• Publication Date: 04/01/2005
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  • Article Type: Case Histories
  • Subjects: Drying
A company installs a flat-plate moisture sensor in a process line's belt dryer to achieve and maintain a more uniform moisture content in pecan kernels.

If you’ve ever had a warm piece of pecan pie, then you know how good pecans taste. But have you wondered about the process that removes the shells so you can enjoy them without breaking your teeth? If you have, then you might want to take your next vacation in Las Cruces, N.M., where Young Pecan Co. operates a plant that shells, packages, and ships pecans to major food manufacturers who use them to make finished products. Don’t forget to ask about the new moisture sensor the company recently installed in the process line’s belt dryer to reduce production costs and improve the process line’s efficiency.

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