophisticated operations will require attachments such as the Kramer Shear Cell which has International recognition or, like the Spaghetti Test Rig, have been developed to support specific applications. As a Texture Measurement professional, you may notice with some amusement how frequently the inventions and innovations of Stable Micro Systems are copied by our imitators. However, such imitations often lose the sublety and elegance of the original design.

Our product testing laboratory provides an advisory service to all customers, generates detailed application studies and liaises with those at the forefront of texture analysis research.

Our software department is working on new versions of firmware and software to make them easier to use and more powerful. Whether you require to make routine measurements or undertake fundamental research, Stable Micro Systems' provide you with the most comprehesive 32-bit texture analysis software package to ensure the validity of your test results.

The prime aim of the company is to provide a complete service to ensure that products continue to fully meet customer requirements and totally satisfy ongoing texture analysis needs.

Stable Micro Systems' products are sold throughout the world by distributors, hand picked because of their knowledge and customer support.

We are an ISO9002 Quality Assured Company which means we have approved systems in place to achieve constant high standards.


Products

Texture Analysers

Texture Analysers

Texture analysis is the mechanical testing of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, adhesives and other consumer products either in compression or in tens...

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TA.Xtplus Totally Programmable Multi-stage Testing

TA.Xtplus Totally Programmable Multi-stage Testing

Multi-stage test programming facilities so the user can define individual arm movement sequences at various speeds and distances. This unique control ...

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TA.HD Plus Totally Programmable Multi-stage Testing

TA.HD Plus Totally Programmable Multi-stage Testing

Multi-stage test programming facilities so the user can define individual arm movement sequences at various speeds and distances. This unique control ...

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The Powder Flow Analyser

The Powder Flow Analyser

Stable Micro Systems Ltd. use the test frame and vertical drive system provided by the Texture Analyser, and add the additional rotational drive and s...

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The TA.HDplus Texture Analyser

The TA.HDplus Texture Analyser

The new TA-HDplus Texture Analyser is extremely efficient, capable of high-speed testing and boasts a completely new comprehensive software package. M...

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Volscan Profiler

Volscan Profiler

The VolScan Profiler is a benchtop laser-based scanner that measures the volume of bread and bakery products up to maximum dimensions of 600mm length ...

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Pharmaceutical Product Testing

Pharmaceutical Product Testing

Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are a...

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Penetrometer Testing

Penetrometer Testing

The reports listed are written by the food scientist at Stable Micro Systems. All the reports are available as part of the Texture Analysis software p...

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1" Ball Probe

1" Ball Probe

Used to assess fish firmness.

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36mm Radiused Cylinder Probe

36mm Radiused Cylinder Probe

Allows measurement of bread firmness according to AACC Standard method 74-09.

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5-blade Kramer Shear Cell

5-blade Kramer Shear Cell

Can be used for the shearing of dry cereal products.

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Acoustic Analysis Equipment

Acoustic Analysis Equipment

Stable Micro Systems is proving that texture analysis is not just for technologists after the use of its Acoustic Envelope Detector by top biscuit man...

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Acoustic Emission And Video Playback

Acoustic Emission And Video Playback

Allow the collection of acoustic data during a test and the synchronisation of force data with video frames - of particular interest for the testing o...

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Actuation Force Testing

Actuation Force Testing

Allows measurement of the force required to release hair fixatives from aerosols, soap/cream from dispensers.

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Adhesive Bandage Peel Strength

Adhesive Bandage Peel Strength

This test is very important for the determination of the comparative peeling or stripping characteristics of adhesive bonds which are essential for th...

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Adhesive Bonding

Adhesive Bonding

Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are a...

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Adhesive Product Testing

Adhesive Product Testing

Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are a...

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Adhesive Product Testing

Adhesive Product Testing

Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are a...

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Adhesives Test Equipment

Adhesives Test Equipment

Over the past years, one objective of the PSA industry has been to identify a single, standard, reproducible test to easily measure the tack of a PSA....

