Knowing the moisture content of the materials used throughout the food and baking process has become one of the most critical components in the industry, as many raw materials sold are based upon weight. MoistTech’s state-of-the-art moisture sensors can provide a quick test of the moisture levels in the manufacturer’s raw ingredients, effectively saving purchasing plants a lot of money.
It is also important to know the moisture content during the mixing stage in the food manufacturing process as water affects quality and consistency of the end product. Variations and excess moisture in mixes can result in clumping and out of spec recipe formulas. Testing food moisture during this time will allow adjustments to be made throughout the mixing process to manage moisture levels.
Manufactures strive to have the best finished product. The amount of water a product has affects the taste, appearance, consistency, stability as well as the shelf life. Testing the moisture levels of the final product insures manufactures that they have the highest quality product and consistency. Whether finished products have too much or too little moisture is a main concern for food manufacturers. Some food items are sold by weight, which reduces costs, can make the item lower in fat/calories and preventing it from being too dry. Adding too much water can affect the crunch by making the item taste stale or even worse contributing to bacteria/mold growth.
Sensing moisture content throughout the process also provides food manufacturers cost savings in energy and fuel costs, as well as having less product waste. With continuous NIR online moisture testing, manufacturers can monitor moisture levels which they in-turn, can precisely control ovens, dryers, roasters and fryers to optimize the production process with minimum energy requirements.