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SOFTWARE INSTALLATION & REGISTRATION


INSTALLATION

Place the CD into the CD Drive.

The CD index should


appear automatically:

Click on the Install


Exponent Lite Express
link,

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and you should see a File Download


window open.

Click on the Run button.

Then you might see the


Security Warning:

If so then click on Run again.

Note: If the CD index does not automatically appear after a few seconds then you will need to
navigate to the CD drive in Explorer and double click on the SetupTE32 Lite Express.EXE
program to run it manually.

Follow the on-screen prompts. When the following window appears type in your CD number,
which can be found on the CD sleeve.

A link will be created in the Programs menu so you can launch Exponent Express Lite.

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STARTING THE SOFTWARE

Exponent Lite Express must be run from the Windows™ environment. You may start it from
Program Manager, the Start Menu in Windows™, by double clicking on the Exponent Lite
Express Icon that was set up during the installation procedure, or from File Manager /
Explorer.
Registration
Upon entering your Exponent Lite Express
software the following window will be
displayed each time until you have registered:

NOTE: Most screens have context sensitive


help that is available by pressing the F1 key
on the PC keyboard.

a) If you do not have Internet access, click on the „Open Fax Form‟ button. This will open a
document in your registered .rtf program (such as Write or Word). Fill in the details
requested in the right hand table column. Print out this document and fax it to us. You can
then continue to use the software.

b) If you have Internet access click on the „Register On-line‟ button. This will take you to a
form on our website. Please make sure that all fields are filled in. Click on the submit button.
This will e-mail us your details to be processed. You can then continue to use the software.

To run your software at a later date before you have received your registration code just click
on the „Register Later‟ button.

When you receive your registration code, start the software again and click on the Enter
Registration Code button. The following window will be displayed:

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Enter the company name and registration code exactly as they appear on the document that
we have returned to you. Click on „OK‟.

You will then see the warning message about the force:

Make sure you have read the safety pages at the start of this guide before you
click on Yes.

Finally you will see the main window with the Tip Of The Day on top and the Getting Started
Guide.

Click on the OK button of the Tip Of The Day window to close it and you can start using
Exponent / Exponent Lite.

Recommended PC/System Requirements


 1GHz CPU
 1 Gb RAM
 1024 x 768 x 24bit graphics
 500Mb of free hard disc space
 DVD / CD-ROM
 Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP HOME & XP PROFESSIONAL, Vista
 USB
 Mouse
 Sound card (optional)
 Internet access for updating purposes (optional)
 Printer (optional)

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CALIBRATION
Force
Recommended when:-
A) The loadcell is changed
B) The instrument is moved
C) The instrument is overloaded
D) Various people have used the instrument and you are concerned about prior use.
E) Force calibration is quick and easy to perform and therefore for peace of mind it would
not be unacceptable to calibrate each day, especially if intending to test many samples.

From the tool bar menu click on T.A. Calibrate - Calibrate Force.

The installed load cell type and capacity is identified and displayed with the serial numbers.

Factory or User:
You may have the choice at this point of restoring the factory calibration or performing your
own calibration. The Factory option will be disabled on older load cells and TA.XT
Express/TAXT2icon that have not been factory calibrate,d in which case the User option is
the only available choice.
If you do select the factory option then clicking on the next button will restore the factory
calibration and display the Calibration Status window.
If you choose the User option then the following procedure applies.

Place the calibration weight of your choice on the calibration platform and type this weight
value into the box. The TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon can be calibrated with any weight up to
the load cell capacity installed in the Texture Analyser to provide optimum accuracy at the
force range of specific interest to the user. Click on „Next‟ when ready to proceed.

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The window below should be displayed.

Click on „Finish‟. If the force calibration has been successful the following window will
appear. Once this message is displayed remove the weight from the calibration platform.

To perform a calibration check, place the weight back on the centre of the calibration
platform/hanger and check that the texture analyser produces the expected result by clicking
on TA – Calibrate – Check Force.

