Texture analysis hits the mainstream

Friday 11 May 2007

Stable Micro Systems is proving that texture analysis is not just for technologists after the use of its Acoustic Envelope Detector by top biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen has sparked massive media interest.

The biscuit company has been inundated with visits from leading media companies NDR, dpa, ddp, RTL, SAT 1 and 3 Sat following an article published in news magazine Spiegel detailing tests conducted by Bahlsen to analyse the 'crunch' made by its products. As consumers perceive a sharp, crisp sound emitted when biting into a biscuit to indicate its freshness, Bahlsen has been using Stable Micro Systems' acoustic emissions measurement technology as a key part of product development and quality control.

Stable Micro Systems' Acoustic Envelope Detector provides a quick and easy method of collecting and analysing the noise released by crunchy products as they are deformed.

Ralf Winopal from Winopal Forschungsbedarf GmbH, Stable Micro Systems' distributor in Germany, said: "Texture analysis has become essential for product development and quality control. The media interest in Bahlsen and the Acoustic Envelope Detector shows that everyone, from scientists and technologists to the general public, can get excited by it."

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