Science & Innovation Center and a new data logger system at Reading Bakery Systems
Soon, manufacturers of snacks and baked goods from all over the world will be travelling to Sinking Spring in Pennsylvania, USA. The reason for this is the Science & Innovation Center, which the Reading Bakery Systems Company (RBS) from Robesonia, Pennsylvania, had built last year. The 2,800 m² center is a fully-equipped, licensed food processing research and development facility. It has a complete processing line capable of producing a wide assortment of baked snacks including crackers, biscuits, pretzels, bread snacks and other food products. The Innovation Center will be used to demonstrate RBS equipment by customers and industry partners to confidentially:
- Demonstrate new processes
- Validate ingredients and test ingredient changes
- Test new machinery and processing techniques
- Research innovations in mixing, forming, baking and drying to maximize profitability
- Produce market and trade show samples for testing
Additionally, the Science & Innovation Center includes a QC lab with analytical equipment and private customer conferencing areas. Customers using the Center will have access to the Reading Thermal SCORPION® Data Logging Measurement System to help measure and record conditions in the processing oven. At the end of May 2012, Reading Thermal, part of Reading Bakery Systems, released its new SCORPION® 2 R&D Profiling Kit. This is designed specifically for the traveling research and development engineer or corporate engineer and the new compact kit allows users to characterize environmental temperature, product core temperature, airflow, energy transfer and moisture in just two phases through the baking process.
Included in the kit are:
- SCORPION® 2 Data Logger Package (S2 Data Logger, Smart Charger, SV8 Software, Thermal Barrier, Cables and Gloves)
- R&D Smart Sensor™ (Multi‐element Sensor: Temp, Airflow, Heat Flux & Product Core Temp)
- Product Probes: 3 Standard, 3 Hypodermic
- Optional Humidity Sensor
- 20" Carry‐On Roll‐Aboard Case with Retractable Pull Handle and Wheels
The Innovation Center is available for customer rental on a half day, daily or weekly basis. A great number of suppliers from South America, Russia and the Middle East have already run tests in South Heidelberg, developed new products for their markets and planned new production lines.
Reading Bakery Systems, a specialist for machines and lines for the snack and pastry industry was founded in 1946 by Edwin I. Groff, who invented a Pretzel-twister. E. Terry Groff, his son is now CEO of the family company that has 150 employees and an annual turnover of USD 50m (approx. EUR 40m) today.