As you evaluate the benefits of temperature measurement in your industrial ovens, look no further than the state-of-the-art Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and our exceptional sensors and sensor arrays.
Reading Thermal, located in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, is a product brand of Reading Bakery Systems. Our heat transfer experts have researched and measured the commercial baking process for 25+ years. We manufacture and support the SCORPION® 2 Profiling System and Data Logger which is now a standard in the baking industry.
Connecting our innovative smart sensors and sensor arrays to the SCORPION® 2 and passing them through the oven with your product enables the system to capture these baking parameters:
- Temperature (including the temperature of both the air and the oven belt surface)
- Heat flux (energy transfer)
- Airflow (velocity)
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
The SCORPION® 2 Data Logger
The Reading Thermal SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array measures temperature at product level, in fixed positions across the conveyor, and delivers a true representation of what your product is experiencing over time. 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.
Product-core-temperature measurements can also be made simultaneously via the product probe inputs on the sensor array. This can be the difference between excellent quality and an under-baked or burnt product.
Our state-of-the-art profiling system also provides an easy way to validate your kill step for food safety and FSMA compliance. FSMA requires commercial bakeries to provide validation of process controls, or thermal kill steps, in an effort to reduce food borne pathogens, such as Salmonella spp, in ingredients and finished products.
The innovative SCORPION® 2 Temperature Sensor Array from Reading Thermal is essential for temperature measurement in industrial ovens. Contact us online or call us at (610) 678-5890 Ext. 2 to explore our state-of-the-art sensors and sensor arrays.