Heat Flux Profiling in Commercial Bakery Ovens

Are you interested in heat flux profiling for your commercial bakery ovens? Reading Thermal offers a state-of-the-art solution. Optimizing the application of heat will enable you to produce the same product on two different lines and help you avoid producing baked goods of poor quality (color, texture, flavor).

Reading Thermal, a Reading Bakery Systems brand, has been focused on measuring and understanding the commercial baking process for over 25 years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger which enables you to monitor actual in-process conditions and get the critical information you need to correct problems and maintain optimum process control.

Connecting smart sensors and sensor arrays to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and passing them through the oven with the product, enables the measurement system to measure and map the four main baking parameters: heat flux, temperature, humidity and air velocity.

This powerful diagnostic tool has become an industry standard for understanding and improving your proofing, baking, cooling and freezing processes.

What is Oven Heat Flux?

Oven heat flux refers to the amount of energy transferred per unit area per unit time from or to a surface. It is the best non-intrusive indicator of the performance of ovens during baking in terms of the product.

Heat transfer follows three different modes of heat transfer during baking – radiation, convection and conduction – and heat flux involves all three components. Every product will have its own unique mix of these components and its own heat flux profile. There is no single optimal heat flux profile for all products.

Why Is Heat Flux Profiling Important?

The characteristics of specific products are defined by the amount and type of heat applied to the product during the baking process. The differences explain why one oven bakes differently than another. And analyzing and controlling these differences are critical to understanding how the finished characteristics of a product will be affected.

Heat flux profiles are often used when trying to produce the same product on two different lines, or when trying to transfer product from one line to another. When the heat flux component profiles are matched, the two lines will produce the same product.

The SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor is designed to measure convective and radiant heat fluxes at product level, and display the results in Btu/hr·ft2 or W/m2. Convective and radiant heat is absorbed by the band, which serves as the conduction mechanism to the product. The sensor travels through the process with the product, and the oven under full load, producing a precise profile of heat flux components the product experienced.

Explore what is happening inside your commercial bakery ovens. Heat flux profiling with the SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor and our other innovative sensors and sensor arrays can help you improve your products and processes. Contact us online, or call our headquarters in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to learn more.