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Sartorius MA45 moisture balanceNot sure what Sartorius Moisture Balance is best for you?

The best way to approach this type of inquiry is as follows:

1. Sartorius has an on-line database of hundreds of samples that have been tested on Sartorius' Moisture Analyzers at www.sartorius.comYou can look up your sample online for the best model Sartorius Moisture Analyzer recommended for the application and the settings for the sample run.  The database provides technical information including initial sample weight, temperature setting, average analysis time and percent moisture for the particular sample.  A good example is coffee.

2. If you do not find your particular sample in the database, then you can receive a FREE Dry Run Test Kit.  With the Dry Run Kit, you simply send a sample to the Sartorius Applications Lab.  Call Sartorius directly at 631-254-4249 for your FREE Dry Run Test Kit and send it to Sartorius Corporation, 131 Heartland Boulevard, Edgewood, NY 11717.  Sartorius' lab will test your sample on different Sartorius Moisture Analyzer models and with different parameters to find the best unit and settings for your sample.  Sartorius has over 90% success with this technique!!!  It takes all the guess work away.

When these value added services are considered buying a Sartorius moisture analyzer is simple and convenient.

For more than 25 years, Sartorius has been a leading supplier of equipment for rapid gravimetric moisture analysis.  Throughout the world you'll find Sartorius Moisture Analyzers in Sewage Treatment Plants to determine percent solids for primary, secondary and tertiary processes, Food processing plants for determining moisture to yield the longest possible shelf life of your food product, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and hundreds of additional applications.

We always recommend people purchase moisture pans that are oil free Aluminum and provide even temperature across the pan.  If you ever need additional weighing 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 each test.

Glass 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 MA35 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 MA35 moisture analyzer.

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.
  Sartorius MA150 Sartorius MA150-FDA Sartorius MA35Sartorius MA35-FDA sartorius analyzer
Model MA150 MA150-FDA MA35 MA35-FDA MA100C MA100H
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More information More technical info & loads of images More info & loads of images More technical info & images
Weighing capacity 150 g 35 g 100 g
Accuracy of weighing system 1 mg 1 mg 0.1 mg
Readability 0.001 g / 0.01 % 0.001 g / 0.01 % 0.0001 g / 0.001 %
Repeatability (reproducibility), avg. (%)
initial sample weight > 1 g
± 0.2 % ± 0.2 % ± 0.1 %
Repeatability (reproducibility), avg. (%)
initial sample weight > 5 g
± 0.05 % ± 0.05 % ± 0.02 %
Temperature range 40 - 220°C 104 - 320 °F / 40 - 160 °C 30 - 200°C
Temperature control (±°C) 1°C increments 1°C increments 1°C increments
Heat source  Ceramic IR heating element CQR heater
(coiled quartz radiator)
Metal tubular-shaped heating elements (IR dark radiator) Ceramic IR heating element Halogen lamp
Timer settings 1 + 0.1 - 99 minutes 1 x 0.1- 99 minutes 3 x 0.1 - 999 min.
Analysis modes Fully automatic
Timer settings
Fully automatic, Timer settings Fully automatic
Timer settings
Asap® for parameter recognition
Timed mode + fully/semi-automatic
Access to sample chamber Hinged cover Hinged cover Motorized cover
Program Memories 20 1 30
Display modes % moisture
% dry weight (solids)
g residue
% moisture
% dry weight (solids)
g residue
% moisture
% dry weight (solids)
g residue
g/kg residue
mg weight loss
Calculated value (measured value x factor)
Data Interface RS-232 unidirectional (standard) RS-232C data transmission
to printer or a computer
RS-232 bi-directional (standard) / RS-485 (optional)
Data Printer Optional external Sartorius YDP03-0CE available Optional external Sartorius YDP03-0CE available Can be retrofitted in the housing - option YDP01MA
Calibration External Calibration - optional 100 gram ASTM Class 1 required External Calibration - 30 g Optional ASTM Class 1 required Built-in motorized calibration or external calibration with optional 50 gram ASTM Class 1
Meets FDA and HACCP regulations for no glass No - See Sartorius MA150-FDA Yes No - See Sartorius MA35-FDA Yes No - See Sartorius MA45-FDA
Pan Size (mm/inches) ø 90 mm / 3.5" ø 90 mm / 3.5" ø 90 mm / 3.5"
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H),inches
8.4" x 12.6" x 7.1"  8.8" x 14.4" x 7.5" 13.3" x 17.8" x 6.1"
Accessories Printer, MoistureConnect Data Transfer Software, Carrying case, Temperature Adjustment Kit, Disposable Aluminum Dishes
Warranty 2 years manufacturer's warranty
Weight (approx. lbs) 12.1 12.8 17.6
Download User Manual MA150.pdf MA35.pdf MA50_100.pdf
Warning - Moisture balances should 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 Series Moisture Balance and maybe you should look at Karl Fisher as an alternative.

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 your safety.

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