There is more than sorting for good selection for quality control in the hazelnut production.
An important aspect to make sure the highest quality is obtained is controlling the levels of moisture.
Keeping a steady level of moisture in the production of hazelnut helps to ensure the product is not too wet or too dry.
Only in this way the taste will be the one expected!
This way, the producer can provide a high-quality product while being highly profitable, and the food processing industries will be able to obtain hazelnuts with adequate properties to make delicious end products.
How is controlling the levels of moisture in the hazelnut production possible?
There are different things a producer must do to achieve and maintain those desired levels of moisture.
A common practice among hazelnut producers is to have a quality control lab where the levels of moisture are measured by means of a moisture meter, more specifically a grain moisture meter like our SA7825G model.
Measuring the moisture accurately allows the producer to determine the relative humidity (RH) in percent values. These values can then be compared with the quality standards to make sure the product has the desired moisture level.
Sarilar Dis Tic Ltd Sti is a Turkish company devoted to providing their customers with the highest quality hazelnuts.
To accomplish that mission, they have evolved from a simple unprocessed hazelnut trading business into a high-tech processed hazelnut manufacturer. Their current factory is capable of selecting, calibrating and cracking the nuts without any human hands involved.
By the end of January 2020, a group from SAMA Tools Group was able to visit the factory and see first-hand the whole production process. Emre Sari, our contact within the company and owner’s family member, proudly gave us a tour to show us how they work.
Of course, as part of their facilities they have a quality control lab. In their lab, they take care of their hazelnuts with size ranges of 9 – 11 mm., 11 – 13 mm., and 13 – 15 mm.
To guarantee the quality of their hazelnuts they apply moisture control relying on our grain moisture meter SA7825G.
Apart from trusting SAMA tools to control the moisture and quality of their hazelnuts, Sarilar has taken the role of a supplier, providing grain moisture meters SA7825G to their customers so they can use it on controlling their quality of their final products.
6 benefits of monitoring the humidity in hazelnut production.
At this point, it is clear that controlling the level of moisture of the hazelnuts is significantly important for the quality of the product.
Now, the question is how is the quality of a hazelnut affected by having the wrong moisture levels. And this can be easily explained by the following benefits that are also obtained when the levels are controlled:
- Bacteria and other sanity issues are avoided.
- Reduced waste.
- Lower configuration time required.
- Reduced energy consumption.
- Downtime reduction.
- Quality certified product.
Therefore, we can conclude that having the wrong moisture levels would make Sarilar and its customers less efficient and less profitable while having a product with a lower quality. This could also result in a reduced competitiveness and possible loss of reputation, hence the importance of having accurate moisture measures.
SAMA Tools Grain Moisture Meter: The solution
Saralir has chosen our grain moisture meter, the SA7825G model, because it offers them and its customers the possibility to perform a non-destructive test to measure the relative humidity on hazelnuts.
The instrument, however, is able to determine relative humidity on many other grains including rice, coffee, cocoa, linseed, peas, semolina, barley, clover, grain, flour, beans, wheat and sunflower seed.
This makes it a great solution for the customers in the food industry who process different raw materials.
In addition, the test complies with the highest standards, having the following characteristics:
- Simplicity – this test does not require the operator to have a lot of experience. Almost anyone can perform it.
- High accuracy – the difference between a hazelnut cracking because it is too dry or containing to much water is very small.
- Verifiability – as it can be calibrated and compared to any standard.
Regarding the final characteristic, we provide a calibration service which includes laboratory test reports and/or ACCREDIA calibration certificates for our own instruments or equipment already possessed by our customers.
You can learn more about this service by clicking here.
Apart from moisture meters, we offer a wide variety of non-destructive testing tools for different purposes.
Because our mission is to support our customers in their quality control activities, we strive to provide them with the best solutions to cover their needs.
Sarilar is a good example that customer’s satisfaction is our main goal, and we would be more than happy to see you becoming one of them.
So, if you need help with moisture measure and control, or would like advice on the best instrument for your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our technical department.
You can call us at 0584/392342 – 0584/392453 or, alternatively, fill in the online form to contact us in writing or book an appointment for a video meeting with us!