Soda Ash Moisture

Essential Moisture Management

Soda ash moisture must be managed for its use in the manufacture of glass, chemicals, soaps and detergents, or for other industrial applications. Its tendency to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and then atmospheric carbon dioxide (a phenomenon called “weathering”) makes the accurate measurement of soda ash moisture during production critical. Adding to the importance of controlling moisture during production is the inclusion of the amount of soda ash produced each month in the U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s monthly roundup of economic indicators for the condition of our economy. The accurate measurement and control of soda ash moisture directly affects the U.S. economy.

MoistTech’s IR-3000 comes pre-calibrated (it has 50 different product codes built in), making installation nearly effortless. It connects easily and communicates flawlessly via laptop, touchpad, or plant network. It will not need recalibration and does not require routine maintenance once installed. With or without the addition of the base and stand option, the IR-3000 provides instant off-line or at-line measurements wherever installed. For best results, install the IR-3000 along a belt conveyor, at a screw or drag conveyor, in down chutes, in storage bins, or at fluid-bed dryers.

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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

Dryer Control

Efficiency is a top of the line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity levels.

What is the Solution?

The engineers at MoistTech worked with industrial producers of soda ash and other mineral refiners to develop a start-of-the-art solution for moisture measurement. The result of this years-long collaboration is the IR-3000 near infrared (NIR) moisture transmitter. To meet the demands of industries across the spectrum, the IR-3000 is rugged, durable, and accurate in even the harshest production environments. The IR-3000 instrument measures moisture thousands of times per second, allowing users to optimize their on-line processes and dramatically improve product quality. Managing moisture in real time provides both energy savings and potentially increased productivity with lower material losses. 

The IR-3000 is the result of more than 40 years of collaboration with industry experts. It provides solid and reliable performance in any industrial environment. Measurements are unaffected by gaps, inert materials, ambient light, ambient and product temperature, or the composition of the conveyor from which measurements are taken.

For specific information about how the IR-3000 can save you time and money in your soda ash process, contact a knowledgeable MoistTech representative.


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

MoistTech’s technology allows our products to measure moisture without direct contact with the product, thus it provides accurate results without creating any waste. And, since the technology uses a simple light source for measurement, our equipment allows for longer use.