toring and manufacturing foodmaterials like grain can be extreme-ly challenging. Even the slightest bit of extra humidity can create mould growth,causing the grain to deteriorate. This leadsto economic losses for manufacturersin the commercial food industry.
Microwave resonator-based sensors offer a solution to this problem by enabling manu-facturers to obtain a precise measurementof the weight, moisture, or water contentof grain. Moreover, microwave sensors canalso be used to identify foreign particlesor substances that have come into contactwith grain.This article explains the benefits of relyingon microwave frequencies and RF resona- tors to accurately measure the humidity of grain.
Measuring grain humidity
In the food manufacturing business, if grain materials are exposed to too muchhumidity, they can develop mould and would then need to be discarded. This can be pre-vented by controlling the humidity within the
the ideal solution for measuring grain humidity
Figure 1:Microwaveresonator withinner lens tubeFigure 2: Resonance curve for different samples of grainKey for Figure 2:
by Hinrich Römhild, sensors and measurement senior R&D engineer, WORK Microwave GmbH, Germany
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