April 2018


Starting in the 1950s, Henry Simon has been actively involved in the measurement, onward development and maintenance of flour colour standards along with National laboratories in both the UK and overseas.

The introduction of the Simon range of Colour Graders to the Kent Jones scale began a series of instruments selling in their hundreds worldwide.

Following the relaunch of the Henry Simon brand, Satake continues to play a major part in the use of the tristimulus colour standard in the wheat flour industry.

Satake Europe introduced the unique multi-standard NCG colour analyser, which enables flour colour measurement for both dry and legacy wet paste in a single machine, along with their associated calibration values. Working in a long-term partnership with Konica Minolta, Satake developed and refined the NCG Colour Grader.

The NCG range has been sold worldwide for the measurement of flour colour to both wet paste colour grade and tristimulus L*a*b* standard (CieLab) for well over a decade. The success of the NCG range has been due to the simplicity of its operation, the repeatability and accuracy of its optics, and firmware that is specific to the flour industry.

Satake offers customers over 60 years of experience and knowledge of the flour and milling industry and access to a Global service network, guaranteeing the accuracy and traceability of measurements and the long-term health of the asset.

In operation analysis takes less than 30 seconds, including sample preparation. The sample is first loaded into an industry standard petri dish, which is tapped a couple of times to ensure it is presented correctly before analysis. This ensures minimum time requirement yet excellent inter-machine repeatability.

Wet paste sample preparation is also possible, in which case the NCG5a is able to generate colour grade readings direct to the inbuilt screen.

The latest iteration of the NCG, the NCG5a, features several improvements on the previous generation aimed at simplifying the process of colour measurement. The built-in display and operation wizard allows the operator to perform and report measurements directly, saving time and preventing errors. The system is also compatible with the Spectramagix software if required.

Satake"s NCG range of colour graders are in use by many customers within the UK milling industry, where the NCG5a complies with the UK standard test for Tristimulus measurement of wheat flour.

Outside of the UK, many traditional Kent Jones colour grader customers are choosing the NCG5a for wheat flour colour measurement. Current active markets include - Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, Middle East and South America.



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