The Model 530 incorporates features field-proven since 1981 in TRICOR'S award-winning, world-renowned temper meters. It offers advanced electronics, extended operating temperature and temperature measurement ranges, as well as user-selectable and programmable functions.
The 530 provides the most convenient and accurate method available for determining the temper of chocolate. Its use allows corrective action to be taken before temper becomes unacceptable and effects production yield.
The key to accurate temper measurement is stringent control of those conditions that affect the measurement. Control is exercised, in part, by precisely regulating the cooling temperature of the test sample, maintaining the depth and temperature of the temperature-sensing probe, and ensuring a constant sample size.
The 530 incorporates a precise closedloop, temperature-controlled, solid-state thermoelectric cooling unit. Its closedloop control circuitry regulates the cooling temperature with a stability of ±0.06°C (±0.1°F). TRICOR temper meters have used thermoelectric cooling units since 1981.
The temperature sensing probe is maintained at a fixed temperature prior to the test. This eliminates the possibility of any measurement errors due to variations in ambient temperature. Disposable sample cups, which ensure constant sample size and cleanliness, are stored in a dispenser in the front panel. The well that holds the chocolate sample for testing is conveniently located in the top of the 530.
A color graphic display prompts the user for all necessary actions. The user enters a product ID number, fills the sample cup with chocolate, and inserts the cup into the well. Upon completion of the test, typically 5 minutes, the display provides the CTU (chocolate temper unit) and slope values, as well as the temper curve and statistical data.
Test data can also be printed in hardcopy form on the internal printer or sent to a peripheral computer database. The 530 internally stores test data for up to 165 five minute test runs.
The Model 530 Automatic Temper Meter ensures fast, accurate, and repeatable measurement of temper. It allows users to easily establish and maintain ideal temper for their chocolate formulations.