Minneapolis, August 27 - Moisture technology provider, MoistTech Corp, has joined the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Biofuels) as a vendor member.
“We are pleased to welcome MoistTech to our growing roster of vendor members. MoistTech provides moisture measurement for online process and laboratory moisture instrumentation using near infrared (NIR) technology,” said Tim Rudnicki, executive director at MN Biofuels.
Headquartered in Sarasota, FL, MoistTech specializes in NIR technology and manufactures non-contact online sensors with hundreds of measurements per second for thousands of applications in the animal and human food, chemical, mineral, paper, renewable energy, textile, tobacco and wood industries.
In the ethanol industry, MoistTech has provided its technology for dried distillers grain (DDG) production where moisture measurement and control are important to ensure product quality and reduce waste.
“Moisture content is an essential aspect when conditioning feeds. When conditioning, the most common target moisture contents at conditioner discharge is between 15 percent and 17 percent. Too much moisture can plug the pellet mill,” said Sarah Hammond, marketing coordinator at MoistTech.
She said pellets need to achieve a final moisture content of under 13 percent for safe storage and proper conditioning prior to storage has benefits such as increased durability index, increased starch gelatinization and protein structures. This, she said, improves the binding of the ingredients, potential pasteurization and the destruction of some insect eggs.
“MoistTech has developed the IR-3000 Moisture Sensor which is ideally suited to measure the moisture levels in DDG production processes while improving a manufacturer’s product quality and lowering their energy costs,” Hammond said.
She said MoistTech’s moisture sensors provide continuous, reliable readings with zero maintenance and a one-time calibration with a non-drift optical design allowing operational personnel to confidently make immediate process adjustments based on real-time measurements.
“MoistTech decided to join MN Biofuels to enhance the awareness and availability of moisture measurement and control within the process of DDG production. Our goal is to assist in increasing production efficiency for the ethanol plants while providing state of the art technology for enhanced end user results,” Hammond said.
Learn more about MoistTech Corp here.
Picture Caption: MoistTech's IR-3000 moisture sensor for DDG production.