Automated Linear Indexing System

Make a direct impact on your bottom line by automating your manual, high volume repetitive testing.

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The ALIS automates texture analysis, accelerates the testing process, makes testing more repeatable & accurate, and frees up operator's time to focus on more sophisticated tasks.

The Automated Linear Indexing System has been designed for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, personal care, food, adhesive, gel, packaging and material science applications. It is suitable for an incredibly wide range of products that can benefit from a high volume of testing. To find out more about SMS' ALIS, request a product brochure or contact your regional manager.

Seamless Integration with the TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer and Exponent Software

The ALIS is fully integrated with the TA.XTPlus. Samples are mounted on quick release plates which can be clicked onto the ALIS. The ALIS is completely integrated with Exponent software for easy entry of test and batch parameters, making even the most complex testing applications easy to set up and operate.

Walkaway Automation

Load multiple samples into the ALIS and leave the ALIS to run the tests. Test specimens are typically located in custom-made support plates then, with prompted steps, testing conditions are set, tests are performed, and results are reported with little or no operator involvement.

Customization for Multiple Testing Protocols

The ALIS includes a "batch testing window" to facilitate a multiple testing protocol that moves the platform in either direction for regular or irregular spaced samples. It also includes the ability to add customizable operator prompts with warning messages and user instructions.

Extensive Flexibility

The ALIS is available in two platform lengths – 250mm and 600mm with two modes of operation. The platform is automatically indexed for each test replicate. The platform can also be moved at the same speed as the texture analyzer’s crossarm in order to conduct 90 degree peel tests. The test speeds can even be changed during a test to allow peel behaviors under multiple speeds to be evaluated in single test replicates.

We can test puncture and penetration, sheer, compression, peel, film rupture, packaging, metered dose inhalers, tack, and more.

We want to be your on-call testing team!

As the exclusive distributor of Stable Micro Systems’ texture testing equipment in the United States and Canada, we have partnered for the past three decades with universities and companies of every size. Our experience sets us apart. Please reach out and get in touch if you would like assistance with specific testing challenges. We will endeavor to understand your needs and then recommend appropriate instrument, fixtures and test methods.

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It’s the same no matter how you slice it.

A large-scale bakery company wanted to ensure that their bread products had the same quality and consistency. They had a few issues to address before they could meet this goal. Manufacturing equipment was different from plant to plant. Ingredients varied from local suppliers. Yet, consumers expected the same product no matter where was purchased....

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The TA.XTPlus works doggone hard for cats.

A major pet foods company worked their TA.XT*Plus* non-stop. The instrument performed literally thousands of tests a day on the company’s cat kibble products. The instrument was such a time saver that it was used in many critical business operations....

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Getting unstuck before production does.

An animal health care company manufactures a chewable supplement for animals. Their production process was grinding to a halt frequently. Their extruders were often clogged when the product formulation varied on the thick side. It would take 2-3 days to clean the extruders and get production running again. The manufacturing downtime was very expensive....

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New container spills and R&D cleans up the mess.

A confectionery company was in the midst of developing a new product container for one of their long-standing and popular products. The marketing team was leading the charge and was eager to roll out the new packaging as soon as possible. They soon encountered a big problem. While the new container looked modern and hip, it didn’t work well. It was difficult to open and had the unfortunate tendency to open and spill its contents while in a purse or bag....

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No matter where you are, it tastes great.

A popular fast food company with thousands of restaurants across North America and many suppliers in each region of the country had a fundamental problem. How could they consistently deliver the high quality products that their customers expected?...

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Improving customer relationships with the TA.XTPlus.

An adhesive company had a consistency problem. One of their major customers complained that the supplier's product was not consistent from batch to batch. The problem was creating a bumpy customer/supplier relationship....

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The TA.XTPlus helps new product development ‘gel’.

A new startup company produces a hydrogel used during surgical procedures. The hydrogel contains a drug that is released as the hydrogel dissolves when placed on an internal organ. The company was struggling with their testing methods. They needed to determine the strength of the gel for different formulations. The gel needed a specific strength so it would not break while being placed into position. If the gel broke it would not cover the organ surface completely and could not release the drug uniformly. If it was too weak it could not be tested with conventional universal testing machines and ASTM test methods. The company was stuck. They could not move the product forward until they could test it consistently. They contacted our team for answers....

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Seeing great results testing a drug deployed via the eyes.

A pharmaceutical company was developing a new slow release drug that would be administered very precisely via the human eye. The drug had excellent potential to offer a far superior route to the brain than previous methods. It would also use lower concentrations of the drug resulting in cost savings. Eye surgery was required to administer the product. The company needed the most precise testing methods available to test the product’s safety. Their prior testing methods were not repeatable and differentiating enough....

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On land and sea, better testing for a better bottom line.

A major seafood company manufactures a popular fish gel product. The product is graded by quality. The product’s grade dictates its market price. The manufacturer was frustrated with their older Japanese-style instrumentation. Labor costs in the lab were high as lab technicians had to test forty samples to obtain an accurate grade number....

