Process Sensors Corporation

MCT460-T On-line Tobacco Moisture Sensor

Reduce waste and improve consistency

Reliable moisture measurement for all stages of tobacco processing to improve yield and ensure consistent product



Rapid, continuous product analysis is critical at all stages of tobacco processing. To maintain consistent product quality, increase yield, maximize efficiency and minimize waste, the Tobacco On-line Smart Sensor from Process Sensors Corporation (PSC) enables precise analysis of moisture and additional constituents for quick return on investment. With proven performance in harsh tobacco processing environments, the MCT460-T is built to last, simple to install and virtually maintenance free for years of reliable, consistent results regardless of tobacco color, blend or type.

The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used in all stages of tobacco processing, including

  • Whole Leaf
  • Whole Stems
  • Cut Stems
  • Lamina Strips
  • Cut Lamina
  • Reconstituted
  • CRS
  • Expanded
  • Cigar Filler
  • Chewing
  • Finished Cigarette Tobacco
  • Pipe Tobacco
  • Cased Burley
  • DIET
  • Snuff

PSC Smart Sensor advantage

MCT460-T on-line NIR tobacco moisture sensor

The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor comes in multiple configuration options for seamless integration into existing systems. It is easily connected to closed loop control systems or local alarms and eliminates the need for time-consuming and disruptive lab testing. A proprietary temperature-controlled detector enhances stability in arduous environments.

With a standard two year comprehensive warranty and a rugged custom-built cast aluminum enclosure, the MCT460-T provides years of reliable performance in even the harshest environments. Simultaneous multi-constituent measurement can be made for the following parameters:

  • Moisture
  • Nicotine
  • Sugar
  • Product Temperature

MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor benefits

The MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor is designed to provide consistent, reliable performance for quick return on investment. Benefits of all on-line PSC NIR Smart Sensors include:in process NIR tobacco moisture sensor

  • High accuracy and repeatability
  • Unaffected by relative humidity, changes in product temperature, ambient light and high ambient temperature 
  • Non-contact, continuous on-line measurement
  • Easy calibration, operation & standardization

Simple accessibility & serviceability

The Tobacco On-line NIR Smart Sensor is fully modular with all components easily replaceable in the field within minutes. It is easy to troubleshoot with advanced onboard diagnostics.

Process Sensors' deep industry knowledge and commitment to our customers' long-term success ensures you receive the best product for your specific application and full support when you need it during and after installation.




Product Distance
8-18 inches (200-450mm)
Calibration Codes
Measured NIR Constituents
1, 2 or 3 simultaneously
Moisture Range
Min. 0.1%, Max. 95%
+/- 0.2%
+/- 0.1%

General Specifications

19 lbs. (8.6kg)
IP67, Cast Aluminum
Ambient Temperature
0-50 °C (32-120˚F) with water or air cooling up to 80°C (160°F)
Optional Operator Interface
5.7 inch Color Touchscreen LCD, 13 User Selectable languages
Optional Bus Interfaces
ProfiNet, ProfiBus, Ethernet IP, Modbus TCP, DeviceNet


Our experienced team is eager to answer your application questions and demonstrate how our technology can solve the challenges you face every day. Request a demo today.