Using Chillers to Help Make Pasta

Pasta – A staple in Italian cuisine that can be found in almost every household. It is a food that carries memories and conveys emotions.


Pasta is a noodle that is made from water and flour (eggs and other ingredients can be added for various flavors) – it has a simple composition, but the process requires a lot of love and patience. Pasta is classified under two broad categories: dried and fresh – from there it is classified by various shapes, sizes, flavors and ingredients.

In the United States, there has been an increase in buying trends for ready-made meals and easy to prepare foods. Dried pasta falls under both categories, but also has a strong nutritional composition – containing various vitamins and nutrients. Pasta takes many different shapes and sizes. Making dried pasta is a delicate process, it can easily tear and get ruined.  Ingredients are first mixed, extruded and dried, then taken to be packaged and shipped – all important steps into delivering a sought-after product.

Variety of types and shapes of dry pasta

An important manufacturing step in the dried pasta making process is the use of an extruder.Pfannenbergs’ packaged chillers are an ideal solution for the temperature regulation in this process. At the extrusion phase the pasta is given it’s distinct shape and size. This is the step in the process that classifies the pasta style, from angel hair and bow tie to lasagna and spaghetti.  Depending on the type of pasta that is desired, the dough is either pushed through dies or rolled out and cut.  Many types of dried pasta are commercially reproduced through this extrusion process.

The extrusion machine can mass produce large amounts of pasta to be dried. As the pasta enters the extruder it is approximately 95 °F (35 °C). As the pasta is pressed through the extruder there is an increase in the product temperature due to the friction of the pasta being forced out. A chiller is used to cool the water jacket built within the extruder to maintain an ideal exit temperature of 115 °F (45 °C). Anything warmer than this leads to a different consistency and risk of damage to the product.

Our Pfannenberg CC chiller series are used for this extrusion process globally. It’s compact design, ease of use and durability allows for integration within the OEM equipment.

We would all love to make our own fresh pasta at home, but with today’s busy lifestyle having a box of dried pasta in your cupboard is a staple for a quick meal.  Next time you cook your pasta in a pot of hot boiling water, remember its the cooling needed in the process to help make this delicious meal possible.


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Fire and Gas Alarm Notification Appliances for Large, Noisy Industrial Facilities

Pfannenberg released its new Fire and Gas Signaling flyer to highlight industrial safety with the best signaling solutions

Louder Horns and Brighter Strobe Lights offer Better Warning and Greater Effective Coverage Area

When mass notification is needed for large, noisy industrial facilities, it is important to understand the ability of a notification appliance to be perceived through the high ambient noise conditions within the building as well as the hearing protection that may be in use.

This flyer highlights the features of Pfannenberg’s sounders and combination strobe sounders that excel at providing the louder, brighter signals needed to comply with NFPA and OSHA recommendations for industrial hazard warning.

Additionally, data is presented which characterizes the notification appliance’s ability (or inability) to effectively warn throughout the entire intended coverage area.

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Pfannenberg is a global manufacturer of products and solutions developed to keep critical plant operations online and personnel safe.

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Protecting Man, Machine and the Environment… since 1954.

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Indication, Warning & Alarm Solutions for Food & Beverage Applications

Robust, field-proven, visual and audible devices for alarm, warning, and indication

Signaling confusion throughout many manufacturing facilities is a big problem. At the plant level, many OEM machines have the proper alarms, but they only emit a couple of tones and optional visual alerts, making it difficult to determine which machine had an event or why the alarm was triggered.

Pfannenberg’s visual and acoustic signaling devices can easily be installed on existing systems. Satisfying numerous alarm, warning, and indication requirements, including: machinery operating status, process monitoring, system startup, and building or area evacuation due to fire, toxic gas leak, spills, or intruder alert. With robust construction, up to 80 tones and the ability to withstand severe environments these devices are ideal for the state and federal safety requirements that companies need to obey.

Pfannenberg’s Signaling Technology: Protecting Man, Machine, and the Environment.

Typical Applications:

  • Machinery Startup Indicator
  • Heavy Equipment Movement Alarm
  • Machinery Malfunction Alarm
  • Process Upset
  • Evacuation Sounder
  • Gas Leak
  • Industrial Fire Alarms

Warn operators and employees anywhere of danger, accidents or technical faults – increase facility safety and reduce risks.  Process interruption indication lights alert personnel of machine/line status, minimizing costly downtime. Combination of audible/visual signals provide warning on noisy or busy production lines.


