Thermal Cabinets

Thermal cabinets solve the problems usually associated with the testing of hot and cold products such as dairy products, adhesives, or many pharmaceutical products. Samples can be allowed to equilibrate to the required temperature before testing is performed within the cabinet. Thermal cabinets with liquid nitrogen (or CO2) and electric heating provide an accurately controlled temperature environment over the temperature range of -40°C to 180°C. Texture Technologies offers two types of Thermal Cabinets: The TC/CO2 and TC/LN2 for the TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer and the TCHD/CO2 and TCHD/LN2 for the TA.HDPlus Texture Analyzer

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XT/PC - Peltier Cabinet and Temperature Controller

The Peltier Cabinet provides a temperature controlled environment using PID control with an operating range from +80°C to 20°C below ambient. It is fixed directly to the base of the texture analyzer via nylon insulating pillars that provide a thermal barrier from the instrument. Samples can be allowed to equilibrate to the required temperature before testing is performed within the cabinet. A double walled transparent hinged door allows the sample to be seen during testing and is easily opened for sample access. A Peltier Control Unit is provided on which temperature is set and displayed. Integration with Exponent software is key to quick temperature changing with the benefit of being able to measure, capture and display temperature data in real time during the texture analysis plot. A total internal height of 85mm provides a testing area suitable for many typical sample sizes but may be limited if testing a large sample or if the test requires attachment of a large probe or fixture.

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XT/PP - Peltier Plate and Temperature Controller

The Peltier Plate provides a stable surface temperature for testing small or thin products such as pressure sensitive adhesives or films. This ensures that temperature effects are either minimized or are able to be accurately investigated. The surface dimensions are 110mm x 100mm and maximum operating temperature is +80°C to a minimum of 30°C below ambient.

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XT/HTM, Humidity and Temperature Module

This module adds to the versatility of the texture analyzers by providing the facility to capture temperature and humidity data during a test. When Exponent software is used the temperature is sampled every ten seconds and recorded with the texture analysis data. A module connects to the Texture Analyzer via the RS485 port and up to four modules can be connected at one time to log data simultaneously from up to four locations. The Hygroclip is a product designed according to International Standards to ISO 9001 and meets EN50082-2 EMC requirements. It has an operating range of 0-100% RH (relative humidity) and -30°C to +100°C. Accuracy at 23°C is ±2.5%RH and ±0.4°C. Given the size of this probe it is more suited for insertion into current Stable Micro Systems temperature units. A flexible clamping arm is also included for fixed positioning of the probe close to the measuring area.

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XT/TPR Thermocouple Probe

This platinum resistance hand probe (PT100) is designed to BS1904:1984 Class A. The platinum element is protected in a 2.5mm diameter stainless steel sheath. The module measures and plots product temperature over the range -50°C to +250°C. It has a fast response time and a sensor accuracy of ±0.35°C over the standard working temperature range. It can be easily cleaned and sterilized without degrading performance. This RS485 device will be useful if the two PT100 temperature inputs are already being used.

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