Moisture Measurement for Minerals

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Mineral industry
 
In the Mineral industry, moisture measurement is very important during mineral processing from mining to the end product. MoistTech has thousands of installations worldwide in mineral applications. We offer both online for the continuous readings of NIR moisture measurement and laboratory NIR moisture sensors for spot tests near lines or in your quality control labs.
 
Moisture Measurement
 
Moisture measurement is critical in all aspects of the mining process. As a result, mining companies are constantly adjusting moisture to maintain the quality of their product. Advances in real-time sensing, data collection, and data analysis and interpretation helps to determine the characteristics of the materials prior to processing providing process efficiency and optimization. Regular measurements of moisture in minerals remain a necessity for control of drying, thereby reducing treatment costs. Additionally, small variations and excess moisture in mixes can result clumping affecting quality and consistencies. Too dry of a product can result in excess dust. Measuring moisture prior to crushing can control particle size and also provide dust suppression. During the drying stage, in-process measurements ensure optimization and elimination of over drying, which can lead to product that is out of specification, degradation and an excess of dust.
 
 
Measuring moisture prior to crushing
Measuring and controlling moisture can reduce transportation costs due to shipping excess water. Additionally, moisture control stops products from freezing during shipping and transportation. Testing moisture content throughout the process also provides mineral manufacturers cost savings in energy & fuel costs, as well as having less product waste. With continuous NIR online moisture testing, manufacturers can monitor moisture levels which they in-turn, can precisely control their dryers to optimize the production process with minimum energy requirements. MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors are easy to set-up and use which will provide instant and precise measurements due to no constituent losses in handling.

 

controlling moisture
 
Installation
We recommend installing sensor(s) in several locations though out the process. A sensor should be installed over the conveyor before the final crusher to enable elimination of impurities, as well as at the exit of the final crusher or dryer, to prevent over drying and dust The sensor should be installed several inches above the conveyor belt or screw conveyor so that it can continuously monitor the process and can control the moisture content either manually or automatically in the finished product. MoistTech is very experienced with the requirements in the mineral production process. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. On moisture analysis involving dried minerals, accuracies can be expected to be +/-0.1%. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements. For additional information or to discuss your application, please contact us at Info@MoistTech.com

Dried Fruit & Vegetable Moisture

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Obtaining accurate
moisture level measurements of dried fruits and vegetables is critical during
the production process. Without proper moisture levels, the snacks may be too
moist, and thereby prone to mold, or too dry, and light for their weight. 
 MoistTech’s IR3000 moisture sensor for dried fruits and vegetables to
continuously measure moisture levels during the production process. This
improves end product quality while reducing waste and downtime. The IR3000
exceeds similar competitor products in performance and flexibility, offering
immediate, non-contact measurements. In addition to moisture readings, the IR3000
can effectively measure oil, temperature, sugar, and more, making it an
incredibly versatile device.
Dried Fruit & Vegetable Moisture Detection
Benefits of Dried Fruit & Vegetable
Moisture Detection
 
While other moisture
sensors may yield inconsistent results, you won’t have that issue with the IR3000.
We pride ourselves on our consistent, accurate results. At MoistTech, we
understand your need to minimize costs without sacrificing product quality. With
the IR3000 you’ll be set.
For more dried vegetable & fruit moisture information, contact us today.
 
 IR3000
 

MoistTech in BulkInside!

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Check out our
release at in BulkInside
 
BulkInside is
the leading global resource for the Powder and Bulk Solids Processing Market.
 
MoistTech’s CCS3000
 
 
Moisture measurement
and control is a crucial aspect in coal processing. MoistTech’s CCS3000
Moisture Sensor provides the user with non contact instant moisture
measurement. As coal is mined wet, ground water and other extraneous moisture
is readily evaporated. 

