Near-Infrared (NIR) technology is the perfect solution for instant online, off-line, and laboratory moisture measurement, which is unsurpassed in performance and accuracy over competing technologies.
NIR Spectroscopy and imaging are fast and nondestructive analytical techniques that provide chemical and physical information of virtually any matrix. NIR can tell us things about a product in a similar way to visible light. Other common technologies experience issues such as constant recalibration, height interference, experience drifting over time, produced less reflective light energy and provide the user with more of an estimated guess rather than true accurate data.
Optimizing the manufacturing process to include a moisture measurement and control system improves the product quality, production efficiency and can reduce the amount of dust and buildup created. Small variations in moisture content can result in clumping, affecting the quality and consistencies in the production; the absence of moisture can result in excess dust. Non-contact moisture detection can provide real-time accurate data to helpline personnel properly control and eliminate common issues.
An ideal moisture control system accurately detects the moisture levels at different stages of the process, is easily maintained and has the ability to withstand the toughest of manufacturing conditions. The ability to reduce waste and keep the production line moving is essential to plant operators. Moisture measurement and control plays a large role in the process and catching out of tolerance readings as quickly as possible on the line allows for the most opportune wats to increase plant efficiency and product quality.
Benefits of a Moisture Control System
- Reduce dryer usage & energy costs
- Proper control of the infeed & dryer exit
- Better quality & consistency of final product
- Dust & fire elimination
- Reduced purchase costs from water weight
- Reduced amount of wear & tear on equipment from ash & dust buildup
- Prevent blockages on conveyor
Manufacturers can enjoy immediate adjustments to the process based on real-time measurements as the sensor reads and records hundreds of data points per second. Immediate changes can be made to the production line directly through the PLC if needed, to stop extra waste and keep the production line moving effectively. Avoid costly downtime and excessive waste by catching any out of tolerance readings as quickly as possible. Connect the sensors to a computer network or production laptop for complete software control of the production line – creating a closed-loop process.