Contactless Inline Moisture Measurement of thicker materials

WORKsens R & T: Contactless Inline Moisture Measurement of thicker Materials

WORK Microwave’s WORKsens R & T enable a contactless inline moisture measurement of thicker materials. The underlying concept of our solution relies on microwave technology to accurately measure the moisture of materials like thick cardboard, corrugated cardboard, wood boards, bakery products, rubber and other thicker materials.

Neither coatings and colors, nor paper and plastic packaging have any effect on the measurement. The sensor system can be integrated seamlessly at production lines, performing high-speed measurements through all layers of very thick materials.

WORKsens R & T are designed for robust and 24/7 maintenance-free applications.

The measuring sensors are accessible via industrial Ethernet protocols – meaning they are Industry 4.0 ready!

WORKsens R – Intrusion-free Reflection Measurement

  • Based on a reflection measurement approach
  • An ideal solution for confined spaces where only a single side montage is possible and yet contactless measurement is required
  • Measurement gap of up to 800 mm possible

WORKsens T – Intrusion-free Transmission Measurement

  • Based on a transmission measurement approach
  • A very wide measurement gap of over 1500 mm while still providing highly accurate measurement results
  • Coatings and colors have no impact on the measurement results
  • Up to 4 parallel measurement channels possible

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    Key Benefits of WORKsens R & T: Seamless Quality Assurance with only one Gap

    Industry 4.0 ready

    Measurement data flows seamlessly into any production monitoring setup via Modbus TCP or OPC UA. Alternatively, PC Applications can access and control the sensor via a REST API.

    High-speed and accurate process monitoring

    The high-speed signal processing unit analyzes the data directly with a 14-bit amplitude resolution for a high dynamic range and a quick update rate of 30 measurements per second.

    Best-in-class measurement accuracy

    The uniquely wide measurement frequency range of WORKsens R & T eliminates hardly any disturbances from the outside and enables accurate measurement over a moisture range from 0 to 50% (depending on the material under test).

    Moisture characterization through all layers of the material

    Thanks to the measurement principles in use at WORKsens R & T, the measurement does not “stop” at the surface, it provides an average result over all the thickness of the material under test. Neither coatings and colors nor paper and plastic packaging have any effect on the measurement.

    Intrusion-free measurement of very thick materials

    A measurement gap of over 1500 mm (WORKsens T) is possible when a production line requires intrusion-free passage of the material under test.

    Bespoke for any application

    Customized housing or installation options for even very confined spaces are available due to a modular sensor and electronics separation.

    Maintenance free 24/7

    The robust and compact design minimizes line downtimes – a delight for every service budget.

    Quick, Easy Installation and Operation

    WORK Microwave delivers the sensor heads and the electronic module ready to be integrated into your production machinery. Our team of experts will provide support during the integration phase, if needed. In addition, we can design customized housing solutions for any application.

    The WORKsens R or T system will be installed within your production line at a suitable fixed location.

    The on-board communication interface of the WORKsens R & T connects seamlessly to any control system and is industry 4.0 ready. For monitoring and calibration settings, you can directly access the sensor via an integrated webserver.

    After a simple calibration process, the sensor is ready to perform measurements 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    WORKsens R – Reflection Measurement approach

    WORKsens T – Transmission Measurement approach


    At a glance: Why contactless inline moisture measurement of thicker materials with WORKsens R & T

    Intrusion-free moisture characterization through all layers of the product

    No effect on the measurement from coatings and colours, or paper and plastic packaging

    Measuring gap over 1000 mm possible (can be adapted for custom solutions)

    Measurable moisture range up to 50 % depending on material under test

    Housing and installation options tailored to your needs

    Maintenance free 24/7 sensing solution

    Thinner material under test? See our WORKsens SR series: