The new MCT
360-T and well known predecessor,
the MCT 101-T, are sensors that have been designed specifically
to address the requirements of the Tobacco Industry in terms
of: variable composition and presentation of the product,
the installation environment, and operation/data handling.
660, the laboratory or at-line
gauge, is a useful compliment to the on-line gauges. It can
be used as a reference for the on-line gauges and can in addition
to moisture, provide nicotine and sugar measurements on milled
The Tobacco gauge incorporates as standard an air
or water cooling panel within the
base of a cast aluminium enclosure, and a temperature
sensor that monitors the internal
temperature of the gauge. A vortex
cooler and product
loss sensors are also available.
Gauge outputs, Operator Interface
The MCT 360-T is available with or without a local operator
interface or display as all the processing is carried out
within the sensor head and the measurement is output via 4-20mA,
0-10V, RS232, RS485 or any bus. Installation time and effort
is minimised with the absence of a local interface, but should
samples be collected for cross checks an OI is useful…
in the event, one could be simply plugged into the gauge at
the sampling location.
PSC recognizes that a universal no-compromise tobacco calibration,
although desirable isn’t feasible, the number and variety
of samples required for such a calibration precludes the possibility.
PSC’s approach is to provide an approximate calibration,
or a calibration based on customer samples over the expected
moisture range . In addition to measuring moisture content,
360-T can be configured to measure product temperature.
Typical measurement accuracies lie
within +/- 0.1 to 0.3% dependent on sample properties. Generally
the higher the moisture , the larger the sample size, and
the more variable the particle/sample size distribution, the
higher the error is.