Moisture Measurement & Control From Lab to Line

Near-Infrared Moisture Measurement Technology

MoistTech Provides Instant Process Optimization

with Moisture Control

MoistTech Corp.® represents the diamond standard in robust, reliable, and dependable near-infrared (NIR) moisture measurement and control technology. Manufacturing a range of on-line sensors & at-line instruments for moisture measurement and real-time process control for numerous applications. The technology also has the ability to monitor thickness, coating weight, oil, and fat/protein content along with other elements that absorb NIR light.

Moisture ranges during production are often contributed or related to texture, taste, color, density, particle size, mold and more, making the moisture measurement process an essential step in quality control. MoistTech’s NIR IR3000 provides real-time/in-process measurement of the moisture levels that are useful in controlling the dryer energy usage. Mitigate or alleviate common issues found with out-of-range moisture levels and instantly increase plant efficiency, quality and accuracy.

Easily measure moisture on your incoming raw materials, packaged materials, before and after the drying process, over various conveying systems and more – we can alleviate moisture issues by proactively detecting and eliminating issues before they even start. Out-of-date manual processes are time consuming and can involve human error. Incorporating moisture measurement during production allows the user to create a closed loop process and have full control over the production line.

MoistTech’s near-infrared equipment can easily accommodate multiple processes including pneumatic conveying systems, belts, screws, chutes, bins, buckets and vibratory. Creating a closed loop process by incorporating the unit with your PLC gives the user the ability to make line adjustments such as product flow rates, dryer temperatures, dampeners, etc. to achieve optimal and continuous targeted moisture levels. Reading and controlling moisture levels is an invaluable part of the manufacturing process and can pay for itself within the first month.

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Insensitive to material variations such as particle size, material height & color, MoistTech developed the IR-3000 series of online sensors for instant, non-contact measurement of many products and raw materials in the harshest manufacturing environments. Continually monitoring and controlling moisture levels allows operating personnel to confidently make immediate process adjustments based on real-time measurements.

The sensors require a one-time calibration and are manufactured with a non-drift optical design to provide continuous, reliable readings with zero maintenance. Production efficiency improvements due to accurate real-time measurements provide both energy savings and potential increased productivity with lower material losses. Our moisture detectors use state-of-the-art components allowing installation in the most extreme locations.

Featured Common MoistTech Applications

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Mineral, Mining & Bulk Materials Moisture

Testing moisture content throughout the manufacturing process provides manufacturers cost savings in energy and fuel costs and less product waste. With continuous NIR online moisture testing, manufacturers can monitor moisture levels in real time and precisely optimize and control their dryers.


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Human/Snack Foods Moisture

The amount of water a product contains can affects the taste, appearance, consistency, stability as well as the shelf life. Testing the moisture levels of the final product ensures manufactures that they have the highest quality product and consistency.

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Animal Foods Moisture

Monitoring the moisture in the raw materials, controlling the mixing/blending process and moisture of the feed not only ensures the final product with consistent quality, but will enable substantial savings to be achieved in the production process.

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Converting Moisture & Coating

MoistTech’s state-of-the-art sensor is ideally suited to measure the moisture levels as well as water and solvent based coatings and coat weight during the paper/converting process, improving manufactures product quality and increased productivity within substantial cost savings.

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Wood Products Moisture

MoistTech offers the most advanced wood moisture sensors for the non-contact measurement of moisture in forest products such as fiber, sawdust, hog fuel, wood flakes, and wood particles allowing wood product manufacturers to adjust moisture levels on real time information lowering raw material and fuel costs, higher yields, and more uniform products.

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Textiles/Nonwovens Moisture

Moisture content varies widely in raw materials, and at different points in the production process, so non-contact moisture measurement is essential for achieving an outstanding final product. By ensuring that textiles are neither too wet nor too dry at key points in the production process, you’ll get a final product with consistent quality as well as a cost savings from reduced waste and downtime.

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BioEnergy Production Moisture

What’s worse than a wasted effort? Economical losses and decreased productivity. Excess moisture in products such as hog fuel, waste fiber, wood chips, pellets, saw dust, shavings, and forest waste can ruin products. MoistTech’s on-line and at-line monitoring solutions can provide the most efficient way to measure moisture content.

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Tobacco Moisture

Dryer control is the most sensitive area of the tobacco process. Thousands of kilos per hour are processed where volume, temperature and input moisture vary. The MoistTech model 828 tobacco moisture sensor provides the user with the ability to monitor and control this process to within tenths of a percent.

"The addition of the MoistTech IR3000s have provided me with the ability to control our process by instantly increasing or decreasing the material flow into the dryer. This variation of our material flow is based on the moisture content and belt scales to provide a dry weight. Prior to the MoistTech technology proved to be a guessing game and time consuming OWL laboratory tests post dryer"

“Based on your [customer service] interactions with me over the demo period, the products ease of use and user manual clarity, self-repair capability and matching competing warranties … in the end you were not the cheapest but the other factors listed ruled the day”

"The system is working very well with an efficiency improvement of 400-600 % improvement in moisture control. We are also looking at promoting this to a best practice suitable for our other plants and shingle lines."

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