A range of information is available for the Food Industries including Products & Resources such as Interactive Dictionaries, Solutions Kits, Industry Tips – Tim’s Top Tips, Technical Articles & Application Notes.

PRODUCTS

Marimex

Sensors
The sensor can be mounted in any direction into a reactor, tank, pipe or sample cell. To obtain consistent results, the sensor has to be fully inserted into the liquid. Sensors are manufactured for various viscosity and temperature ranges. To bridge areas of no flow, a non-active extension can be employed. Such a non-active extension is an integral part of the sensor construction and placed between the flange and the probe. A PT100 temperature sensor is integrated in the viscosity sensor for measuring the process temperature.
Marimex ViscoScope Sensors – VP-300

Measure Low, Medium, High, Extra high Viscosities with differenct shape & length of extension.

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Marimex ViscoTron VP-1000C Sensor
Marimex ViscoTron Sensors – VP-1000c

Sensor for measuring low – high viscosities with process pressures up to 50 bar.

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Marimex ViscoTron Sensors – VP-1000

Sensor for measuring low – high viscosities with process pressures up to 10 bar.

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Marimex ViscoTron Sensors – VP-3000

Sensor for high viscosities & low pressures up to 500 bar, with variable length/shape of extensi

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Software

The Marimex Software provides an easy interface for the configuration of all customer accessible parameters via a PC compatible computer.

Mariemx ViscoView Software
Marimex ViscoScope System – Software ‘ViscoView’

Data collection software connects via Modbus & RS232/RS485 serial interface to the ViscoTron tr

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Marimex ViscoScope System – Software ‘VisConfig’

Simplifies the configuration of a transmitter, showing available parameters & translating code.

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Marimex ViscoScope System – Software ‘VisConfig-Express’

Software used to download and upload the entire configuration of a transmitter at once.

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Marimex ViscoScope System – ViscoTouch Panel

Display panel connects to and communicates via ModBus protocol with ViscoTron transmitters.

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Transmitters

A special transmission cable connects the sensor and the transmitter. If the sensor is being mounted in a hazardous area, safety barriers are placed additionally between the transmitter and the sensor. The transmission cable and the safety barriers form part of the calibration. The distance between the transmitter and the sensor can be a maximum of 1,000 meters.
Marimex ViscoScope System – Transmitter VS-4450/VS-B450

Analog drive transmitters for any of the ViscoTron VP Series sensors.

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Marimex ViscoTron Transmitter – VT-G144

Digital Direct transmitter for ViscoTron VP series sensors.

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Thermo Scientific – Material Characterisation & Testing

Modular Laboratory Extuders & mixers
Laboratory scale measuring extuders and mixers to simulate and optimise production processes.
Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab QC System – Measuring Extruder (Single Screw)

For testing quality & processability of materials used in plastification & injection mouldin

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab QC System – Measuring Extruder (Twin Screw)

For continuous compounding & plasticising process critical polymers.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab QC System – Measuring Mixer

Laboratory mixer focused on a materials melt behaviour for QC purposes.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab OS System

Modular torque rheometer platform for process engineering applications.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab OS System – Measuring Extruder (single screw)

Measures melt pressure & temperature to study process parameters along the extruder barrels.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab OS System – Measuring Extruder (twin screw)

Extruder offering the ability to measure material properties of the melt during processing.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE PolyLab OS System – Measuring Mixer

Laboratory mixers focused on the batch testing of many highly viscous substances.

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Rheometers
Measure the comprehensive rheological measurements of viscosity, elasticity, processability and temperature-related mechanical changes etc of your samples to optimise your product development, production and quality.

Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester IQ Rheometer

Versatile Rheometer for QC.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE MARS III

Modular Rheometer designed for flexibility and meets the most demanding requirements in R&D.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE RheoStress 1

Controlled Stress Rheometer suitable for product development and QC applications.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE RheoStress 6000

Universal rheometer focused on standard applications in R&D and QC.

