PrediktIR II Bulk Materials Moisture Gauge

On-line Near Infrared (NIR) Moisture Gauge for Bulk Applications

Overview

Replacing the PrediktIR, the PrediktIR II Bulk Materials Moisture Gauge has been designed to provide high accuracy,  stable and dependable measurement to the bulk materials industry at a cost-effective price. Using NIR non-contact technology, it is suitable for many types of continuous processes and will provide real-time moisture measurements, that can be used to tightly control the process and warn operators if the process is moving out of specification, thereby increasing yield and improving quality. Efficiency improvements can result in substantial cost reductions and investment payback in a matter of months.

Power Hub (PH) Gauge Control Interface (GCI) Gauge

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Key Benefits of On-Line Measurement

  • Reduce waste or scrap
  • Improve product quality and consistency to gain a competitive advantage
  • Realise faster start-up and product change times
  • Increase product yield through closer operation to the product specification
  • Prevent over-dying
  • Comply with legislative requirements and safety standards

Applications

Bulk Materials Chemicals and Minerals Building Materials
    • Biomass
    • Bagasse
    • Wood chips
    • Sawdust
    • Ceramic powders
    • Sinter mix
    • Bauxite
    • Dolomite
    • Phosphates
    • Nitrates
    • Ash, power station and fly
    • Sodium carbonate
    • Fluorspar
    • Limestone
    • Clay
    • Sand
    • Concrete mixes
    • Particleboard/fibreboard/OSB

Continuous Product Flows

PrediktIR II measures over a 60 mm diameter standard beam patch size. It is suspended over the process line at a distance of 250 mm from the mean product height and tolerates product height fluctuations of ±100 mm.

Bulk Materials Moisture Gauge

Spray Dryer Processes

Bulk Materials Moisture Gauge

Specifications

Component/Parameter Description
Moisture Measurement Range 0-95% Depending on Application
Measurement Beam Patch Sizes 60 mm or 25 mm Diameter
Standoff Distance 250 mm ±100 mm (for 60 mm Beam Patch) 200 mm ±50 mm (for 25 mm Beam Patch)
Operating Temperature Range 0-50°C
Process I/O 4-20 mA Standard, 8 Digital Inputs (Opto-Isolated), 8 Digital Outputs (FFT Driven)
Digital Connectivity (Optional) Ethernet IP, ProfiNet, Modbus TCP, Profibus, DeviceNet all from GCI
Gauge Head Construction Stainless Steel (304) with Optional Air Purge Window
Environment Protection Gauges and GCI IP65/Nema 4

System Configuration

The PrediktIR II Bulk Materials Moisture Gauge is designed to accommodate a wide range of possible configurations. Examples of single and two gauge configurations are shown below. PrediktIR II Bulk Materials Moisture Gauges, in 304 stainless steel enclosures, are connected to a PrediktIR II GCI with a 10-inch colour touchscreen and PrediktIR II PH delivering 24V DC.

Single Gauge Configuration

On-line coat-weight Measurement Gauge

Two Gauge Configuration

On-line coat-weight Measurement Gauge

What Our Customers Say…

We found that we were actually losing a lot of money due to not having the correct moisture content in our bricks, so back in January 2019, we decided to look into implementing some non-contact NIR moisture gauges to enable us to monitor this more effectively. We contacted LIMAB UK and installed two NDC Technologies’ PrediktIR moisture gauges in our priority clay prep. area. I am very happy with the PrediktIR gauges and having the ability to constantly monitor the moisture content has massively improved our quality control processes. We were impressed with the evident product knowledge and expertise demonstrated by the team at LIMAB UK and the customer service and aftersales support was great!

Scott Bamford – Technical Manager

I knew that some of the other Wienerberger sites had already purchased some NDC PrediktIR moisture gauges and I had heard that they were really improving the production processes and quality control procedures. I met up with some of the LIMAB team at ClayTech, and I was immediately impressed with their expertise and what they had to offer. After discussions with NDC Product Specialist, we went ahead and purchased four NDC PrediktIR gauges. The gauges have really helped us to monitor and have greater control of our water input system and we are already getting some really useful data. I would certainly purchase from LIMAB again in the future.

Philip Smallridge – Process Improvement and Quality Control

We got a call from John Miller from LIMAB UK back in 2018, just as we were finding our existing moisture gauge was failing. We discussed the possibility of replacing our existing gauge with an NDC gauge and invited John to come in for a site visit and to subsequently quote us for a PrediktIR. We were very impressed with John’s product knowledge and we decided to proceed with the purchase. We have found the PrediktIR to be very reliable and we are very happy with it.

Clive Wilcocks – Engineering/Electrical Supervisor

The PrediktIR II is also available for use in the converting industry, for more information please visit PrediktIR II Coat-Weight Thickness Measurement Gauge.