Remove the weight from the platform/hanger and ensure the reading returns to zero.

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If either the check weight or the return to zero check does not give the expected result, then
repeat the calibration as above.
Probe Height
Only required if:-
A) You wish to measure in % Strain
B) You wish to record the height of the product during the test
C) You wish to use a Button trigger
D) You wish to start each test from the same position
E) You wish to go to Pre-set probe positions in the „Move Probe‟ window

First make sure the probe is within about 5mm of the base. The procedure will timeout and
fail if the probe is too far away from the base.
From the tool bar menu, click on T.A. Calibrate - Calibrate Height.

Select the Return Distance and the speed you wish the probe to move to this distance once it
has touched the contact surface (0mm), which may be, for example, the base of the machine,
the surface of the Heavy Duty Platform, etc

Click on OK to start the calibration.


If the probe height calibration has been successful the following window will be displayed:

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Note: Switching off the power causes any Height Calibrations to become invalid.

Checking the Force Calibration


This can be performed with several different weights by clicking on T.A – Calibrate – Check
Force.

Place the weights on to the platform and verify that the reading is within specification, which
is better than 1% of the load cell capacity.

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PERFORMING YOUR FIRST TEST


Before you can run a test on the TA you must select or define a T.A. Sequence to be used by
the Texture Analyser. The easiest method is to select one of the pre-defined tests as follows:
From the tool bar menu, click on T.A. – T.A Settings

The following window will appear:

Standard library tests can be chosen by clicking on „Library‟ in this window. The following
window will appear:

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From here you may choose the test you wish to perform. (A „Return to Start‟ test is the most
common „basic start‟ test). Descriptions of all library tests are provided by clicking on the
tool bar menu Help – Library Tests Available. These library tests are designed to provide
emulation of the tests available to the old TA.XT2/TA.HD Texture Analyser. The variables
have been defined specifically to map into the TA.XT2/TA.HD set up parameters). Once your
test has been chosen, click on OK. A T.A Settings window will then appear.

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Choose your test parameters by typing into relevant cells. Once created these settings can be
saved to a file for later use by clicking on File – Save As. Once you are happy with your test
parameters, click on „OK‟. The texture analyser is now ready to perform this test. Position
the sample you wish to test on the machine base or suitable platform and attach the probe
which you have chosen to use to test the sample.

From the tool bar menu, click on T.A. – Run a Test.

The window below will be displayed:

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You do not have to fill in any fields but a file name and save path are recommended. Click on
the „OK‟ button to start the test.

The test will commence and a graph will subsequently be plotted. Providing the axes are
configured correctly, you should be able to see the test data being captured as the test runs. If

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the auto save tick box was selected then the file name and path will be shown in the window‟s
title bar (typically the blue band along a software program‟s main window panel).

That is all that is required to run a test. However, if you find that the library tests do not
provide you with the testing sequence you wish to perform you may wish to write your own
sequence of testing commands.

You may wish to generate a Project as a simple, well-ordered way to organize generating and
analysing tests. To learn more about how to create a new project see the “Creating A New
Project” tutorial printed in this manual.

To analyse the graph you may wish to use an analytical Macro. To learn more about how to
create a new Macro see the “Creating A New Macro” tutorial printed in this manual.

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SOLVING YOUR PROBLEMS


If you have access to the Internet and the WWW (World Wide Web) you can point your
browser (software used to view WWW pages) at our website.
http://www.stablemicrosystems.com

On our website is information about our products and information on the latest version of our
software packages. You can also email us for technical help, information or ideas about
improving our products.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY DIFFICULTIES IN THE USE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT


PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DISTRIBUTOR.
YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR YOUR INSTRUMENT SERIAL NUMBER AND
SOFTWARE VERSION NUMBER.

