US bakery systems firm, Reading Thermal, has designed a portable R&D kit to enable travelling engineers to efficiently and quickly profile ovens.
A product particularly useful as bakery firms are increasingly cautious on investing further in equipment with renewed focus on maintenance of current systems amid the economic gloom, Richard director of Reading Thermal, said.
Bakery plants are “looking at getting the most out of their existing line and this is where the Scorpion 2 Kit helps,” Starke told BakeryandSnacks.com.
The US$24,000 Scorpion 2 R&D Profiling Kit has been designed following requests from corporate and research and development (R&D) engineers who typically do a lot of travelling “to improve and standardise processes across company platforms,” he said.
The new compact and complete kit meets unmet demands in the industry, he said, as it enables “the corporate engineer to collect a complete set of profiles, including environmental temperature, product core temperature, airflow, energy transfer and moisture, quickly with minimal disruption to the process.”
Swift, convenient profiling
These profiles can be collected “in just two passes through a baking process and can be done without a computer on the factory floor,” Starke added.
“Previously to measure the five key baking parameters it would take five passes through the oven,” he detailed.
“There is no other device on the market that will allow the measurement of the five key baking parameters in one system all integrated to work with a single data logger and common software package,” he said.
The kit includes a Scorpion 2 data logger package and a multi-element sensor to measure environment temperature, product core temperature, airflow, and energy transfer.
It allows engineers to work in the field without the use of a computer on the factory floor, the company said.
It is available globally, but around 50% of the demand is coming from the US, Starke said.