Whether you are storing fruits and vegetables for controlled ripening or you are a farmer in the field, you need a way to accurately quantify ripeness, and the experience and expertise that goes along with it. Ripeness can be quantified as the force required to deform or puncture the flesh of fruits and vegetables. This requires a device such as a penetrometer with a compact load cell.
How it works :
- An LSM250 or LSM300 series load cell is mounted inside a handheld device with a penetrating tip.
- An operator then presses the penetrometer into the fruit or vegetable to be tested.
- The sensor measures the force applied throughout the process, which is sent to the IHH500 (handheld digital display) or to the high resolution USB solution.
- The data is then transferred to a PC and analyzed using the SENSIT data acquisition software.
- The IHH500 and USB220 track the applied force and display the maximum applied load.
- The maximum load is then analyzed and compared to determine the maturity of the sample.
- The LSM250 and LSM300 series load cells are equipped with up to 1000% axial overload protection (2.2 lbs. to 25 lbs.) to prevent possible operator error.