Nicotine Moisture

How is Nicotine Moisture Measured?

The engineers at MoistTech have developed longstanding relationships with tobacco processors to not only better understand the demands of tobacco processing, but also to ensure that the instrumentation provided meets processor needs for measuring Nicotine Moisture. With more than 40 years experience serving the industry, MoistTech has developed non-contact measurement systems that outperform and outlast their competitors. Specifically for the tobacco processing industry, MoistTech developed the Model 828 tobacco moisture gauge. In addition to measuring tobacco moisture, this system accurately measures nicotine and other tobacco components.

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Built To Last

MoistTech’s Model 828 was built to perform in even the harshest industrial environment. Its sensors are insensitive to material variations, including particle size, material height and color, and product temperature. In addition, the instrumentation is not affected by small gaps in the production line, dust, inert material, foreign objects, ambient light, ambient humidity, or ambient temperature. Contact us for more information about how the Model 828 is the most rugged, durable, non-contact, near infrared, measurement system capable of measuring nicotine in tobacco on the market today.


Unsurpassed in performance, our sensors can accurately measure tobacco moisture within tenths of a percent


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

The Model 828 gauge provides continuous, accurate, drift-free measurements of moisture, nicotine, sugars, flavors, and temperatures, allowing operators to make necessary adjustments in line, in real time. The precision filters and algorithms are factory pre-calibrated to optimize performance in the demanding conditions of tobacco processing. No routine maintenance is required, preventing downtime during production. Contact us to learn more about how MoistTech’s measurement systems are the most accurate and reliable systems capable of measuring nicotine in tobacco on the market today. 


The IR-3000 and Model 828 tobacco gauge are designed to communicate with your existing technology. Sensors can be connected via laptop, touch screen interface, or RS232/422/485 and Ethernet TCP/IP network protocols. In addition, new protocols are continually developed. The surface-mounted electronics are easily installed and utilize the most advanced software on the market. Contact us for specific information about how the communication protocols of the IR-3000 and Model 828 could be configured to integrate with your existing technology.

Dryer Control

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.

What is the Solution?

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.


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.

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Understand the Process

MoistTech sensors are expertly engineered to drastically improve product quality and optimize the production process.  With our instant non-contact measuring abilities, MoistTech products are the answer to controlling moisture in your product. With our instant non-contact measuring abilities, MoistTech products are the answer to controlling moisture in your product.

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If you’re ready to see how MoistTech’s Model 828 is built to perform, is built to last, and is built to integrate into your production process, request a quote. We would be happy to demonstrate how the IR-3000 and Model 828 can function in your environment to provide reliable and accurate nicotine measurements.