Soda Ash Moisture

Soda ash moisture must be managed for its use in the manufacture of glass, chemicals, soaps and detergents, or for other industrial applications. Its tendency to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and then atmospheric carbon dioxide (a phenomenon called “weathering”) makes the accurate measurement of soda ash moisture during production critical. Adding to the importance of controlling moisture during production is the inclusion of the amount of soda ash produced each month in the U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s monthly roundup of economic indicators for the condition of our economy. The accurate measurement and control of soda ash moisture directly affects the U.S. economy.

MoistTech’s Solution

The engineers at MoistTech worked with industrial producers of soda ash and other mineral refiners to develop a start-of-the-art solution for moisture measurement. The result of this years-long collaboration is the IR-3000 near infrared (NIR) moisture transmitter. To meet the demands of industries across the spectrum, the IR-3000 is rugged, durable, and accurate in even the harshest production environments. The IR-3000 instrument measures moisture thousands of times per second, allowing users to optimize their on-line processes and dramatically improve product quality. Managing moisture in real time provides both energy savings and potentially increased productivity with lower material losses. 


MoistTech’s IR-3000 comes pre-calibrated (it has 50 different product codes built in), making installation nearly effortless. It connects easily and communicates flawlessly via laptop, touchpad, or plant network. It will not need recalibration and does not require routine maintenance once installed. With or without the addition of the base and stand option, the IR-3000 provides instant off-line or at-line measurements wherever installed. For best results, install the IR-3000 along a belt conveyor, at a screw or drag conveyor, in down chutes, in storage bins, or at fluid-bed dryers.


The IR-3000 is the result of more than 40 years of collaboration with industry experts. It provides solid and reliable performance in any industrial environment. Measurements are unaffected by gaps, inert materials, ambient light, ambient and product temperature, or the composition of the conveyor from which measurements are taken.

Contact MoistTech

For specific information about how the IR-3000 can save you time and money in your soda ash process, contact a knowledgeable MoistTech representative.

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