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.
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.
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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.
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)
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)
Sartorius MA150 moisture analyzer with glass panels shown above and
image to the right shows Sartorius MA150 with metal panels.
FDA requirements with metal panels in place of glass window panels.
Unit with metal panels meets FDA/ HACCP regulations (no glass allowed in
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
Field-proven, manual flip-up cover
Optional Sartorius Printer provides GLP/GMP printouts. ISO /
We always recommend people purchase moisture
pans that are oil free Aluminum and provide even
temperature across the pan. If you ever need
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
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.
"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.
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
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 balancesshould 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
MA-150 Moisture Balance and maybe you should look at Karl Fisher as an
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
***WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE MA150 FOR PLASTIC APPLICATIONS OR FOR TESTING PLASTIC OR NYLON OR RESIN SAMPLES. PLEASE GIVE US A CALL AT 978-521-7095 AND WE CAN OFFER YOU OTHER MODELS NOT SHOWN ON OUR SITE***