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Viscometers
Measure viscosity, processability and temperature related mechanical changes of your samples to optimise your product production and quality with either:
  • a) Handheld or Brookfield type rotational viscometers – designed for fast and precise measurements of viscosity and flow behaviour for quality control
  • b) Falling ball viscometer or Höppler viscometer – for the determination of the absolute value of the viscosity of Newtonian materials
Thermo Scientific HAAKE RotoVisco 1

Controlled Rate (rotational) viscometer specifically designed for exact QA applications.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester 1 Plus

Quick, exact & reliable battery powered rotational viscometer. Viscosity range: 1.5-330 mPas.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester 2 Plus

Quick, exact & reliable battery powered rotational viscometer. Viscosity range: 0.3-4000 dPas.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester 550

Rotational viscometer specifically designed for quality control applications.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotesters E, D & C

Used in the testing and taking of comparative measurements for QC according to recognised standards.

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Thermo Scientific HAAKE RheoWin Software

Modular software package for all current Thermo Scientific HAAKE rheometers and viscometers.

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RESOURCES

Contract Testing Information KitContract Testing Information Kit
Specifically for the food processing industries,materials characterisation is of critical importance in many processes (including fluid related issues like sedimentation, flotation, time related structural decay or build-up, mouthfeel, and solid food issues like brittleness, hardness, strength – compressive & extensional – elasticity, crispness, staleness, crustiness etc). Read More »
Food Industries Interactive DictionaryInteractive Dictionary
The Food Industries interactive dictionary is available for viewing on line. This interactive dictionary provides a comparison between common industry food terms (such as; adhesiveness and workability etc) and an equipment matrix to identify the correct instrument to characterise a material for each specific industry term. Read More »
Food Industries Solutions KitIndustry Solutions Kit
The terms usually referred to when performance is assessed food processes or consumption are diverse and include:
►mouthfeel ► crispiness ► viscosity ► stringiness ► adhesion ► cohesion ► elasticity ► build► cover ► spread ► and many more. Read More »
Food Industries Technical ArticlesTechnical Articles & Application Notes
The list of articles is regularly updated and expanded and the copies are available mainly as a PDF file. Read More »

Food Industries Tim's Top Tips - Explanation & Evalutation SeriesTim’s Top Tips – Explanation & Evaluation Series

Cohesiveness, Cohesion Strength & Cohesive Quality
Cohesiveness, cohesion strength and cohesive quality are interrelated properties, traditionally measured as a textural component of solid or semi-solid foods. Read More »
Mouthfeel
Mouthfeel is the textural part of the experience of the consumer when chewing and swallowing food. Read More »
Processability
Processability is related to the amount of energy required to perform the relevant production steps for a food product. Read More »
Shelf Life

Shelf life is the maximum time interval in which a material may be kept in a usable condition during storage. Read More »

Food Industries Tim's Top Tips - How To Measure SeriesTim’s Top Tips – How to Measure Series

Flow and Viscosity Curves
A flow curve is a data plot showing the results of an experiment, relating the shear rate to the shear stress. Read More »
Thixotropy
Thixotropy is a form of time dependent behaviour describing a material whose viscosity decreases over time while it is subjected to shearing forces. Read More »
Yield Stress
Yield stress is the minimum force required to initiate flow. Read More »

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The New OnLine Rheometer (OLR) Measures the Flow Properties of Food Products in the Process Pipe so Products Remain in Specification 3/05/2013

The OnLine Rheometer Group of Rheology Solutions Pty Ltd, Australia has brought to the world market the first OnLine Rheometer (OLR) to continuously measure, plot and report the flow properties of process liquids in the pipe. The OLR is for process monitoring, process control and quality control of liquids in the process and manufacturing of food products. Read More »

