Moisture is a significant parameter in tobacco processing. From green leaf threshing to primary processing, moisture not only affects smoking quality, but also storage properties, “filling properties,”tobacco wastage, and machinability.
With proven performance in harsh tobacco processing conditions, on-line near infrared (NIR) and radio frequency dielectric measurement (RF) analyzers from KPM Analytics allow for rapid, continuous measurement of moisture. In the case of NIR technology, operators can collect data on other important tobacco parameters, including:
- Nicotine levels
- Product temperature
Every stage of the tobacco blending process can be measured and controlled with the help of on-line NIR technologies. These systems also help enable closed loop control of tobacco dryers and conditioning cylinders, helping maintain a high level of accuracy, improve brand value in a competitive market, and satisfy consumer expectations.