Pasta Dies

Pasta Dies

Industrial pasta machines produce noodles by extruding dough through a dye the dye has holes in it which are shaped to produce a specific type of pasta as the dough comes through the holes in a continuous stream a knife cuts the pasta to the correct length this industrial pasta dye produces fusilli up to one and a half tons of it per hour and this is just a mid-sized dye the largest ones can produce four tons of pasta per hour the dye block is made of a bronze aluminum alloy a computer-guided machine drills holes for inserts through which the pasta dough will be extruded the front of the block is then chrome-plated to protect against the sharp knife the cuts the extruded pasta off to die the next step is to make inserts that go in the holes in the block an.

Insert is comprised of male and female parts and a non-state plastic lining a computer-guided mill cuts the linings from a plate of nonstick plastic another computer-guided mill machines the female part of the inserts in a more than quarter of an inch thick brass plate then a worker places aligning in each female part he taps it into position with the mallet and punch the plate then goes back on the mill which cuts an extrusion slot in the lining the slot shape determines the pasta shape Amil machines the male part of the inserts in another brass plate a worker detaches the male parts from the plate with a punch and mallet he detaches the lined female parts the same way then he assembles the male and female parts by forcing one onto the other with the help of a steel punch he finishes the dye insert by cutting off the protruding excess plastic with a blade so that the lining is flush with the top the factory makes dye inserts in thousands of different.

Shapes some standard others in the clients custom made pasta shape this computer-guided lathe makes brass locking rings which will secure the inserts in the block now final assembly begins a worker places the block facedown and from the back drops an insert top first into each hole next he places a locking ring in each hole then with a hydraulic press and punch he forces down each locking ring to within approximately one millimeter of the insert underneath in this position the ring holds the insert in the hole but doesn’t prevent it from spinning within the hole the next step is to adjust the inserts to make their orientation uniform he inserts a pin into each insert slot then he rotates the pin to rotate the insert once the insert orientation is correct he forces the locking ring down all the way to immobilize the insert once he has all the inserts oriented the same way he sands the chrome-plated front of the die first with a medium.

Grit disc then with a fine grit sandpaper the die surface must be smooth as silk for the knife to slice off the extruded pasta cleanly he verifies the width of every extrusion slot with a gauge this ensures every piece of pasta will be the correct thickness then on the back of the finish die he stamps the manufacturer’s name the die is ready to be mounted on an industrial machine that extrudes dough into perfectly shaped ready to boil pasta.