The Model 828 tobacco moisture sensor is considered by many as 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.

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

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 detector allows the user to monitor and control this process to within a tenth of a percent.

Installation of the Model 828 provides manufacturers with 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

Tobacco Manufacturing

Tobacco Moisture

MoistTech’s development of the most advanced on-line series of NIR sensors has resulted in the company being the leader in process control of moisture throughout the tobacco industry.

Experience in the tobacco process has allowed us to develop the most accurate on-line, non-contact moisture analyzer for use in primary processing, leaf processing, and cut tobacco applications.

The IR-3000 on-line moisture transmitter and the Model 828 tobacco moisture tester are renowned for their rugged design and ability to withstand the harsh environments of the tobacco factory. These sensors are unaffected by product height, flow, ambient light, and temperature. The accuracy is within 0.1% on most applications.


Tobacco Leaf Processing

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

Processing Tobacco Application

MoistTech’s NIR analyzer, the Model 828 tobacco moisture gauge, 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.

Typical locations where measurement is most beneficial are before and after the dryers (conditioning cylinders), cutters, toasters, and reconstituted lines.


Measurement of moisture, nicotine, and sugars simultaneously can be made using the multi constituent on and offline analyzers.

Rejection & Detection System

In late 2017, MoistTech Corp. unveiled their newest technology for the Tobacco Industry with their TP Vision: Tipping Zone Defect Detection System, specifically designed to identify defects and reject cigarettes having variations and deviations in the tipping zone. If you have questions about tobacco moisture applications, contact us!