(Discontinued) BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter
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The BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter is handheld and allows users to measure colors in processed, smoked, fried and baked food items. In addition, it can be used to monitor and control colors in the ingredients of these products. The result is perfect consistency among all like items. Light and compact with an easy fit in the hand, the BC-10 can be run on a battery or through an AC adapter and worn on the wrist with a strap. It was built to perform contact measurements that are consistently precise and reliable. Light conditions do not affect it, and the technology we’ve built into it completely eliminates any inconsistencies in human eye subjectivity.
Konica Minolta created this instrument to be easy to use (including for those using it for the first time) and remarkably fast. Here’s how it works. Turn the unit on. Perform white tile calibration. Put the unit on the object whose color is to be measured. Push the button. When this is done, the screen shows the measurement data including units of baking contrast (i.e., lightness or darkness measurements). This is a powerful, accurate measuring instrument that we created for exclusive use in the food industry.
The name “BC” is from BCU, which comes from standard tristimulus colorimetry’s “L” value. The range runs from darkest (0) to lightest (5.25). Every .1 BCU change represents about a single shade that is noticeable by the human eye. The unit will also display averages when a number of measurements are needed and an average of them calculated. The BC-10 is able to store as many as 16 readings simultaneously and has other useful functions like protective window inserts that allows direct contact with no need of a test tube, petri dish or cell. Finally, the unit’s RS-232 output cable (optional) makes it easy to connect the instrument to storage devices, computers or printers.