Pfannenberg industrial alarms with visual and audible notifications come with a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment.

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Control Enclosure Temperatures in a Food & Beverage Manufacturing Plant


Controlling enclosure temperature is crucial in the food and beverage industry.  If the temperature is too warm or too cold, condensation and higher risks of contamination arises. 

Pfannenberg’s Heaters, Thermostats & Hygrostats detect and keep ambient conditions above dew point to avoid the harmful effects of condensation on your electronics and products. They can be used as standalone or in partnership with our other Thermal Management solutions specifically our Filterfan® and Cooling Unit product lines.

  • Thermostats are used for alarming, fan control and heater control
  • Hygrostats can control humidity levels within enclosure when used with small heaters
  • Heaters are available for cabinets in cold storage areas as well as for condensate management

For over 60 years, Pfannenberg has been helping to cool and maintain temperatures for your electronics.


 

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Pfannenberg’s Custom Chillers Deliver Liquid Cooling for Chemical Synthesis Reactor


Pfannenberg fits chiller into confined space within a packaged Ferrator® targeted for water and wastewater treatment in third world countries.

In their quest to develop an affordable Ferrate synthesis system, Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC of Orlando turned to Pfannenberg for help with developing a liquid cooling solution for a small, cabinet based system. While already using Pfannenberg chillers for larger, trailer-based Ferrate synthesis systems, standard packaged chillers were capable of integrating seamlessly within the concept of the self-contained cabinet-based Ferrator system. The “Packaged Ferrator®”  overcomes the obstacles and high cost of using Ferrate, a highly potent oxidizing disinfectant for water and wastewater treatment. The portable Ferrate sythesis system is a game changer for delivering effective treatment for remote locations in underdeveloped nations.

The Treatment or “Cleansing” of Water Takes on Two Primary Requirements:

  • eliminating contamination within acquired water prior to using or drinking (potable water)
  • eliminating contamination within used water prior to its release back to the environment (waste water).

For both requirements, an element of cleansing involves disinfection which can be accomplished by several methods intended to kill, remove, or oxidize the contamination. Techniques include mechanical separation such as filtering and reverse osmosis; exposure to ultraviolet light and radiation; and the addition of chemicals such as chlorine or ozone, and now Ferrate. Each technique has its own advantages, disadvantages, effective cost ratio, and ability to scale up in order to treat the affected volume of water.

Oxidation is a process which causes chemical decomposition as well as breakdown of both organic and non-organic substances and is vital for the removal of contamination from water. As a chemical additive, Ferrate possesses extraordinary oxidation capabilities, however, it has historically been quite expensive to manufacture, which has limited its use primarily to laboratory research applications.

Luke Daly, CEO of Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC with the packaged Ferrator system

Attempts to produce economical and commercially viable quantities of Ferrate had seen limited success until Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC of Orlando (FTT) changed the game by creating a streamlined synthesis process and point-of-use production device. By eliminating storage, handling, and transportation costs associated with a pre-packaged product, FTT has cut Ferrate deployment costs by more than 85%.

The breakthrough device is called a Ferrator, initially available as a trailer or skid mounted system with various capacities targeted for water treatment applications in rural areas. The Ferrator is suitable for a variety of applications including municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, drinking water, ship ballast water, and environmental water restoration.

Ferrate is highly effective for oxidation, disinfection, coagulation, de-watering, and deodorizing. Ferrate treatment removes phosphates and heavy metals; kills spores, bacteria, viruses and protozoa; removes colors and odors; and its by products are nontoxic.


Composition of the Ferrator

The Ferrator synthesizes Ferrate on-site from three raw ingredients: iron, bleach, and caustic, which are pumped to a homogenizer and reaction chamber. The final product is a liquid which is stored in a tank. Both the reaction and storage areas require cooling, which is provided by Pfannenberg chillers.

When FTT encountered problems with units from another manufacturer they contacted Pfannenberg to provide EB 150 chillers for skid-based systems.

