Oven Kill Step

If you are interested in FSMA Kill Step Validation profiling for your commercial oven, rely on the state-of-the-art Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Data Logger and our range of smart sensors and sensor arrays.

Reading Thermal, headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has been researching, measuring, and understanding the commercial baking process for more than 25 years. We manufacture and support the state-of-the-art SCORPION® 2 Profiling System that has become a standard in the baking industry.

Kill Step Validation

To achieve food safety, it’s vital to control the internal temperature of your products. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires commercial bakeries to provide validation of process controls, such as thermal kill steps, to reduce the occurrences of Salmonella spp and other food borne pathogens in ingredients and finished products.

The Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array is designed to measure temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor. 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.

Next, the SCORPION® Software (SV8) Food Safety Module takes the gathered data, calculates lethality, and generates a comprehensive report displaying cumulative log reduction.

Bakeries can accomplish far more by connecting pluggable sensors and sensor arrays that measure baking parameters (in addition to temperature) that affect the quality of their products.

Measure Other Parameters

One major advantage of investing in the SCORPION® 2 System is that you can add smart sensors to explore more oven variables than just temperature that affect the quality of your products, earning exceptional value from your investment.

For example, bakeries rely on the SCORPION® 2 Humidity Sensor, which measures the absolute moisture content of the thermal environment in both heating and cooling processes. And oven air velocity can be measured and recorded by adding the SCORPION® 2 Air Velocity Sensor.

Kill Step Calculators

With the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger, you can utilize AIB International’s Kill Step Calculators to evaluate the lethality of your process. There are kill step calculators for specific bakery products, including hamburger buns, round top cake muffins, nut muffins, fruit-filled pastry, 100% whole wheat multigrain bread, multigrain bread, crispy cookies, soft cookies, yeast-raised donuts, flour tortillas and cheesecake. Download the procedures and calculators here.

Our Profiling Service

Reading Thermal also offers a SCORPION® Profiling Service to assist customers with problem-solving in their own facilities. We use the state-of-the-art SCORPION® Data Logging Measurement System to collect thermal profiles of temperature (air, band, product), humidity, air velocity, and heat flux. We have the ability to analyze a single line or perform multi-line comparison studies that will determine what is causing problematic processing conditions and find solutions.

Count on the state-of-the-art Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Data Logger for oven kill step validation. Call our headquarters in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2, or contact us online to learn more about our innovative products.