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About Ray Pearce

Ray has worked with countless bakers and ingredients suppliers as well as electronics manufacturing; curing and heat treat customers, helping to solve conveyorized thermal processing quality issues with thermal profiling solutions, online & onsite. Ray studied Engineering and Communications at the University of Washington and has served as Technical Director and currently as BakeWATCH product manager at Electronic Controls Design, Inc. in Portland, Oregon.
17 09, 2021

Reducing Food Waste Through Product Optimization via Thermal Profiling

By some estimates, anywhere from a quarter to a third of all food produced globally and destined for human consumption goes to waste. When looking at total weight, bread and many other yeast-leavened goods top the list of avoidable food waste. Food that goes unconsumed and relegated to the bin may be discarded for [...]

30 03, 2021

How Thermal Profiling Can Help Scale Up Bread Production

Scaling up is the science (mostly) and art (a bit of creativity) of moving from small product batches to large-scale, high output production. As small and artisan bakeries seek to expand business opportunities, bread production scaling is one of the major challenges these operations may face. How do you replicate the boutique personal touch [...]

2 11, 2020

5 Reasons to Add Thermal Profiling to Your Bakery’s Toolkit

Brought to you by ECD BakeWATCH To accurately produce high-quality, high-yield baked goods, replace guesses and opinions with hard data. Thermal profiling dough and oven temperatures with an in-transit, portable data recorder has many benefits to the commercial wholesale or retail bakery. Here are 5: 1. Consistent dough proofing The importance of proofing must [...]

21 08, 2020

How to Optimize Cooling Lines with Thermal Profiling

The cooling process allows the bread loaf to reach optimum slicing temperature and achieve moisture equilibration between the crumb and the crust. However, sealing in visible moisture condensation on the packaging is not a desirable way to ship product. Thermal profiling data is the solution for validating optimum cooling lines performance in the bakery. [...]

3 03, 2020

Modernize Artisan Bread with Benchmark Technology

Brought to you by ECD BakeWATCH. Artisan breads are unique, natural and tasty. Items in this category include crusty baguettes, pretzel buns, focaccia and naturally leavened multigrain bread. They use simple ingredients and are often described as country style or rustic. When thinking about these breads, we conjure up images of craft bakers using [...]

4 02, 2020

Do You Have a Foreign Supplier Verification Program?

Validating kill-step reduction of Salmonella is one part of the new Federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) bakers should be aware of, but there are other provisions and requirements to keep in mind. Such as FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), which pertains to  foods and food ingredients manufactured outside of the United States. [...]

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