Banner-Day Bakery Solutions

Direct Spark Ignition

At the core of your oven operation and performance is a constant spark ignition system (CSI) or a direct spark ignition system (DSI).  For those of you that have CSI systems we are going to address the advantages of upgrading to DSI and for those of you with DSI this will be a refresher on why you chose DSI and ensure that you are leveraging the DSI system in your baking operations to full advantage.

We realize that there are any number of manufacturers out there that can provide you with a DSI system for your oven, be it new, used or a retrofit of existing equipment.  All of these systems have a number of things in common – burners, ignitors, DSI modules.  What sets one manufacturer apart from another is the attention paid to the details.  Note worthy and little known is that Banner-Day pioneered and developed DSI in the 1970’s and their continued research lead to some of the advancements that are discussed in this article. 

When it comes to the bakery oven, there are many perspectives and opinions.  One that we often hear is reflected in this quote: “My most hated job is working with oven ignitors, must adjust often and relight many times”.  For the maintenance team, managing the ignitors is often perceived as the worst job in the bakery and least rewarding.  So why is that and what can be done about it?