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Moisture Control for the Food Industry
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 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. 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 moisture content throughout the process also provides food 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.
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.
Food Moisture Sensor Installation
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.
MoistTech is very experienced with the requirements in the production of all types of foods. 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. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements. For additional information or to discuss your application, please contact our headquarters.