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The MA160 Sartorius moisture analyzer offers 200 gram weighing capacity with 1 milligram or 0.01% readability. The MA160 is packed with additional feature that the Sartorius MA37 does not offer. You'll find a SD card port on the left side of the moisture balance. The SD card is not included but you can purchase this at most stores the offer computer memory cards. You can define the sort order of the created methods in the menu and export the created methods to or import them from an SD card. The moisture analysis test results can also be exported to the SD Card, The data is exported in XML format. You can also use the SD card to create a data backup of all settings.

For an additional layer of safety the MA160 moisture analyzer is equipped with password protection to ensure that only authorized persons can make changes to the system settings. You can predefine up to 100 separate methods. You can change and save the parameters for each method to suit your requirements. A wizard for creating new methods is provided to guide you through the process step by step. You can create methods manually or import them from an SD card. To create a new method quickly and ensure that all relevant parameters have been included, use the Assistant: The Assistant prompts you to configure all relevant parameters, provides a practical range of options, and prevents you entering implausible data.

You can run a performance test on the MA160 to check whether the analyzer has a fault or is ready for operation. The ReproEasy pad is removed from the protective wrapping affixing the sticky side down for the pad to the center of the sample pan. During a performance test, both the heating unit and the weighing system are tested at the same time. Test functions for different temperature ranges (70°C, 100°C, 130°C) are available. The MA160 comes with three (3) ReproEasy pad and additional pads are available in the optional accessory section below.

The MA160 also features a USB port allowing you to connect this moisture analyzer to an optional Sartorius printer YDP40, YDP30, YDP20-OCE or your computer. Cables are not included with this moisture determination instrument and you should reference the operational user manual to review the required USB cable needed depended upon the peripheral device connected to the moisture analyzer. Cables are available in the optional accessory section. The USB connection on the MA160 when connected to a PC requires no additional driver to export results to a table or spreadsheet (e.g., Microsoft® Office or OpenOffice).

The Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer can be used for quick, accurate and reliable determination of the moisture content of materials of liquid, pasty, and solid substances using the thermogravimetric method. Moisture analysis applications must be optimized by the user by adjusting the correct temperature dry the sample without causing degradation to the sample. The moisture content of a test sample is often mistakenly equated to its water content. In fact, the moisture of a material includes all of the volatile components which are emitted when the sample is heated, and lead to a reduction in its weight. Among such volatile substances are: Water; Fats; Oils; Alcohols; Organic solvents; Flavorings. It is critical to adjust the optimum temperature so the sample being tested does not result in the samples decomposition (when a sample is overheated)

Need an idea what temperature to set the moisture analyzer, how long will the test take using the MA37 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.

Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer

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Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer 200 g 1 mg
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Sartorius moisture balance MA150FDA - $4199.00

Sartorius MA35 Moisture Analyzer - $2150.00

Sartorius Moisture Balance MA35-FDA - $2450.00

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 tester for plastics MA100H - $7367.00

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

Other Brands 100 Gram Class 1 Calibration Weight - $148.70

Sartorius MA37 moisture balance - $3153.50

Mettler Toledo HB43 Moisture Sensor - $4456.00

Adam Equipment PMB53 moisture tester - $2205.75
MSRP: $4635.00
YOU PAY $3939.75
Moisture tester Sartorius MA35 moisture analyzer
Sartorius MA160 moisture balance
Sartorius MA160 Moisture Analyzer
You Pay Sartorius Moisture Tester $3939.75
S&H via UPS Ground FREE in the lower 48 states of USA
Weighing Capacity 200 g
Accuracy of weighing system 1 mg
Readability 1 mg, 0.01%
Repeatability, average For initial sample weight approx. > 1 g: ± 0.2%
For initial sample weight approx. > 5 g: ± 0.05%
Typical sample quantity 5 to 15 g
Reading display Moisture content in % M and % g
dry matter in % S and g
ATRO in % M/S
Temperature range and settings 40°C160°C, in increments of 1 degree Standby temperature selectable from 40 to 100°C in increments of 1°C
Temperature control (±°C) 1°C increments
Heating programs Standard drying, gentle drying
Heat source Infrared heating using AURI heater, 600 Watts
Switch-off criterion
(user selectable)
Fully automatic
Semi-automatic mg (150 mg/5300 s)
Semi-automatic % (0.15.0%/5300 s)
Time (2:0099.59 min.)
Displayed result
(user selectable)
Moisture in %M and g
dry weight in %S and g
ATRO in %M/S
Access to sample chamber Removable hood with wide opening angle, SoftClose mechanism
Measuring program 100 program saved in a non-volatile memory (freely selectable method parameters)
Memory for data storage Results are saved until the start of the next measurement.
SD Card YES - Type: SD and SDHC, capacity: up to 32 GB, file system: FAT32
Method assistant YES - only available on the MA160
Performance Test YES - MA160 comes with 3 ReproEasy Performance Test Pad and additional pads are available in the optional accessory section.
Sample inspection LED-illuminated sample chamber, inspection window with grid above the hood
Data Interface Mini USB - direct data transfer to Microsoft Windows programs without additional software, programmable data output interval
Data Printer OPTIONAL external Sartorius YDP40 or YDP30
External Calibration 100 gram (OPTIONAL)
Meets FDA and HACCP regulations for no glass YES
Weigh Sensor Magnetic Force Restoration
Pan Size (inches/mm) Ø 3.5" / 90 mm
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H),inches
8.5" x 15.7" x 8.3" inches
215 x 400 x 210 mm
What is included MA160 Moisture analyzer, 120V power cord, Protective cover for the control panel, 80 disposable aluminum sample pans, 80 glass-fiber filters, Sample tongs, 3 ReproEasy pads, User Manual
OPTIONAL Accessories Glass fiber filter, Moisture pans, External calibration weight, Sartorius Printer, Tweezers, ReproEasy pads, Temperature adjustment kit