STABLE MICRO SYSTEMS ARE ALSO HAPPY TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR
TECHNICAL QUESTIONS:
FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT: tech.support@stablemicrosystems.com
FOR APPLICATIONS SUPPORT: app.support@stablemicrosystems.com
Tel: *44 1483 427345
Fax: *44 1483 427600

Stable Micro Systems Ltd. are the manufacturers of the TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon
instrument:
Stable Micro Systems Ltd
Vienna Court
Lammas Road
Godalming
Surrey
England
GU7 1YL
UK

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UPGRADING YOUR SOFTWARE AND FIRMWARE


Regular updates of new version of software and firmware are available from
www.textureanalyser.co.uk/upgrades/tee32.htm

Download the relevant file and then run it on each PC that has Exponent Lite Express
installed, following the on-screen instructions. The update program also contains the latest
firmware flash files for the TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon.

There is a utility on the Exponent Lite Express CD located in the Utilities directory called
TestApp.exe. This is used to re-program the firmware on the TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon.
Follow the steps below to carry out the upgrade procedure.

1 Run the TestApp.exe program.


2 Select the Re-Flash button. This will open a window where you can select the
location of the firmware to program into the TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon.
3 Use the File Open window to locate the file XTEpress.sx and open it. This is the
firmware update. If you have downloaded from our web site and run an update to the
Exponent Lite Express program then this will have copied the latest Firmware files
into a subdirectory of TE32 Lite Express called TAFirmware. E.g., the file you are
looking for will be something like C:\Program Files\TE32 Lite
Express\TAFirmware\XTExpress.sx. If you have an update on CD then the firmware
files are located on the CD in the Utilities directory.
4 The code is then transferred to the TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon.
5 The software will then erase and reprogram the firmware. Once complete the TA.XT
Express/TAXT2icon will reboot. DO NOT SWITCH OFF the TA.XT
Express/TAXT2icon during this stage.
6 Once complete the window should look like this :-

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The TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon firmware should now be up to date. You can inspect the
firmware version of your TA.XT Express/TAXT2icon by clicking on the T.A. – Firmware
Information menu item in the Exponent Lite Express program.

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HELP OPTIONS

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APPLICATION GUIDE

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Although included with Exponent Lite Express some features are reserved and will only work
in Exponent .
Exponent provides the ability to load a project according to the settings, macro, spreadsheet
used in the study. By clicking on the „LOAD PROJECT‟ button within a selected study,
Exponent will automatically open up a project and you are immediately ready to perform the
test according to the study (unless notified to perform a simple pre-testing procedure such as
probe height calibration) and subsequently analyse the data in the same way that has been
recommended within the study text.

LIBRARY TESTS AVAILABLE

Whilst the TA.XTPlus/TA.HDPlus/MT.LQPlus and Exponent are now not limited to fixed
library tests (as is Texture Expert/Exceed software) we appreciate that existing customers will
still wish to use library tests that they have historically used and become familiar with. For
this reason we have included all old library sequences and have dedicated a section of the

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Help to explain each of these sequences. These library sequences can also be automatically
loaded from the Help files. The loading of sequences from the help files is an Exponent only
feature.

This section of the Help Files is exclusive to Exponent / Exponent Lite.

PROBE GUIDE

Our existing range of probes and fixtures are shown and explained within this section of the
Help Files.

DATA ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES

For each of the data analysis options (e.g. area, gradient, etc.) there is now an explanation of
how it is measured, where it is recorded and how it can be used.

This section of the Help Files is exclusive to Exponent / Exponent Lite.

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GUIDE TO MEASURING A SPECIFIC TEXTURAL PROPERTY

If you have a particular textural property in mind that you would like to assess, this section
guides you through examples and considerations by textural property. Whilst your specific
product may not be listed, we are almost certain that in most cases there will be a similar
product that can demonstrate a particular method for you.

This section of the Help Files is exclusive to Exponent / Exponent Lite.

