Moisture control is an important aspect of the manufacturing processes. Identifying a target moisture range and taking steps to achieve that target range will optimize the process control of virtually any manufactured product. Additionally, energy costs in producing poor quality product that is not fit for the customer and must be reprocessed or disposed are other sources of energy costs that can be avoided by implementing moisture measurement and control technology. Without knowing the moisture content, in real-time, a producer may continue to manufacture unfit product and learn of its poor quality only after a significant quantity has been produced.
- According to Bogart, the technology is smart because all the calculations are performed inside the sensor and measurements are sent on a 24/7 basis to smartphones, PCs, and other devices.
- Unleashing the full potential of smart manufacturing and process technology in terms of moisture measurement, however, is not possible using traditional techniques.
- Manufacturing floors are already crowded with equipment. So, dealing with bulky cords and connections to PCs, keypads and external switches to transfer data can be too restrictive.
“On the production floor, “smart” equates with the ability to continually monitor conditions such as product and input moisture content in real-time to optimize quality.”