Hops Moisture Monitoring

The WECO HopTek moisture monitoring system provides real-time moisture readings during the drying process. Once the drying floor is filled with hops and the burner/fan kiln system turned on, the HopTek system starts providing real-time moisture levels on a touch-screen system mounted in the kiln facility. Simply input your desired moisture level, and the system’s hops moisture meter automatically indicates when that level is reached.

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HopTek Moisture Monitoring Technology

WECO’s moisture monitoring technology uses a combination of proprietary software and custom-printed circuit boards to measure the electrical properties of the hops. Then, we use the measured electrical properties in conjunction with a product-specific calibration to determine the moisture. The result is an average moisture reading across the entire sensor plate area.

The advantages of our HopTek technology include:

  • Reduced labor due to the elimination of sample taking
  • Consistent drying that results in increased product weight and revenue
  • Reduced energy costs from less accidental over-drying
  • Logged drying data for future use or external enterprise resource planning (ERP)
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HopTek History

The HopTek system was adapted from walnut industry equipment because the two industries share many of the same kiln-based drying systems. Over the past 10+ years, WECO has continuously added innovations to our moisture monitoring technology, and hundreds of our systems are currently in operation throughout North and South America.