Moisture in
Human Foods

Food Moisture: Product Quality You Can Taste!

Why Are We Different?

Leader in Moisture Measurement & Control

Over 40 Years of Experience and Top Quality Local Support in Your Area

Zero Drifting or Re-Calibrations

Guaranteed Not to Drift or Need Re-Calibrations Over Time – Forget Any Yearly Maintenance Too!

Cutting Edge Technology

A Non-Contact Option Utilizing Near-Infrared Technology Provides Superior Data Results

Efficiency Improvements

Increase Production Efficiency by 400% or More With a Moisture Measurement & Control System from MoistTech

 

Software & Communications

MoistTech Does Not Require Any External Hardware and Also Provides Software Free of Charge with Unlimited Licensing Capabilities

 

Automate the Process with On-Line Moisture Control: Food Moisture Content

Knowing the moisture content of the materials used throughout the food and baking process has become one of the most critical components in the industry, as many raw materials sold are based on weight. MoistTech’s state-of-the-art food moisture sensors can provide a quick test of the moisture levels in the manufacturer’s raw ingredients, effectively saving purchasing plants a lot of money. Food moisture content in certain instances can create quality issues if they are not properly addressed. Browse our moisture control sensors

It is also important to know the moisture content during the mixing stage in the food manufacturing process as water affects the quality and consistency of the end product. Variations and excess moisture in mixes can result in clumping and out-of-spec recipe formulas. Testing food moisture during this time will allow adjustments to be made throughout the mixing process to manage moisture levels.

Manufacturers strive to have the best finished food product.  The amount of water a product has affects its taste, appearance, consistency, stability, and shelf life. Testing the moisture levels of the final product with our moisture meters ensures manufacturers that they have the highest quality product and consistency. Finished products having too much or too little moisture is a major concern for food manufacturers. Some food items are sold by weight, which reduces costs.

Moisture can make the item lower in fat/calories and prevent it from being too dry. Adding too much water can affect the crunch by making the item taste stale or, even worse, contributing to bacteria/mold growth. These are just a few of the common problems caused by inaccurate amounts of moisture being present during the food production process. With MoistTech’s dependable near-infrared (NIR) moisture measurement and control technology, food manufacturers can rest assured that all of their products contain the exact amount of moisture for ideal taste, consistency, and shelf life. Get in touch with us to learn more about how our moisture meters can benefit your business! 

Sensing food moisture content throughout the process also provides manufacturers with cost savings in energy and fuel costs, as well as less product waste. With continuous NIR online moisture testing, manufacturers can monitor moisture levels, which in turn, can precisely control ovens, dryers, roasters, and fryers to optimize the production process with minimum energy requirements.

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MoistTech is very experienced with the requirements in food moisture content measurement. Our food moisture sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms, and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. On moisture analysis involving dried products, accuracy can be expected to be 0.1%. On higher moisture applications, accuracy can be expected to be 0.2 and 0.5%. Fat/oil measurement and protein accuracy are subject to application. 

Near-Infrared Moisture Detection is State-of-the-Art

The precision of NIR moisture sensors can help increase the quality of your product resulting in less lost time and money. 

Combining our long experience with improvements suggested by our customers, we’ve designed a better, more precise and more accurate NIR moisture sensor.

More Precision Than Other Technologies

The 3000 Series Near Infrared moisture sensor is designed to not only be more accurate but to be low maintenance as well. An initial calibration is all it takes, and our NIR moisture sensor is ready to go. The IR-3000 uses NIR technology to take precise measurements in percentage wet and percentage dry, allowing you to make real time adjustments either automatically or manually. Our NIR moisture sensor will help you achieve a better, more consistent product.

Instant ROI

The most “bang for the buck” happens when you can control the moisture in the process through an automatic, feed-back-loop control system. A feed-back-loop changes the process based on the in-line measurement. If the collection and analysis of real-time data is the only purpose of the testing, but the analysis of the data has potential to define substantive future process changes, an in-line solution may have a high potential ROI.

Avoid Downtime with Quick Measurements

Enjoy immediate adjustments to your process based on real-time measurements from our online NIR sensors. Avoid costly downtime and excessive scrap by catching any out-of-tolerance readings as quickly as possible. Immediate changes can be made to your production line to stop extra waste and keep the line moving. Connect our sensors directly to your PLC by RS232 or Ethernet for complete software control of your line.

Unbeatable Accuracy & Reliability

Our non-drift optical design gives you repeatable results in the most accurate measurements available. Calibrated from the factory, the sensor requires no further maintenance to maintain their accuracy. Results are unaffected by heat or humidity.

Food Processing Moisture

While moisture is our major focus, we also supply analyzers for the continuous online measurement of protein, fat/oil, sugar, seasonings, caffeine, and other constituents/elements that absorb the NIR beam. Realizing that many food processing companies use many primary reference measurements, either in-house or outsourced, MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors are easy to set up and use, which will provide instant and precise measurements due to no constituent losses in handling. With instant measurements from our moisture meters, manufacturers can expect savings on analysis costs, delivery times, and shipping costs.

Proper Installation Success

We recommend installing a sensor at the exit of the ovens, fryers, dryers, etc., close to the packaging so that it will allow the food time to stabilize while cooling. The food moisture sensor should be installed several inches above the belt or screw conveyor so that it can continuously monitor the process and can control the moisture content either manually or automatically in the finished product.

With the help of industry partners and more than 40 years of knowledge, MoistTech has thousands of installations worldwide in a wide variety of food products, from slurries to powders. We offer both online for the continuous readings of NIR moisture measurement and laboratory NIR moisture sensors for spot tests near lines or in your quality control labs.

Client Testimonials

“If the moisture content is too high, the material will degrade during processing and will produce brittle parts. With MoistTech’s NIR sensor we are seeing quicker time to do a moisture test, don’t need to wait several minutes to see if the material is ready for production. Therefore, it speeds up production.”

Plastics Industry

“Before the MoistTech IR-3000 was installed, the only method of measurement was by grabbing a sample and taking it to the lab. Unfortunately, the lab method takes a lot of time and if the product is running out of the moisture range needed then by the time they figure out the moisture content is too late and this represent loss of energy and product that needs to be reclaimed.”

Paper Industry

“Ideal for power plants, DDG and pellet manufacturing the MoistTech sensor is the only product that can measure to accuracy of. 0.1 percent on screw conveyors. The instruments patented software removes any effect of the screw and only measures the product. The model IR3000 is the only sensor with this technology and makes other moisture analyzers obsolete.”

Ethanol/DDG Industry