Though there are many different processes for tanning various types of leather, one constant is that tanneries must control the moisture content of leather products from initial curing to the final application of tanning solutions.
Tanners can prevent damage to hides by maintaining the optimal moisture content of leather at key phases of the tanning process. Over-drying a hide can lead to cracking while under-drying can lead to bacterial growth and rot. By using a quality moisture meter optimizes for leather, tanners can know with certainty if their hides will be ready for the next step of the process.
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