MC Mühlenchemie is reinforcing its 360° service for pasta makers with a technology upgrade. Its flour treatment experts have taken a new dryer into operation at the pasta lab in Ahrensburg, Germany. This enables simulation of industrial pasta production with almost 100 percent accuracy, so that pasta makers can test how different flour treatments and process parameters affect product quality under realistic condi-tions.
TEST PRODUCTION RUNS UNDER REALISTIC CONDITIONS
Pasta production is a complex process that depends on many factors. Adaptations to constantly changing conditions, like new consumer desires, different flours, and growing cost pressure, are unavoidable. In the development of new recipes and production processes, getting the theoretically predicted results in practice is a challenge. Tests at industrial scale are typically uneconomical, since they require large amounts of raw materials. The consequences are long, drawn-out development processes with high error and reject rates.
MC Mühlenchemie’s new pilot dryer simulates the conditions of a commercial pasta dryer, but at smaller scale. Unlike conventional la-boratory dryers, the system offers a dynamic environment that exactly replicates the process flow of industrial pasta fabrication.
INDIVIDUAL DRYING TIMES FOR OPTIMUM RESULTS
The new dryer is designed to be flexible for different kinds of pasta, and enables precise control of the drying process. An integrated scale monitors the drying curve in real time and supplies information on dry-ing progress. This data enables MC’s technologists to individually adjust parameters like temperature, moisture, airflow, and drying time, and so improve the quality and efficiency of production.
MC MUHLENCHEMIE CLOSES GAPS
In addition, the MC Mühlenchemie development team can adjust drying times to the specific requirements of their customers. Whether a short 100 minute drying time for short-cut pasta (penne, fusilli etc.) or a longer 180 minutes for long-cut pasta (spaghetti etc.), the new dryer can address these specifications and the drying equipment available to the customer, as well as to the processes used, from classic to modern. It can also simulate traditional drying times of six hours for customers who prefer traditional methods.
“This is an important addition to our pasta lab and part of our 360° service,” says Jana Russnak, Leader Pasta Applications at MC Müh-lenchemie. “With this innovative dryer from Fava, we can precisely replicate the specific conditions of any pasta production, and so get the best possible understanding of the interplay of raw material, ingredients, and production process. Thus, we close the gap between lab testing and real commercial production.”
PARTNERSHIP WITH FAVA
The dryer is one of a kind, and reflects the collaboration between MC Mühlenchemie and Fava S.p.A. The two companies exchange infor-mation as partners, and contribute their specific expertise in process technology, flour know-how, and an extensive understanding of ingre-dients, in order to develop innovative and optimum solutions for the pasta industry.