Powdered Drink Moisture

Incorporating Moisture Control

Powdered drink moisture content monitoring is an important quality control step. With low moisture content, product can be packaged at the optimum moisture level to increase shelf life and product quality. With the correct low moisture content, reactions in powdered drinks stored at room temperature take place so slowly that the nutritive value is not affected, even after years of storage. This is especially important in drinks such as protein, dietary shakes and flavored drink mix.

Typical target moisture content is 0.30% – 4.0%. Spray drying is the primary method used for drying drink powder in the industry. Spray drying in its simplest form consists of atomizing the feed, spray-air contact, drying, and separation of the dried product from the drying air.


Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure  moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration


A moisture measurement system is essential for the production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days

Why it’s Important

Many powdered drinks can absorb moisture from the environment under ambient conditions. The MoistTech Online NIR sensors are used by quality control personnel to continuously measure and monitor the moisture content after the spray drying process and/or just prior to packaging. The MoistTech 3000 Series sensors are available in many enclosures and the most common for the food industry is the 3000F Food Grade.

The fast, accurate and repeatable MoistTech 3000 Series sensors can be mounted online for instant measurement outputting information using any of our options for local display or closed loop control. With the MoistTech 3000 Series sensors there is no waiting for lengthy offline tests with human error.

MoistTech is the Solution

With the help of industry partners and 40 years of knowledge, MoistTech has developed the IR 3000 Moisture Sensor which is ideally suited to measure the moisture levels in the powdered drink production process while improving manufactures product quality and lowering their energy costs.


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will peform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end-user.


We offer service and support throughout the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

Quality and consistency are crucial when it comes to maintaining a manufacturing line. Continuous monitoring of moisture content provides proactive avoidance of potential issues caused by out of tolerance moisture levels.

Using the IR-3000, you’ll save money throughout the entire production process, while making the best quality product at the same time. With MoistTech, you don’t need to compromise.