Dairy Powder Moisture

Dairy Powder Moisture Control – MoistTech IR-3000

Achieving precise quality control in powdered milk production entails the measurement and control of moisture content. Maintaining low moisture levels is essential for controlling chemical reactions in skim milk powder stored at room temperature while preserving its nutritive value for extended periods. How do you currently measure dairy powder moisture? MoistTech offers a state-of-the-art solution through near-infrared technology.

With years of experience and global installations, MoistTech has acquired extensive knowledge to enhance manufacturers’ quality control processes, product quality, and plant efficiency through proper moisture measurement and control.

Measure Today with Unparalleled Precision


Our sensors excel in performance, delivering accurate moisture measurements within tenths of a percent for most applications.


MoistTech sensors are robust, endure the test of time, and require minimal to zero maintenance.


Count on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors for their stability and resistance to drifting, eliminating the need for frequent recalibration.


A moisture measurement system is indispensable for the production process and can often pay for itself in less than 30 days.

Importance of Moisture

In dairy powders, the typical moisture content ranges from 3% to 4%, with spray drying being the primary method for achieving the desired moisture levels. Spray drying involves atomizing the feed, facilitating spray-air contact, drying, and separating the dried product from the drying air. MoistTech’s moisture analyzers are not affected by changes in material height or color and can ignore gaps in the product line.

Dairy powder has the propensity to absorb moisture from the surrounding environment under ambient conditions, underscoring the importance of monitoring and measuring moisture content. In dairy powder applications, moisture is typically measured after the spray drying process or just prior to packaging.

Precise Control

The IR-3000 series of sensors includes a food-grade version with a stainless steel enclosure approved for washdowns, ensuring sanitary conditions. These online sensors provide accurate and repeatable data within seconds and can be mounted 4-12 inches from the product or in a pipeline with a flange window. They offer various options for local display or closed-loop control, eliminating the need for time-consuming offline tests prone to human error.

MoistTech – The Solution:

With over 40 years of experience in studying moisture and its manufacturing applications, MoistTech has developed moisture analyzers that surpass industry standards. Our commitment to innovation has led to the creation of the IR-3000 moisture sensor, capable of instant, non-contact measurements of moisture, temperature, and other vital parameters with unmatched accuracy. When it comes to moisture sensors, the IR-3000 is the most advanced system available.

Optimizing Moisture Measurement:


Identify crucial points in your production process for moisture measurement, determining how this data can drive improvements, potentially integrating with your PLC system. Multiple installation points may be required.


Achieve a closed-loop process by integrating a moisture measurement system, and proactively addressing moisture control to prevent costly issues.


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application through lab tests, calibrations, and accuracy evaluations, ensuring our equipment performs optimally. Our sensors are pre-calibrated for a plug-and-play operation.


We offer global service and support for our moisture measurement sensors and can connect you with a representative in your area. Contact us today for comprehensive information on enhancing your moisture control processes.

Understanding the Process:

Effective moisture control on the production line results in substantial savings in a short amount of time. Measuring moisture during the production process, as opposed to batch testing afterward, yields higher product yield. Immediate ROI is realized with the installation of a moisture measurement system, as plant controllers can instantly observe reduced waste, energy consumption, and an overall increase in product quality.

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