In some food companies, moisture analysis is an important part of quality control. It can affect the taste, consistency, appearance, and shelf life of food products.
There are a variety of ways to measure moisture content, and one of the most efficient methods is using a moisture analyser. These moisture analysers work by measuring the moisture content of a sample of food. Firstly, weigh the sample size, then uniformly dry it completely, and then weigh the sample size again. The difference in weight loss is the moisture content of the sample.
To operate a moisture analyser, place a sample of food on the weighing pan and press the ‘start’ button. The machine will automatically weigh the sample’s initial weight and then begin the drying process. Once the drying process is complete, the machine will weigh the sample size again and calculate the moisture content.
By measuring the moisture content of food, manufacturers can ensure that their products are of the highest quality to meet customers’ expectations. A&D Moisture analyzers are quick to operate, precise and easy to use, making them the perfect instrument for many moisture analysis applications.
How can I measure the moisture content in food?
If you need to measure the moisture content in food, one of the most efficient ways is to use a moisture analyser with SRA Technology. A&D’s uniquely designed SRA (Secondary Radiation Assist) filter gives fast and uniform heating through a 240V halogen lamp, leading to shorter measurement times compared to other models.
Here’s how to use it:
1. First, calibrate the moisture analyser according to the instructions in the user manual.
2. Next, weigh out a sample of the food you want to test. The size of the sample will depend on the moisture analyser you’re using; consult your user manual for specific guidelines.
3. Place the sample on the moisture analyser’s platform and close the lid.
4. Press the “start” button and wait for the moisture content reading to appear on the display.
5. Record the moisture content reading for future reference.
With the A&D SRA Technology Moisture Analyzer, measuring moisture content in food is quick and easy, making it the perfect tool for quality control in food production.
What is a moisture analyser and what are the benefits of using one?
A moisture analyser is a device used to measure the moisture content in a food sample.
There are several benefits of using a moisture analyser, including:
- Ensuring that food is stored at the correct moisture level, which will help to prevent bacteria growth and spoilage
- Preventing food waste by ensuring that food is not over- or under-moisturised
- Aiding in the development of recipes, by providing accurate moisture content readings
- Quality control in food products, by checking moisture content before packaging
The accuracy of moisture analysers can vary depending on the type of device and moisture analysis method used. In general, however, moisture analysers are quite accurate and provide readings that are within 0.5% of the true moisture content of the food sample.
Overall, moisture analysers are beneficial devices that can help to ensure food quality and safety. They are also helpful in preventing food waste and aiding in recipe development.
If you are interested in purchasing a moisture analyser, be sure to research the different types of moisture analysers available to find the one that best suits your needs.
Moisture analysers come in various shapes and sizes, from small, handheld devices to large, floor-standing units. There are many different manufacturers of moisture analysers, so it is important to do some research to find one that offers a moisture analyser that meets your specific needs, as well as offering local support and spare parts if required. A&D Weighing’s wide range of analytical measurement products offer high accuracy and reliability. Using highly efficient and robust 240V halogen lamp and uniquely designed SRA (Secondary Radiation Assist) filter, allows our Moisture Analysers to have shorter measurement times due to fast and uniform heating. Browse through our range of Moisture analyser models to find a product that’s right for your needs.
How does an infrared (halogen lamp) moisture analyser work?
An infrared moisture analyser uses a halogen lamp to measure the moisture content in food. The moisture content is measured by the amount of energy that is emitted from the food. The higher the moisture content, the more energy is emitted.
The moisture analyser calculates the moisture content by comparing the amount of energy that is emitted from the food to the amount of energy that is emitted from a known wet sample. The moisture content is then displayed on the moisture analyser’s display.
Infrared moisture analysers are quick and accurate, and they can be used to measure the moisture content of a wide variety of food products.
The best moisture analyser available on the market
A&D Weighing’s moisture analysers with SRA Technology are some of the best moisture analysers available in the Australian market. They are highly accurate and easy to operate, making them ideal for any food processing or production facility.
The straight 240V halogen lamp and uniquely designed SRA (Secondary Radiation Assist) filter gives shorter measurement time, thanks to fast and uniform heating. The ergonomically designed pan handle eliminates accidents such as burns, when moving a hot sample tray in or out of the unit from either side.
The moisture analysers from A&D Weighing are also easy to use. They have a large, easy-to-read display and simple controls. The moisture analysers can be programmed to automatically shut off when the desired moisture content is reached, making them energy efficient.
If you are looking for the best moisture analyser on the market, then you should consider A&D Weighing’s moisture analysers with SRA Technology.
Tips for getting accurate readings from a moisture analyser
Moisture analysers are devices used to measure the moisture content in food. To get accurate readings from a moisture analyser, there are a few things you can do:
- Follow the instructions that came with your moisture analyser.
- Make sure the food sample is at room temperature before testing.
- If required, cut the sample into small pieces so that it will fit into the analyser pan.
- Grind the food into a powder if necessary.
- Be careful not to overload the moisture analyser test pan.
If you follow these tips, you should be able to get accurate readings from your moisture analyser.
Common mistakes people make when measuring moisture content in food
When measuring moisture content in food, there are a few common mistakes that people make:
- Not allowing the food to cool down completely before measuring moisture content
- Not calibrating the moisture analyser regularly
- Measuring moisture content in food that has been frozen or thawed
- Not taking into account the moisture content of packaging when measuring moisture content in food
If you can avoid these common mistakes, you will be able to get more accurate moisture content readings from your food.
FAQs about moisture analysers
What is a moisture analyser?
A moisture analyser is a device used to measure the moisture content in food.
How does a moisture analyser work?
A moisture analyser works by heating the food until the water evaporates. The amount of energy required to vaporise the water is then measured, and from this, the moisture content of the food can be determined.
What are the benefits of using a moisture analyser?
Some benefits of using a moisture analyser include being able to accurately measure the moisture content in food, ensuring that food is stored at the ideal moisture level to prevent mould growth.
How do I choose a moisture analyser?
When choosing a moisture analyser, it is important to consider the accuracy of the device, as well as the range of moisture levels that it can measure. It is also important to consider whether the moisture analyser is easy to use, calibrate and maintain through local support.
How often should I calibrate my moisture analyser?
It is generally recommended to calibrate your moisture analyser at least a few times a year. However, if you are using the moisture analyser frequently, you may need to calibrate it more often.
How do I clean my moisture analyser?
It is important to keep your moisture analyser clean in order to prevent contamination of food samples. To clean the moisture analyser, first, turn off the device and unplug it from the power source. Next, remove any samples from the moisture chamber and dispose of them properly. Then, use a soft cloth dampened with water and mild soap to clean the moisture chamber. Be sure to avoid getting moisture on the electronics of the moisture analyser. Finally, dry the moisture chamber with a clean, dry cloth before using the moisture analyser again.
What are some troubleshooting tips for moisture analysers?
If you are having trouble with your moisture analyser, first, make sure that the device is turned off and unplugged from the power source. Next, check to see if there is anything blocking the measurement chamber or preventing air flow. If there is something blocking the chamber, remove it and try again. If there is something preventing air flow, such as a dirty filter, clean or replace the filter and try again. Finally, if the moisture analyser still is not working properly, contact the manufacturer for assistance.
A&D Weighing offer a range of models with different capacities and every model has a five-year warranty. These moisture analysers are an excellent choice for accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.