Moisture & Compositional

MCT466-SF Online NIR sensor for Snack Food

MCT466-SF Online NIR sensor for Snack Food
MCT466-SF Online NIR sensor for Snack Food

Product Overview

Continuous Monitoring of Moisture, Oil/Fat & Product Temperature

The Process Sensors MCT466-SF is designed for demanding environmental conditions in food and snack food manufacturing. These sensors are being used at many of the largest food manufacturing plants in the world. They help operators control moisture, oil, and other parameters to meet product specs every time. The MCT466-SF is built using NIR technology, which is widely used and accepted food production.

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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

Process NIR Applications for Food Manufacturers

The MCT466-SF On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used by food manufacturers to monitor and control moisture, oil/fat, and product temperature during the process for many types of food, including:

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  • Snack foods (potato/corn chips, tortillas, popcorn, cookies/crackers, pretzels, pork rinds, etc)
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Milk powders
  • Oil-based flavorings
  • Extruded Snacks

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How It Works

Proven Technology for Food Applications

The MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF is a stainless-steel 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.

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Software

The MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF 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

MCT466-SF sensors are mounted 8-18 inches above the conveyor, ideally with continuous product flow.

Augers & Screw Conveyors

Installing the MCT466-SF 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 MCT466-SF 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

MCT466-SF Online NIR sensor for Snack Food

Available Accessories

  • Fieldbus module
  • Product loss sensor
  • Cal Check Standard
  • Air cooling
  • Air purge
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Specifications

MCT466-SF

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 7.7 kg (17 lbs)
Ambient Temperature 0-60°C (32-140°F), up to 80°C with Cooling
Optional Operator Interface 5.7” Color Touch Screen LCD, 13 User-Selectable Languages
Power Power Only Comes From Local Operator Interface
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