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Application Driver: Biscuit moisture impacts taste, quality and shelf life. Biscuit moisture that is too low causes the biscuit to crumble. Biscuit moisture that is too high adversely impacts biscuit texture, taste and shelf life.
Project Justification: Laboratory moisture testing consists of taking biscuit samples from left, right and center of dryer exit prior to the cooler and packaging operation. It has been determined that the left and right side are consistent with each other and the center is usually 0.2 to 0.4% dryer than the edges. Additionally, the packaged biscuit moisture varied with ambient temperature and humidity while the biscuit travelled from dryer exit through cooler and onto packaging operation.
Installation of a NIR Moisture Transmitter at cooler exit and prior to packaging allows the operator to see the actual moisture of biscuits being packaged and make required adjustments or feed the signal into a PLC to control the moisture. This improves quality control, reduces start up time waiting for lab values and reduces waste. The large 5.7” Operator Interface displays moisture percent in green for good product, yellow for alert and red for alarm. Additionally a stack light flashes when biscuit moisture is out of spec and annunciates if in alarm condition to draw operator’s attention to process.
Happy Thanksgiving from Process Sensors! May all enjoy family friends and a great meal. Gobble! Gobble!
Before dinner later this week you’ll probably have some snack food appetizers. Maybe put out some Potato Chips for guests or some corn chips with dip. Have you ever wondered why your favorite brands taste so good, not too oily and crisped just right? Likely the manufacturer measures moisture and oil in the chip manufacturing process with a Near Infrared Moisture & Oil Transmitter. These non-contacting process transmitters supply digital displays, analog and digital outputs for monitoring, control and food safety data archiving. The stainless steel housing protects the transmitter from the often oily and salty environment. The QuikCheck At-Line and Lab Analyzer also speeds lab analysis of samples.
So when you next enjoy a crispy chip, think PSC!
Designed and configured for the demanding heat and wash down conditions in the food and snack food manufacturing industries. The MCT466-SF is simple to install and can be used in different stages of processing from fryer outlet to packaging.
Typical applications include:
• Potato Chips • Corn Chips • Tortillas
• Cookies • Crackers • Breakfast Cereals
• Milk Powders • Popcorn • Oil Base Flavorings