New Range of Accessories for Rheometers / Viscometers27/2/2012

Suitable for Thermo Scientific HAAKE MARS, Thermo Scientific HAAKE RheoStress, Thermo Scientific CaBER 1 Rheometers and Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscometers Read More »
Importance of Rheology in Food Product Design 25/2/2011
The microstructure of liquid foods has an important impact on its qualitative and quantitative quality attributes. This microstructure is a function of the physico-chemical bonds and inter/intra-molecular associations between the ingredients in any recipe. Read More »
Film Scanning Systems for Packaging n the Wine Industry 25/2/2011
Flexible films have been important for some time in the wine industries, most notably in the packaging of boxed product, as a functionalised multi-layer bladder to contain, and maintain the quality of, the wine. Read More »
Importance of Rheology for Processing Liquid Foods 25/2/2011
The microstructure of liquid foods has an important impact on its quality.  This microstructure is a function of the physico-chemical bonds and inter/intra-molecular associations between the ingredients in any recipe. Read More »
In-Line Viscosity Measurment for Process Control 25/2/2011
The fitness of most liquid or melt products for final packaging or further processing is dictated in large part by the molecular architecture of the material in question. The flow properties of the material are an accurate measure of the molecular architecture and so can provide a good measure of the quality of the processed product.  In general the rheology, specifically the viscosity, of these materials is amongst the most critical flow properties Read More »
Fogging Test System 25/2/2011
The Thermo Scientific Horizon Fogging Test System allows you to measure the amount of volatile organice compounds (VOC’s) emitted from materials used in manufacturing according DIN standards. Read More »
Recirculating Chillers 25/2/2011
The Thermo Scientific ThermoChill is the perfect fit for those routine applications where quality liquid cooling equipment is a necessity. Read More »
Process Viscosity Sensors 25/2/2011
Marimex Industries Corp. is proud to present the next generation of process viscosity sensors. Experiences gained over many years of sensor design and manufacture has led to these new sensor developments. Read More »

New Series of Immersion Circulators – Now Available 25/2/2011

The Thermo Scientific Premium Series Immersion Circulators are high performance products for temperature control between 200°C and 300°C. Read More »

Ultra Low Temperature Refrigerated Circulators 25/2/2011

The Thermo Scientific Glacier Series: G50 Ultra- Low Temperature Refrigerated Circulator system has unique features and temperature performance. Read More »
Temperature Control Modules for Universal Rheometer 4/2/2011
The modular HAAKE RheoStress 6000 combines proven technology, plus improved specifications and optimised handling with new modules such as the universal Peltier temperature control module for plates, cones and cylinders. These modules are easily exchangeable and are optimised for rapid temperature changes or high-constant temperature and homogeneity. Read More »
Simultaneous Rheological & FT-IR Spectra Measurements 4/2/2011
The Thermo Scientific HAAKE MARS III has a number of application solutions within its suite of models and now this has been expanded to include simultaneous rheological and FT-IR spectra measurements. Read More »
NEW FT-IR Module for its Rheometer Platform – Rheology and Spectroscopy in Simultaneous Measurements 4/2/2011
The Rheonaut Module by Thermo Fisher Scientific, when used with the HAAKE MARS rheometer platform, helps users understand the causes of rheological properties on a microscopic level. Read More »
Expanded Contract Testing Capabilities 4/2/2011
Rheology Solutions has purchased the newest HAAKE MARS III Rheometer to be housed in our applications laboratory in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. Read More »
New Laboratory Chiller 15/12/2010
Heat and cool external applications with a temperature range of -10°C to +80°C and either a 250W or 500W cooling capacity.Read More »
Rotational Viscometers – to Suit Those Seeking Convenience 15/10/2010
 The Thermo Scientific HAAKE Viscotester E – expert, D – distinct and C – convenient, units can be used for tests and comparative measurements for quality control according to recognized standards. Read More »

Film Scanning Systems for Packaging in the Wine Industry 2/2/2011
Flexible films have been important for some time in the wine industries, most notably in the packaging of boxed product, as a functionalised multi-layer bladder to contain, and maintain the quality of, the wineRead More »

