Moisture Content Determination

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Moisture Content Determination Technologies

Using a moisture analyzer or a drying oven with a balance are both common methods for determining moisture content via loss on drying. The table below compares the two methods and provides an overview of the most important characteristics.


Moisture AnalyzerDrying Oven and Balance
Analysis methodDirectDirect
Official standard methodNo. Must be referenced to drying ovenYes. Typically the official method for moisture content determination
Typical measurement time3-15 min
240-480 min
PrecisionHigh
High
HandlingOne step, direct measurement
Many steps, differential weighing
MaintenanceLow
Low
CalculationAutomatic (result given in % MC, % DC or other units)
Manual or with help of balance
Result documentationEasy and direct with printer
Manual or with help of balance and printer
Applicable moisture range0-100%
0-100%
Multiple samples at the same time
No
Yes
Typical area of useGoods-in control (raw material delivery), In-Process Control, Final Quality Control
Final Quality Control


Criteria to Select the Right Solution for Moisture Content Determination

METTLER TOLEDO offers moisture content determination solutions for both the moisture analyzer and the drying oven analysis techniques: Easy-to-use solutions address the most common challenges to ensure you achieve accurate results regardless of which analysis method you use. However, careful consideration must be given to select the technology which is best suited to your needs and application requirements.

Moisture AnalyzerDrying Oven and Balance
  • Official method
    For some substances, the drying oven method is the official reference method to determine moisture content. As the official reference method, the drying oven is used for cross-referencing alternative methods such as the moisture analyzer.


  • No time pressure
    The drying oven can be used when it is not necessary to have a fast result.


  • Multiple samples
    The drying oven is perfect when you want to process many samples simultaneously, particularly if there is no time pressure for the results.


  • Very inhomogeneous samples
    For very inhomogeneous substances, it is necessary to use a large sample size (e.g. 500 g). This is only possible with a drying oven.



Moisture Content Determination Using Moisture Analyzers

METTLER TOLEDO moisture analyzers enable fast, precise and reliable moisture analysis for quality control and in-process control applications. Robust and easy-to-use, these instruments offer long, reliable operation whether you work in a highly regulated pharmaceutical lab, need the highest resolution to measure moisture content in plastics, or take moisture measurements for food product quality control.

3 simple steps to moisture content determination using a moisture analyzer.

Moisture Content Determination Using Moisture Analyzers

METTLER TOLEDO moisture analyzers enable fast, precise and reliable moisture analysis for quality control and in-process control applications. Robust and easy-to-use, these instruments offer long, reliable operation whether you work in a highly regulated pharmaceutical lab, need the highest resolution to measure moisture content in plastics, or take moisture measurements for food product quality control.

3 simple steps to moisture content determination using a moisture analyzer.

Related Technologies for Moisture or Water Content Determination

Karl Fischer Titration

If you want to analyze specifically the water content of a sample, then Karl Fischer titration is the method of choice:
- Volumetric KF titrators determine water content from 100ppm up to 100%.
- Coulometric KF Titrators are suitable for samples with water content from 1ppm up to 5%.

Solutions

Preparing Titration Samples

Density Measurement

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