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INTRODUCTION TO TEXTURE ANALYSIS

A guide through the basic introduction to Texture and the principles of texture analysis. Here
all of the basic testing techniques that are performed on the Texture Analyser, e.g.
compression, tension, extrusion are explained and animated in detail.

PUBLISHED PAPERS USING THE TA.XT2

If you are interested in papers that have been published that refer to the
TA.XT2/TA.HD/TA.XTPlus/TA.HDPlus/TA.XT Express Texture Analyser this section
provides citations of publications arranged by product sector.

GENERAL SOFTWARE HELP TOPICS

Accessed through the Help option on the software Toolbar as standard and present as
„Exponent Lite Express Help Topics‟. You can use the „Search‟ facility in the Toolbar of this
Help section to type in the topic you wish to find out more about. For example, if „anchors‟
was typed the following options would be displayed for your selection:
Anchors
Moving Anchors
Selecting Anchors

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TUTORIALS

These are written to guide new users through basic procedures of using the software step-by-
step. They can naturally be printed out for ease of viewing.

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MICROSOFT GENIE AGENTS

Using Microsoft Agents

Microsoft Agents are small, animated, characters then can speak most text that appears on
screen. This can help rest your eyes if you find the text a bit small to see. This option will
only be used if you have installed the Microsoft Agent code. You can get the Agents from the
Microsoft Web site. At the time of writing the agents were available from:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/imedia/agent/agentdl.asp
but this could change so if this fails then try searching for Agents on the microsoft.com web
site. You will probably need to download three parts: the Microsoft Agents core components,
Microsoft Agents characters files (there were four different characters) and a Text-to-Speech
engine for your language.

Typical Genie Choices

MERLIN GENIE PARROT ROBOT

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TUTORIAL - CHANGING GRAPH PREFERENCES


Changing Graph Preferences
Graph preferences involve the units and axis types of a displayed plot, and dictate the units of
the calculated results. Depicted below is a blank graph window with Force units in grams on
the Y-axis, and Time in seconds on the X-axis.

There are many methods for users to change the data types plotted on an axis or the units of a
graph.

Shortcut Method
The Exponent Lite Express program has many built in short cuts, which are accessible by
right-mouse clicking over certain elements of various screens. The shortcut method to change
either axis data type would be to right-mouse click over the then-displayed axis label, and for
the user to select the desired axis data type from a pop-up box, like the two below. Please
note that not all axis types are supported by Exponent Express Lite.

Y-axis pop-up box X-axis pop-up box

The shortcut method to change the units would be to right-mouse click over the displayed
units (in the parenthesis) and to choose the desired units from a pop-up box, like the ones
below.

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Force units pop-up box Time unit pop-up box

Distance units pop-up box Stress units pop-up box

Auxillary unit pop-up box RS485 Channel pop-up box

Strain unit options Strength unit options

Format Pull-Down Menu Method

The second way is to select either the Y-Axis, X-axis or Units from the Format Pull-Down
menu. The user would then select the desired axis type and units. Please note that not all
axis types are supported by Exponent Express Lite.

Graph Preferences Window Method

The third way is to choose the settings from the Graph Preferences option from the File pull-
down menu, or by clicking the Graph Preferences icon on the Project Bar. The Graph
Preferences window and the Project Bar are depicted below. Once the user selects the desired
axis types from the Axis tabs, and units from the Units tabs, the user should then click on the
OK button. The Stress and Strain tabs are accessed by the buttons on the units tabs
screen. Please note that not all axis types are supported by Exponent Express Lite.

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The graph preferences will then be a stored component of the active project. It is important to
note that the preferences will only be saved if the active project is saved after the graph
preferences are designated.

Changing Scale
In many cases the depicted graph may reflect the desired axis and units, however, the graphs‟
maximum and minimum values may be inappropriate. Users always have the option to
AUTO-SCALE either axis from the axis tab of the Graph Preferences window, or by right-
mouse clicking on the highest or lowest Y-axis values, or the right-most or left-most X-axis
values.

