Sensegood spectrophotometer for color measurement and quality - consistency control in papad products

Papad or papadum is a thin crisp disc shaped food which can be consumed by roasting or even by frying in oil. In India, typical annual consumption of papad: 1-2Kg is consumed by 67% people while 3-4Kg is consumed by 24% people. There is also a cluster of people which accounts for 9% which consumes more than 5Kg of papads yearly. [1] This study was carried out for the papads which are made of black gram only. If other varieties of papads (Green gram papads, mathiya, etc) included then total yearly consumption number considerably increases. Apart from papads, there are other related products like khakhras, papad pipes and fryums in variety of shapes and sizes. Papad or its variants like nachos are consumed not only India but also in many other parts of the world. To cater this continuous and largely growing market, manufacturers and suppliers need to meet consumer expectations in terms of quality.

Sensegood spectrophotometer is an analytical color measurement instrument that is widely accepted in the industry and research fraternity. From raw material to final product, it comprehensively evaluates the color attributes of various samples, including solids, liquids, powders and pastes. Sample can be non homogeneous with different shape and size. Sensegood spectrophotometer has rotating sample platform with large viewing area (sensor’s field of view). It takes multiple measurements over number of rotations and generates average result representing the sample’s color. As a result, consistency can be maintained and quality standards can be met with less waste, time, and effort.

Color has direct impact on “perceived” taste. Color is an indication of freshness. Manufacturers want to supply their products in right and consistent color. Sensegood spectrophotometer helps in picking up even the slightest color difference over the production batches. It helps in finding difference between two colors and shows result in percentage match. Sample can be papad, fryums-papad pipes, khakhras, nachos, or any other papad product. Color measurement by Sensegood spectrophotometer in any papad product enables you to tune process parameters to achieve right color. You can also ensure the right ingredients with desired colors and their right proportion to achieve correct appearance of your final product. A consistent product appearance leads to increasing market acceptance. Indeed, to build and maintain a brand of repute; product’s consistency is one of the most important parameters to be addressed.

References :

  1. K Shwetha, Y Nirmala, and N Shobha, “Consumption pattern of papad at household level and its availability in the local market”, Karnataka Journal of Agricultural Sciences 22 (2), 399-403, 2009.

This article is about the use of spectrophotometer or full spectrum colorimeter for color measurement in papad products.