MoistTech’s near-infrared (NIR) moisture sensor allows manufacturers the ability to adjust moisture levels on real-time information lowering raw material and fuel costs, higher yields, and more uniform products. NIR moisture measurement is a non-contact measurement that offers clear advantages over the traditional methods, the most important being ease-of-use, elimination of hazardous chemicals, and increased efficiency of product testing. With NIR analysis, all manual steps of collecting, drying, and accurately weighing samples are eliminated.
Continuous monitoring of moisture content provides proactive avoidance of potential issues caused by out-of-tolerance moisture levels.
How/Why controlling Moisture Matters
When moisture levels fluctuate, it can cause significant changes to the quality of many powdered and bulk solid applications. These inconsistencies mean that your final product will have varying quality depending on when in production they were created. Near-infrared technology is the best solution to accurately measure the moisture levels of multiple applications, offering a solution that meets all quality control factors. Accurately detecting moisture levels frequently throughout the process allows for line adjustments as needed that improve the overall functionality and efficiency of the facility.
Quality and consistency are crucial when it comes to maintaining a manufacturing line with powdered applications. It is important to have a consistent product from start to finish, which means being able to detect moisture content accurately and frequently. A moisture measurement system is designed to provide accurate moisture measurements as often as needed to improve the manufacturing line and product. Inconsistencies can lead to wasted products and downtime in the manufacturing process. Implementing a moisture control sensor instantly reduces waste and energy costs as well as improves the efficiency of the line. Optimizing and fine-tuning the production process can allow for a multitude of benefits
Benefits of Moisture Analysis:
- Minimize costs, increase efficiency
- Instant real-time feedback with thousands of measurements per second
- Reduced energy usage and downtime
- Reduction in fire and explosion risk
- Plant production efficiency monitoring
- Total dryer control
- Blending monitoring for control of moisture & resin
- Increased productivity allows operators to make critical process adjustments
- Low cost – instant RPOI
- Non-contact, non-drift optical scan with +/- 0.05% accuracy
Where moisture should be measured
Moisture measurement and control is one of the biggest challenges plant operators are tasked with during production and also while in storage. Moisture control in plant design is a crucial implementation in proactive avoidance of quality control issues. Moisture sensors are recommended to be installed in several locations throughout the process to achieve ultimate efficiency including incoming material lines, before and after the dryer, and before any finishing belts.
Dryer efficiency is critical in controlling energy costs and product quality; installing a sensor prior to the dryer will monitor levels going into the dryer to provide better control over the dryer’s efficiency. Moisture sensing after the dryer and prior to finishing will result in significant cost savings.
Other production areas that moisture content effects are seen throughout the plant but can be easily monitored and controlled with a proper system. Measuring moisture throughout the manufacturing process will produce products at a specific moisture percentage, preventing them from being off-spec when the product is too wet or too dry. Incoming lines are measured for fuel savings to monitor the overpayment of materials; the higher the moisture content of incoming purchased raw materials, results in overpayment as the overuse of dryers results in overpaying energy costs.
Maximizing automation and increasing reliability through reducing costs is a major significance for operating personnel and easily achieved through moisture monitoring. Moisture ranges outside of tolerance can unravel important facets of the production process and even create wear and tear on other equipment that wouldn’t be seen with proper moisture levels. Each phase of the manufacturing process runs more efficiently with accurate moisture content and provides increasing profits.