 

Moisture in Crumb Rubber

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crumb rubber
Monitoring the amount of moisture in crumb rubber is an important facet of rubber production. Too little or too much moisture can have a serious impact on production. By installing MoistTech’s Moisture Transmitter in the processing area, manufacturer’s can continuously monitor the moisture content and make decisions on the basis of real time measurement. All crumb rubber companies that make and process virgin and recycled rubber are concerned about moisture. Optimizing moisture levels not only help during production but also the efficiency of the dryers. It is also important for crumb rubber manufacturers to monitor and test moisture routinely as the accepted level of maximum moisture content is 1 percent CAP (Current Accepted Practice) by weight.
Crumb rubber caneasily become either too wet or dry wasting manufacturer’s time and money as well as impacting the quality of the end product. MoistTech’s IR3000 NIR Moisture Sensor is ideally suited to measure the crumb rubber moisture levels during production. Processors monitor and test moisture for many reasons during crumb rubber production. Too much moisture can cause caking and stop flow during production, lead to acidic conditions causing slower cure rates in compounds, as well as, resulting of poor bonding and adhesion
reduction. Additionally, excess moisture will devalue recycled rubber material, hinder its ability to be used effectively in many applications limiting its use in many applications, especially in molded and extruded products.
 
molded and extruded products
Installation
MoistTech’s Moisture Sensor should be installed several inches above the conveyor, prior to the bailing area. The transmitter should be mounted about 10” from the crumb rubber and perpendicular to the moving conveyor. The sensor can continuously monitor the process and can control the crumb rubber moisture content either manually or automatically in the finished product.
Environment
During crumb rubber production the sensor may have to be installed close to dryer outlet where it will be susceptible to extreme heat conditions which may require cooling plates that employ water or air. Additionally, if the environment is excessively steamy, it may be necessary to install an air purge assembly onto the sensor to prevent steam from condensing on the sensor’s viewing window.
 
 
Crumb Rubber: MoistTech.com
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PSTC Tape Summit

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PSTC


PSTC Tape Summit, May 2013

Come see MoistTech at the Tape Summit 2013 in Booth 14 May 13-17, 2013 in New Orleans, LA

North American trade association for tape manufacturers and affiliate suppliers, dedicated to helping the industry produce quality pressure sensitive adhesive tape products in the global marketplace. PSTC provides education and training, works with ASTM and global trade organizations to harmonize test methods and monitors legislative and regulatory activities.
Moisture plays a critical role in the manufacturing of products with pressure sensitive coatings. Pressure sensitive paper, pressure sensitive adhesive tape, pressure sensitive paint all of these have one thing in common: if moisture is not properly regulated during the production process, the end quality becomes inferior and product waste occurs.

For more info: MoistTech.com

MoistTech at TIA

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The Tortilla Industry Association (TIA)
 
See MoistTech at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV for The Tortilla Industry
Association (TIA) 
show in Booth 527. 
May 10-11    
tortilla moisture levels
 
 
Having
the correct dough for tortilla moisture levels is a very critical component
during the various stages of baked tortilla. Dough
mixtures can easily become either too wet or dry wasting manufacturer’s time
and money as well as impacting the quality of the end product. 
 

 

Benefits of Potato Chip Moisture Detection
 

Improved Product Quality
Lower Energy Costs
Reduced Start-up Times
Less Waste
100% Product Inspection
Less Downtime
 
 
Your MoistTech teams of professionals are very experienced with the requirements in the production of tortilla chips. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.1% moisture and ±0.2% for oil. Typical analog range is 0-5% for moisture and 20-40% for oil.
 
Tortilla Chip moisture

Snaxpo 2013

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Snaxpo 2013
 
 
MoistTech had a great turn out at the Snaxpo show in Tampa Flordia! 
It was great to meet everyone.
 
MoistTech has thousands of installations worldwide in a wide variety of chips and snack food productsWe offer both online for the continuous readings of NIR moisture measurement and laboratory NIR moisture sensors for spot tests near lines or in your quality control labsOffering a wide variety of instruments including sanitary food grade models that employ a food grade polymeric lens or sapphire windowThe IR3000 has higher accuracy than any other systems.Conveyor product gapsrandom impurities and burnt product have no effect on the accuracy of the measurement readings. Realizing that many food processing companies use many primary reference measurementseither inhouse or out sourcedMoistTechs NIR moisture sensors are easy to setup and useInstant measurements provide manufacturers 100% inspection and savings in cost.
 
