Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Moisture

Are You Measuring Medium Density Fiberboard Moisture?

Manufacturing Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) demands precise moisture control for optimal product quality. The quality of fibers used in board creation is directly influenced by fiber moisture content and additional moisture resin in the process. This necessitates multiple process interruptions, resulting in wasted time, energy, and money. Medium density fiberboard moisture is an important factor to control in production as it dictates the quality and consistency of the final product.

Maintaining precise control of raw material fiber enhances resin addition and contributes to high-quality board properties. Effective moisture control in the forming line is crucial for preventing downtime caused by blown boards, a common issue associated with improper moisture content.

With years of successful moisture control in the wood industry using Near-Infrared technology, MoistTech Corp is recognized as the most advanced system available today.

Measure Today With Unparalleled Precision


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


The IR-3000 MDF Moisture Sensor, when mounted several inches above the conveyor, enables continuous process monitoring. Users can control moisture content manually or automatically in the MDF process. Accuratley control medium density fiberboard moisture with ease utilizing MoistTech.

A unique feature of the IR-3000 is its ability to monitor the process even with small gaps in product flow without compromising accuracy. MoistTech Corp has also developed sample systems and optical windows using sapphire optics, providing a real-time process measurement viewing area. Details can be found in our sampling technology section.

Dust from the product is typically not an issue; however, in extremely dusty environments, we recommend installing an Air Purge System to prevent material accumulation on the sensor’s window. If the sensor needs installation near a dryer outlet susceptible to extreme heat, cooling with air or water may be necessary.


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring medium density fiberboard 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

A mounted moisture measurement and control sensor over the conveyed materials allows for line operators to avoid downtime, wasted materials, time and money. Insensitive to material variations such as particle size, material height & color, MoistTech developed the IR-3000 series of online sensors for instant, non-contact measurement of many products and raw materials in the harshest manufacturing environments. Continually monitoring and controlling moisture levels allows operating personnel to confidently make immediate process adjustments based on real-time measurements.


Proper moisture management and control yield immediate process line benefits and safety improvements. Achieving lean operating procedures becomes easier, with the ability to minimize costs and increase efficiency in the plant through moisture control. Manufacturers and producers prioritize improvements, making moisture control crucial for lean operating procedures.

  • Reduction in Board Fires/Explosions Due to Dust
  • Increased Product Quality
  • Lowered Energy Costs from Proper Dryer Control
  • Reduced Start-up Times
  • Less Waste & Downtime
  • 100% Product Inspection
  • Significant Resin Cost Savings

The MoistTech Corp staff is experienced with MDF moisture sensing requirements in the medium-density fiberboard manufacturing process. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms, and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.1% moisture, with a typical analog range of 0-20% moisture. Outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.

Check out our other wood moisture applications to learn more. Trust MoistTech Corp for excellence in moisture control technology.