New Generation of Heating/Cooling Thermostats 11/8/2010
A new generation of temperature control systems that deliver unsurpassed performance and configurability are now available exclusively through Rheology Solutions. Now you can match a specific thermostat to the particular heated or refrigerated bath that best meets your application requirement. Read More »
New Generation of Heating Circulators 29/6/2010
A new generation of temperature control systems that deliver unsurpassed performance and configurability are now available exclusively through Rheology Solutions. Now you can match a specific thermostat to the particular heated or refrigerated bath that best meets your application requirement. Read More »
New Generation of Refrigerated Circulators 29/6/2010
A new generation of temperature control systems that deliver unsurpassed performance and configurability are now available exclusively through Rheology Solutions. Now you can match a specific thermostat to the particular refrigerated bath that best meets your application requirement. Read More »
New Generation of Ultra Low Refrigerated Circulators 29/6/2010
A new generation of temperature control systems that deliver unsurpassed performance and configurability are now available exclusively through Rheology Solutions. Now you can match a specific thermostat to the particular heated or refrigerated bath that best meets your application requirement. Read More »
Viscometers & Rheometers for Chocolate Manufacture 15/6/2010
Rheological measurements are essential in optimising the production and properties of confectionery. Read More »
Measurements at Higher Pressures 19/9/2009
This application package – HAAKE RheoStress 6000 “Measurements at higher pressures” has been created for the determination of the pressure-dependent rheological characteristics of a sample. Read More »
QC Measurements for Liquid Food Products and Packaging 8/9/2009
Abstract
Production quality and uniformity in food processing and its subsequent packaging is closely related to good Quality Control (QC) during the manufacturing process. In order to achieve high quality merchandise with minimal production losses, good process control and monitoring is critical. This is true for production of both the food product itself, the packaging, and of course for putting the former inside the latter efficiently. Laboratory and on-line systems are capable of delivering solutions for QC monitoring, and in cases where extra information (related sometimes to product development, and not to QC) about the flow properties are unnecessary, an on-line option can be the most useful. Read More »
New High Temperature Range of Recirculating Chiller 10/8/2009
A deluxe range of High Temperature NESLAB ThermoFlex Recirculating Chillers are now available. An advancement to the already designed modular platform, and variety of cooling capacities (1400W to 10000W) the ThermoFlex line now offers the ability to users to cool temperature from +5°C to +90°C for diverse applications in markets such as industrial, medical, laser, metrology, packaging, pharmaceutical, and semiconductor processing. Read More »
 

