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STABLE MICRO SYSTEMS LAUNCHES AUTOMATED ANALYSIS

DECEMBER 2004

Stable Micro Systems has launched a new automated texture analysis device to aid increased productivity and improved cost-effectiveness where higher volume, repetitive quality testing is required. The system's unique modular design comprises a robotic arm and specimen grippers, as well as a probe-cleaning unit. Specially designed for use with the company's TA.XTplus and TA.HDplus texture analysers, it is suitable for testing a wide range of food ingredients and finished products.

Stable Micro Systems' innovative automation system permits continuous monitoring, with little or no operator involvement. This not only results in a speedier testing process and more accurate results, by eliminating human error, but also allows skilled technicians to focus on more sophisticated tasks.

The system links to Stable Micro Systems' Exponent software, which executes all instructions to automatically analyse each specimen and generate accurate, reproducible results. The specialist software sends a message to the robotic arm and adaptable vessel gripper to place the sample in the test area for analysis. Once the testing is complete, the company's unique automated probe-cleaning device is activated, moving the probe into a cleaning unit located on or near the texture analyser. Multi-angled jets of washing solution are triggered to thoroughly remove all residue and compressed air is released to dry the probe in preparation for the next sample.

Jo Smewing, applications manager at Stable Micro Systems, said: "Our newly-developed automated system has been designed specifically to meet customer-defined test requirements. It allows manufacturers to increase productivity and reduce costs during quality control and testing procedures and provides reliable and repeatable data for a range of applications."

Stable Micro Systems' windows-based Exponent software, linked to the company's texture analysers and automated device, conducts standard as well as more complex tests. It enables configuration parameters such as test speed, degree of deformation and data acquisition monitoring to be set. In addition, the software's enhanced security module offers advanced security and reporting features. Restricted access and improved data logging and protection have been incorporated and data is stored automatically for comprehensive analysis at a later stage.

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