The ability to conduct remote testing and product trials with the help of on-site food technologists is part of upgrades made to the RBS Science & Innovation Center. The facility, part of Reading Bakery Systems’ product development and equipment testing capabilities, allows food product manufacturers to test RBS’s baked snack production systems.

The RBS Virtual Trials include product development, equipment testing and demonstration, and production of samples. RBS has expanded its staff of food technologists to help guide the remote testing and provide on-site expertise. During each trial, participants communicate with the RBS team by video conference, view the production floor from wide-angle cameras, capture discrete video and still images, and receive reports capturing process settings. They also can have product samples shipped for analysis.

RBS expects the changes to result in more efficient product trials by simplifying communications, operations and approval of the products and process.