TM710e – Moisture Measurement in Tobacco

TM710e – Moisture Measurement in Tobacco

ex. NDC - UK

TM710e – the Ultimate Tobacco Moisture Gauge

The TM710e is the ultimate on-line tobacco moisture gauge. The TM710e, and its predecessor, the TM710, are in daily use in literally hundreds of locations worldwide. Its considerable abilities allow installation in almost any location in Tobacco Processing:

  • GLT or Stemmery
  • Primary Process
  • Expansion Plant
  • Recon Sheet Manufacturing

As a moisture analyzer, it can measure the very low moistures of Expanded Tobacco, the intermediate moistures encountered in the Primary and the very high moistures found in Stem Preparation.

Applications Engineering is indeed at the heart of everything we do at NDC. Our applications experts understand the needs of the tobacco industry, the physical and chemical properties of the many types of tobacco and what needs to be done to create an accurate, stable and robust measurement. Our applications expertise has been gathered over four decades of research and development and co-operation with key players in the industry.

The TM710e’s Ethernet communications structure features Automatic Device Discovery providing maximum flexibility of installation with the minimum of hardware and cabling, from a standalone gauge to a multi-gauge networked system. TM710e runs on 24V DC for maximun safety and Fieldbus Connectivity is available in all protocols including:

  • Profibus
  • ProfiNet
  • DeviceNet
  • Modbus
  • Ethernet IP

Long term stability, ease of installation, reliability and performance ensure lowest cost of ownership.

To ensure access to data wherever it is needed, TM710e is be combined with the Series 710e Interfaces and Devices. Also Ethernet enabled, the devices include:

  • HMI – for supervisory interfacing with up to 16 TM710e gauges
  • Operator Workstation – for local display and operator level interaction with a single gauge
  • User Port (for analog process connectivity)
  • Switched Hub (for convenient networking).

This flexible connectivity structure enables straightforward integration into a factory network, to facilitate remote access to data.

Temperature Measurement

In addition to moisture, the TM710e can also be configured to measure product temperature. The temperature sensor can be supplied either integrated into the housing of the TM710e, to measure at a location adjacent to the measurement area for moisture, or can be supplied with a 10 or 20m to enable remote location while sharing the power and ethernet connections of the gauge.

The TM710e is also available in multi-component format, adding nicotine and sugars to moisture and temperature.

TM710e – High Performance Multi-component Tobacco Measurements

In addition to the standard moisture (and optional) temperature measurements, the TM710e is available with simultaneous additional measurements of:

  • Nicotine
  • Sugars

Typically the tobacco exhibits wide local variation in nicotine and sugars content. An on-line gauge will give reliable readings over a batch, reducing the error which can result from small non-representative grab samples.

These challenging measurements can be successfully achieved on-line and real time with the TM710e Multi-component Tobacco Gauge in the follow processes and products:

  • Whole leaf or strips in GLT
  • While leaf or strups in the Primary Process
  • Redried cut lamina
  • Final tobacco blend
  • Cut rolled stem
  • Water treated stem
  • Expanded tobacco

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