Moisture & Compositional

MCT469-SF Washdown-Compatible On-Line NIR Sensor

MCT469-SF Washdown-Compatible On-Line NIR Sensor
MCT469-SF Washdown-Compatible On-Line NIR Sensor

Product Overview

Continuous Moisture and Constituent Measurement

The Process Sensors MCT469-SF is designed for washdown conditions in food and snack food manufacturing. The sensors help operators control moisture and oil/fat to meet product specifications every time. The MCT469-SF is IP69 rated and is built using NIR technology, which is widely used and accepted food production.

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Features

  • Full washdown capability for food manufacturing (IP69 rated)
  • Rugged stainless steel enclosure withstands harsh conditions
  • Simple to operate, integrate and standardize across multiple lines and locations
  • 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 and oil/fat
  • 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

Process NIR Applications for Food Manufacturers

The MCT469-SF On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used in food manufacturing facilities requiring IP69 rated washdown, including:

Food

  • Snack foods (potato/corn chips, tortillas, popcorn, cookies/crackers, pretzels, pork rinds, etc)
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Milk powders
  • Oil-based flavorings
  • Extruded Snacks
Tortilla Chips
Popcorn
Potato Flakes
Pet Food & Snacks
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How It Works

Proven Technology for Washdown Food Applications

The MCT469-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 MCT469-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.

Sanitary Design

The MCT469-SF conforms to an IP69 rating, which is the accepted standard for equipment used in food production. There are no welds on the sensor housing design, eliminating any opportunity for food contamination, making it ideal for Clean-in-Place (CIP) applications.

The MCT469-SF is also impenetrable to high-pressure cleaning or steam jets, making it a completely wash-down solution for measuring moisture, oil, and other food quality parameters.


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System Components

The MCT469-SF is a food-grade 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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Segments

Baked Goods

Cereals & Grains

Flour & Dough

Snack Foods

Feed & Ingredients

Pet Food

Olives

Oilseeds

Cocoa,Chocolate, & Confectionery

Fruits & Vegetables

Ingredients

Spices, Seasonings & Flavourings

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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

MCT469-SF sensors are mounted 8-18 inches above the conveyor, ideally with continuous product flow.

Augers & Screw Conveyors

Installing the MCT469-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 MCT469-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.

MCT469-SF installed on a tortilla chip processing line
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Accessories

MCT469-SF Washdown-Compatible On-Line NIR Sensor

Available Accessories

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

MCT469-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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