Monitoring Heat Transfer in Bakery Processes

Too much heat can burn your bread, while too little can leave the product undercooked. Neither is particularly appealing to the average customer. The en-masse production of baked goods, especially when using multiple ovens, necessitates a method for adequately managing different forms of heat transfer across different lines that may use heat at varying efficiencies with different baking products. A croissant bakes at a different rate than a scone, so ensuring you monitor the heat transfer in your bakery processes yields consistent, high-quality products.

In the 25 years since our founding, Reading Thermal has worked at the forefront of baking innovation. Our heat flux sensors allow your company to monitor and manage convective and radiant heat sources accurately. The measurements gleaned from these sources provide real-time data on internal oven environments. It facilitates product line switching and consistency across multiple lines throughout the baking process. Since baking relies on precise measurements, temperatures, and technologies, no two products can use the same baking variables and expect the same result. Simultaneously regulating multiple oven technologies using different temperatures, heat sources, and air velocities result in more manufacturing productivity.

What Makes Heat Transfer Monitoring Important?

At the heart of every bakery are vital heat transfer processes that determine how your baked goods turn out. Convective heating is best utilized to regulate and control the hot, dry air delivered to the product. Reading Thermal’s SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor is designed to monitor convective and radiant heating methods.

Radiant heating is used to produce and maintain radiant heat in a range of baking ovens. The sensor measures thermal energy flux by considering both convective and radiant heat transfer simultaneously, using them to measure each heat source. The data collected can be used to control the baking ovens and regulate their temperatures for optimal heat transfer.

The SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor compiles data for each batch from start to finish, creating accurate profiles of your ovens based on numerous temperature measurements displayed in both data reports and visual formats. Essentially, as you’re analyzing the results from separate ovens and conveyors, our technology illustrates precisely what factors differ per oven and how that affects the overall products. You can only take the steps needed to reintroduce consistency across your commercial oven floor by understanding the difference.

Regaining Control Over the Baking Process

Ovens are not permanently stable technologies, and over time their parameters will change, affecting the quality and consistency of your products. Incorporating Smart Sensors into your bakery processes establishes redundancy. Our SCORPION® 2 Heat Flux Sensor enables you to exert greater oversight than ever before over each step of the baking process. It offers real-time insights and analytics that can be used to optimize production by modifying and controlling the baking process itself.

Every oven has its own unique profile, with variables that can only be accounted for with solutions designed to provide extensive monitoring of heat transfer in your bakery processes. Once oven profiles are created, aligning them ensures product quality consistency. 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.