For years, MAC Instruments has been producing high-quality moisture analyzers that are easy to install and maintain and offer instant, accurate results with high sensitivity to moisture. This is critical in a wide range of industrial applications because excess humidity can pose a danger to sensitive industrial equipment and the products you produce, resulting in higher operational costs and repair costs along with reduced product quality. In critical applications, moisture levels can’t be left to chance: they must be carefully monitored and adjusted as necessary.
Basics of Moisture Measurement
Just like temperature, air pressure, and contaminants like dust and odors, moisture in your industrial environment needs to be controlled to ensure consistent, accurate production processes and results. As both a liquid and a gas, moisture levels that are too high or too low can damage equipment, alter the quality of your finished product, and increase your operating costs in the form of higher utility bills and/or higher maintenance and repair costs.
Unfortunately, moisture can be challenging to measure and control in an ever-changing environment. That’s why it’s essential to use reliable moisture measurement tools in your facility.
Moisture Measurement in Industrial Applications
Because moisture can penetrate porous surfaces and hide in even the smallest cracks and crevices, it’s as dangerous as any other contaminant when it comes to the quality of your product and the efficiency of your equipment. Excess moisture, whether in liquid or gas form, can cause a variety of problems:
- Inaccurate test results, particularly in gas and compressed air applications
- Corrosion on pipes and other equipment
- Inconsistent product quality
- Ice formation in low-temperature environments
- Freezing and thawing in changing temperature environments, adding wear and tear to equipment
- Equipment failure or inefficient operation
- Moisture may mix with chemicals or vapors to create reactions that alter your process or product
In industrial environments, there are two primary technologies for measuring dew point: capacitive sensor technology and optical sensor technology. Capacitive sensors are an economical choice that offer a quick response to small changes in water vapor. Optical sensors are more expensive, but they are more accurate and may be a worthwhile investment in situations where the slightest changes in moisture levels can pose a major risk to sensitive equipment or products. These devices measure the dew point by cooling a gas until it forms frost. The frost is then vaporized and the device recalibrates, so it can continue to test.
Both technologies are used in a wide range of applications, including paper mills, product drying, metal processing, baking and food processing, stack emission monitoring, power generation, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. We’ve supplied moisture measurement tools to several companies with challenging humidity and moisture situations, and we’re proud to share their success stories.
Moisture Measurement at MAC Instruments
Our moisture analyzers, steam flow meters, and steam flow transmitters are trusted in a wide range of industries and applications. With a user-friendly interface, high moisture sensitivity, and high performance stability, moisture measurement tools from MAC Instruments are easy to use, reliable, and durable. To learn more about our products, contact us or request a quote today. We’d love to work with you to ensure you get the most accurate moisture measurements in your facility.