For example, the below plot is plotted from –2,000 to 16,000 grams and from 0 to 4 seconds.
To improve the default graph preferences for this plot right-mouse click on the lowest Y-axis

values of –2,000 , enter instead 0 , and then hit the enter key. Additionally,

click on the right most X-axis value of 4 seconds , enter 2.0 and then hit the
enter key. The before and after results are depicted below.

Zooming and Unzooming


To zoom, the user simply clicks with the mouse on a section above and
to the left of the section to be zoomed, and then drags the mouse down
and to the right. A zoom box like the one shown to the right will appear.

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When the user releases the mouse, the plot will be zoomed into the area selected. The user
can zoom in repeatedly.
A user can also zoom in with the Zoom In icon.

To unzoom step by step, the user should click on the Zoom Out icon. To completely
zoom out, the user can choose the View, Redraw command, or press the F5 key.

Unwanted Data Channels


Most users will not require all of the data channels that provided with the Exponent software
(e.g. Unfiltered Force, Rotary Encoder or the Aux channels). The software ships with all of
the channels enabled, however, the user can easily disable or re-enable the available data
channels using the Plug-in manager. This is a separate program that is installed at the same
time as Exponent and a shortcut is placed in the “Texture Exponent 32” start menu. As long
as a channel has been disabled, then any option related to the channel will not show up any of
the related tabs or pop-up boxes.

Exponent Lite / Exponent Lite Express does not support other data channels.

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Graph Preferences’ Impact on Results Files


The displayed units affect the units of any calculations made by the user. For example, in the
below plot, two anchors have been dropped and the area between them calculated. Since the
plot is in Force (grams) vs. Time (seconds) then the calculated value for the area will be in
unit the of gs. If the axis were in Force (kg) vs. Distance (mm), then the calculated value for
the area will be in the unit of kgmm.

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TUTORIAL - CREATING A NEW PROJECT


Projects are simple, well ordered ways to organise test settings, data presentation and analysis.

Exponent Lite Express will always have a Project document open to manage the operations of
other parts of the program hence the lack of a Close command, but it is up to you if and when
the Project is saved to disk.

If you want to create a new Project or stop using an open Project then simply select the New
Project command. This will effectively close the Project and then immediately open a new
clean project.
Project Components
A Project has the following components as indicated on the Project Panel
(illustrated below):

Title

T.A. Settings and Sequence

Test Configuration (Run-a-Test settings)

Files

Graph Preferences

Security Options – not available in Exponent Express Lite

Probe Presets

Creating a New Project


To create a new Project follow the steps provided below. The best time to create a Project is
after certain files and settings have already been created (e.g. macro files, test sequences,
graph preferences). The Project we create in this illustrative sequence will be for testing
tablet hardness, although the steps would be identical for almost any other product. More
complicated projects can be created.

To create a new Project choose the "File" pull-down menu and select the "Project” and then
the “New Project” command.

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You will be prompted if you want to close the existing project before the new project is
opened/created. Click on the „Yes‟ button.

You will then get a blank screen like the one shown below, with the Project Panel depicted
along the left hand side of the window.

Project Panel
To toggle the ability to view or hide the Project Panel select the “Project” command from the
Windows pull-down menu. The size of the Project Panel and it‟s position on the screen may
be adjusted to suit your needs. The resized and reposition Project Panel can be saved as part
of the Workspace designated with the Project.

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Project Title
Click on the Title icon to provide a title for the Project. You should type in a desired title into
the dialog box and click on the OK button.

Establishing T.A. Settings or T.A. Sequences – Exponent only


Click on the T.A. Settings icon to load already saved test sequences into the Project. You will
get the following screen. Select either File, Load or click on the Library button to designate
the path to the desired test sequence file.

