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Sartorius MA150-FDA moisture determination balance conforms to FDA requirements when metal panels are in place of glass window panels (MA150 standard version has glass window panels). If you're working in the food processing industry the FDA/ HACCP regulations do not want instrumentation with glass in the production area for food, because if glass breaks it would create a hazard and could fall into the food.

The MA150-FDA is popular in the bakery industry. Pretzels, chips, crackers and cookie dough moisture levels are critical to produce the optimum food product. Pretzel moisture level is a critical component during the various stages of baking. Chips and other snack foods can easily become either too wet or dry impacting the quality of the end product as well as increasing manufacturing costs. The MA150 moisture analyzer can help you measure moisture levels to adjust the baking process to produce the perfect product.

Other competitive moisture analyzer models like the A&D MX-50/MF-50 moisture balance, the Mettler Toledo HB43, Ohaus MB35/MB45 moisture analyzer & other several other brands use a GLASS halogen lamp as the heating source. Not the Sartorius MA150, the heating source is a Ceramic IR heating element. Ceramic offers stable, consistent and fast heating because it distributes heat rays very evenly over the entire sample surface. Ceramic elements also last longer, while halogen bulbs burn out and need to be replaced.

Typical applications for this moisture analyzer include regular random sampling and incoming inspection in the food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, and building materials industries as well as in environmental monitoring. You name it, the Sartorius MA150-FDA moisture balance will analyze it - wherever you need to obtain fast and reliable moisture analysis results.

Sartorius MA150 moisture determination machine features a timer mode and fully automatic mode for end-point determination, the MA150 also has a manually adjustable semi-automatic mode. The Sartorius MA150 moisture scale replaces the Sartorius MA45 analyzer and the weighing capacity has been extended to 150 g, and its weight resolution is accurate to 1 mg using the rugged patented monolithic weigh cell by Sartorius.

For more than 25 years, Sartorius has been a leading supplier of equipment for rapid gravimetric moisture analysis and we offer full line of Sartorius Moisture Analyzers to meet just about every need.

Need an idea what temperature to set the moisture analyzer, how long will the test takes, do I need the MA35, MA150 or MA100C, should I run in manual or auto? Find your particular sample in this database to give you an idea of the setup perimeters, sample prep and running time.

The MA150 has been discontinued by Sartorius. All information displayed herein is for people researching the specifications on the MA150. The replacement is the new Sartorius MA160 and it is loaded with new features and increased performance.

Sartorius moisture balance MA150FDA

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Sartorius moisture balance MA150FDA 150 g 0.001 g
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Comparable Scales

Ohaus MB45 Moisture Analyzer - $4365.00

Ohaus MB23 Moisture Tester - $2486.25

Sartorius MA35 Moisture Analyzer - $2020.00

Sartorius Moisture Balance MA35-FDA - $2225.00

Ohaus MB35 moisture measurement - $3824.00

A&D Weighing MX-50 Moisture Balance - $2795.00

A&D Weighing MF-50 Moisture Analyzer - $2260.00

Sartorius moisture balance MA100C - $7167.00

Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer - $3575.00

A&D Weighing MS-70 Moisture Content Tester - $4478.00

Sartorius MA37 moisture balance - $3045.00

Mettler Toledo HB43 Moisture Sensor - $4149.99

Adam Equipment PMB53 moisture tester - $2205.75

Adam Equipment PMB202 moisture analyzer - $2290.75
MSRP: $4200.00
YOU PAY $4199.00
Moisture balance
PWB DISCOUNT PRICE S&H via UPS Ground is FREE in the lower 48 states of USA Sartorius MA150 Moisture Analysis $4199.00
The MA150 has been discontinued by Sartorius. All information displayed herein is for people researching the specifications on the MA150.The replacement model is the Sartorius MA160 which is packed with new features. See more HERE on the MA160.
Weighing capacity 150 g
Accuracy of weighing system 1 mg
Readability 0.001 g / 0.01 %
Repeatability (reproducibility)
initial sample weight > 1 g
0.2 %
Repeatability (reproducibility)
initial sample weight > 5 g
0.05 %
Temperature range 40 - 180C
Temperature control (C) 1C increments
Heat source Ceramic IR heating element
Timer settings 1 + 0.1 - 99 minutes
Analysis modes Fully automatic
Timer settings
Access to sample chamber Hinged cover
Program Memories 20
Display modes % moisture
% dry weight (solids)
g residue
Data Interface RS-232 unidirectional (standard)
Data Printer Optional external Sartorius YDP20-0CE available
Calibration External Calibration - optional 100 gram ASTM Class 1 required
Meets FDA and HACCP regulations for no glass YES
Pan Size (mm/inches) 90 mm / 3.5"
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H),inches
8.4" x 12.6" x 7.1"
Optional Accessories Printer, RS-232 cable, RS-232 to USB converter kit, MoistureConnect Data Transfer Software, Carrying case, Temperature Adjustment Kit, Disposable Aluminum Dishes
Warranty 2 years manufacturer's warranty
Weight (approx. lbs) 12.1
moisture analyzer  Data Sheet cement moisture  Download the brochure loaded with tons of information.
dry wood User Manual dry biomass  Download the user manual. If you have a question how it works it is in the manual.
moisture sensor Learn about moisture moisture sensors Download this document explaining how a moisture balance works and the time & money it can save you.

