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Instrument Accuracy?  Is it only an illusion?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Aug 28, 2019 12:05:00 PM

Regularly I’m asked the question; “How accurate is this moisture balance?”

The questioner asks for the answer in terms of percent (%) moisture. When I answer “it depends”, I always get the unspoken response, “Why did I ask this stupid idiot?

Absolute Measurement

When you ask about the accuracy of something like weight or temperature the answers are straight forward and relate to the instruments' precision. For example 25 grams or 50 degrees plus or minus (+/-) 0.1 gram or 1/2 degree.  

Percent is Relative

When you ask the question of how accurate is my percentage reading, the answer becomes complicated. It’s complicated because percentage (%) is a relative term. For example, the answer for the result of a Loss on Drying (LOD) moisture test, is based on the size of the sample you use.

Using the example of a LOD moisture test we can understand the concept. The result of this type of test is calculated by subtracting the weight of the sample at the end of the test from the weight of the sample at the beginning of the test. This difference is divided by the initial weight of the sample. This procedure produces a % moisture result.

Sample Size

In the following analysis, the implication s of sample size and instrument precision will be illustrated. This will be based on a sample that has 23.5% moisture and an electronic LOD moisture balance that has a sensitivity of 0.001 grams and repeatability of ± .005 grams.

Sample Analysis

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, CSC Digital Moisture Balance, Loss-On-Drying, Moisture, moisture balance, instrument accuracy

Four Reasons Why Food Manufacturers Should Monitor Moisture

Posted by Amanda Ranowsky on Mar 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Moisture content is a critical factor to consider in the food industry. The amount of water in a product affects the product’s texture, shelf life, ease of processing, and cost to produce. Snack foods, baked goods, pet food, and dried goods are just a few examples of products that are vulnerable to moisture content issues like these. In many cases, an easy loss-on drying (LOD) test will allow you to monitor the moisture content of these products. (See the 3 Easy Steps to Run a LOD Test here.
 
Simple moisture analysis can be all it takes to improve the quality of your product. Let’s take a closer look at how moisture content affects each of these four product and production aspects.
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Topics: Moisture Oven Test, Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, CSC Digital Moisture Balance, Loss-On-Drying, Moisture, fast moisture test, moisture balance, moisture content, moisture measurement

What Does A Moisture Balance Cost?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Mar 13, 2017 3:28:57 PM

Loss on Drying (LOD) Moisture Balance analysis is based on drying a sample and comparing the difference in weight before and after drying. 

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Topics: Moisture Testing, Loss-On-Drying, moisture balance

Capacitance & Moisture *** What is It? *** Why Should You Care?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jan 4, 2016 3:54:31 PM

As people who measure moisture, we at CSC Scientific work to find the best technique.

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Moisture, capacitance, fast moisture test

Don’t Worry - Karl Fischer is Easy

Posted by Art Gatenby on Nov 16, 2015 5:25:25 PM

When we first started measuring moisture with Karl Fischer, I was instructed in the complex chemical reactions involved. I was also was told that the process was skittish.

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Topics: Coulometric Karl Fischer, Volumetric Karl Fischer, Moisture Testing, Karl Fischer, Karl Fischer Titration, Moisture

LOD is Really Simple, or Moisture Analysis for the Newbie

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jun 12, 2015 4:51:00 PM

One quiet night, long ago I was musing over moisture analysis and how easy it is to do using Loss-on Drying (LOD). Little did I know what was in store.

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Topics: Bound Moisture, Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Loss-On-Drying

Is In-Line Moisture Measurement For You?

Posted by Art Gatenby on Feb 27, 2015 9:59:54 PM

Five years ago, we published an article on in-line vs. off-line moisture measurement. At that time we debated whether these measurement systems should be called on-line or in-line. We chose to use the term "on-line". Since then, however, the world of the internet became known as "online". So, to avoid confusion, we changed our view and now refer to direct measurement as "in-line" moisture measurement.

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Loss-On-Drying, In-Line Moisture Measurement

How I Learned That Black Liquor Was Not Dark Rum

Posted by Art Gatenby on Jun 26, 2014 4:31:00 PM

When our customers tell me about the different places where CENCO and CSC Digital Moisture balances are used it always interests me.

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Topics: Moisture Analysis, Moisture Testing, Moisture

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

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. In this article, I will explain the difference between Karl Fischer Titration and Loss-on Drying, and offer some suggestions to help you choose the right method for your application.

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

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