You will then see the test settings in the below window. Click on the OK button to load these
settings to the project. These settings will also be the settings used for the next test run by the
Exponent Express Lite software.

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Test Configuration (Run-a-Test settings)


Click on the Test Configuration icon to establish the test configuration for tests run from the
Project.
The Test Configuration settings include tabs for:
Archive Information Designates the name, batch and file paths for new tests.
Probe Selection Designates which probe will be used for new tests.
Parameters Designates which ancillary information will be generated and
associated with the new tests.
Data Acquisition Designates which user-definable data channels in addition for
force, distance time and strain are captured during a test.
Pre-Test Designates what should happen before a test is run.
Post-Test Designates what should happen after a test is run.

Test Configuration (Archive Information Tab)


The Archive Information tab is used to designate the file name, batch name, file path and
whether the Auto Save feature is enabled (recommended once you start collecting relevant
data). You can also create a directory for your data from this tab or use the „My Test
Sequences directory already prepared for you.

The Archive Information tab might look like the one below once it has been filled out.

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Test Configuration (Probe Selection Tab)


The Probe Selection tab is used to identify which probe the tests will be conducted with for
future reference or for certain calculations resulting from the probe‟s defined contact area.
For example, if the contact area is defined for the probe and it is used (see next screen) then
the plot may be displayed and analyzed in stress units such as lbs/square inch.

Test Configuration (Parameters Tab)


The Parameters tab is used to indicate which additional units or areas should be used in
conjunction with the test.

Test Configuration (Data Acquisition Tab)


The Data Acquisition tab is used to identify which user-definable data channels in addition to
force, distance time and strain are captured during a test. The Typical Test Time (sec) tick
box is used to reserve an approximate block of hard drive space for the test data. While not
necessary, it may be useful for improving the speed at which the data from very long tests is
written to the hard drive.

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Test Configuration (Pre-Test Tab)


The Pre-Test tab designates whether a specific second delay should occur before a test is run,
and whether the other graphs plotted should be removed from the screen before the test
commences.

You can also set up custom questions and configuration checks to be presented to the user at
the start of each test or just the first test.

Test Configuration (Post-Test Tab)


The Post-Test tab designates whether a test should be compared against an average or a max-
min set of curves, and whether an analytical macro should be run after the test has finished
being generated.

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Files (references for default files)

Click on the Files icon on the Project Panel to designate default files with macros, reports,
results files etc, all of which will encompass the Project. This feature lets you use similar
results files or analytical macros among different projects. To designate a file of a certain
type, simply click on the … button and selected the desired file and its path.

Some options are only available in Exponent.

Graph Preferences

Click on the Graph Preferences icon on the Project Panel if you wish to define default X and
Y axis types, units and scaling preferences. Some axis types are only available in Exponent.

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Security Options – Exponent only


Click on the Security Options icon on the Project Panel if you wish to define which elements
of the project are protected. The user may choose between Public, Protected and Private
security levels.

Probe Presets
Click on the Probe Presets icon on the Project Panel if you wish to define up to five positions
or detected forces to which the probe may be instructed to find under certain test conditions
(as well as the speed by which to go to those positions or forces).

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Saving Your Newly Created Project


Once you have established the above settings (or whatever subset of them you choose to
establish) you should save the Project by choosing the "Project Save As" command from the
"File, Project" pull-down menu. Select the directory you wish to save the file to, and give it a
file name. In this example we have called the macro “Tablet Hardness”, and it has been saved
with a .PRJ file extension.

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TUTORIAL - CREATING A RESULTS FILE TEMPLATE


Results files are the built-in spreadsheets that Exponent Lite Express uses to store and display
calculated results. Anytime a calculation occurs on a graph a results file is automatically
opened to accept the data. The program‟s default results file is empty of any calculations.
Results files from the Library or user-defined Results files may already have calculations
embedded within them. For example, a useful set of calculations to embed into a results file
may be the average, standard deviation and % CV (Coefficient of Variation) of any data
posted to it.