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Aggregates Test Equipment

Aggregates Test Equipment

A two-gram flour test for extensibility and resistance to extension: ...... Effects of preheating on properties of aggregates and of cold-set gels.

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Alginate Raft Hook

Alginate Raft Hook

Allows measurement of alginate raft strength.

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Automotive Test Equipment

Automotive Test Equipment

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are also shown which are commonly used in this application area. However, this does not sh...

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Back / Forward Extrusion Rig

Back / Forward Extrusion Rig

Consistency of e.g. moisturising cream, can be assessed by either a forward extrusion test (simulating the force required to extrude the sample by the...

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Back Extrusion Rig

Back Extrusion Rig

This measures the force required for the product to extruded around a piston disc. This works well with viscous products such as soft gels, processed ...

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Back/Forward Extrusion Cells

Back/Forward Extrusion Cells

Can be used to assess consistency /extrudability of e.g. cream, pastes.

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Back/Forward Extrusion Rig

Back/Forward Extrusion Rig

Consistency of moisturising cream can be assessed by either a forward extrusion test (simulating the force required to extrude a sample by the consum...

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Bakery Product Testing

Bakery Product Testing

Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below. A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are a...

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Bakery Testing Att.. - Tortilla / Pastry Burst Rig

Bakery Testing Att.. - Tortilla / Pastry Burst Rig

(HDP/TPB). Has been developed to perform extension and elasticity measurements on pastry and Tortillas. Other applications could include burst testing...

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Bakery Testing Attach.. - 36mm Cylinder Probe

Bakery Testing Attach.. - 36mm Cylinder Probe

Allows measurement of bread firmness according to AACC Standard method 74-09.

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FOOD TEXTURE MARKET TO BE WORTH $11.8 BILLION BY 2018

FOOD TEXTURE MARKET TO BE WORTH $11.8 BILLION BY 2018

Apart from their primary function, texturising agents provide multiple benefits in food processing and improve the appeal of food and palatability. ...

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SPEED UP YOUR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

SPEED UP YOUR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

The following options are available to increase operator efficiency, improve product throughput and speed up your texture analysis testing via automat...

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THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

THE NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR TEXTURE ANALYSIS

Out of the top 100 food and beverage companies in the world by sales, 71 are Stable Micro Systems Texture Analyser users*. There must be a reason for...

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A RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT TEXTURE ANALYSIS METHOD

A RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT TEXTURE ANALYSIS METHOD

The Ingredients: The Correct Test Type The Most Suited Probe/Fixture The Most Imitative Method An Optimum number of Replicates The Most Sensitive...

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EASIER ACCESS TO PUBLISHED TEXTURE ANALYSIS LITERATURE

EASIER ACCESS TO PUBLISHED TEXTURE ANALYSIS LITERATURE

The Abstract help file within the Education Zone of Exponent software has been updated so that a Google Scholar Search can be performed within Exponen...

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RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND READING

RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND READING

Role of Auditory Cues in the Multisensory Experience of Foodstuffs' is an article which discusses the influential role that auditory information plays...

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TOP TEN BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND FOOD TEXTURE ANALYSIS

TOP TEN BOOKS TO UNDERSTAND FOOD TEXTURE ANALYSIS

So you're new to Food Texture Analysis? As a consumer, you'll already appreciate that texture is a major determinant of food acceptance. Food compan...

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THE TEXTURE ANALYSIS PROFESSIONAL CHECKLIST:

THE TEXTURE ANALYSIS PROFESSIONAL CHECKLIST:

A 7-point guide to optimising your results As a Texture Analysis Professional, you will have established your texture testing methods and analysis an...

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MORE NEW PATENTS THAT UTILISE THE TA.XTPLUS TEXTURE ANALYSER

MORE NEW PATENTS THAT UTILISE THE TA.XTPLUS TEXTURE ANALYSER

The TA.XTplus Texture Analyser is frequently listed in interesting new patents such as the three listed here: Inventors in Virginia (USA) have recen...

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Welcome to Stable Micro Systems User News:  June 2016

Welcome to Stable Micro Systems User News: June 2016

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...

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People and Pets go more gourmet...

