Metso’s biomass moisture analyzer wins esteemed iF design award

Biomass Moisture Analyzer (Source: Metso)

Helsinki, Finland — Metso’s biomass moisture analyzer has received the esteemed iF design award in one of the world’s top product design competitions. The jury recognized the product for its design quality, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, safety and branding, among others. „The design features competitive and easy-to-use fuel moisture measuring equipment coupled with a user interface that can be used in multiple surroundings,“ says Arvo Rahikkala, Business Manager, Power and Minerals, Automation, Metso.

With Metso MR Moisture Analyzer, it is possible to accurately measure the moisture content of virtually any bulk material, such as wood-based samples (whole-tree chips, forest residue chips, peat), annual fibers (straw, grains, willow), minerals and sludge, regardless of the material quality or particle size. The fast and reliable moisture measurement is applicable to pulp and paper mills, minerals processing plants as well as power plants to optimize their operations.

More accuracy, less effort and lower costs

„Improved moisture analyzing technology brings significant benefits, for example, to biofuel power plants where fuel moisture is the main property measured. By measuring moisture more accurately, power plants can more accurately determine the true heat value and heat value based price of incoming biofuel,“ Arvo Rahikkala points out. „This is key to evaluate its true energy content and value in order to optimize boiler operation for enhanced productivity.“

Compared with conventional oven drying that requires both resources and time to provide accurate results, Metso MR Moisture enables power producers to attain a fast and reliable moisture measurement with less effort and lower costs. Metso MR Moisture is the first industrial moisture measurement application utilizing magnetic resonance technology to measure the water content by measuring hydrogen atoms from free water molecules.

Metso wins other iF design awards, too

In addition to the biomass moisture analyzer, the Metso Lokotrack LT106 mobile crushing plant and Metso’s EtaCut II scrap shear for crushing heavy mixed and demolition scrap, along with the EtaShred ZZ shredder, received prestigious iF design 2014 awards.

This year’s iF design competition had over 3,200 entries in 17 categories to showcase outstanding achievements in product design. The awards were presented in Munich, Germany, on February 28, 2014.

With a 60-year history, the iF design award is regarded as one of the most important product design competitions worldwide. The award mirrors both current trends in design and the economic benefits delivered by well-designed products.

More about the iF design award can be found at

Source: Metso / Eibis International