chroma meter cr-5

Affordable And High Performance BenchTop Colorimeter 

Konica Minolta Chroma Meter CR-5 built and designed base on CM-5 spectrophotometer that offers offers a fantastic price to performance ratio, particularly for QC measurements of liquids. Like the CM-5 the CR-5 can operate independently of a PC and features a color screen for enhanced usability.

Chroma meter  CR-5 is a very versatile bench-top colorimeter to measure the colour of solid, pasty granular and liquid samples either in reflectance or transmittance. The top-port concept, offering various aperture sizes, allows measurement of almost any kind of samples. The CR-5 is thus the perfect all-rounder laboratory instrument for applications such as Flavours & Fragrances, Foods, Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Plastics.

The CR-5 can work stand alone thanks to the large colour screen and extensive firmware offering all major colorimetric systems including industry specific indices to measure transparent liquids such as Gardner, Hazen/APHA, Iodine, European and US Pharmacopoeia. In combination with the optional software SpectraMagic NX many more indices are available.


Food | Plastic | Cosmetics | Ceramic | Granular Material  | Paste | Liquid |Powder samples etc.

Chroma Meter CR-5

  • Includes aperture sizes, 3mm, 8mm, and 30mm, to evaluate the color and appearance of samples very small to large in size
  • Equipped with a top-port area for measuring opaque samples, as well as a transmittance chamber for measuring transparent and translucent samples
  • Pass/fail assessments immediately determines if the sample meets the defined standard or target color
  • Instrument is calibrated automatically with each start up to maintain its high accuracy and performance
  • Large color LCD screen displays data and graphs clearly, including color values.
  • Provides an Operation Wizard to guide users through instrument set up and measurement use
  • Individual instrument settings and measurement data can be stored to eliminate confusion between multiple users
  • Various industry-specific indices are stored in the instrument, including Gardner, Hazen/APHA, Iodine Color Number, US and European Pharmacopoeia, to meet application needs quickly and more effectively

Chroma Meter CR-5

ModelSpectrophotometer CR-5
Illumination/viewing systemReflectancede:8° SCE (diffuse illumination: 8° viewing, specular component excluded)
Conforms to CIE No. 15, ISO 7724/1, ASTM E 1164, DIN 5033 Teil 7, and JIS Z 8722 (Condition c)
Transmittancedi:180° (diffuse illumination:180° viewing)
Integrating sphere sizeØ 152mm
DetectorDual 40-element silicon photodiode arrays
Spectral separation devicePlanar diffraction grating
Light sourcePulsed xenon lamp (with UV cut filter)
Measurement timeApprox. 1 s (to data display/output); Minimum measurement interval: Approx. 3 s
Measurement/ illumination areaReflectanceChangeable by changing mask and settings.
LAV: Ø30 mm/Ø36 mm; MAV (optional): Ø8 mm/Ø11 mm; SAV (optional): Ø3 mm/Ø6 mm
TransmittanceØ20 mm
RepeatabilityChromaticity value: Standard deviation within ΔE*ab 0.04
* When a white calibration plate is measured 30 times at 10-second intervals after white calibration
Inter-instrument agreementWithin ΔE*ab 0.15 (Typical)
(Based on 12 BCRA Series II colour tiles compared to values measured with a master body at 23°C)
Transmittance chamberNo sides (unlimited sample length); Depth (maximum sample thickness): 60 mm Sample holder (optional) for holding sheet samples or containers of liquid samples can be installed/removed
Display5.7-inch TFT colour LCD
Display languagesEnglish, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Simplified Chinese
White calibrationAutomatic white calibration (reflectance)/100% calibration (transmittance) using internal white calibration plate
(Not available when using petri dish or transmittance cell)
InterfacesUSB 1.1 (Connection to PC; USB memory stick); RS-232C standard (Connection to serial printer)
Observer2° Standard Observer or 10° Standard Observer
IlluminantC, D65
Displayed dataColorimetric values, colour-difference values, colour-difference graph, pass/fail judgment, pseudo colour, colour assessment
Colour spaceL*a*b*, L*C*h, Hunter Lab, Yxy, XYZ, Munsell, and colour differences in these spaces (except for Munsell)

WI (ASTM E 313-73, ASTM E 313-96); YI (ASTM E 313-73, ASTM E 313-96, ASTM D 1925)

TransmittanceGardner, Iodine, Hazen (APHA), European Pharmacopoeia, US Pharmacopeia
Color-difference equation

ΔE*ab (CIE 1976), ΔE*94 (CIE 1994), ΔE00 (CIE 2000), ΔE (Hunter), CMC (l:c)

Pass/fail judgmentTolerances can be set to colorimetric values (except Munsell), colour-difference values
Storable dataSample data: 4,000 measurements; Target colour data: 1,000 measurements
USB memory stick storageStorage of measurement data and target colour data. Storage/reading of measurement condition settings
(Security-enabled USB memory sticks cannot be used.)
PowerAC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz (using exclusive AC adapter)
SizeSlide cover closed: 385 (W) × 192 (H) × 261 (D) mm
Slide cover open: 475 (W) × 192 (H) × 261 (D) mm
WeightApprox. 5.8 kg
Operating temperature/
humidity range
13 to 33°C, relative humidity 80 % or less (at 35°C) with no condensation
Storage temperature/
humidity range
0 to 40°C, relative humidity 80 % or less (at 35°C) with no condensation

Specifications and appearance subject to change without notice.

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