Some of the accessory not available until April 2015. Call for more information.
Power 120V AC - Direct power cord to moisture balance.  Power supply is built into the balance.
Warranty 2 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Place of Origin Germany
Shipping Weight 17.0 Lbs
Weight of Moisture Balance 13.9 Lbs
Moisture Analyzer Data Sheet moisture scale Download informational brochure on the Sartorius MA160 Moisture Analyzer.
Sartorius moisture balance Brochure Sartorius MA37 Moisture Analyzer Download this color brochure showing additional features of the MA160 Moisture balance
Sartorius MA37 operation manual Manual Sartorius MA37 user manual Download the Instruction Manual for the Sartorius MA160 loaded with tons of information.
moisture tester Learn about moisture moisture analysis Download this document explaining how a moisture balance works and the time & money it can save you.

Watch this video below to learn how the MA160 can be configured, see the display and how to access the parameter configuration. You'll even see how an actual test is run. This video is a must see.
USB Port - The back of the Sartorius MA160 has a Mini USB port, Fastening point for an optional Kensington key lock and AC power socket. You can transfer weighing results to Microsoft Windows programs without additional software.
Sartorius MA160 Moisture Analyzer
New Powerful Heating Elements
moisture balance drying curve Sartorius MA37 metal heating elements delivers up to 480W.

The Sartorius MA160 uses the AURI heating elements outputting 600W.

The AURI heating element is a Ni-chrome element. It is different from the element in the MA37 by the alloy its made of. This allows the MA160 to output 600 watts and not degrade/wear out.
Status light / Acoustic Signal
  • status light indicates the process status
  • light ON = running / START
  • light flashes = process finished / STOP
    • acoustic signal
  • light OFF = analyzer OFF
  • light flashes = error

The Status light with acoustic signal allows the operator of the moisture analyzer to perform other task while easily following of the process steps and time for a distance of up to 33 feet away.

The process status light located on the top of the heating module indicates the progress of an analysis run so you can conveniently check the remaining time, even from a distance of 33 feet. During the measurement, the process status light on the analyzer flashes, if the light has not been switched off in the menu. When the moisture analysis is finished running the test the process status light on the analyzer flashes three times and then goes out. The status light allows you to perform other tasks in the lab while the moisture analyzer is determining the moisture analysis without you standing next to the unit to figure out when the test has been completed.

Moisture Analyzer Sartorius MA160
BetterClean Design is an exclusive from Sartorius
dismantling a moisture analyzer for cleaning
The innovated BetterClean Design is an exclusive from Sartorius. End user feedback was they wanted a moisture balance that was easy to clean and they did not want a heating source that would be damaged from cleaning. The new MA37 & MA160 allows the sample chamber plate, hood and included grid to be removed and placed in a dishwasher for easy cleaning. The heat tubular heating element can be cleaned unlike those other moisture analyzers that use a halogen bulb and if one touches the halogen bulb causes premature failure. Oils in your skin can cause hot spots on the glass envelope that will result in considerably shortening its life, and may even cause the bulb to burst. Salts in your sweat can also cause problems. All those issues are eliminated with the Sartorius moisture analyzer heating element. The Adam PMB53, all the AND Weighing moisture analyzers like the MX50 and the Ohaus MB25, MB35 and MB45 all use a halogen bulb
Sample tong comes with MA160
Moisture analyzer sample tong
The Sample tong is an innovated exclusive design from Sartorius allowing the operator to remove the sample pan from the moisture analyzer. While the tong comes as standard equipment on the MA160 it is an optional accessory for the MA37.
The touchscreen features

An intuitive user interface with a easy to use menu and structured user navigation makes the MA160 one of the easiest to use moisture analyzers on the market today. Sartorius designed the MA37/MA160 with a "capacitive touchscreen" similar to your smartphone. Beware there is a huge difference in "capacitive touchscreen" verses "resistive touchscreen" used by other moisture analyzer manufactures and if you want to see the difference check out this youtube video. Resistive touchscreen displays are not responsive to the slightest touch, require more pressure or a stylus, and the pixel resolution is typically less, out of focus, blurry, not crisp enough and dull. Want to see more watch our video on the Sartorius Secura (MA160 use the same display) verses the Ohaus Explorer Pro.

