MoistTech IR 3000 is a versatile moisture sensor

Knowing the precise moisture levels of the products in pulp and paper making and converting operations is critical during production. Too wet or too dry, it wastes manufacturers’ time and money.

MoistTech, Sarasota, FL, says its IR 3000 moisture sensor is suited to measure moisture levels as well as water- and solvent-based coatings and coat-weight thicknesses during the paper/converting process, improving product quality, productivity and cost savings.

There are many locations where the paper moisture sensor can be used. The location is often determined by the space availability and accessibility on the web/converting machinery as well as manufacturer’s moisture control plan. Once installed, a manufacturer can continuously monitor the process and can control the moisture content, either manually or automatically.

Paper moisture analysis helps to: improve product quality; lower energy costs; reduction of scrap; increased productivity; offer 100% product inspection; less downtime; non-contact instant moisture measurement.

MoistTech says its sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical moisture accuracy is about ±0.05% and coating accuracy varies from 0.1 to 0.01 micron depending on coating type. Typically, the analog range is 0-10% moisture and up to as much as 40%, subject to application. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.

The IR-3000 is an NIR (Near Infrared) on-line moisture sensor for instant, noncontact measurement of virtually any product and raw material in the harshest manufacturing environments. The IR-3000 is insensitive to material variations such as particle size, material height and color; it provides continuous, reliable readings. Its one-time calibration, maintenance-free, drift-free optical design allows operating personnel to confidently make immediate process adjustments based on real-time measurements.

With thousands of measurements per second, Moist- Tech’s IR-3000 allows users to optimize their on-line process and improve product quality, providing both energy savings and potentiallyincreased productivity with lower material losses.

The IR-3000’s product loss software capability — where small gaps, inert material, foreign objects, belt or screw conveyors are removed from the measurement calculation — provides an accurate, true moisture reading.

The IR-3000 moisture sensor can be used with a base and stand option to provide instant off-line or at-line measurement under on-line operating conditions.

Communication to the IR- 3000 sensor head(s) can be via laptop computer, PCbased touch-screen operator interface, plant-wide network by RS232/422/485 and Ethernet TCP/IP. New protocols are continually being developed to keep up with the ever-changing process environment in which they operate. Current I/O includes 3 x analog outputs 4-20mA isolated, self-powered.

MoistTech Corp.,

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