Building Materials

Building Materials

MoistScan® online moisture sensors are ideally suited for use in the manufacture of many building materials.


The production of building products generally involves the mixing of a variety of raw materials with bonding agents according a strict formulation. A typical use of MoistScan® is for real time moisture analysis of the incoming feeds so as to calculate the dry tonne equivalents of each raw material. This way mix ratio’s can be more tightly controlled. In the manufacture of many building products such as bricks the mix is forced through a die before being extruded then cured in a kiln or dryer. Here MoistScan® online microwave moisture meters can be used to monitor the moisture content of the extruded product as it enters and exits the kiln. Integrated with a PID controller the resident time of the extruded brick can be regulated so as to achieve the desired level of moisture in the end product.


The particular advantage of MoistScan® technology over near infra red (NIR) online moisture sensors in materials processing in the building industry is the the ability of MoistScan® to measure the moisture throughout the entire profile of the product from top to bottom. NIR is limited to measuring on the surface layer of the material which is typically not representative of the total moisture in the product

Typical uses include:


  • Panel board
  • MDF board
  • Fiber (Fibre) board
  • Clays
  • Bricks
  • Cement and Concrete
  • Plaster board
  • Charcoal
  • Panel board

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Building Product Manufacturer – Australia

Instrument:
MA-500(2)
Material:
Clay Blends
Installation:
. On conveyor measuring moisture in clay blend feed prior to wet pan mixer 2. On conveyor downstream of wet pan mixer
Moisture:
8 – 15%
Purpose:
Feed forward and feedback automation of water addition to wet pan mixer. Analyser controls a water addition valve to achieve pre determined moisture content of 16.7%. The analyser downstream of the wet pan is used for finetuning feedback to initial analyser set point.
Food Manufacurer - Queensland, Australia
Building Product Manufacturer – USA

Instrument:
MA-600
Material:
Fibreboard
Installation:
On wet board conveyor
Moisture:
50 – 60%
Purpose:
To control board press to achieve optimum moisture resulting in reduce energy costs of drying
Food Manufacurer - Queensland, Australia
Building Product Manufacturer – Victoria, Australia

Instrument:
MA-500
Material:
Clay Blends
Installation:
On fine clay line just prior to extrusion
Moisture:
5 – 9%
Purpose:
Feed forward control of water addition
Food Manufacurer - Queensland, Australia