Moisture & Compositional

MCT460 General Purpose On-Line NIR Sensor

MCT460 General Purpose On-Line NIR Sensor
MCT460 General Purpose On-Line NIR Sensor

Product Overview

Continuous Measurement of Moisture, Oil, & Other Parameters

Thousands of MCT460 sensors have been installed at many of the largest industrial manufacturing plants in the world. The sensors help operators control moisture to within one tenth of a percent to meet product specs every time. The MCT460 is built using NIR technology that is widely used and accepted in a wide range of industries for moisture, oil, and other on-line measurements.

MCT 460 On-Line NIR Smart Sensors
MCT 460 On-Line NIR Smart Sensors
MCT 460 On-Line NIR Smart Sensors
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Features

  • Simple to operate, integrate and standardize across multiple lines and locations
  • Rugged enclosure withstands harsh conditions
  • Proprietary temperature-controlled detector ensures measurement stability
  • Fully modular with all components easily replaceable in the field
  • Easy to troubleshoot with advanced on-board diagnostics

Benefits

  • Improve process control and final quality using accurate measurements of moisture, oil, and other parameters
  • Make quick decisions and adjustments to the production line using the analysis data
  • Save costs and reduce waste, which improves your company’s bottom line
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Applications

Consistent Product Quality, Increased Yield, and Reduced Waste

Industrial Process NIR Applications

The MCT460 On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used to continuously measure and control moisture, coat weight, film thickness, and product temperature during the manufacturing process. The sensors are capable of a closed loop control of belt speed, paper re-moisturizers, and other processes where moisture variation is controlled. The MCT460 Series can also be easily integrated into existing control systems with industry-standard IO protocols, adding data to maximize process efficiency. Some examples of industrial products that can be measured are:

Industrial

  • Fertilizers
  • Paper products
  • Wood products
  • Tobacco
  • Others: hot melts, extruded plastics, PVB film, textiles, crumb rubber,  PVC powders, ceramics, detergents, soaps, ore, biofuels, Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
Pressure Sensitive Adhesives
Wood Products
Tobacco
Paper & Converting
Fertilizers
Biofuels
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How It Works

Control Moisture to Within 1/10th of a Percent

The MCT460 Series NIR analyzers are integrated into key areas of a production process to continuously monitor incoming raw materials or control processes on the production line. Each option is designed to integrate seamlessly over belt conveyors, auger/screw conveyors, or bins & chutes to analyze moisture, oil, and other on-line measurements.

The MCT460 scanning process is simple but reliable:

  1. Light from the lamp is directed through a rotating wheel at 2000rpm containing NIR filters selected for the application
  2. NIR light is directed onto the product being measured
  3. The light reflected off the product is captured by a mirror within the unit and focused onto a Peltier Cooled Lead sulfide detector.
  4. The detector’s output is taken by the on-board “smart” circuit board and compares to the internal reference beam. This is then converted into a percent of moisture, oil, and other parameters.
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System Components

The MCT460 is an industrial-grade cast aluminum or electroless-nickel enclosure that includes a local display, which has all the power, digital, and analog inputs for operating the system. This allows for a simple installation process for most applications.

Options are available for stand-alone and system configuration.

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Industry Segments

Biofuels

Ceramic powders

Crumb rubber

Detergents

Extruded plastics

Fertilizers

Hot melts adhesives

Ore

Paper

Soaps

Pressure sensitive adhesives

PVB films

Textiles

Tobacco

Wood

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Software

The MCT460 uses proprietary ViewerSuite Windows®-based PC software, allowing operators to insert set-up parameters, perform or adjust calibrations, select product codes, examine internal diagnostic values and remotely view moisture, oil, and other parameters.

The MCT460 uses proprietary ViewerSuite Windows®-based PC software, allowing operators to insert set-up parameters, perform or adjust calibrations, select product codes, examine internal diagnostic values and remotely view moisture, oil, and other parameters.

The MCT460 uses proprietary ViewerSuite Windows®-based PC software, allowing operators to insert set-up parameters, perform or adjust calibrations, select product codes, examine internal diagnostic values and remotely view moisture, oil, and other parameters.

The MCT460 uses proprietary ViewerSuite Windows®-based PC software, allowing operators to insert set-up parameters, perform or adjust calibrations, select product codes, examine internal diagnostic values and remotely view moisture, oil, and other parameters.

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Installation Options

Over-Belt Conveyor

MCT460 sensors are mounted 8-18 inches above the conveyor, ideally with continuous product flow.

Augers & Screw Conveyors

Installing the MCT460 on top of augers and screw conveyors allows for a measurement of the flow of material being conveyed by the flights of a screw. The MCT460 is installed offset to the side of the central shaft while the influence of the flights passing the unit are eliminated by the instrument’s software.

Bins and Chutes

Sight glass windows, such as Sapphire can be used for continuous flow of products against the window. Additionally, the snorkel sampler (sold separately) can be used to measure free-falling powders/granules in chutes.

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Accessories

MCT460 General Purpose On-Line NIR Sensor

Available Accessories

  • IR temp sensor
  • Fieldbus module
  • Product loss sensor
  • Cal Check Standard
  • Snorkel sampler
  • Air cooling
  • Air purge
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Specifications

MCT460

Measured NIR Constituents 1,2, or 3 Simultaneously
Moisture Accuracy +/- 0.1%
Fats/oil Accuracy +/- 0.2%
Wet Basis Moisture Range Min. 0.1% Max. 60%
Dry Basis Moisture Range Min. 0.1% Max. 400%
Transmitter/Product Distance 200-450mm (8-18”)
Calibration Codes 100
Outputs 4-20mA, 0-10V (isolated) RS-232 & RS485
Weight 8.6 kg (19 lbs)
Ambient Temperature 0-50°C (32-120°F) With Water or Air cooling Up To 80°C (160°F)
Optional Operator Interface 5.7” Color Touch Screen LCD, 13 User-Selectable Languages
Power Power comes from the sensor or local operator interface
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