For more info of moisture on snack food moisture control 
visit: MoistTech.com 

Toxic Dust Elimination

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In wastetoenergy facilities, controlling the ash residue is a critical
concern of plant operators
. After combustion, the ash residue that is left, is sprayed with water to reduce dust and odors which is then transported to landfills/monofills. However, too much or too little moisture can create a number of problems for wastetoenergy plants. By integrating MoistTechs IR3000 online NIR Moisture Sensor into the processprocessors are able to monitor and control 100% of the ash. Managing the ash residue is important step for many reasons at incineration facilities around the world. From minimizing the possibility of ash dust inhalation and ingestion of employees, to preventing ash being absorbed into the environment, as well as, to lowering transportation costs due to weight.
With MoistTechs NIR Moisture sensor operators will be able to instantly and continuously measure ash moisture and control these problems.
 MoistTech’s IR3000
Preventing airborne dust and controlling weight of the ash, MoistTech recommends installing a sensor after combustion and moisture spray. From past installations and depending on the matrix of the ash, the optimum moisture range is 15-18% with a target of 15% for control of dust and weight of the ash. The moisture content lowest point is 12-14% before the ash becomes airborne and above 25% moisture the ash turns into mud that contains surface moisture (liquid) making it very heavy and expensive to haul away. With continuous online moisture measurement, waste-to-energy plants will find huge money savings. From savings in transportation due to weight of excess moisture, to savings in water usage for dust suppression
and clean-up. Plants also reduce the amount of wear and tear on equipment due to the dust and ash build up and prevent blockages on the conveyor resulting in shutting down the boiler. 
Unlike other instrumentation of this type, some of the unique features of the IR3000 is that it is able to monitor the product even with small gaps in product flow and is unaffected by ambient light without impacting the accuracy.
The IR3000 is also ideal for installations on chain conveyors and screw conveyors. Additionally, since waste-to-energy plants can be an extremely dusty environment at times, a small amount of air may be necessary to prevent dust collection on the lens of the sensor. MoistTech is very experienced with the moisture sensing requirements in the waste-to-energy facilities as we have many installations throughout the world. Sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements. 
 
For
additional information or to discuss your application, please contact Info@MoistTech.com

WestPack

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MoistTech is excited for WestPack 2013 in Anaheim CA Feb 12th-14th 

 The most advanced NIR Moisture Sensors for the packaging industry. 
Come see MoistTech at booth 5721
 

 

Moisture Measurement in Salt

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sensitive to moisture content.
 
Salt processing is extremely sensitive to moisture content. Regulating the moisture content during the drying process optimizes production for best quality and savings in energyWith NIR moisture measurement salt manufacturers can meet their process control needs while increasing their profitabilityreduce waste, conserve energy, and shelflife expectancy.  MoistTech has thousands of installations worldwide in salt processing facilitiesWe offer both online for the continuous readings of NIR moisture measurement and laboratory NIR moisture sensors for spot tests near lines or in your quality control labs. Offering a wide variety of instruments including sanitary food grade models that employ a food grade polymeric lens or sapphire window. The IR3000 has higher accuracy than any other systems and conveyor product gaps have no effect on the accuracy of the measurement readings.
MoistTech’s NIR online moisture sensor is installed directly on the process line, eliminating the need for grabbing samples so that manufacturers
can maximize the dryer operation while reducing energy costs and improving profit margins. With continuous NIR online moisture testing, manufacturers can monitor moisture levels which they in-turn, can precisely control dryers to optimize the production process with minimum energy requirements as well as prevent over drying.
At-Line/Laboratory
At-Line/Laboratory Measurements
For fast at-line or laboratory measurements, MoistTech’s IRMA-858 sensor is ideal for salt measurements. The 858 incorporates MoistTech’s
well-proven IR-3000 optics and electronics providing superb accuracy, resolution and the shortest test time of any similar technology gauge. Ideal for laboratories or near processing lines MoistTech’s IRMA 858 is the first sensor where samples are measured from the bottom up in sealed, quartz based containers. With samples in a completely sealed chamber eliminates any constituent losses that are caused by handling and in the environment providing the most accurate true moisture reading.
Installation 
In the salt manufacturing process, there are many locations throughout manufacturing that the sensor can be used. The location is often determined by the space availability and accessibility as well as manufactures moisture control plan. In the salt manufacturing process it is recommend having a sensor installed at the oven in-let and outlet. Once installed, a manufacturer can continuously monitor the process and can control the moisture content, either manually or automatically.
MoistTech is very experienced with the requirements in the production of salt. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is +/-0.01% moisture. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements. For additional information or to discuss your application, please contact Info@MoistTech.com
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