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PID Retrofit Kit for Rancilio Silvia with Pre-Infusion - White

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This PID controller kit is built with perfecting a single boiler machine in mind. With the addition of steam temperature control and extraction timer that can be programmed with pre-infusion, this PID can turn your Rancilio Silvia into a professionally consistent machine. The pre-infusion functionality injects water directly into the espresso grinds to saturate the coffee before actual extraction, ensuring far less variance when the pump flings into full motion.

The steam temperature control allows the boiler temperature to be held between a tighter range during frothing. User operation is the same as regular machine, so there isn't a lot of extra fiddling to figure this PID out. The added consistency is a welcome change, as the most common complaint we hear from Silvia owners is a lack of this consistency.

This kit fits all Silvia models, including the model made after 2009.

Please be aware that installing this on your Silvia will void any existing warranties.
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This PID controller kit is built with perfecting a single-boiler machine in mind. With the addition of steam temperature control and an extraction timer that can be programmed with pre-infusion, this PID can turn your Rancilio Silvia into a professionally consistent machine. The pre-infusion functionality injects water directly into the espresso grinds to saturate the coffee before actual extraction, ensuring far less variance when the pump flings into full motion.

The steam temperature control allows the boiler temperature to be held between a tighter range during frothing. User operation is the same as regular machine, so there isn't a lot of extra fiddling to figure this PID out. The added consistency is a welcome change, as the most common complaint we hear from Silvia owners is a lack of this consistency.

This kit fits all Silvia models, including the model made after 2009. However, if you have a model V1 or V2 made between 2000 and July 2006, the PID with screw sensor offers better performance.

Please be aware that installing this on your Silvia will void any existing warranties.

How the PID Retrofit Kit Works

Pre-infusion is achieved by pumping a small amount of water into the coffee grinds, then activating the pump for extraction following a few second delay. This will prevent abrupt high pressure on the coffee grinds that can create inconsistency. Overall, this unit takes quite a bit of the guesswork out of the process.

  • The extraction timer contains three segments: pre-infusion, soak, and brew. Each segment can be set with only .1 second variation.
  • When the ">" key is pressed, the controller starts the brewing sequence automatically.
  • The pump can be stopped at any time by pressing the ">" key a second time. This feature allows you to operate the brew pump manually, with the timer as a reference. User can also bypass the timer to use switch on the machine for manual controlling the brewing process.
  • The steam temperature control allows the boiler temperature to be held at tighter range during frothing.
  • User operation is the same as regular machine; no extra buttons are needed for frothing. When the steam switch is turned on, the on/off temperature of the heater is controlled with 1 degree (F or C), as compared with original thermostat's >10°C (or 20°F).
  • With this level of temperature control, you will no longer need to surf the temperature for frothing, because the heater will kick on much sooner than the original thermostat. The on/off temperature can also be adjusted by the user.
How Does it Compare?

Easier on the eyes, this PID now features white digits as opposed to the original red.

Model Number KIT-RSPba-W
Product Weight (lbs.) 0.6000
Material Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Auber Instruments

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PID Retrofit Kit for Rancilio Silvia with Pre-Infusion - White
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A shopper asked: I purchased the Auberins PID with infusion kit. On page 12 of instructions, after connection one end of the green wire of the controller box grounding wires to the boiler, where do you connect the other end with the loop? Please help asap!!!! Sep 3, 2014
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Dannie S: See page 21. You feed it through the front and attach it to the PID (later). It has been a while since I performed this installation but I am pretty sure that I am correct. Sep 3, 2014
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Eric B: I agree that it's not very clear in the instructions, but the loop is secured to the back of the controller box with one of the screws (see Figure 29). Sep 10, 2014
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Mahesh B: The other end of the loop gets installed on the controller box. As indicated on top of page 21, in the text before Figure 29. Sep 3, 2014
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Rui P: You connect it to the back of the case. You can also reach out to Auber and ask them questions. Sep 3, 2014
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PETER K: That gets attached to one of the screws on the back coverplate of the project box. Sep 3, 2014
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Steve M: Did you work this out? If not I can open my Silvia and tell you. Sep 3, 2014
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Brian A asked: I have a Rancilio Silvia v3 (not purchased at SCG). If I send it to you, can you retrofit the Auber PID to it? Cost? If no, do you know of anyone in the Philadelphia area who can perform this service? Aug 16, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, we can install a PID on your Silvia, however the fee is the cost of the PID (currently $235), plus a $100 install fee, plus the shipping both ways. This can quickly add up to about half or more of your machine cost, unfortunately! There may be someone local to you that can work on Rancilio and would possibly install a PID for you, or you may feel comfortable doing the install yourself. We have instructions for installing the V3 Preinfusion PID under the Resources tab on the PID page, so I might check this out first. Otherwise we can install it here if you submit a repair request, but we do not have lists of other service centers across the US. Hope this info helps!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/service/repairs
Aug 18, 2014
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Eric B asked: I can't seem to find any instructions for setting the shot timer. How do I do that? Jul 3, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The programming for the PID on the Silvia is easiest to adjust using the video Gail and Kat put together below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Mk7S-AcI2M

Hope this helps!
Jul 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does your shop offer the Rancilio Silvia AND (PID Retrofit Kit for Rancilio Silvia with Temp control, Pre-Infusion and brew timing installed? If so I would think it would be slightly more that the Rancilio Silvia with the standard PID combo you currently offer on the website. So with that in mind, if you do offer the better PID and Silvia installed, with is the price?

Thanks,

G Breaux
Jul 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: The Silvia with PID installed utilizes this PID with Pre-infusion, so you are able to adjust pre infusion, shot timing and temperature. Jul 2, 2014
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