Pug is a product that is produced thru a pugmill (sometimes spelled as pug mill), a machine in which materials are simultaneously ground and mixed with a liquid.
Industrial applications are found in bricks, pottery, cement and some parts of the concrete and asphalt mixing processes.
In ceramics pug mills, or commonly known just as “pugs”, are not used to grind or mix, but rather they extrude clay bodies prior to shaping processes.
Having the correct pug moisture level has become a critical component during the production process. Being such a porous material, pug can easily become either too wet or dry wasting the manufacturer’s time and money.
With the help of industry partners and 40 years of knowledge, MoistTech has developed the IR-3000 pug moisture sensor which is ideally suited to measure pug moisture levels in the pug production process while improving manufactures’ product quality and lowering their energy costs.
By installing the MoistTech pug moisture sensor in the processing area, a manufacturer can continuously monitor the process and can control the pug moisture content either manually or automatically. To accurately measure the pug moisture levels, the sensor should be installed over the conveyor transporting the pug. The sensor should be mounted several inches above the belt, screw conveyor or any area where the material can be viewed. In the installations of spray or fluid bed dryer’s, optical windows or sampling systems can be provided.
Dust from the product is not normally a problem however in extreme dusty environments we recommend the installation of an air purge system to prevent the accumulation of material on the sensor’s window.
Your MoistTech team of professionals are very experienced with the requirements in the production of pug. Our sensor calibrations, measurement wavelengths, algorithms and sensor optical requirements are pre-set at the factory. Typical accuracy is about ±0.1% moisture. Typical analog range is 0-10% moisture and up to as much as 40%, subject to application. The outputs can be adjusted to optimize PLC or recording requirements.
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