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odrikez
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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013, 2:18am
Subject: Isomac Mondiale PID
 

Hello,

I just noticed that there was a new machine on the Isomac website. It is a PID version of the Mondiale. I've always wanted to install PID controller on my Zaffiro but for some reason I never quite took the plunge. It is interesting to me the fact that some companies are starting to install PID on their existing lines of products. Couldn't really find any review though. Does anyone had a chance to play with this Mondiale PID ?

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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 2:07am
Subject: Re: Isomac Mondiale PID
 

While your Zaffiro is a SBDU machine, which means installing a PID would really make sense, the Mondiale is an HX machine. So a PID isn't much more than expensive eye candy on it, put there for marketing reasons, simply because it's fashionable. The boiler being on steaming temperature, you cannot directly influence brewing temperature with the PID. It'll still be a matter of trial and error to get a specific temperature. It's cheaper to control brewing temperature by the length of the cooling flush, which can be done quite consistently. However, using a PID might be more comfortable than changing boiler pressure via pressostat, if you want to change boiler temperature.

 
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 6:40am
Subject: Re: Isomac Mondiale PID
 

Hi, yes, what he said!
The argument can also be made that a PID will last longer than a Pstat so the addition of the PID in place of the Pstat can be seen as an improvement in durability of the machine but it will not have an affect on the result in the cup.

Pretty much though, it is eye candy and a bow to the market in terms of "gee wiz" "features".

 
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 8:12am
Subject: Re: Isomac Mondiale PID
 

As I recall, BillC/La Marzocco did some testing and found a thermister+PID to be more accurate than a pressurestat.
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Posted Thu Dec 19, 2013, 9:25pm
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Jon, yes we did do quite a bit of testing.  The results were not only more accurate but also a faster response time.   The temp of the water vapor inside the boiler is proportional to the pressure.  The electronic temperature control was able to sense the temperature change faster than the pressure switch.  In a commercial setting with a separate steam boiler it improved performance about 20%.  Pretty important when you are serving a line out the door.

In the case of a HX machine there is not a huge improvement in performance.  The reason is when brewing the cold water entering the coffee boiler (HX part) cools the water in the steam boiler and the heating element is on at 100% to account for this.  The inefficiencies of a heat exchanger machine are too great to overcome with just an electronic temperature control (with PID Control).  It does remove a mechanical wearing part and also lowers overall power consumption however (mostly at idle state).  Additionally it does provide a bit more consistency in the heating process.


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