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Freeze, reheat, test, and repeat.

A food company had a successful line of barbecue meats and sauces. They wanted to expand their product line with the inclusion of complementary side dishes. They ran into a few problems while starting up production their new lines. They wanted the side dishes to have a consistent texture after freezing and reheating. However, their testing methods involved having a various chefs taste the product at various cook times. This manual testing was not repeatable or sensitive enough to make necessary changes to an optimal product consistency. Compounding their trouble, they were using unconventional production equipment to produce the products. They contacted us to request a more consistent and precise feedback system that would yield better control on the final product....

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No matter where in the world, it’s always a good hair day.

A large personal care products company wanted to measure its hair treatment's effectiveness and validate its marketing claims for smoothness and combability. However, the company's products were manufactured around the world at several remote locations. Consistency was a problem....

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Not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right.

A pharmaceutical company was developing hydrogel-based adhesives. They needed an instrument that would help them fine-tune their test methods. They wanted a high rate of test throughput and to measure subtle and rapid product temperature changes....

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The TA.XTPlus helps resolve a tough (meat) problem.

A raw poultry meat supplier wanted to increase production. They began to produce bigger birds but this also produced bigger problems. The birds came from numerous suppliers and varied in age and breed that sometimes yielded firmer, tougher meat. The firmer meat displeased a major customer. Eager to avoid losing their valuable customer, the company turned to our team for help screening undesirable meat texture....

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Helping trauma center devices maximize healing and minimize harm.

A medical school developed a specialized syringe to be used in trauma centers. Of course, patient safety was their top concern. They first needed to know how much force it would take to inject their product into a human body. If too much force was needed, doctors would not be able to use the syringe. If too little force was needed, the viscosity would be insufficient to perform as intended and dosage control would be more difficult....

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Time-consuming methods become timesaving.

A large seed company was stuck with a laborious testing process for breeding new genetic variations of seedlings. They wanted to find variations that would better tolerate hotter conditions. They tested and recorded manually hundreds of samples....

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Creating the perfect not too soft, not too firm blend.

A shortening manufacturer relied on chemical analysis as a proxy for testing its product firmness. Chemical analysis helped ensure that product batches were consistent, however, it could not give them a comprehensive picture of the physical characteristics of the product. Batches of the product were inconsistently too hard or too soft for handling and product blending. They contacted our team for help....

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A startup produce company grows thanks to the TA.XTPlus.

A new manufacturing start-up was developing products using quinoa, a high-protein grain-like seed. Their small team knew that they were launching their products in a competitive market. The texture of their products had to be just right to stand out from the competition. As with most startups, cash was precious. However, they knew that a texture analyzer would be an excellent investment to help them more efficiently refine and improve their products. Quinoa can be a difficult product to test so they needed a precise instrument for testing....

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The TA.XTPlus shows its sensitive side.

An adhesive company developed a special product with very low tack force. The product was strong enough to stick to whatever it was applied to but required almost zero force to pull off. The company needed an instrument that was sensitive enough to measure such an extremely low tack....

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Clogged and bogged by bad dough.

A snack food company that makes sandwich crackers and cookies was wrestling with a production problem involving bad dough. Occasionally dough batches would either be mixed incorrectly or left in the dough proofing room for an incorrect amount of time. Once the bad dough entered the production line, it could shut down the whole line for hours while it was cleaned. The company was losing money from these stoppages. They reached out to us for help determining when the dough was properly mixed and was ready to move from the proofing room to production....

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Putting marketing claims to the test.

A manufacturer of soy-based sushi wraps wanted a texture analyzer for testing the quality of their products. The company prided itself on the quality and freshness of its products and used these claims in their marketing materials. It was critically important to back up these claims with science. They also wanted to ensure that their products were consistently made exactly the same each time. The company evaluated the Brookfield CT3 and was disappointed that it did not have the accuracy and reliability they needed....

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No buyer’s remorse with the TA.XTPlus.

A major food ingredients company had used our older TA.XT2i texture analyzer for many years. While happy with their older instrument, they decided to purchase an Instron texture analyzer when upgrading to a newer instrument. They were immediately dissatisfied. They couldn’t get the kind of data that they needed. The instrument and its software were difficult to use. Support options were lacking....

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The best customer complaints are the ones that never happen.

A pharmaceutical company manufactures a pectin-based gummy chewable. The R&D team ran into two significant problems that could be the sources of future consumer complaints. The product’s firmness varied from batch to batch and the sole testing method for firmness was to squish a sample by hand. The product also had some adhesion issues when the gummy pieces stuck and fused together in their containers over time....

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University department keeps its students in the know.

The TA.XT*Plus* texture analyzer is a frequent fixture in university labs all over the world. However, one university realized that its texture analyzer was underutilized. Many of the original graduate students trained on the TA.XT*Plus* had graduated. Newer students didn’t know how to use the instrument and were missing valuable learning and research opportunities. The university contacted us for assistance....

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