In the food industry, gels are frequently used as a binding agent, whipping agent, thickener, stabilizer,

In the food industry, gels are frequently used as a binding agent, whipping agent, thickener, stabilizer, and adhesive, amongst many other functions (Figure 1). These ingredients are used in many products because they are highly versatile and effectively processed. Bloom strength tests are standardized tests performed to grade and qualify the gelling characteristics of gelatin. Other agents, like hyrocolloids, can be evaluated in a similar manner. The cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries also use the gelling agents to create required textural properties. Standard gel products that are tested include pectin, agar, alginates, mixed polysaccharides, gelatin, carrageenan, starch gels, xanthan gum, Tara gum, and surimi. Gel texture testing offers several benefits. For instance, it can be used to improve the functions of ingredients, as well as the blend properties of edible gelatins for both commercial and industrial markets; it can be used to control raw materials and ensure quality payment between processors, producers, and consumers; and it can be used for formulation and development of products to obtain the highest functionality from the gelatin. The functional characteristic...

The TASI Group Continues Expansion with 2nd Acquisition in Q2 Register ico-supplier ico-white-paper-case-study ico-product ico-cad

Marlborough, MA – May 15, 2019 – The TASI Group continues the growth of its Flow Segment business with the recent acquisition of Sierra Instruments, a global company specializing in the manufacture of flow measurement instrumentation. This is the 2nd acquisition finalized by The TASI Group in just two months. Offering flow and test solutions to international markets, Sierra Instruments is comprised of two divisions: FLOW, headquartered in Monterey, California and AUTO, headquartered in Malvern, United Kingdom. The FLOW Division manufactures mass flow meters and flow controllers for gas, liquid, or steam application. The AUTO Division builds complex, custom, integrated test facilities and world-class engine and vehicle test automation systems. “Sierra’s flow product portfolio compliments TASI Flow businesses, offering new technologies including Transit-time ultrasonic and vortex shedding, among others,” explained TASI CEO John McKenna. “This acquisition is strategically important to the continuing growth of TASI Flow and the TASI Group.” For more information about Sierra Instruments, visit https://www.sierrainstruments.com/. For information about the acquisition, please contact ...