Due to their successful experience with Pfannenberg chillers for system based electrical enclosure cooling, FTT turned to Pfannenberg once again for assistance with a project that required a chiller to fit in a smaller scale Ferrator system into an enclosure. Initially, a CC 6301 packaged chiller was used successfully; however, new design criteria required further miniaturization and this standard packaged chiller would no longer fit. The Pfannenberg engineering team went to work on designing, building, and delivering and open frame unit based on the CC 6301 that could fit within the confines of the small Ferrator enclosure.

” Without Pfannenberg’s cooperation, full support and timely expertise, FTT could never have achieved this historic build for a major philanthropic foundation that is committed to improving the lives of impoverished people in developing countries.” -Luke Daly, CEO (Ferrate Treatment Technologies, LLC)

The small scale Ferrator is targeted for use in third world areas for the treatment of human wastewater and drinking water. Here, the efficiency of the self-contained system will permit water purification in remote areas in which there are no sewer systems, water distribution systems, or central water treatment facilities. The small size of the Ferrator permits it to be readily transported to such remote areas and even be used as a portable device for use at multiple locations. The goal is not only to reduce the adverse effects of discharging untreated wastewater to the environment, but also improve human health by reducing contamination in water available for drinking.


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Pfannenberg’s Process Chillers Meet the Most Demanding Food & Beverage Applications


Pfannenberg Liquid Solutions – Now That’s Cool™

Designed for today’s food-processing environment, EB Series  and CC Series Chillers feature stainless steel pumps and evaporators, non-ferrous water circuits, and a polyester-epoxy blend powder-coat finish.  Stainless steel or aluminum casing panels are available.  Our outdoor-rated construction provides flexibility for remote installation requirements.

EB Series:

  • In recirculated cooling loop applications, our unique combination of thermal storage and refrigerant gas bypass technologies allows operational flexibility.
  • Refrigerant capacity control reduces thermal storage volume resulting in a smaller footprint, lower operating weight, and lower coolant costs.
  • Supply water temperature stability is easily achievable for close tolerance applications and higher energy efficiency.
  • Once-through configurations are also available for cooling water, liquid ingredients or products prior to packaging. This arrangement features FDA recommended liquid contact surface materials and optional CIP connections for easy maintenance.
  • NEMA 4, UL-listed control panels and state-of-the-art microprocessor based controllers are standard equipment providing safety, ease of use and service.
  • Options include remote control and communication systems, casters for portability, and status signal lighting.

CC Series:

  • Hermetic compressor with R-134a refrigerant.
  • Peripheral pump with a wide flow & pressure range.
  • Stainless steel brazed plate evaporator.
  • Non-ferrous coolant circuit.
  • Hinged front panel allows full access to interior for service.
  • Microprocessor-based electronic controller.
  • UL & CE approvals.

Generous evaporator and condenser heat transfer surfaces maximizes efficiency and tolerance to fouling to provide low operating costs and trouble-free operation – even in the most demanding food and beverage environments.

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Cooling Food & Beverage Applications with Pfannenberg’s DTS/DTT Series

Innovative, Efficient, Reliable

Whether in washdown locations or control rooms, the DTS Series key internal electronics are positioned away from potentially moist and/or caustic air in food and beverage applications.  The wide condenser fin spacing allows for filterless and maintenance-free operation.  The stainless steel units have an epoxy coating on all exposed copper tubing to compliment the electrostatically-coated condensers. The fans are conformal coated, backward curve impellers that have a standard life of 55,000+ hours, providing the longest life and best air flow in their class.

DTS Series Cooling Units

  • Active condensate management utilizes a PTC heater which eliminates the need for drain line.
  • NEMA Type 4/4X 304 Stainless Steel with #3 polish to repel contaminants in food grade applications and to provide for easy washdown.
  • High Temperature models can operate in ambient temperature models can operate in ambient temperatures up to 140° F (60° C), ideal near industrial ovens or baking lines.
  • Optional cover to protect fan if used in washdown or in high dust/debris areas.

DTT Series Top Mount Cooling Units

  • DTT Series Units provide convenient top mount cooling while eliminating the danger of condensate entering cabinets.
  • Innovative service panel design provides easy to change filters, controls and fuses, decreasing service time and allowing filters to be changed without downtime.
  • Product variety: multiple performance levels available.
  • Easy mounting: quick release mounting frame and quick mount design.