People and Pets go more gourmet...

With four out of five pet owners considering their pet a member of the family and 79% saying the quality of their pet’s food is as important as their ...

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When it comes to Chewing Gum, Sound Matters..

When it comes to Chewing Gum, Sound Matters..

A major challenge facing food developers is how to accurately and objectively measure parameters such as mouthfeel or crunchiness. Mouthfeel is a comp...

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Request ' Novel Confectionery Products' Article

Request ' Novel Confectionery Products' Article

From fairytales and films to cordon bleu gastronomy and industrial food production, confectionery is found at the heart of Western culture. This love ...

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Quality Assessment of Fish Using a Texture Analyser

Quality Assessment of Fish Using a Texture Analyser

Fish is loved by consumers – it is unique, nutritious and well-balanced. The 4 quality elements of food are texture, appearance, flavour and nutrition...

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Applications of food, Texture & Rheology

Applications of food, Texture & Rheology

pplications of Food Texture & Rheology: Department of Food & Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, October 17-19, 2016. A three-day training ...

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More Recent Posts from 'Texture Analysis Professionals'

More Recent Posts from 'Texture Analysis Professionals'

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

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How to Speed through your sample Testing...

How to Speed through your sample Testing...

For texture analyser users who are looking for ways to increase their sample testing throughput and improve the convenience of probe attachment to the...

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

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 ...

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New Texture Analysis Device : The Triple Ring Cutting System

New Texture Analysis Device : The Triple Ring Cutting System

There is a range of food products which consist of small, irregular and non-uniform particulate pieces which are solid but are predominantly consumed ...

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Cosmetic & Skincare Patent Applications employing the TA.XT Plus Texture Analyser

Cosmetic & Skincare Patent Applications employing the TA.XT Plus Texture Analyser

Skin care formulations, such as sunscreens, are typically categorised as either aqueous or non-aqueous, i.e., anhydrous, compositions. Aqueous sunscre...

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Is it making a mess and proving to be a calibration frustration?

Is it making a mess and proving to be a calibration frustration?

In modern bakeries, it is increasingly important to have a precise and rapid method for the measurement of the volume of bread loaves, enabling contro...

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Sports Nutrition has undergone an incredible decade of development and growth, exceeding double percentage digits.

Sports Nutrition has undergone an incredible decade of development and growth, exceeding double percentage digits.

Nutritional bars are the fastest-growing market, but there has been a widening of the sports and nutrition category. Consumers in this category have ...

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

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. Fo...

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Texture is Trending

Texture is Trending

Back in 2014 Elizabeth Sloan at Sloan Trends Inc postulated that ‘Texture’ was the next megatrend in food and beverage product development. An arti...

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 Measuring Powder Flow – Nuts, Seeds & Pulses

Measuring Powder Flow – Nuts, Seeds & Pulses

In products using nuts, seeds or pulses, many common manufacturing problems are attributed to powder or granule flow, including segregation, inaccurat...

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 Using Texture Analysis in the Development of Healthy Snacks for Kids

Using Texture Analysis in the Development of Healthy Snacks for Kids

With the problem of childhood obesity capturing headlines as never before, many parents are looking critically at their children’s diets, giving great...

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 Formulating the Perfect ‘Free-From’ Cake

Formulating the Perfect ‘Free-From’ Cake

Baking a cake from scratch at home for a family member’s birthday celebration is one thing; baking a cake for sale in a grocery store is another. As...

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 Measuring Powder Flow – Personal Care Powders

Measuring Powder Flow – Personal Care Powders

The Powder Flow Analyser will be welcomed by the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries as it allows objective testing of ingredients, blends and fin...

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 Healthy living presents new textural challenges

Healthy living presents new textural challenges

As manufacturers work hard to comply with the ever increasing demands of the modern day consumer – be it low-fat, low-sugar, high fibre – texture anal...

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 Measuring Powder Flow – Grain Products

Measuring Powder Flow – Grain Products

Some of the most common powder handling problems arise when conveying from storage silos or bins into production. Often the powder or grain will ha...

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