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Examining Moisture Meter Methods: Karl Fischer and Near Infrared Technology

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Mar 28, 2019

In the world of obtaining accurate readings of moisture levels, there are several scientific, reliable ways to gather data. Some, like the Karl Fischer method, have weathered the test of time, with decades of use. Others, like the newer, flashier near infrared moisture meters, have found their place in the industry more recently, because they are so practical, easy, and time-efficient.

So what is the Karl Fischer method, and why should you consider switching to the newer, near infrared technology? Let’s take a look:

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READY How the Pearlest Grain Polisher Can Give You the Most Accurate Readings

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, Mar 5, 2019

Any season, growing a crop is a major investment, and knowing how to care for that investment, and when to harvest it is key to its overall success. Particularly for rice, wheat, or barley, when a grain is harvested, the hard outer husks must be removed in order for the grain to be usable. It is also important to remove this outer shell on a sample-size level in order to check the overall quality of the grain when harvesting the crop, and again after harvest, during its transporting and storage processes.

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

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Apr 26, 2018

When it comes to food safety and quality, there are two critical measurements that all food manufacturers should take: moisture content and water activity. While these measurements might sound similar, they are NOT the same—nor are they interchangeable.

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Topics: Moisture Meter

Durability Of A 25 Year Old Kett Moisture Meter

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Kett has been in business for over 70 years. One of the keys to our company's longevity is actually the longevity of our instruments. Many Kett customers will tell you that they don’t need another one…. Because the first one is still working great!

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Topics: Moisture Meter

New "Cool" Products From Plastec 2018

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Kett exhibited at the recent Plastec conference in Anaheim, California. It was an interesting venue as we met with existing customers to discuss their ongoing measurement needs as well as some new contacts.

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Topics: Events

Kett Moisture Meter Cost and ROI Worksheet

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, Feb 6, 2018

If you’re like most business-minded professionals, you’ve probably asked yourself the following question: “How am I providing value to my customers?”

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Topics: Moisture Meter, Products

The Financial Impact of Moisture Control in the Food Processing Industry

Posted by John Bogart on Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Most food processing plant managers and quality control managers know that improper moisture levels can lead to wasted product and food spoilage. But have you ever considered just how much these moisture-related problems impact your business financially?

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Control Water Content to Protect Integrity of Snack and Baked Foods

Posted by John Bogart on Wed, Oct 21, 2015

Everyone has their favorite go-to snack or comforting baked good craving. Statistics show that 94% of Americans snack on a daily basis. Whether it is chips, chocolate, candy, or anything in between, no consumer can resist a good snack. While it’s important for food manufacturers to worry about perfecting the taste of their food products, it’s equally important to maintain the optimal moisture content. Snack and baked food products are particularly sensitive to moisture — the wrong moisture levels can lead to food spoilage, sogginess, staleness, and even altered taste. 

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Topics: Products

3 Considerations When Designing Packaging for Fresh Produce

Posted by John Bogart on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

When it comes to designing packaging for fresh produce, the #1 goal of the packaging should be to maximize the freshness and longevity of the product. After all, no one wants to buy “fresh” produce that isn’t fresh anymore, right?

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Topics: Moisture Meter

Rice Whiteness Analysis for Quality, Grading, and Profitability

Posted by John Bogart on Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Have you ever heard the saying, “you get what you pay for?” We’re sure rice farmers have. Because the purchasing price of their rice crop is directly correlated to the crop’s quality, rice farmers know that they must maximize their rice crop’s quality if they want to get the best price. And while it’s hard for rice farmers to avoid any quality issues caused by Mother Nature like droughts or flooding, one way that they can ensure their rice meets the highest possible quality standards is by using a rice whiteness tester to frequently analyze their rice’s quality.

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