Acetate Tow Moisture

Why Measure Moisture Content?

Modern product manufacturing and industrial filtering applications rely on the quality of acetate tow. Because of its hydrophobic properties, it is essential to control acetate tow moisture to ensure that the final filter product will readily absorb moisture during its use without sacrificing the required uniform pressure drop. MoistTech’s  IR-3000 moisture sensor  allows producers to monitor acetate tow moisture throughout production, thereby ensuring competitiveness within the industry by:

  • Improving productivity
  • Ensuring product quality
  • Minimizing waste
  • Eliminating rework
  • Streamlining production processes

Discover Precise Measurements Now!

The IR-3000 moisture measurement system is MoistTech’s near infrared (NIR) online moisture sensor for the instant, non-contact measurement of moisture in acetate tow. Unsurpassed in performance, stability, reliability, and maintainability, the IR-3000 allows producers to completely control moisture in their products.

The IR-3000 moisture measurement system can be installed to capture thousands of moisture measurements per second along belt, screw, and drag conveyors, in down chutes, inside storage bins, and in fluid-bed dryers. This versatility allows producers to control moisture at nearly every point in the acetate tow production cycle.


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

Superior Moisture Sensors

MoistTech is the world’s leader for providing online moisture measurement instrumentation.  With more than 40 years of moisture technology experience, MoistTech has established the most extensive user base in the moisture management industry.

Understanding the acetate tow production process—unwinding and shredding cellulose fiber, acetylation, hydrolysis to the secondary acetate, flaking, and final conversion to fiber—and how the moisture of the final tow is affected at each point in the process has allowed MoistTech to develop a superior moisture sensor for the acetate tow producer.

What is the Solution?

The IR-3000 was designed and built to require nearly no maintenance or calibration. Sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms, and sensor optical requirements measuring acetate tow moisture have been pre-set at the factory.

MoistTech’s IR-3000 was designed and built to perform in the harshest industrial environments. It is impervious to:

  • Acetate tow fiber size
  • Tow fiber color
  • Tow temperature
  • Ambient temperature or humidity
  • Foreign and inert objects within the sample
  • Fiber dust
  • Gaps in product flow

Finally, because the IR-3000 improves productivity, ensures product quality, minimizes waste, eliminates rework, and has the potential to streamline the production process, it can save your production facility time and money.


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

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.