USA— Reading Bakery Systems (RBS), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of snack production systems, is partnering with the Center for Advanced Research in Drying (CARD) to support academic research and drying technology development.

Drying is an essential process in Baking as micro-organisms which cause food spoilage and decay and many of the enzymes which promote undesired changes in the chemical composition of the food are unable to grow, multiply or function in the absence of sufficient water.

RBS is currently designing and building a research dryer for CARD that will be capable of testing new drying techniques and sensors, including Ultrasonic technologies among others. Reading Thermal, an RBS brand, will also be working with CARD better their understanding of oven environmental measurement and data analysis via the Scorpion 2 Profiling System.

“We’re excited to partner with CARD and actively support their research advancement. The next 30 years will be transformative to oven and dryer designs. RBS is well-known for innovation and we’ve already taken the lead on energy efficiency and carbon reduction through automation capabilities and sustainability initiatives.

Andrew Rosenthal (Reading Thermal General Manager) and our engineering team have jumped right in and are working on new technologies to be developed with CARD.” said Joe Zaleski, RBS President.

CARD was established as an academic research venture by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Illinois (UIUC) for the purposes of promoting the advancement of drying technologies.

CARD’s mission is to assist U.S. manufacturing industries in becoming more environmentally sustainable and improving the quality of their products by using advanced and novel technologies in heat/mass transfer processes, such as drying, heating, cooling, freezing, dewatering, and baking.

Although the membership is primarily food companies, including PepsiCo, Mondelez, Hershey, and Pepperidge Farm, program participation is open to any industry where drying technology is used.

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