Plywood Moisture

Is Moisture Control Essential?

Plywood is composed of grains glued together in alternating patterns, crossing the fiber grains to create one of the strongest types of wood on the market. This durable material is used for roofs, cabinets, floors, and other projects. When plywood retains moisture, the plies, previously fastened into varying patterns, may separate and ruin the product. Mold may grow and cause damaged goods and health concerns. Moist plywood is useless plywood. Controlling the moisture during the manufacturing process is key to:

  • Producing a Quality Product
  • Increased Productivity
  • Decreased Production Costs

It is not enough to merely measure only the outside moisture index of plywood – the moisture content inside the material is most important. The sensor specially designed for the MoistTech IR-3000 is ideal for wood materials in all stages of production. The MoistTech product database enables pre-calibration of the moisture sensor.

Installation is easy no matter how extreme the location — the IR-3000 just needs to be fixed a few inches above the plywood production line. Other services can be provided, including general data via Ethernet connections, operator interface, and digital displays.

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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, requiring minimal to no 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

MoistTech’s IR-3000 Series

The IR-3000 moisture sensor uses MoistTech’s Near Infrared (NIR) technology to measure the moisture of plywood and its raw materials, even in the severe environment of a manufacturing warehouse. No matter the size, height, color, or other variations of the plywood, the IR-3000 consistently offers reliable readings. The optical design is engineered to take thousands of accurate measurements per second. Operators can trust that this technology uses these measurements to make necessary adjustments, thereby simplifying the production process.

The IR-3000’s sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms, and sensor optical requirements to measure plywood moisture are pre-set at the factory. No further on-site or routine recalibration is necessary, making accuracy in the field nearly effortless.

Typical moisture accuracy is about ± 0.05%, with coating accuracy varying from 0.1 to 0.01 microns, depending on the coating type. The typical analog range is zero to ten percent moisture. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.

 The Best of the Best

MoistTech has studied moisture and its applications in manufacturing for over 40 years. That’s why we’re confident our moisture analyzers are a step above the rest. We’re constantly working to develop the latest, most advanced moisture testing technology — which is how the IR-3000 came about.

We’ve combined our decades of experience and knowledge with feedback from our industry partners to create a moisture sensor capable of taking instant, non-contact measurements of moisture, temperature, and other vital levels with the utmost accuracy. When it comes to moisture sensors, the IR-3000 is the most advanced system available.


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!


Incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process establishes a closed-loop approach. Proactively addressing moisture control through accurate measurement helps avert costly setbacks and ensures consistent product quality.


MoistTech’s team of experts stands ready to assess your unique application requirements. Through comprehensive lab tests, calibrations, and accuracy assessments, we ensure that our equipment will perform optimally for your needs. Each sensor undergoes pre-calibration before shipment, creating a seamless plug-and-play operation for end-users.


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

Utilizing the IR-3000 represents a significant boon to your bottom line, as it dramatically reduces production costs. This advanced system is not only energy efficient but also requires minimal maintenance, effectively slashing both startup and downtime periods. By avoiding the pitfalls of over-dried or excessively moist products, waste is minimized, ensuring optimal resource utilization.

With the IR-3000, you save money throughout production while maintaining top-quality products. At MoistTech, quality and savings go hand in hand, so you don’t have to compromise.