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[Review] IMS Competitor PTFE Coated Shower screen

IMS Filtri is a coffee parts maker those like a filter basket, and shower filters based on italia. Already, It’s name is familiar to us as brand of many coffee filters. Recently on SNS, There are some information of new type shower screen has grey color. That’s a gadget named IMS PTFE coated shower screen.

There’re so many type of shower screen made by IMS corporation. And most famous shower screen of them is intergrated membrane shower screen called “IMS Competition” model. It’s water distribution ability is well received by many coffee geeks or crowds in coffee industy so far.


Official explanation page : IMS Competition Shower screen  http://www.imsfiltri.com/en/docce-di-precisione



This new filter is based on compertition model and just coated with PTFE.(Well known to us as Tefron, it’s product brand name of Dupont)

PTFE has high thermal resistance, and water repellency. So, PTFE coated shower shows impressive water distribution ability than other competitor showers. In actually, water-flow through PTFE shower has unique distribution characteristic like that comes from a bath shower-head. 

■ Design
In this post, e61 type PTFE shower screen is used. It has 60mm diameter, and well-fitted on e61 type mahchine like a speedster. Basically It’s specific attribute is indentical to IMS Competition model below.


  
FEATURES


SHAPE


BODY DIAMETER: 56,5 mm
BORDER DIAMETER: 60 mm
WALL HEIGHT: 17 mm external

INTEGRATED MEMBRANE


The membrane is created directly within the body of the shower disc,
which is fixed to the body of the shower by caulking.

SUPPORT DISC PERFORATION


PERFORATIONS: Ø 3 mm, 98 holes
DISTRIBUTION: Circular





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■ Compare to IMS Compertition model



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Upper : IMS Compertition model / Bottom : PTFE Coated



■ Compatibility


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Bottom middle : La Marzocco MA 200 IM Compertition Shower Screen




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PRECISION SHOWER SCREEN COATED ø56.5 mm



There are many types of shower ; Include “60mm”, “57mm”, “56.5mm” and “51.5mm”. You can may use these shower on a lot of machine that share a same specs. Sadly, La Marzocco, synesso compatible shower isn’t available at this time.




■ Distribution ability and extraction


As you can see on attched video, PTFE coated shower show very even water distribution. Each water branch from hole isn’t influenced by neighbor water flow.



IMS Competitor PTFE Coated Shower screen


In extraction, this even distribution is very important factor. More even distribution means the puck saturation is getting uniform. As this positive ability, we infer that it’s phenomenon would lead to even extracion.  
I didn’t test enought, so it’s not to easy to make sure PTFE coated shower’s extraction ability. But, certainly it’s a impressive and reliable distributor.   

 
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■ Maintenance


It’s very simple to clean-up PTFE screen. After using machine, just wipe few times to a shower with soft dishcloth. And attribute to coat material, inner side is also maintain cleanliness quite well with a little flushing routine.


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It has a valid durability, but this shower is also a high-maintenance stuff. IMHO, it’s not recommended brushing with hard material. To get long-term use, treat to screen carefully. Too frequent separation to maintenace can cause losing a coat on it. 


■ Summary


It’s a best choice to someone who want even water distribution and easy clrean-up style shower.
Especially, PTFE coated shower screen show outstanding distribution ability. Even better than it’s brother product “IMS Competition” model. If you treat it and use carefully, it’ll be a one of the top notch coffee gadget.


■ ETC  : Compare to other e61 type Shower screens



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Left to Right and Top - Bottom


IMS PTFE Coated,  IMS Competition,
3rd party Standard Mesh, IMS Micro Mesh, KvdW Custom 



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