Leather Moisture Applications

NIR Moisture Control

Leather production involves complex multi-step processes and sub-processes. Many of these contain production points at which temperature, moisture content, and associated pH levels, must be precisely controlled. Production points that require such control may be found in Soaking, Hair Removal, Liming, Deliming, Pickling, Depickling, Tanning, Basification, Sammying, Setting, Retanning, Neutralization, Drying, and Conditioning. Failure to adequately control temperature, moisture, and associated factors may result in product and raw material waste, re-work, decreased productivity, and increased production costs. Leather moisture plays a significant role in the production process which is often overlooked.

MoistTech, with 40 years of knowledge and the assistance of industry partners, has developed the IR-3000 moisture sensor. The IR-3000 is ideally suited to measure moisture levels in the harsh environments found in leather production. Utilizing the IR-3000 to optimize process control improves your product quality, increases productivity, and decreases production costs.

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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

Installing a MoistTech Sensor

There are many key processes in leather production where you will find the leather moisture sensor to be essential. Usage opportunities increase when you consider the capability of the IR-3000 to measure water and solvent based coating thickness, measure resin content, and monitor temperature. The measurement of coating thickness is especially critical in the leather finishing processes. Finishing full grain leathers may involve the application of polymer or wax finishes. Corrected grain leather finishing may involve procedures such as the application of basecoats, pigment coats, and topcoats.

For installation parameters specific to your applications, please contact our headquarters. MoistTech is highly experienced regarding the requirements in leather production. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms, and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Once installed, you can continuously monitor the process and control moisture content in real time.

What is the Solution?

The MoistTech IR-3000’s non-drift optical design permits non-contact continuous process monitoring and control so that process variation can be detected and adjusted in real time. Typical moisture accuracy is about ± 0.05%, with coating accuracy varying from 0.1 to 0.01 micron, depending on the coating type. Typical analog range is 0-10% moisture. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.

Contact our headquarters to speak with our courteous knowledgeable representatives for information regarding your specific applications.


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 drastically cuts production costs. It is energy efficient, low maintenance, and decreases startup and down times. Over dried product causes waste; so does product that is too moist. With the IR-3000, these problems will no longer be an issue.