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When measuring the color of baked, processed and fried foods and various food ingredients, the Konica Minolta BC-10 assures that the finished appearance will be consistent. Perfect for companies with multiple lines and plants, this colorimeter is also widely used by restaurants and co-packers, when quality enhancement and higher consistency in the appearance of products is required. This advanced tool also is able to measure the color of numerous snacks as well as baked crusts, flour blends, block yeast, calcium propionate, brown sugar and other baking products. Students in cooking schools use the BC-10 for training in color recognition, international bakery assistance and research and development.

(Discontinued) BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter

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.

BC 10 Colorimeter from Konica Minolta Sensing

(Discontinued) BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter

  • Easy to use – 4 steps to easy color measurement: 1- switch on, 2- perform white calibration, 3- place on product and press button, 4- measurement results are displayed immediately
  • Baking contrast units – shows measurements as L*a*b* or BCU (baking contrast unit)
  • Handheld – can be battery operated, small, portable design
  • LCD display – shows measurement results as well as provides an averaging function
  • Convenience functions – includes protective window inserts which allow direct contact measurements and an optional RS-232 output cable which enables data to be sent to a printer, computer, or storage device

(Discontinued) BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter

Measurement Format0.01-5.25 BCU
Measurement Area8mm round
Measurement Time0.7 seconds initial, 0.4 seconds continuous
Size2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ 0.8 lbs. plus batteries
Power Requirements4 AA batteries AC/DC Power Supply
RepeatabilityStandard deviation within ΔE*ab 0.1(Measurement conditions: average of measurements of standard white plate)
Statistical CapabilityMinimum, Maximum, and Mean Computation on last 16 measurements
OutputRS-232C ASCII data output stream

Specifications subject to change without notice.

(Discontinued) BC-10 Baking Contrast Meter

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Case Study: Clemson University: Understanding and Controlling Color Download PDF (2MB)
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Case Study: Food Industry Color Control Download PDF (3.6MB)