Watch this video below as we provide a general overview of what comes with the Sartorius MA160 moisture analyzer. We cover the user manual and the abundance of information contained in the manual and the step by step instructions the user manual offers. This colored manual depicts numerous screenshots of the touchscreen display and just what each icon activates.

You will see the included aluminum disposable moisture pans and filter pads that come standard with the Sartorius MA160. See how the Sartorius' exclusive pan tong works and is the ultimate tool for removing the aluminum moisture sample pan that is typical hot after running a moisture determination test.

We take apart the Sartorius MA160 moisture balance to show you just how easy it is to dismantle and clean. The ergonomic BetterClean design that takes the effort out of cleaning and the sample chamber plate, hood and pan support are dishwasher safe.

Get a close up look at the AURI infrared heating element that outputs up to 600 watts of drying power. No all heating elements are the same and the MA160 uses a special alloy mix for the metal tubular heating element to create 600W of drying. This video is a must see.
The display offers a visual weighing capacity aid
weighing capacity display
Target value
percent moisture target value
Display of the moisture drying curve
moisture analysis drying curve
Sartorius designed the MA160 moisture balance with a great display that is intuitive and simple to use.
Method development - in 3 easy steps
If you are performing moisture analysis on lots of different samples we recommend you purchase the MA160 since only the MA160 has "Method Development Assistant" software.
Moisture Balance Method Development
MA160 includes a "standard method" to start
Software assistant to simplify the new method development  
Interview session, method test cycle, release of the new method  
Structure user navigation  
File Management (Only available on MA160, NOT available on MA37
You can open the data exported to the SD card as XML files with a browser and view it there. The file is then displayed in table format in the browser
Moisture Balance Method Development
You can define the sort order of the created methods in the menu and export the created methods to or import them from an SD card
Create a data backup of all settings to the SD card in the "Data Backup" function.  
You can predefine up to 100 separate methods with the MA160 and these parameters are saved to non volatile memory. You can export these methods to the SD card and then import them to another MA160 if you have multiple MA160 in your lab or other corporate locations.  
Moisture Analyzer Sartorius MA37
Moisture Analysis in Minutes Not Hours.

MA160 Moisture Analyzer sets a new benchmark in compact moisture analysis. Designed with features that competitor brands can not offer. Sartorius MA160 moisture balance offers a maximum weighing capacity of 200g with 1mg or 0.01% resolution. Ideal for In-coming inspection, Production control/ at line, QC laboratory tests or R&D laboratory analysis. The MA160 moisture analyzer produces GLP compliant printouts and can easily be connected to a PC for data collection.

The compact, space saving design is complemented by an easy to read touch screen with Sartorius graphical user interface and a manual flip up cover which opens wide for easy access to the chamber.  Performance functions and operating concept are geared toward a daily routine process such as repetitive QC monitoring of samples, as performed during in-process control and incoming goods inspection.

Sartorius MA160 conforms to FDA requirements. 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, since if glass breaks it would create a hazard and could fall into the food.

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 MA160 will analyze it - wherever you need to obtain fast and reliable moisture analysis results.
Moisture analysis for quality control
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.
solids determination machine

The moisture pans are from oil free weighing aluminum pans and provide even temperature across the pan.

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 MA160 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 MA160 moisture analyzer.

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 MA160 Moisture Balance
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(select the model & any of the options to the right and then the "BUY HERE" image)
Sartorius Moisture Analysis
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 (S&H additional for accessories)
YDP40 Thermo Direct Printer $850.00
YDP30 Thermo Printer $1325.00
Sartorius ReproEasy Performance Test Pad $70.00
Sample tong $177.00
YCC03-D09 Data output Mini USB > RS232-9 pin $55.00
YCC04-D09 Cable USB Mini-B > USB A-Type $55.00
100g ASTM Class 2 (± 0.50 mg) with NO Cert $72.00
100g ASTM Class 1 (± 0.25 mg) with NO Cert $92.00
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


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 -38°C or MEK -4°C should not be used with the Sartorius MA160 Moisture Determination 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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