Raw Material Moisture

Saving Time, Energy & Money: Raw Material Moisture

In the intake and processing of raw materials, maintaining precise control over moisture levels is imperative. Monitoring the moisture content of raw materials upon intake into the mill is pivotal for assessing their quality. This becomes even more crucial considering that inaccurate determination of moisture content can result in significant financial losses, particularly when raw materials are purchased by weight.

Control Moisture Levels Properly

During the processing of materials such as bark and forest waste, ensuring optimal moisture content is paramount. Failure to accurately measure moisture levels can lead to inefficient processing, excessive energy consumption, diminished product quality, and wastage — ultimately escalating operational costs.

Benefiting from four decades of expertise in moisture sensor technology, MoistTech stands as a reliable source of knowledge in this critical domain.

The importance of raw material moisture sensors extends across various processes within the wood processing industry. Furthermore, the versatility of the IR-3000 sensor offers additional applications, including the measurement of solvent and water-based coating thickness, as well as temperature monitoring — crucial considerations, especially in the context of resin coatings. Our MoistTech team boasts comprehensive knowledge of handling raw material moisture in the wood processing industry, ensuring efficient and effective operations.

      • Productivity Improvements
      • Increased Product Quality
      • Minimization of Re-Work and Product Waste
      • Reduced Energy Costs
      • Lower Environmental Impact
      • Continuous Monitoring with 100% Product Inspection
      • Optimization of Wood Processes


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

Efficient Raw Material Moisture Content

Efficiency is a top-of-the-line priority for manufacturers and the dryer can drain a lot of that. Measuring the moisture before and after the dryer allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change productivity levels.

What is the Solution?

MoistTech’s NIR technology stands out from the competition in a variety of ways:

  • Possesses a non-drift optical design.
  • Provides continuous process monitoring and control.
  • Has a non-contact design.
  • Allows process variation to be detected and adjusted in real-time.
  • Provides moisture accuracy of approximately ± 0.05%.
  • Enables coating accuracy measurement that varies from 0.1 to 0.01 microns — dependent upon coating type.
  • Possesses an analog range that is typically zero to ten percent moisture.
  • Allows output adjustment for the optimization of PLC or recording requirements.

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 worldwide 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

The on-line moisture control system from MoistTech is fast and easy to install on your product lines. Once the sensor is in place, you can use an external display or PC to display real-time moisture levels. Because our NIR technology can store up to 50 calibration readings in a single sensor, it can conveniently be used on many types of applications.

This technology allows our products to measure moisture without direct contact with the product, thus it provides accurate results without creating any waste. And, since the technology uses a simple light source for measurement, our equipment allows for longer use.