Bakery Dough Moisture

Measuring and maintaining the accurate amount of moisture levels in bakery dough is a crucial step in the manufacturing process as it can have various affects on the final product. Dough mixtures can easily become either too wet or dry wasting manufacturer’s time and money as well as impacting the quality of the end product.

Bakers strive to have the best finished product and by maintaining the correct moisture level, the quality and consistency of the product is improved as well as preventing processing difficulties, decreasing waste and cutting energy costs with proper dryer control.


By installing moisture management after the dough mixer or after the dough has formed, manufacturers are able to continuously monitor the moisture content throughout the process and make adjustments as needed. The IR-3000 sensor should be mounted 4-12 inches above the conveyor, at an angle to stop reflected light, after the mixer and extruder will allow the user to continuously monitor the process.

The unique feature of the IR-3000 bakery dough moisture sensor is that is able to monitor the process even with small gaps in product flow without impacting the accuracy.

If the sensor has to be installed close to the mixer and extruder where it will be susceptible to extreme heat conditions, it is necessary to cool the sensor with either air or water.

Benefits of Dough Moisture Detection

  • Best Taste, Appearance, Stability & Shelf Life
  • No Burnt or Out of Spec Product
  • Non-Contact Measurement Reduces Wasted Product
  • Lower Energy Costs from Efficient Dryer Control
  • Reduced Start-up Times
  • Less Downtime
  • 100% Product Inspection
  • Increased Plant Efficiency & Productivity

MoistTech is very experienced with the moisture sensing requirements in the baking process. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.2% moisture and typical analog range is 0-50% moisture. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.

We offer a wide variety of instruments including sanitary a food grade model that employ a food grade polymeric lens or sapphire window which are designed to meet strict hygiene regulations and safety requirements of food manufacturing environments and laboratory units are available for off-line testing capabilities

Take a look at our other food moisture analysis applications.