Oven Temperature Study

If you are experiencing inconsistent quality with some of your commercial bakery products, you may need to study how the oven temperature is affecting them.

Reading Thermal, headquartered in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has been focused on commercial baking process measurements for 25+ years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger, a profiling system that has become a standard in the baking industry. This powerful diagnostic tool can help you understand and improve your proofing, baking, cooling, and freezing processes.

The Impact of 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

Temperature Sensor Array

The Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array is designed to measure temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and delivers a true representation of what your product is experiencing over time.

The sensor array is connected to the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and Data Logger and travels through the oven with the product (with the oven under full load), producing an exact picture of temperature from side-to-side and end-to-end.

There are 2 types of pluggable temperature sensors. One is an Air/Conveyor sensor that is designed to measure the surface temperature of the conveyor as well as the air temperature directly above the conveyor. This Sensor is designed for solid or tight mesh conveyors and measures air and band temperatures.

The other pluggable temperature sensor is an Air/Air sensor. It is designed to measure upper air temperature immediately above the conveyor, and lower air temperature of the air rising through the conveyor.  It is meant for open mesh conveyors.

A Temperature Interface allows ten external thermocouples to be connected to the SCORPION® 2 Data Logger. These thermocouples can be user supplied Type T with subminiature or standard male connectors. Product Probes are commonly used to measure the core temperature of a product as it travels through a process.

The Temperature Interface also serves as the mounting point for a Magnetic Temperature Sensor Array, which is intended for customers who want fixed sensor repeatability for bulk air temperature measurements.

The innovative SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array from Reading Thermal is essential for conducting an oven temperature study. Contact us online or call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to explore our state-of-the-art sensors and sensor arrays.