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828 Tobacco

increase production abilities with proper moisture

MoistTech understands the sensitive nature of tobacco manufacturing when it comes to moisture levels and developed the model 828 tobacco sensor. The durable design provides the capability to endure the extreme conditions of tobacco factories. Utilizing Near-Infrared (NIR) technology allows MoistTech to provide the best solution for moisture control as it provides an instant measurement without coming into contact with the product.

The 828 model is built to be unaffected by differences in particle size, material height and color, making it the most accurate tobacco sesnor on the market. Providing continuous, reliable readings with only a one time calibration, running maintenance free, and built with a drift free optical design allows operating personnel to immediatly initialize process adjustments based on real-time data. Precision filters and algorithms have been incorporated to optimize performance under the demanding conditions in tobacco processing.

Unmatched in efficiency, reliability, maintainability, life span, and cost of ownership, MoistTech’s 828 tobacco moisture gauge is the answer to controlling moisture in primary processing, leaf processing and cut tobacco applications.

Providing thousands of measurements per second gives the users immediate access to optimize their on-line process to dramatically improve product quality, providing both energy savings and potential increased productivity with lower material losses.

MoistTech has incorporated it’s product loss software capability into the sensor to make small gaps in product, inert material, foreign objects, and belt or screw conveyor measurements are removed from the overall calculation to providing the most accurate and true moisture reading.

sensor features

Users can enjoy many features of MoisTech’s IR-3000 sensor that can immediately benefit the production line. Easy to use and incorporate into many existing systems, we are proud to offer the following features with our IR-3000 series sensors:


pre-calibrated to your application without calibration drifting


optical window contamination alarm/monitor


insensitive to ambient temperatures & lights


store up to 50 different product codes/calibrations


windows operating software for management & control


3 x 4-20mA outputs available


0-10V available


sapphire, kel-F, & Quartz sensor window options


optional explosion proof enclosure

display & install options

In addition to the standard software MoistTech provides, there are several read out options available to display the measurement outputs. See display options

Each sensor is equipped with a bracket that can be used to install the sensor from the back or the top. It is recommended to mount the moisture gauge 4-16” (inches) from the product.

Other common installation locations:

    • before and after the dryers
    • conditioning cylinders
    • cutters
    • toaster
    • reconstituted lines
    • belt conveyors
    • screw and drag conveyors

At-line: The addition of the base and stand option provides instant off-line or at-line measurement under on-line operating conditions.


product quality monitoring

Allows immediate production line adjustments to improve product quality & consistency

process optimization

Allows 100% monitoring of the production process to reduce product that is “out of specification”

fuel consumption savings

Reduce the energy usage as the drying / cooking process can be controlled by the moistue sensor, resulting in a reduction of energy consumption

plant production efficiency monitoring

ultimate dryer control for optimal performance

total monitoring of blending process

low cost - immediate roi

increase productivity & reduce waste

Application                                                                                                                                                    Moisture                         Accuracy

Whole Leaf or Strips GTL Or Primary/Stemmery 5-35% 0.25%
Strips/Threshing 5-35% 0.25%
Re-dried Cut Lamina 15-30% 0.20%
Finished Tobacco Blend 12-18% 0.05%
Cut Rolled Stem, Water Treated Stem 20-50% 0.20%
Expanded Tobacco 5-15% 0.10%
Rolled Tobacco Stem 10-20% 0.15%
Shorts 10-15% 0.20%
Pipe Tobacco 12-25% 0.20%
Chewing Tobacco 10-40% 0.30%
Cigar Filler 10-20% 0.20%

more options

food products

Our IR-3000F food product sensor can measure moisture, oil, fat/protein and more to meet all production needs.

coke/coal/sinter products

Specifically designed for the dark mineral industry, the CCS-3000 series can measure moisture in dark materials.

IP-67 rated sensor

Ideal for harsh conditions, the IP-67 rated sensor can withstand  wash-downs, and aggressive process applications.