Monitoring and controlling the temperature in your industrial bakery oven can elevate your baking to a whole new level. The SCORPION® 2 profiling systems and innovative sensors from Reading Thermal can help you make the necessary adjustments to achieve superior products.
Located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, Reading Thermal has focused on measuring and understanding the commercial baking process for over 25 years. We manufacture the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and Data Logger, which is a standard in the baking industry and offers you an easy way to monitor actual oven in-process conditions.
Connecting our different smart sensors and sensor arrays to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and passing them through the oven with your product enables the system to capture the four main baking parameters: temperature (including the temperature of both the air and the oven belt surface), heat flux (energy transfer), humidity, and airflow (velocity).
Importance of Measuring Oven Temperature
Oven temperature causes physical and chemical reactions in dough/batter, and temperatures that are too low or too high during baking can lead to changes in fermentation and humidity levels and undesirable changes in surface coloring, texture and flavor.
If you produce bread, artisan bread, rolls, hamburger buns, cakes, biscuits, or other bread products, you know that several stages are temperature-dependent, such as oven-spring, drying/dehydration, and color formation. Too much heat coming from one direction in the oven can cause the bottoms of the loaves to burn before the crusts brown properly.
The benefits of oven temperature profiling include:
- Quick troubleshooting
- Better product quality, texture and shelf life
- Greater productivity
- Lower energy costs
- Helps ensure food safety and FSMA compliance
- Efficient development of new processes
How to Measure Oven Temperature
Reading Thermal designed the SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array to measure temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and deliver a true representation of what your product is experiencing over time. Different types of pluggable sensors are available, including one designed for solid or tight mesh conveyors and one for open mesh conveyors.
The sensor array is connected to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and then travels through the oven with the product, yielding a precise picture of temperature from side-to-side and end-to-end.
After gathering the data, the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module makes it easy to calculate lethality and then generates a comprehensive report displaying cumulative log reduction. By combining this ease of measurement with robust data capture, the SCORPION® 2 System makes it simple to optimize your process and products while meeting food safety standards.
Get in touch with Reading Thermal to learn more about the importance of temperature profiling in industrial bakery ovens, and how the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and accompanying sensors can help you make adjustments that will achieve superior products. Contact us online or call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2.