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Futuristic Formulations: Friction Analysis and Its Impact on Cosmetics and Skincare

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Jul 9, 2015

When you apply skincare products, what sensory properties do you tend to notice or expect the product to deliver? A study by the International Journal of Cosmetic Science notes, “perceived skin feel during and after application of skin care products is highly important to the consumer and therefore to cosmetic formulators.” Cosmetic powders are often added to formulations in order to further improve their sensory perception and appeal.

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Topics: Friction Tester

The Importance of Controlling Moisture in Today’s “Better-For-You” Low-Fat and Low-Sugar Products

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Apr 24, 2015

The consumer push for healthier versions of our favorite foods today is forcing manufacturers to replace ingredients like fat – without compromising the flavor or texture we love. Often, though, replacements negatively affect taste and texture due in part to the way these replacements interact with, and affect moisture in the product. One way to help ensure that “better-for-you” foods provide the experience consumers are looking for is to measure and optimize moisture content.

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Topics: Moisture Analyzer, Moisture Balance, Moisture Measurement, NIR Moisture Analyzer

8 Potential Risks of Inaccurate Moisture Measurement

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Apr 15, 2015
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Topics: Moisture Meter, Moisture Measurement, Measurement Instrumentation

Moisture Content vs. Water Activity: Use Both to Optimize Food Safety and Quality

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Apr 1, 2015

When it comes to food safety and quality, there are two critical measurements that all food manufacturers should take: moisture content and water activity. That being said, while both measurements might sound similar, they are NOT the same, nor are they interchangeable. Moisture content and water activity are measured for two different purposes, and each reveals their own insights about the yield, quality, and safety of your foods. Even if water activity is your primary concern, accurate moisture content analysis is essential in meeting the established standard, and it’s crucial that you understand the measurements for each.

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Topics: Moisture Measurement, Moisture Measurement Methods

Moisture Meter Best Practices

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

The importance of moisture measurement is well-known; it’s a step in the manufacturing process that helps ensure product quality and performance, and can help reduce costs of shipping and handling. We’ve recently talked a lot about the different methods of measuring, most recently when used for wood products. In this post we’ll continue using wood products as our example to talk about the two most common secondary types of wood moisture meters: pin-style and pinless, and the best practices that help optimize the usefulness of these meters.

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Topics: Moisture Measurement, Measurement Instrumentation, Electrical Moisture Method

Relative Humidity vs. Real Moisture: Measuring To Maximize Product Performance

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

The most effective way to ensure the long-term performance of hygroscopic materials like wood (organic materials that naturally contain water) is to carefully measure and adjust moisture content to achieve an equilibrium moisture content (or EMC) before using the material in production.

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Topics: Measurement Instrumentation, Moisture Measurement Methods, Electrical Moisture Method

How To Avoid Moisture Measurement Pitfalls That Can Affect Results

Posted by John Bogart on Mon, Mar 2, 2015
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Topics: Moisture Measurement Methods

8 Key Elements of A Moisture Measurement Protocol

Posted by John Bogart on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

Accurately and consistently measuring moisture – in most any type of product, from plastics to potato chips – has the potential to save organizations millions of dollars a year in improved productivity, reduced waste, increased consistency and improved quality. Measuring, in and of itself, however, is of little value if the companies doing it fail to put protocols in place to ensure that the testing is done correctly and that the results are accurate, consistent, and reliable. Whether you’re in the process of establishing protocols for the first time or looking to improve those already in place, we’ve outlined the most important considerations that should be part of any practical moisture measurement protocol.

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Topics: Moisture Meter, Moisture Measurement

5 Reasons Manufacturing Are Thankful For NIR Moisture Analyzers

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

As we get closer to the forth Thursday in November, it’s the time of year when we’re challenged to stop and give thanks for all we have in our lives.

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Topics: NIR Analyzer, NIR Moisture Analyzer, ROI

4 Steps To Consistent Packaging Quality With A Coating Thickness Gauge

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Nov 5, 2014

Whether you’re the packaging company, manufacturer or distributor coating thickness is key to ensuring product quality, reliability and profit margins.

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Topics: Coating Thickness Gauge, Measurement Instrument, Measurement Instrumentation, LZ990

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