Technical Articles

AMETEK Brookfield has published these technical articles:

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Provides a nutritional supplement for babies up to 12 months old.... (View Full Article)
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Filling consumer containers is one of the major operations in most food plants that process liquid and semisolid food products. Experience oftentimes is the guiding force in deciding what will work... (View Full Article)
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This is the second in a series of articles on gluten-free products. Most authorities agree that the gluten-free market is one of the fastest growing food group segments. While the texture properties,... (View Full Article)
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Tablet making machines can suddenly jam in the middle a high speed production run. What's the reason? One cause is the consolidation of the powder in the feed hopper which means that the cohesive... (View Full Article)
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The most popular dosage form in the pharmaceutical industry is the compressed tablet. Fully two-thirds of all prescriptions are dispensed as a solid dosage form and half of these are compressed... (View Full Article)
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A simple bulk density test is important for predicting a bulk solid material's flow characteristics, but it doesn't provide all of the material's relevant flow information. This article discusses the... (View Full Article)
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Ground beef in a round disc-like shape called "patty" is a popular dinner choice in many countries. Known as "hamburger" in the USA and "wimpy" in the UK where it comes in a bread bun or as... (View Full Article)
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Manufacturers of health bars want their customer to feel that the eating experience can be as exciting as a scrumptious chocolate candy bar. Therefore the ingredients that they use for flavorings and... (View Full Article)
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A popular worldwide sport is the love for fishing. It is also provides a necessary source of food and nutrition for many. The use of live bait on the fish hook - worms, eels, small pieces of fish - is... (View Full Article)
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Formulating new products in the pharmaceutical world oftentimes requires working with small sample volumes. Therefore the viscosity measurement method requires an apparatus that can work effectively... (View Full Article)
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Pharmaceutical manufacturers have plenty to worry about when producing formulated products consistently within spec. Focus on active ingredients demands the greatest attention because the major... (View Full Article)
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This article examines the flow behavior of nutraceutical powders, the proper test method for defining their flow parameters, and the implementation of fast and accurate QC checks that ensure a smooth... (View Full Article)
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The growth in packaging across many consumer markets has created the need for testing the integrity of packaging materials. Resistance to crushing and burst strength are examples of parameters that... (View Full Article)
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There is a saying: Go big or go home. But not when dealing with sample testing of pharmaceutical powders. Then the saying is: Waste not, want not. In the cutthroat world of Big Pharma, staying one... (View Full Article)
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Powder at rest can be deceiving. Spread out on a horizontal surface, the particles may look perfectly flowable because they move easily to the touch. Put the powder into a container and its behavior... (View Full Article)
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Production operations run smoothly when liquid dosing works according to plan. This means that the mixing process blends the formulation in correct proportion and the fill process executes with... (View Full Article)
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The quality of meat is determined by a number of factors that affect palatability (tenderness, juiciness and flavour). Such factors include the degree of maturity, colour of lean, texture, and finally... (View Full Article)
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Characterizing any material for flow behavior involves testing it over a range of shear rates relevant to how it is processed in manufacturing or how it is used by the consumer. Ointments, for... (View Full Article)
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Food and beverage manufacturers run viscosity tests on all kinds of products, ranging from relatively thin water-like juices and soft drinks, to sauces with variable flow behavior, thick creams and... (View Full Article)
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Maintaining capsule integrity is an important requirement for established pharmaceutical manufacturers who want happy customers. Ensuring delivery of capsules and tablets to the recipient in tact and... (View Full Article)
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Evaluating the hardness of dry cooked beans by bulk compression.... (View Full Article)
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A Brookfield Powder Flow Tester, equipped with Powder Flow Pro software for automated instrument control and data acquisition, was used to test this name brand brownie mix.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of the firmness and consistencies of Fromage Frais by penetration using a cylinder probe.... (View Full Article)
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We used a Brookfield LVDV-III Ultra Rheometer with Rheocalc v3.1 software for automated instrument control and data acquisition. (Note: any standard Brookfield Viscometer or Rheometer would apply.)... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of hardness of a premium brand and budget brand potato chips by bulk compression using an Ottawa cell.... (View Full Article)
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Chocolate is used to make a wide variety of desserts and treats including; candies, icings, pastry fillings and desserts, to name a few.... (View Full Article)
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Viscosity is a significant concern in the Food & Beverage industry, because it affects product processing and packaging and may affect customer acceptance of a product. Viscosity is the resistance to... (View Full Article)
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The objective was to compare the consistencies of two types of hair gels by back extrusion.... (View Full Article)
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Hot melt adhesives are used in industry for a variety of applications, including crafts, electronic board manufacturing, parts assembly, and in the packaging industry.... (View Full Article)
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Hot melt adhesives are used in industry for a variety of applications, including crafts, electronic board manufacturing, parts assembly, and in the packaging industry.... (View Full Article)
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Salsa is a spicy sauce made of tomatoes, onions and chili peppers, eaten with tortilla chips or other Mexican food.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of the firmness and stickiness of two different brands of cheese spread triangles by penetration using a 1-inch spherical probe.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of inhaler performance using an inhaler support accessory and a hemispherical probe.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of soft sponge cake (Madeira cake).... (View Full Article)
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Evaluating the firmness of vegetable burgers using the junior multiple punch assembly fixture.... (View Full Article)
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Milk is consumed as a beverage and used as an ingredient in various food products.... (View Full Article)
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Texture profile analysis is the measurement and description of the textural properties of food. Texture can be measured by a trained sensory panel (organoleptic) or using specialized equipment... (View Full Article)
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Apple juice is consumed as a beverage.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of the hardness of almonds using a craft knife blade.... (View Full Article)
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The hardness of an eye pencil tip is important; the texture of the eyeliner should be such that upon application, it smoothly glides along effortlessly enabling ultimate control and flexibility. The... (View Full Article)
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Comparison of toothpaste firmness / "force to extrude" of two toothpaste formulations..... (View Full Article)
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Provides a nutritional supplement for babies up to 12 months old.... (View Full Article)
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Evaluation of the hardness of cheese puffs by bulk compression using an Ottawa Cell. Puffed corn snacks are very popular with many interesting variations and improvements made over the years.... (View Full Article)