This section of the help file illustrates how to create a results file template for calculating the
average, standard deviation and % CV of any data. A user may create templates for virtually
any custom calculation.

To create a new results file for use as a template choose the "File" pull-down menu and select
the "New" command. Select the RESULTS icon from the “Open a new file of type” window.

A blank results file like the one below will open up. Notice that the results tab has two tabs.
One is labelled Results1 and the other is labelled Info. The calculated results (e.g. area, or
peak force) will be posted to the Results1 tab. The Info tab contains information about the
test such as date, time and whatever additional information was selected to “Use” on the
Parameters tab of the Test Configuration/Run A Test screen (e.g. contact area, product
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We are now ready to add rows for calculating the average, standard deviation and the % CV
of the posted results. We will have the calculations grouped by batch, although the user may
instead choose to calculate the same information by the entire column.

To add a new row for the average calculation choose the "Insert" command from the "Sheet,
Row" pull-down menu. Click on the “F” button to see what formulas are available to use.
You will then be shown the Formula Select window.

Select the AVERAGE(range_ref) command, choose the Apply to each Batch radio button,
and then click on the OK button. You will then see the Row Setup window. Type in a title
for the row such as “Average” in our example, and then click on the OK button. You will see
that a row with the Average calculation will show up in the spreadsheet.

To add a new row for the standard deviation calculation once again choose the "Insert"
command from the "Sheet, Row" pull-down menu. Click on the “F” button to see the
available formulas, select the STDEVP(range_ref) command, choose the Apply to each Batch
radio button, and then click on the OK button. Type in a title for the row such as “S.D.” in
our example, and then click on the OK button. You will see that a row with the standard
deviation formula for a sample of a population will show up in the spreadsheet.

To add a third new row for the coefficient of variation calculation choose the "Insert"
command from the "Sheet, Row" pull-down menu. Click on the “F” button to see the
available formulas, once again select the STDEVP(range_ref) command, choose the Apply to
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a divide by sign “/”. Then re-click on the “F” button, select the AVERAGE(range_ref)
command, choose the Apply to each Batch radio button, and click on the OK button. Then
type in a “*100” in the formula field and type a title for the row such as “% CV”. Finally
click on the „OK‟ button. You will see that a row with the coefficient of variation will show
up in the spreadsheet.

The results file will then look like the one immediately below.

At this point you have a results file, which is workable, but you should still save it before any
data is posted to it and then write-protect so that it can be used again and again as a template.

To save it, choose “File, Save As” from the pull-down menu give it a file name. The file will
be given an .rsl extension. In this example we have called the results file template “Stats”,
and it has been saved with an .rsl file extension.

Write-protected templates should be saved to commonly accessed directories so that many


projects and users can easily reference them. In this case we will save it to the Sample Files
directory. Then close the results file.

To write-protect the file go to its directory in Windows‟ Explorer or My Computer (or search
for Stats.rsl). Once you have located the file, highlight it and then choose File, Properties (or
right-mouse click on it and choose Properties). Click on the READ-ONLY tick box and then
click on the OK button. The file will then have been write-protected and cannot be
accidentally overwritten.

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You are then ready to use the results file directly or in a Project. Once data has been posted to
the results file you can save it under a different file name. You will not be able to save it as
the same file name in the same directory as the template unless you once again go to the File
Properties of that file and turn off the write-protection.

