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The CR-14 handheld color reader is a battery-operated, light-weight, whiteness index measuring instrument.

(Discontinued) CR-14 Color Reader

The handheld CR-14 Color Reader measures the whiteness of raw materials or foods in paste, solid, or powder form. The Hunter Whiteness Index or the CIE Whiteness Index—an international method for expressing whiteness—is displayed on the featured LCD screen. In the food industry, this is especially useful since color variations of white are especially obvious and can greatly influence consumer purchases.

The effect storage during transportation has on the whiteness of a product can be quantified by using this product. The CR-14 Color Reader is lightweight, fits in the palm of your hand, and is portable thanks to its battery that allows an average of 2,000 measurements per charge. The unit can also be connected to an AC adapter, if preferred.

The device is easy-to-use, low cost, and ideal for industries that need inexpensive multiple devices or are just beginning to measure whiteness. Providing those functions necessary only for whiteness measuring makes it easy for anyone to use this instrument. There are only five steps: switch the power on, select the display mode, perform white calibration, place sample on the device, and press the button. Users then only need to look at the display to see measurement results.

Powders or pastes can be measured without needing to fill a cell with the CR-14 Color Reader’s protective cap, allowing for direct measurement of those substances. If users want to print results, simply connect the device to an external printer. A vinyl case to protect the instrument against dust is available as an option.

CR-14 Color Reader

(Discontinued) CR-14 Color Reader

  • Simple to operate – provides only the functions necessary for use: 1, switch on the power; 2, select the display mode; 3, perform white calibration; 4, place on sample and 5, press button; The display shows the measurement results
  • Compact size and lightweight – the instrument fits in the palm of your hand and it’s battery operated, so it’s perfect when portability is required
  • Low price – the price is so low that it’s great for those industries who need more than one instrument and perfect for first-time users
  • Protective cap – no need for filling a cell for direct measurement of pastes or powders
  • LCD display – displays both the CIE and the Hunter Whiteness Indexes
  • For printing results the unit can be connected to a printer
  • AC adaptor (optional) – use AC instead of batteries if desired
  • Vinyl cover (optional) – protect the device from dust and debris with optional cover

(Discontinued) CR-14 Color Reader

Illumination/observation system8/d (8° illumination angle/diffuse viewing: specular component excluded)
Measuring areaApprox. Φ8mm
Display modesWhiteness Index: CIE, Hunter, ASTM E313
Yellowness Index: ASTM E313, ASTM Dl925
Yxy (Displayable in CIE display mode)
RepeatabilityStandard deviation of Whiteness Index: CIE: 0.5, Hunter: 0.1
(Measurement conditions: When measuring white calibration plate)
Minimum interval between measurementsApprox. 1 sec.
Power sourceFour AA-size batteries or optional AC Adapter AC-A12
Battery lifeAlkaline-manganese batteries: Approx.2000 measurements at10-sec. Intervals
Ni-Cd batteries: Approx. 600 measurements at 10-sec intervals
Operating temperature/humidity rangeTemperature: 0 to 40°C;relative humidity 85% or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Storage temperature/humidity range-20 to 55°C; relative humidity 85% or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Standard accessoriesWhite Calibration Plate CR-A74, Soft Case CR-A68; Protective Cap CR-A79; Wrist Strap CR-A73; AA-size batteries (4)
Optional accessoriesAC Adapter AC-A12; Printer Cable CR-A75: Vinyl Cover CR-A80)

(Discontinued) CR-14 Color Reader

Owner’s Manual: Download PDF (10MB)

Case Study: Clemson University: Understanding and Controlling Color Download PDF (2MB)