Raw Material Moisture

Saving Time, Energy & Money

In raw material intake and processing, it is critical to precisely control moisture levels. Monitoring moisture levels during raw material intake into the mill is an essential component of determining the quality of these materials. This, coupled with the fact that, when raw material is purchased by weight, inaccurate moisture content determination can be quite costly. When processing these materials, including bark and forest waste, precise moisture content is of paramount importance. Lack of accurate measurement can lead to over or under processing, wasted energy, poor product quality, and wasted product—increasing overall costs. MoistTech possesses 40 years of knowledge regarding moisture sensors.

There are many key processes within the wood processing industry where you will find the raw material moisture sensor to be essential. Additional application opportunities present themselves when you take into account the ability of the IR-3000 to measure solvent and water based coating thickness and monitor temperature. This is especially important when dealing with resin coatings. Our MoistTech staff is quite knowledgeable with respect to the specifics of handling raw material moisture in the wood processing industry.

      • 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 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

Dryer Control

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 the 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 micron—dependent upon coating type.
  • Possesses an analog range that is typically 0-10% 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!


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

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.