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MCT460-T Tobacco On-line NIR Smart Moisture Sensor

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The MCT460-T Tobacco Moisture Transmitter is an on-line sensor 'dedicated ' to measuring moisture in all forms of tobacco.
Part Number: MCT460-T
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Rapid, continuous product analysis is critical at all stages of tobacco processing. To maintain consistent product quality, increase yield, maximize efficiency and minimize waste, the Tobacco On-line Smart Sensor from Process Sensors Corporation (PSC) enables precise analysis of moisture and additional constituents for quick return on investment. With proven performance in harsh tobacco processing environments, the MCT460-T is built to last, simple to install and virtually maintenance free for years of reliable, consistent results regardless of tobacco color, blend or type.

The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used in all stages of tobacco processing, including

  • Whole Leaf
  • Whole Stems
  • Cut Stems
  • Lamina Strips
  • Cut Lamina
  • Reconstituted
  • CRS
  • Expanded
  • Cigar Filler
  • Chewing
  • Finished Cigarette Tobacco
  • Pipe Tobacco
  • Cased Burley
  • DIET
  • Snuff

PSC Smart Sensor advantage

The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor comes in multiple configuration options for seamless integration into existing systems. It is easily connected to closed loop control systems or local alarms and eliminates the need for time-consuming and disruptive lab testing. A proprietary temperature-controlled detector enhances stability in arduous environments.

With a standard two year comprehensive warranty and a rugged custom-built cast aluminum enclosure, the MCT460-T provides years of reliable performance in even the harshest environments. Simultaneous multi-constituent measurement can be made for the following parameters:

  • Moisture
  • Nicotine
  • Sugar
  • Product Temperature

    MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor benefits

    The MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor is designed to provide consistent, reliable performance for quick return on investment. Benefits of all on-line PSC NIR Smart Sensors include:

    • High accuracy and repeatability
    • Unaffected by relative humidity, changes in product temperature, ambient light and high ambient temperature 
    • Non-contact, continuous on-line measurement
    • Easy calibration, operation & standardization

    Simple accessibility & serviceability

    The Tobacco On-line NIR Smart Sensor is fully modular with all components easily replaceable in the field within minutes. It is easy to troubleshoot with advanced onboard diagnostics.

    Process Sensors' deep industry knowledge and commitment to our customers' long-term success ensures you receive the best product for your specific application and full support when you need it during and after installation.

    MCT460-T

    Product Distance
    8-18 inches (200-450mm)
    Calibration Codes
    100
    Measured NIR Constituents
    1, 2 or 3 simultaneously
    Moisture Range
    Min. 0.1%, Max. 95%
    Repeatability
    +/- 0.2%
    Accuracy
    +/- 0.1%

    General Specifications

    Weight
    19 lbs. (8.6kg)
    Enclosure
    IP67, Cast Aluminum
    Ambient Temperature
    0-50 °C (32-120˚F) with water or air cooling up to 80°C (160°F)
    Optional Operator Interface
    5.7 inch Color Touchscreen LCD, 13 User Selectable languages
    Optional Bus Interfaces
    ProfiNet, ProfiBus, Ethernet IP, Modbus TCP, DeviceNet

    Near Infrared Measurements – How Do They Work?

    Near Infrared (NIR) measurements are based on specific absorption bands in the electromagnetic spectrum between 800 and 2500 nanometers (nm).  This region is just above the visible light region of 400 - 700 nm.  Electromagnetic waves in the region have the best combination of energy, sensitivity and absorbtion to be useful for quantitative measurments of solid materials. 

    While full spectrum analyzers may utilize the entire spectrum and multivariate mathematical treatments such as Principal Component Regression (PCR), Partial Least Squares (PLS) or neural networks, photometers use “slices” of the spectrum that correspond to specific molecular overtones and associated vibrational absorptions.

    NIR Region of Electromagnetic Spectrum

    Photometers utilize narrow band pass interference filters that have a specified band width typically 50 nm wide, though the band width is sometimes application dependent.  The NIR has broad bands as opposed to the sharp peaks in the Infrared region.  Common bonds are O-H (1940 and 1420 nm) in water, C-H (2340 nm) in organics and oils and N-H in proteins.  The NIR sensors are extremely sensitive instruments that are optimized to measure the absorbancies of samples at these specific wavelength regions.  The quantity of the constituent to be measured us proportional to the absorbance level at these specific wavelengths.

    NIR Absorbances of Chemical Groups

    NIR Photometers

    Shining light at these wavelengths causes the corresponding chemical bond to vibrate and absorb energy.  Think of different sections of a stadium crowd called upon to shout and jump when their section is highlighted on the stadium Jumbotron.

    NIR Photometer

    Rapid, continuous product analysis is critical at all stages of tobacco processing. To maintain consistent product quality, increase yield, maximize efficiency and minimize waste, the Tobacco On-line Smart Sensor from Process Sensors Corporation (PSC) enables precise analysis of moisture and additional constituents for quick return on investment. With proven performance in harsh tobacco processing environments, the MCT460-T is built to last, simple to install and virtually maintenance free for years of reliable, consistent results regardless of tobacco color, blend or type.

    The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor is used in all stages of tobacco processing, including

    • Whole Leaf
    • Whole Stems
    • Cut Stems
    • Lamina Strips
    • Cut Lamina
    • Reconstituted
    • CRS
    • Expanded
    • Cigar Filler
    • Chewing
    • Finished Cigarette Tobacco
    • Pipe Tobacco
    • Cased Burley
    • DIET
    • Snuff

    PSC Smart Sensor advantage

    The MCT460-T Tobacco On-Line NIR Smart Sensor comes in multiple configuration options for seamless integration into existing systems. It is easily connected to closed loop control systems or local alarms and eliminates the need for time-consuming and disruptive lab testing. A proprietary temperature-controlled detector enhances stability in arduous environments.

    With a standard two year comprehensive warranty and a rugged custom-built cast aluminum enclosure, the MCT460-T provides years of reliable performance in even the harshest environments. Simultaneous multi-constituent measurement can be made for the following parameters:

    • Moisture
    • Nicotine
    • Sugar
    • Product Temperature

      MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor benefits

      The MCT460-T Tobacco Smart Sensor is designed to provide consistent, reliable performance for quick return on investment. Benefits of all on-line PSC NIR Smart Sensors include:

      • High accuracy and repeatability
      • Unaffected by relative humidity, changes in product temperature, ambient light and high ambient temperature 
      • Non-contact, continuous on-line measurement
      • Easy calibration, operation & standardization

      Simple accessibility & serviceability

      The Tobacco On-line NIR Smart Sensor is fully modular with all components easily replaceable in the field within minutes. It is easy to troubleshoot with advanced onboard diagnostics.

      Process Sensors' deep industry knowledge and commitment to our customers' long-term success ensures you receive the best product for your specific application and full support when you need it during and after installation.