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Can You Do a Fast Moisture Test?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jan 24, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Can you do a fast moisture test?  The answer is, “maybe”.

The direct methods of Loss on Drying and Karl Fischer have the benefit that between them they can get a good moisture content result on almost any product or material.

But these tests usually take several minutes.

When you need the moisture content in a truck load of grain while the load is being dumped, or when you need to check several hundred bags of coffee at an auction, or when you need to get a moisture gradient in a pile of corn, a faster test is crucial.

 

Can you do it?

 

The short answer is, “yes”.  There are, however certain caveats to this answer.

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Topics: "Ask Art", Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing

When Do I Need An Automatic Digital Tensiometer?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Dec 16, 2013 7:55:00 AM

 

Automatic digital tensiometers are expensive - three to four times more so than a high-precision manual tensiometer. We hope to clearly depict when an automatic digital tensiometer is not merely nice to have, but essential.

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Topics: Wilhelmy Plates, Automatic Digital Tensiometer, Automatic Surface Tension Measurment, "Ask Art", duNouy Rings, Tensiometer, Surface Tension Measurement, Surface Tension

The Curse of Particle Size Calculations

Posted by Art Gatenby on Dec 11, 2013 5:56:00 PM

Break the Curse of Particle Size Calculations.

Every now and then I’ve had to calculate the results of a sieve test: I’d get the sieves and sample loaded on the shaker,  run the shaker, then realize I’d have to start over because I forgot to get the empty weight of each sieve. Or I’d have to carefully brush out the sample onto a balance.

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Topics: Sieve Testing, Sieving Process, Sieve Analysis

Karl Fischer vs. Loss-On Drying - Which Method is the Best?

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Nov 19, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Karl Fischer Titration and Loss on Drying (LOD) are both methods for determining moisture content in a product. 

That’s where the similarities end, though. Here’s the difference between Karl Fischer and Loss on Drying:

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Karl Fischer, Karl Fischer Titration, Loss-On-Drying

How Can I Measure Viscosity?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 12, 2013 2:29:00 PM

 

How Can I Measure Viscosity? The answer, like most answers in the measurement world, is it depends. To find out what it depends on we'll start with defining viscosity.
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Topics: "Ask Art", Newtonian Fluid, Measure Viscosity, Viscometers, Viscosity

Jim, the Secret Agent, and the Machine That Changed Everything

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Oct 29, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Chapter One:

 

Jim’s life was dull. So, so dull. He spent his days surrounded by piles of sieves – his glamorous job was to calculate the ratio of particles left in the sieves of each stack after a sample of his company’s product was run through the stack using a sieve shaker. It was a job much like the one his cousin Hiram had, although he seemed to remember hearing that Hiram had found an easier way to do it.  

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Topics: Particle Size Analysis, Sieve Testing, Sieve Analysis

How Do I Set Up A Bostwick Consistometer?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 23, 2013 8:30:00 AM

 

We get the same two questions almost every week about the CSC Bostwick Consistometer:

             1) What angle do I use to set it up?

             2) How do I level the Consistometer?

The principle of the CSC Bostwick Consistometer is based on the slump cone. In this procedure, a cone is filled with the material to be tested. It is then set on a level surface with the open area facing downward. The cone is pulled away and after a fixed time, the amount that the material slumped is measured.  The thicker the material, the less slumping occurs.

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Topics: "Ask Art", Bostwick Consistometer, Consistency

What is The Function of a Sieve Shaker?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 17, 2013 4:56:00 PM

 

Visitors to our web pages often arrive with the question, “What is the Function of a Sieve Shaker?

The simple answer is “to expose the particles in a sample to all the openings in each sieve in a stack”. A sieve stack is the result of fitting each sieve to be used in a given particle size analysis into the one above. The sieve with the largest mesh holes is at the top with each subsequent sieve of a tighter mesh size than the one above it.

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Topics: Sieve Shakers, "Ask Art", Sonic Sifter, Agglomeration, Particle Size Analysis, Sieve Testing, Sieves, Sieving Process, Sieve Analysis

What Can I Use To Get The Moisture Content In My Product?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Oct 3, 2013 5:36:00 PM

A question we get a lot is:

“How do I determine the moisture in my product?

Of course, the answer is often “it depends”, and the method does depend on the chemical and physical composition of the product. There are several methods used to determine moisture content: Loss-on-Drying (also known as Weight Loss), Karl Fischer, NIR, and Radio Frequency. 

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Topics: "Ask Art", Moisture Analysis, Karl Fischer, CSC Digital Moisture Balance, Loss-On-Drying, Moisture

Can You Define Viscosity Without Feeling Thick?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Sep 30, 2013 4:43:00 PM

Do an internet search for the term “viscosity”, and you’ll find a variety of definitions for the word. For example:

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Topics: Viscometers, Viscosity

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