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Opens wide for excellent access.  Durable construction that is resistant to aggressive chemicals MoistureConnect data transfer software, for reading weighing data into a PC is a $525.00 option for the Sartorius MA150.  Collecting data and generating graphics(drying curves)
thermogravimetric moisture analyzer moisture analysis
Place the sample in the weighing chamber, set your temperature and let the MA150 do the work.  It's fast and its easy. Compact design with small dimensions and space-efficient footprint that's only 8.4 x 12.6 x 7.1 inches (WxDxH)
solids determination moisture balance for food processing applications
Sartorius MA150 moisture analyzer with glass panels shown above and image to the right shows Sartorius MA150 with metal panels. Conforms to FDA requirements with metal panels in place of glass window panels.  Unit with metal panels meets FDA/ HACCP regulations (no glass allowed in production)
ceramic element
even heat distribution
The Sartorius MA150 is packed with features designed for speed and efficiency, not least the ceramic IR heater (infrared radiator), which guarantees even distribution of heat and infrared rays over the sample surface.
wasterwater solids determination printout to meet you regulator requirements
Field-proven, manual flip-up cover Optional Sartorius Printer provides GLP/GMP printouts.  ISO / GLP compliance

We always recommend people purchase moisture pans that are oil free Aluminum and provide even temperature across the pan.  If you ever need additional weighing pans we sell them in bulk, 500 pans to a case.

Some people believe that they can reuse the pans but this is never recommended.  Although you might clean off the pan the stains leave material from your last test or even moisture when you attempted to clean the pan.  Others believe they can use a piece of aluminum foil paper but this isn't always smooth and creates crinkles and thus uneven drying.  Always, always, always use a new moisture pan for each test.

Glass fiber pads distribute the heat better, prevents skinning over (this is when bubbles form).

The fiber pads are binder-free borosilicate glass fiber and therefore contain no binders (no foreign materials) or inert.

Slurry samples or when test times are long the sample skins over, bubbles up or splatters when the moisture testing is running, we recommend using filter pads with the moisture pans.

For testing liquids the pads are a must.  Place the moisture pan and pad on the moisture balance, adjust the setting time to zero so the Sartorius MA150 moisture analyzer is in auto mode and run the test with no sample on the pad.  Many times the fiber pads can hold up to 2% moisture and this preps the pan and fiber pad to be moisture free and only takes typically 1 minute with the MA150 moisture scale.

Now with the dry filter pads if you are working with a liquidity substance 70% water or more place the sample with an eye dropper, syringe or pipette is a spiral pattern and then cover with the filter pad.

For slurries and anything with bumps and chucks like corn slurry we recommend using two pads making like a sandwich (bottom pad - test sample - top pad).  Place the pan on the moisture balance and then place one pad on your table and then using a syringe or spoon apply the sample to the pad in a spiral pattern and now cover with a second pad.  Slightly squish the sandwich you just made to break up any chucks and the filter pads will absorb the moisture.  Now place the two pads with your sample sandwiched in-between and run your test.  You'll find more consistent and repeatable rest using the two pads.
sartorius scale GD603 balance using usb interface to computer
Shown above is the Sartorius GD503 Precision Scale interfaced with a laptop.
"We did not invent the product, but we made it better" is a famous quote from BASF and we feel the same with our new RS-232 to USB converter kit for Sartorius Balances exclusively found at Precision Weighing Balances.  Your Authorized Sartorius Dealer and known throughout the world for deep discount prices.

Our USB to Serial Adapter kit for Sartorius Balances (our part # SARUSB) offers you the best of both world.  If you want to interface the Sartorius Scale with a RS-232 serial port you simply disconnect the 1 foot RS-232 to USB cable.scale usb cable

Eliminate IRQ conflicts by going USB.  Connect your Sartorius balance to any PC running the Windows OS using HyperTerminal or purchase a third party software wedge.  We offer step by step instructions how to use HyperTerminal here.