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PROBE TEMPERATURE & MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED LOAD


CHART

Min Max
probe probe
Max Probe height height
Max. rec. operating length from from
load temp (inc. machine machine
Code Description KG C AD/20) bed bed
P/30C 30° Conical probe 5 100 80.5 19.5 119.5
P/30CSS 30° Conical probe 50 200 80.5 19.5 119.5
P/40C 40° Conical probe 5 100 66.2 33.8 133.8
P/45C 45° Conical probe 5 100 66.2 33.8 133.8
P/45CSS 45° Conical probe 50 200 66.2 33.8 133.8
P/60C 60° Conical probe 5 100 50.9 49.1 149.1
P/2N Needle probe 5 200 82.0 18.0 118.0
P/2 2mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/2E 2mm Ø Cylinder probe -
Extended length 25 200 94.5 5.5 105.5
P/3 3mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 68.0 32.0 132.0
P/4 4mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 80.0 20.0 120.0
P/5 5mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 80.0 20.0 120.0
P/6 6mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 80.0 20.0 120.0
P/10 10mm Ø Cylinder probe 5 150 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/20 20mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/20P 20mm Ø Cylinder probe 5 100 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/25 25mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/25P 25mm Ø Cylinder probe 5 100 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/35 35mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 55.0 45.0 145.0
P/36R 36mm Ø Cylinder probe
with Radius 25 200 56.0 44.0 144.0
P/40 40mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/45 45mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 75.0 25.0 125.0
P/50 50mm Ø Cylinder probe 25 200 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/75 75mm Ø Compression
platen 100 200 111.0 0.0 89.0
P/100 100mm Ø Compression
platen 100 200 111.0 0.0 89.0
P/0.25 ¼ " Ø Cylinder probe 50 200 80.0 20.0 120.0
P/0.5R ½" Ø Cylinder probe with
radius 5 150 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/0.5 ½" Ø Cylinder probe 5 150 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/1R 1" Ø Cylinder probe with
radius 5 150 60.0 40.0 140.0

P/1 1" Ø Cylinder probe 5 150 70.0 30.0 130.0


P/1.5 1½" Ø Cylinder probe 5 200 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/2.0 2" Ø Cylinder probe 5 200 70.0 30.0 130.0
P/5S 5mm Ø Spherical probe 50 200 79.3 20.7 120.7
P/0.25S ¼" Ø Spherical probe 50 200 82.0 18.0 118.0
P/0.5S ½" Ø Spherical probe 50 200 93.5 6.5 106.5
P/0.75S ¾" Ø Spherical probe 25 200 77.1 22.9 122.9
P/1S 1" Ø Spherical probe 50 200 120.0 0.0 80.0
P/1SP 1" Ø Spherical probe 25 150 120.0 0.0 80.0

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P/0.5HS ½" Ø Hemispherical


probe 25 150 79.0 21.0 121.0
P/1KP 1cm² Area Cylinder probe
(Kobe) 5 150 60.0 40.0 140.0
P/1KS 1cm² Area Cylinder probe
(Kobe) 25 200 60.0 40.0 140.0
AD/20 20mm Probe Adapter 50 200
AD/60 60mm Probe Adapter 50 200
AD/100 100mm Probe Adapter 50 200
AD/HD HD Adapter 250 200
AD/C 4mm Chuck Adapter 25 200

Cleaning and Maintenance of your Texture Analyser Probe/Fixture

All probes and fixtures may be cleaned in warm (or hand hot) water using a mild detergent.
A soft brush may be used but abrasive cleaning aids should be avoided.
Stable Micro Systems products should be not microwaved or cleaned in a dishwasher.
Screw threads should be lightly lubricated after drying using a light lubricant, e.g. petroleum
jelly, mineral oil. This will aid the fitting and unscrewing of the item.
Each component of a probe or fixture should be wrapped separately when stored, to avoid
scratching or chipping. This will safeguard against any unnecessary damage to the accessory.

Safety Recommendations

When testing products that are likely to fail in an aggressive manner it is advisable to use a
Shatter Screen or Safety Interlock Cabinet. Caution must also be taken with probes and
fixtures which are sharp.

CAUTION!
Goods contained are sharp! (Improper use
of this scientific accessory may cause
injury).
Shatter screen (XT/SHT) or
Interlock Cabinet is recommended when
using this product.

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