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Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below.

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are also shown which are commonly used in this application area. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of pharmaceutical packaging products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion, cutting/shearing.


Typical measurements include:

  • Seal Strength: sterile packaging for surgical instruments

  • Friction
  • Peel Strength: sanitary towels, nappies
  • Puncture: blood bags
  • Blister pack extraction force
  • Blister packaging compaction
  • Sachet Content removal force

Tensile Grips

Self-tightening Roller Grips

Friction Rig

Tensile Grips
 Used for the assessment of
Seal Strength (an important 
characteristic of packaging 
to ensure sterile integrity).

Self-tightening Roller Grips
 Can be used to measure tensile
strength of packaging where 
slippage at the grip face may 
be a problem.

Friction Rig
Used to assess packaging
friction properties.

Friction Rig

Blister Pack

Friction Rig
Used to assess packaging
friction properties.

Blister Pack
This simple imitative test, which
can be quickly performed on a 
complete strip of tablets, enables 
the average extraction force as 
well as the maximum and minimum 
extraction forces to be determined. 
Other tests on the blister pack 
can include the compression
characteristics of individual blisters.

Universal Peel Strength Rig
Allows measurement of the peel
strength of sample containers up 
to 95mm diameter and 120mm 
height at three angles.

Film Support Rig

Sachet Tube Extrusion Rig

Film Support Rig
This rig allows testing of thin, film-
like products to measure the burst 
strength, resilience and relaxation 
properties.

Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig
allows manufacturers to measure
the ease of removal and application 
of products such as sauces, pastes, 
creams and gels.


Application Studies are available for the testing of PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING products using the TA.XT2i, TA.XTplus, TA.XTExpress  or TA.HDplus texture analysers.

In addition, scientific papers have been published which reference the use of the TA.XT2i/TA.XTplus/TA.HDplus in the testing of PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING products.
Click here for paper titles and citation details.


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