Do you find it challenging to maintain even heat distribution to the products inside your commercial bakery oven? Get a precise picture of the internal airflow with the SCORPION® 2 Air Velocity Sensor Array from Reading Thermal and use the data to improve the quality of your products and reduce waste.
Reading Thermal, a division of Reading Bakery Systems, has focused on the commercial baking process for nearly 30 years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Data Logging Measurement System to measure and map the primary baking parameters of air velocity, temperature, heat flux, and humidity.
Why is Air Velocity Important?
Your commercial oven’s cooking performance depends on the air flow inside. It’s essential to measure the flow or velocity of air because it affects the final product’s texture, firmness, coloration, and baking time along with other parameters like humidity and temperature.
The air velocity comes from the moving conveyor, the exhaust system, and natural combustion air currents in a radiant oven. The air velocity comes chiefly from the air distribution plenums in a convection oven. In this case, air velocity is crucial because it directly controls the amount of heat delivered to the product.
Bakers can measure and document air velocity with the SCORPION® 2 Air Velocity Sensor. The sensor array gives you a precise picture of airflow patterns inside the oven from side to side and end to end. The sensors collect product-level data as the array travels through the oven with the products. The number of required sensors will vary based on the conveyor width.
To gather data, the Sensor Array is connected to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and runs through the process at product level, measuring air velocity from all directions. Then, the SCORPION® Software (SV8) is used to analyze the results.
Air velocity profiles will help you identify differences between baking zones, concentrated air velocities on isolated parts of the conveyor, and unwanted air currents at the entrance or exit of the oven that result in inconsistent baking.
We invite you to review a Scorpion Case Study to see how the SCORPION® 2 Air Velocity Sensor was used by a midwestern U.S. bakery to find the source of oven fires in their commercial bakery.
Reading Thermal Profiling Service
Are you experiencing poor product quality or low production capacity? Reading Thermal also offers the SCORPION® Profiling Service to assist customers with problem-solving at their own locations.
Air velocity measures airflow inside the oven. If you are baking products of uneven consistency, get in touch with Reading Thermal online, or call our Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania headquarters at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to learn more about our innovative data logger for ovens.