Tobacco Moisture Applications

Accurately Detect Moisture Levels at Every Stage of the Process

Our long standing relationship with tobacco processors confirms that our knowledge and experience is second to none. MoistTech’s professional staff continues to develop products for the tobacco industry showing our commitment to you and your products.

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Leader in Moisture Measurement & Control

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Guaranteed Not to Drift or Need Re-Calibrations Over Time – Forget Any Yearly Maintenance Too!

Cutting Edge Technology

A Non-Contact Option Utilizing Near-Infrared Technology Provides Superior Data Results

Efficiency Improvements

Increase Production Efficiency by 400% or More With a Moisture Measurement & Control System from MoistTech


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MoistTech Does Not Require Any External Hardware and Also Provides Software Free of Charge with Unlimited Licensing Capabilities


Common Tobacco Applications

Manufacturing Improvements with Moisture Control

MoistTech’s 828 model NIR analyzer is used for on-line tobacco moisture analysis at all locations in tobacco leaf and primary processing. The bullets below list the applications for each tobacco moisture measurement. The accuracy that can be achieved depends on the sampling and testing methods. Whole leaf and strip tobacco will have higher sampling errors than cut finished tobacco due to the variability of the material.

The Model 828 tobacco moisture sensor, is considered by many as being the flagship of MoistTech’s IR Series of sensors. It has resulted in unmatched performance for tobacco moisture measurement and control within all levels of the tobacco industry.

Dryer control is the most sensitive area of the tobacco process. Thousands of kilos per hour are processed where volume, temperature and input moisture vary. The MoistTech model 828 tobacco moisture sensor, provides the user with the ability to monitor and control this process to within tenths of a percent.

Traditionally, the analysis of tobacco quality has been a time-consuming and labor-intensive task. Operators would have to manually extract samples from their production line and send them to a lab or a third party for evaluation. However, MoistTech offers advanced solutions for tobacco analysis that allow producers to quickly analyze their products at a molecular level. This ensures that the final product is of top quality and reduces waste from batch to batch.

Moisture plays a crucial role in tobacco processing. It not only affects the smoking quality of the tobacco, but also its storage properties, “filling properties,” tobacco wastage, and machinability.

What are you currently using to measure the moisture in your tobacco line? Having the correct moisture levels in Tobacco has become a critical component during the various stages of production. Processors are constantly adjusting moisture and heat during the conditioning process to maintain the quality of their product. With the help of industry partners and 40 years of knowledge and experience, MoistTech has developed the 828 Tobacco Moisture Sensor that is ideally suited to measure the moisture levels in leaf processing, expanded, cut and reconstituted tobacco.

MoistTech’s sensors have outperformed all major suppliers’ equipment in head to head moisture testing evaluations. The 828 Tobacco Moisture Sensor has proven to be the most accurate over all tobacco process moisture ranges.

The 828 is designed for the harshest process environments. Unlike other moisture sensors on the market, dust and steam do not effect on MoistTech’s 828 readings. However, if the sensor must be installed close to the dryer outlet where it will be susceptible to extreme heat conditions, it may be necessary to cool the sensor with either air or water.

Sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.1% low moisture applications and ±0.25% on high moisture applications. Complete measurement ranges are 0-65% moisture.

Installation of the Model 828 provides manufactures exceptionally accurate and precise tobacco moisture measurement and control protocols. It is able to accurately measure to within 0.1% on many applications – resulting in improved product quality and significant cost savings.

Benefits of Tobacco Moisture Analysis

MoistTech’s on-line near infrared (NIR) analyzers have proven to perform well even in harsh tobacco processing conditions. These analyzers enable rapid and continuous measurement of moisture. In the case of NIR technology, operators can also gather data on other important tobacco parameters such as nicotine levels, sugar content, and product temperature.

With the help of on-line NIR technologies, every stage of the tobacco blending process can be accurately measured and controlled. These systems also facilitate closed loop control of tobacco dryers and conditioning cylinders, ensuring a high level of accuracy. This not only improves the brand value in a competitive market but also meets consumer expectations.

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Are you looking to measure and control the moisture within your process? We have installed thousands of sensors in even the harshest conditions and would strive to earn your business!

Near-Infrared Moisture Detection is State-of-the-Art

The precision of NIR moisture sensors can help increase the quality of your product resulting in less lost time and money. 

Combining our long experience with improvements suggested by our customers, we’ve designed a better, more precise and more accurate NIR moisture sensor.

More Precision Than Other Technologies

The 3000 Series Near Infrared moisture sensor is designed to not only be more accurate but to be low maintenance as well. An initial calibration is all it takes, and our NIR moisture sensor is ready to go. The IR-3000 uses NIR technology to take precise measurements in percentage wet and percentage dry, allowing you to make real time adjustments either automatically or manually. Our NIR moisture sensor will help you achieve a better, more consistent product.

Instant ROI

The most “bang for the buck” happens when you can control the moisture in the process through an automatic, feed-back-loop control system. A feed-back-loop changes the process based on the in-line measurement. If the collection and analysis of real-time data is the only purpose of the testing, but the analysis of the data has potential to define substantive future process changes, an in-line solution may have a high potential ROI.

Avoid Downtime with Quick Measurements

Enjoy immediate adjustments to your process based on real-time measurements from our online NIR sensors. Avoid costly downtime and excessive scrap by catching any out-of-tolerance readings as quickly as possible. Immediate changes can be made to your production line to stop extra waste and keep the line moving. Connect our sensors directly to your PLC by RS232 or Ethernet for complete software control of your line.

Unbeatable Accuracy & Reliability

Our non-drift optical design gives you repeatable results in the most accurate measurements available. Calibrated from the factory, the sensor requires no further maintenance to maintain their accuracy. Results are unaffected by heat or humidity.

Tobacco Leaf Processing

To improve the threshing efficiency and to reduce the quantity of lamina, moisture control is extremely important. High accuracy and fast responses to moisture sensing allows for the manufacturer to conduct 100% inspection while optimizing the process by producing a quality product at reduced cost.

Our on-line tobacco moisture measurement and control sensors also have the ability to measure temperatures and other tobacco components, such as sugar and nicotine if required.

Client Testimonials

“The system is working very well with an efficiency improvement of 400-600 % improvement in moisture control. We are also looking at promoting this to a best practice suitable for our other plants and shingle lines.”

Bulk Materials Industry

“The knowledgeable MoistTech Team provides our organization with outstanding support through the development and implementation process.  We have worked together on a variety of different projects and applications; their experience has enabled our engineering team to properly evaluate and design systems that meet with our customer’s requirements.”

Food Processing Industry

For the last few years we have integrated the MoistTech Online Sensor into our customer’s scopes with the goal of a fully optimized closed loop control. When integrated with our stacker reclaimed the results are lower operating costs, safer storage and improved product quality. The instant feedback informs our plant personnel of controlled moisture all throughout the entire process.

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