Please note this option is not suitable for aggregates, please contact us for an alternative option on 1300 737 871 (NZ 0800 737 871).
The MPKit is a portable soil moisture sensor that enables rapid sampling of Volumetric Soil Water Content (VSW%). The MP406 is inserted to the required
depth of measurement and the moisture content is read out on the display of the MPM160 meter. The readings are also stored for later recall or
download to a computer.
- MP406 Moisture Probe: Rapidly measures the soil moisture by pushing the needles of the sensor into the soil surface or the soil profile in an augered
hole. The needles are welded to the body and will not break.
- The MPM160: It is especially designed for use with MP406 Moisture Probe. It provides the power to the MP406 Moisture Probe for the reading and display
of MP406 measurements. The measurements are displayed directly in both raw mV and calibrated Volumetric Soil Water Content (VSW%).
- MPExt Rod: Consists of a pair of chrome extension rods. Each rod is 35 cm long enabling measurement of soil moisture to 70 cm depth in the soil profile.
One rod connects to the MP406 and the other has a “T” handle. Additional 35cm extension rods are available upon request.
- MP Case: Made of high quality aluminium with strong foam cutout. The case carries the MP406, MPM160 and MPExt Rod.
MP406 Soil Moisture Probe features:
The MP406 can be used to measure the soil moisture for scientific research or irrigation management. In either situation the MP406 can:
- Rapidly measure soil moisture by pushing the needles of the sensor into the soil surface or soil profile.
- The MPKit is a very suitable substitute for the Neutron Probe for irrigation scheduling.
- Control irrigation by permanently burying the MP406 and connecting it into an irrigation controller with industry standard 4-20mA interface.
- The MP406 Moisture Probe can also be used to measure the moisture content in many materials such as soil and materials used in roadway and building
Theory of Operation:
The MP406 has a high frequency moisture detector, which uses the standing wave principle to indicate the ratio of two or more substances forming a
body of material, each substance having a different dielectric constant (Ka). The moisture measurement of the material is based upon the fact that
in a water:soil:air matrix, the dielectric constant is dominated by the amount of water present. Then the soil water content can be measured exactly
because changes in water content of the soil result in changes in the dielectric constant of the soil.
- Measurement Range: 0 to 100 VSW% (Volumetric Soil Water %)
- Accuracy: 1 VSW% after calibration to a specific soil type, or 5 VSW% using the supplied generic soil calibration
- Response Time: Less than 0.5 seconds
- Stabilization Time: 3 seconds approximately from power-up
- Environment: Environmentally sealed, can be permanently buried in the soil.
- Analogue input signal range: 0 to 1200 mV
- Resolution: 0.1 VSW%
- Display: 1 line 16 character LCD which displays battery status, reading number, raw mV and calibrated VSW%
- Keys:Light touch, field rugged keyboard; Double sided READ key for easy right or left single-handed field use
- Memory: 510 Readings
- E2PROM data storage so data will not be lost if battery is replaced
- Download Cable: Industry standard RS232 communication 9 pin female connector with supplied download cable; Serial to USB
- Total Length: 215 mm
- Needle Length: 60 mm
- Needle Diameter: 4 mm
- Needle Separation: 14 mm
- Needles: Stainless Steel
- Exterior: ABS Plastic
- Cable: 4.5 m Standard
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