This kit's only $119.99 and it's custom made for
Sartorius MA150 Moisture Balances
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Sartorius Moisture Balances
Sartorius Filter glass fiber pad, box of 200 pads $44.10
Sartorius Filter glass fiber pad, [Case of 4000] $582.06
Sartorius Aluminum moisture pan, 1 box of 50 pans $32.00
Sartorius Aluminum moisture pan, [Case of 500] $164.84
sartorius AGOptions
100g ASTM Class 1 (± 0.25 mg) with NVLAP Cert $145.00
1mg-100g 21 Piece Class 1 Weight Set with NVLAP Cert $2059.00
9 pc. Weight Set (100 g - 1 g) Class 1 with NVLAP $1042.00
Cal-Paks 100g, 10g, and 20mg Class 1 with NVLAP $337.00
Cal-Paks 100g, 10g, and 200mg Class 1 with NVLAP $337.00
Cal-Paks 100g, 10g, 2g Class 1 with NVLAP $355.00
Temperature Adjustment Kit for MA150 & MA100 $614.00
YDP20-OCE Printer with statistics & time-date function $999.99
5 rolls of paper $51.00
Ink ribbon cassette $54.00
RS232 Cable 9 pin and 25 pin, 5 ft, IBM type $105.00
Sartorius YCC01-USBM2 cable (25-pin to USB type A) $145.00
Granite Isolator 13 x 15 inch $655.00

SEE OUR NEWEST MOISTURE ANALYZER - Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer has a "Software Assistant Function" to start the development of your our test method parameters. See step by step how to test ketchup.
Watch this video above as we highlight in this video the differences between the MA37 and MA160 since briefly looking at the units they seem the same but there are major differences.

So both the MA37 and MA160 deliver readability to 1 milligram. The average repeatability is ± 0.2% when you are using an initial sample weighing from 1-5 grams and when using a initial sample greater than 5 grams the repeatability is 0.05%. We always recommend a sample at least 5 grams since anything smaller is typically difficult to attain a good representative sample. Neither unit is recommended for plastic resin applications.

So what are the differences??

Although the infrared heating element looks similar the MA37 maximum output is 480W while the MA160 is 600W. More watts shortens time to attain temperature setting. The heating elements differ from a different alloy mix for the metal tubular heating element and Sartorius calls the MA160 element AURI.

MA37 has only the ability to save one (1) method while the MA160 can save up to 100 methods.

MA160 comes with "Sample Tongs" while it is an accessory for the MA37.

MA160 includes 3 ReproEasy Pads while no pads are included with the MA37. The ReproEasy Pads are used to verify the moisture analyzer is functioning within manufacturer specifications. The pad is a onetime use consumable item and additional pads are sold in packages of 10 pads. We recommend you download the user manual and reference the section "MA Performance Test" to learn more about this test feature available on both the MA37 and MA160. This is a great alternative to testing your moisture analyzer against sodium tartrate dihyrate. Using sodium tartrate dihyrate requires you to operate at 160C to release the chemically bonded two water molecules from Sodium Tartrate. The ReproEasy Pad you can run a performance test at 70C, 100C or 130C whichever temperature is closer to your actual sample you test normally.

The MA160 has a SD memory card slot verses the MA37 just has a dummy slot. You can import/export methods to the SD card. This is a nice feature for companies that implement "build alike" or create SOP implemented globally throughout their plants. One plant can develop the method for each different sample, download those methods to the SD card and the e-mail the file to other plants where they can copy the file to the SD card and then import them into the MA160 located in other locations. In the "Calibration Report" menu you can access the most recent calibration reports for the MA Performance Tests and external calibration adjustments up to 99 reports are saved per day. Calibration reports older than 30 days are automatically deleted. Again this information can be downloaded to the SD Card and the file e-mailed to the quality control or regulatory officer to meet compliance reporting requirements.

Another benefit purchasing the MA160 because it has the SD card is the "Results" menu. The analysis results can be viewed, exported or deleted. If you export the data to the SD card it is saved as an XML file and can be viewed with a web browser like Internet Explorer or Firefox. This is a great feature especially for paperless operations or if you need to print results and don't have a Sartorius YDP30 or YDP40 printer. All you need to do is save results to the SD card, open the file on your PC within a web browser and use the printer connected to your computer.

I would say the greatest feature the MA160 has that isn't available on the MA37 is "Method Assistant". Method Assistant helps you develop and refine methods in 3 easy steps. Its quick and ensures that all relevant parameters have been included for your moisture determination test. The Assistant prompts you to configure all relevant parameters, provides a practical range and prevents you entering implausible data. If you are running lots of different samples and not sure on the optimum temperature, whether you should use filter pad(s) The intuitive wizard asks you whether your sample consistency is a solid, fluid or paste. Method Assistant even asks if the sample is organic, inorganic or unknown.

Finally there is a 'Protective Mode" menu that is only available on the MA160. This allows you to password protect the MA160 moisture analyzer to ensure only authorized persons can make changes to the system settings. This video is a must see.

Warning - Moisture balances should not be used on any volatile organic sample with flash points.  Even a MSDS rating of 1.  Samples with low flask points like Acetaldehyde -38C or MEK -4C should not be used with the Sartorius MA-150 Moisture Balance and maybe you should look at Karl Fisher as an alternative.

Although you might presently perform analysis with an oven on these samples the ovens typically have ventilation and a much larger cavity than the typical moisture balance that operates on the principles of TGA.  In addition, with most moisture balances there is no ventilation so all the fumes remain inside the hood of the moisture balance.  We strongly recommend you consult with a safety specialist always prior to using any moisture balances for your safety.


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