Heat Flux Profiling for Industrial Bakery Oven Systems

Ovens are the backbone of any industrial baking operation, and ensuring that they function correctly is essential to producing a quality product. Baking is a science with a minimal margin of error, so ensuring you can control every aspect of the process is paramount. Heat flux profiling is an important tool used by bakery operations around the world for consistent results. With heat flux profiling, bakers can identify inefficiencies within their existing oven systems as well as areas that operate well so changes can be made that maximize efficiency while maintaining a high-level of product consistency.

Reading Thermal offers superior solutions for heat flux profiling in industrial bakery oven systems. We’ve been designing oven monitoring solutions for decades, culminating in our SCORPION® 2 Profiling System, utilizing the most precise thermo-elements available. This system provides accurate thermal profiles of ovens delivering highly reliable results that can be used to make informed decisions about your baking operations. For heat flux monitoring, the SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor is a key system component, offering incredible accuracy and reliability.

Why Heat Flux Profiling Matters

Heat application isn’t the only parameter to be aware of throughout baking. The way the heat is used, transferred via three separate methods, impacts different aspects of your baked goods differently. These three forms of heat transfer are:

  • Conduction
  • Radiation
  • Convection

Understanding your oven profiles in these areas is key to producing consistent, high-quality products. Heat flux profiling removes the mystery of how your oven is performing and allows you to make intelligent changes to maximize output.


Conduction is the mechanism through which direct contact transfers thermal energy through substances. This means that if two objects of different temperatures are in physical contact, the heat will transfer from one object to another until the temperatures become equal. Conduction heat will most often be transferred via the oven band directly to your baked goods.


Heat is also transferred through radiation which involves the emission of infrared energy or electromagnetic waves from a hot source. Infrared heat is absorbed by materials and objects in the oven, heating them as energy is absorbed. Radiation helps to ensure that all surfaces of each product are evenly heated during baking. Your oven walls will be the most common transfer agents for radiation heat.


Finally, convection refers to the transfer of heat through a medium such as air or liquids. This allows even heat distribution throughout the oven and helps cook each product evenly. By monitoring convection, you can ensure the oven functions correctly and your products receive enough heat to bake properly.

Reading Thermal Solutions for Heat Flux Profiling

Reading Thermal’s SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Profiling System provides precise heat flux profiling for industrial bakery oven systems to ensure the highest quality products. The data from our system can be used to identify inefficiencies within existing oven systems as well as areas that operate well so changes can be made that maximize efficiency while maintaining a high-level of product consistency. With our system, you get the most accurate results available, allowing you to make smart decisions about your baking operations. If you’re interested in our services, call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2, or contact us online for more details about our innovative products.