By keeping electronics in enclosures from overheating, Pfannenberg provides an invaluable service to companies, keeping their machinery and processes consistently operating.  By developing and producing products which are designed to save energy and other resources, Pfannenberg operates by their business philosophy – Protecting man, machine and the environment


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PATROL horn with strobe

Pfannenberg’s PATROL & PYRA Industrial Alarms – Effective, Customizable & Easy to Install Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg’s PATROL Sounders and PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights: Technically Advanced Signaling Devices for Safety Alarm Requirements

Pfannenberg’s industrial visual and audible signaling devices are the best solution for many applications worldwide. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by each alarm, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economicalwhile ensuring industrial safety.

Pfannenberg’s PATROL and PYRA visual/audible alarms offer extensive certifications including UL, GL and CE in support of worldwide requirements. They also include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment:

PATROL Sounders – versatile audible alarms:

  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install
  • Can be surface-mounted or flush-mounted.

PATROL Flashing Sounders – combined audible and visual alarms:

  • Enhance safety with alarms that are seen and heard.
  • Utilize flashing strobes with higher energy/visibility.
  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different events
  • Separate control of horns and strobes
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PYRA Flashing Strobe Beacons – the versatile visual alarm:

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°.
  • Surface or flush/panel installation.
  • Mounts on top of metal conduit with standard 1/2 NPT compression fitting.
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

Pfannenberg’s design excellence for its Signaling Solutions is internationally recognized and has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award in 2013 for PATROL and in 2015 for PYRA-MA.

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Pfannenberg Food & Beverage Applications: Air/Water Heat Exchangers

The Complete Liquid-Cooled Solution for F&B Industrial Control Enclosures

For over 50 years Pfannenberg has been a leader in thermal management solutions.  From simple Fan Cooling and Packaged Air Conditioners to more complex water cooled applications, our expertise helps ensure industrial electronics operate at peak efficiency and extended service life.

Pfannenberg’s Air/Water Heat Exchangers offer a solutions to fix your thermal management problems in washdown areas of the plant or areas with high amounts of particulate . The sealed cabinet provides contaminant-free component cooling without adding heat to the local environment.  It provides an excellent economic solution where plant water is available or when used in conjunction with a process chiller.  It’s sealed design and available stainless steel, NEMA Type 4/4X construction provides a maintenance free solution with no exposed fans or maintenance of filters required.

Typical Food and Beverage Applications:

  • Ingredient Mixers
  • Product Cooling/Drying
  • Packaging Automation Equipment
  • Inspection Machines
  • Oven Controls

For applications which require local enclosure cooling using a remotely located source of refrigeration, PWS Series Air/Water Heat Exchangers provide the perfect solution.  Paired with our CC or  EB Series Chillers, the air/water heat exchanger provides a total cooling solution that manages process and/or control enclosure heat gain and effectively removes it from the processing area.  Single source responsibility for the complete system ensures properly matched components that are engineered to work together – and to provide a custom fit to the most complex food processing equipment.


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Filterfans® – Essential to Food and Beverage Applications


Pfannenberg’s Filterfans® –  “Trust in the Original”

Proper cooling is essential for temperature regulation for the electronics used in a food and beverage facility.

Pfannenberg’s Filterfans® incorporate modern louvers which enable maximal airflow, hold back dust/flour and water particles, protect the filter medium from damage and can be integrated into the design of the application. Filterfans are an ideal cooling solution when the ambient air is always lower than the temperature required in the electrical enclosure. This assists the natural convection of the air and avoids hot spots within the enclosure.

Pfannenberg is the inventor of the Filterfan®, with 50 years of experience and continuous development. 


Why Choose Pfannenberg’s Filterfans®

  • Reduced Energy Consumption – More air, less power consumption
  • NEMA Type Protection – Closed frame prevents unfiltered air from passing
  • Patented Tool-Less 4 Corner Fastening System – Possible to install in seconds
  • Aesthetically Pleasing Design Using Neutral Colors – Prefect harmony of colors with modern machines and plants
  • Highest System Airflow in Industry – Via optimized louvres
  • 300% Longer Service Time via Patented Fluted Filter Mat – This saves time and money

These time-tested products can be seamlessly incorporated into even the most demanding food and beverage processing or packaging applications.

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