C-Cell provides a variety of measured slice and crumb cell properties. The way in which the data may be used depends on individual needs and applications. Individual C-Cell measurements may be combined with other measured data to provide a comprehensive interpretation of product slice properties.

Not all of the individual C-Cell measurements are likely to be used in every study. Deciding on which properties to use in a particular evaluation comes with experience. We recommend that you carry out some preliminary studies with a range of product structures with a view to gaining experience as to which particular measurements reflect observable and useful differences in the test samples.

We also recommend that you measure more than one slice for each product being evaluated. The properties of individual slices will tend to vary along the product length and the degree of this variation should be assessed so that a standardised sampling pattern can be established for particular groups of products. For example, a cyclical pattern is commonly seen with four-piece bread depending on whether the samples of crumb are taken where two pieces join or at the centre of a given loaf.

Instrument concept, History & Evolution

Instrument concept

In early 2000 major global plant bakery in the UK funded a private members project with Campden BRI to look at utilising Image analysis to quantify the internal structure of bread. The aim of the project was to move away from subjective sensory panel assessment to a more objective method of assessment.

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The illumination is specially designed to provide detailed and consistent analysis and emphasises surface textural differences



A major global plant bakery in the United Kingdom funded a private project with Campden BRI to look at the possibilities of using Image analysis and bespoke software to analyse the internal structure of bread samples. 

In December 2001 they delivered the prototype to the plant bakery as proof of concept. An Image was taken using shallow angle illumination and processed in a bespoke computer programme written by Campden.


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Towards the end of 2001 the two companies opened discussions with Calibre Control International Ltd about commercialising the system.

In November 2002 C-Cell was launched by Calibre and Campden BRI. Calibre being responsible for manufacturing and global marketing and Campden produced the software.

Instrument configuration at launch in 2002

Monochrome configuration

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 In 2004 Version 2 software was launched, running on Windows XP

In 2010 Calibre acquired total control of C-Cell.

System Evolution

  • 2002 – C-Cell Monochrome launched with Version 1 software

  • 2004 – C-Cell Monochrome Version 2 software available

  • 2010  C-Cell Monochrome supplied with Version 2.5 software running on Windows 7

  • In XXXXLED lighting replaced the Halogen bulbs

  • In 2013 C-Cell colour was launched with Version 2.5 software running on Windows 7

  • In 2016 Version 3 software, including “Developer programme” launched on Windows 7

  • In 2017 Version 3 software running on Windows 10

Colour configuration:

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In 2004 Version 2 software was launched, running on Windows XP

In 2010 Calibre acquired total control of C-Cell.