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Food

Food grade models of the MoistScan® online microwave moisture sensor are available for use in food processing. These analysers are fully CIP (clean in place) compliant and are available in various IP ratings.   Cabinets, frames and antenna housings are 316 stainless steel grade.  In particular the MoistScan® MA-700 in pipe moisture meter is used in the dairy and snack food and confectionary industries where lean phase pipe conveyance is common.

Typical food processing applications include:

•    Dairy particularly butter, processed cheese and natural cheese
•    Powders
•    Flour
•    Cereals
•    Snack foods
•    Breads
•    Confectionary
•    Pasta

 

Application examples

 

Dairy - NSW, Australia

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MA-700 In Pipe Analyser
Processed Cheese
Casting Line immediately downstream a steam injection cooker
40 - 55%
Increase yield, improve quality and reduce labour. The continuous moisture reading from the MoistScan® automatically controls steam injection to a vertical steam cooker. This enables the customer to precisely control the amount of moisture in the finished product so as to maximize saleable yield.

 

Cheese and Butter Factory - Victoria, Australia


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MA-600
20kg Cheddar Block
On-conveyor table downstream from cheddar master
20 - 22%
Quality control


 

Food Manufacturer - NSW, Australia

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MA-600 (test unit)
Beef Jerky
On conveyor table
25 - 45%
Installed as part of an inline conveyor system on whole dried jerky pieces (400x200x~2mm) just prior to dicing. Analyser was installed for product quality control, if a piece of meat was either low of moisture specification or too high (adjustable limits) the piece of meat was rejected.

 

Dairy - United Kingdom


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MA-700 In Pipe Analyser  (trial only)
Butter
In Pipe immediately exiting a butter churn
16%
Control water addition to butter churn. The output from the MoistScan is linked to a water pump inverter which automatically adjusts the water pump when the moisture falls above or below set tolerance levels


Korea

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MA-600
Soy bean meal
In Screw-feeder
10 - 15%
Analyser is installed on a hopper just prior to mixing with other product constituents and final water addition. After mixing the prepared grain mix is bagged. The unit is being used for Online moisture analysis for control and automation.

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Food Manufacturer - Queensland, Australia


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MA-600  (3 Units)
Polenta (corn and rice grit)
In hopper
10 - 16% in mixer, 16 - 20% just prior to extrusion
Moisture monitoring of feed and control of water addition mixers to maintain ideal extrusion and final product to quality.

Food Manufacurer - Victoria, Australia

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MA-600SF (2 units)
Corn Starch (for sugar candy moulding)
Analysers installed to screw conveyors, returning freshly conditioned starch to the process and feeding blended starch to the moguls.
5 - 7% moisture (freshly conditioned starch) and
7 - 9% moisture (blended starch)
Online moisture analysis and control of blending and conditioning.

 

 

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