Controlling Enzyme Reaction Temperature with Circulator Baths 23/7/2009
Abstract
Controlling temperature is crucial for enzyme reactions as too high a temperature can bring a reaction to a complete stop. Thermo Electron Corporation’s HAAKE Phoenix II heated circulator baths allow technicians to control temperature during enzyme reactions. Read More »
Extended Capabilities HAAKE Rheometers & Viscometers 24/3/2009
HAAKE RheoWin software is user-friendly, with an improved operator interface that offers easy-to-use standard settings for beginners. Typical measuring and evaluation routines can be chosen from a job library. A comprehensive list of predefined measuring and evaluation elements can be combined via “drag & drop” with individual jobs. Read More »
Extended Product Range – Recirculating Chillers 17/12/2008
Two models have been added to the Thermo Scientific NESLAB ThermoFlex range. The range now extends to 3500 W and 5000 W cooling capacity at 20ºC. Read More »
SER – Extensionsal Rheology Systems for HAAKE MARS 4/12/2008
The SER system is a new accessory for the HAAKE MARS with CTC oven which transforms a (rotational) shear rheometer in an extensional rheometer for melts and semi-solids. Read More »
Rheological Methods for Determining Molecular Weight & Molecular Weight Distribution 17/4/2008
Abstract
The molecular weight and molecular weight distribution (MWD) of linear polymers can be derived by using rheological methods. The mechanical excitation of polymers leads to a characteristic response of the material depending on its macromolecular structure. Using the HAAKE RheoWin software with optional tools like TTS (Time Temperature Superposition), Spectra and MWD (Molecular Weight Distribution) master curves, relaxation time spectra and molecular weight distributions can be easily generated out of dynamic tests (Oscillation frequency sweeps). Practical results are presented and discussed in this application report. Read More »
New Measuring Cell for UV-Assisted Thermal Curing at Elevated Temperatures 10/4/2008
In industry thermal curing is used in a wide range of applications like powder coating, adhesives, sealants, soldering materials, inks, etc. Recently there is an increased interest in replacing thermal curing by UV assisted thermal curing in an effort to improve product properties, increase productivity and reduce production costs, for example by reducing the amount of energy needed for initiating the curing reaction, at the same time. Read More »
Flexibility and Scalability in Continuous Granulation for the Pharmaceutical Industry 17/3/2008
The Thermo Scientific Pharma Twin Screw Granulator (TSG) is, the company’s first Twin Screw Granulator (TSG) specifically designed for pharmaceutical applications. Read More »
New NESLAB ThermoFlex 2500 – Recirculating Chiller 11/3/2008
This is the third configuration of the Thermo Scientific ThermoFlex platform released by Thermo Fisher Scientific, the NESLAB ThermoFlex 2500. Read More »
HAAKE RheoStress 6000 10/3/2008
The Thermo Scientific HAAKE RheoStress 6000 is the new generation of the HAAKE RheoStress series that is focused on standard application in R&D and QC. Read More »
Sample Fixture for Bending & Breaking Tests – Accessories for HAAKE MARS 22/10/2007
The HAAKE MARS rheometer is now equipped with a highly sensitive normal force sensor and a very precise lift motor which allows applying controlled axial forces to the sample, pushing or pulling the material. Read More »
Disposable Plate/Plate-Measured Geometry For The Controlled Temperature Chamber (CTC) 26/9/2007
The set consists of an upper shaft and a lower shaft with an integrated temperature sensor. By using the supplied press tool an exact perpendicular alignment and reproducible mounting of the disposable plates on the shafts is
guaranteed. Read More »
HAAKE MARS – Cone/Plate Exchangeable Geometries 26/9/2007
Cone/plate – exchangeable measuring geometries for maximum flexibility. Read More »
CR-Mode – Low Shear Rates HAAKE MARS 19/9/2007
Applying (Very) Low Shear Rates
Most (very) low shear rate measurements are performed in CS Mode, because most real live applications in which (very) low shear rates are important are driven by a constant stress. Examples are sagging, sedimentation, shelf live, phase separation, all phenomena that are driven by a constant force i.e. gravitation. Read More »
HAAKE MARS – Solids Clamp 19/9/2007
New solids clamps for measurements on (semi)-solids. Read More »
HAAKE MARS – Sample Loading Tool 1/8/2007
Sample loading tool for measurements on pellets and powders using a plate/plate- or cone/plate- measuring geometry. Read More »
New Accessory For HAAKE MARS – R & D Rheometer 12/6/2007
Trimming tool to remove overfilling in a plate/plate-and cone/plate measuring geometry. Read More »
Simultaneous Rheology And Microscopy 12/6/2007
The HAAKE MARS is a modular high temperature/high pressure R&D rheometer that was designed for flexibility with an architecture that permits customer modules to be integrated into the system. Read More »
Current Possibilities for Extrusion and Mixing 27/2/2003
Applications for extrusion are not confined to any single industry sector or scale of operation. They range from mega- to pilot-scale operations in industries as diverse as master-batch and compound manufacture in the polymer processing sectors, melt mixing of resins for powder coatings, continuous mixing in the food and pharmaceutical industries to fabrication, for example of rubber seals or plastic rods. Read More »
Determining The Optimum Conditions For Food Handling & Stability 8/12/2000
In many practical applications the yield point of a product is of interest. In a simple definition the yield point is the minimum stress that is required to make a material flow. In the food industry the yield value is very important for a product’s stability. For example, a salad dressing should not show phase separation or sedimentation of solid ingredients such as herbs and spices.Read More »
Calibration Oils for Viscometers – Meeting ISO Standards 6/3/200
A range of calibration fluids in larger volumes is now available from HAAKE through Rheology Solutions. Read More »