Wenger produces its 600th preconditioner
Wenger Manufacturing recently announced the production of the 600th DDC
(Differential Diameter Cylinder) Preconditioner to come off the Wenger assembly
line since the product was patented and introduced in 1987.
The Wenger DDC Preconditioner has a compact design for ease of retrofit; easy
access for sanitation and inspection; uniform processing; enhanced flavor
development; constant speed; high starch gelatinization values achieved for
maximum extrusion rates and extended life of extruder parts; high mixing
intensity; no product build-up on paddles; and optimal mixing.
to LaVon Wenger, president of the company, "The DDC has been incredibly
successful because it offers such uncompromised pre-moistening and preheating of
the dry recipes ahead of the extruder barrel. One marker of its success has been
the fact that this has been one of the most copied patents that we've owned."
Sizes range from 56 liters to 3,060 liters which can process meal
throughputs ranging from 50 – 24,000 kg/hr. Retention time of the recipe in the
DDC Preconditioner can be controlled from as little as 30 seconds to as long as
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