Commercial kitchens and foodservice operations have evolved significantly over the years, with equipment such as ovens, fryers, refrigerators and ice machines being increasingly connected to the cloud. This connectivity provides a wealth of data that can be utilized to improve operational efficiency and optimize processes in the foodservice industry. While energy control is a primary benefit of connectivity, there are many other ways in which connectivity can help restaurants, commercial kitchens, and foodservice operators alike.
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Controlling Oil Costs
Fryers are a staple in commercial kitchens, and managing the cost of oil is critical to reducing operating expenses. With connectivity, it’s possible to remotely monitor fryer usage to control oil costs. By tracking the amount of oil used and when it’s used, restaurant operators can adjust their fryer usage to optimize their oil consumption, reduce waste, and minimize costs.
Tracking and Preventing Product Quality Issues
Product quality is critical to the success of any foodservice operation, and connected equipment can help track and prevent potential issues. In fryers and ovens, for example, data can be gathered on cooking time, temperature, and other factors that impact the final product. This data can then be used to adjust cooking times, temperatures, or other factors to ensure that food is cooked consistently and to a high standard.
Catching Performance Problems
Refrigeration systems are vital to any commercial kitchen, and performance problems can be costly and dangerous. Connected systems monitor temperature, humidity, and other factors that impact performance. By monitoring the data, restaurant operators catch performance problems before they become expensive and hazardous, plus reduce downtime and repair costs.
Reducing Maintenance Costs
Connectivity can reduce the cost of maintenance and reliance on expensive vendors. By remotely troubleshooting equipment, operations leaders can reduce the need for costly service calls, saving both time and money. Vendors also have more accountability if they’re servicing a connected facility because there’s access to real-time data and alerts that can be leveraged to ensure every service and repair job meets expectations.
Easing Labor Pain Points
The use of connected equipment in commercial kitchens can also ease labor pain points by improving productivity. The ability to remotely monitor and control kitchen equipment, such as fryers and ovens, allows kitchen staff to focus on other important tasks, resulting in increased efficiency and reduced labor costs.
Connectivity improves operational efficiency. The ability to remotely monitor and control equipment, gather data, and optimize processes helps operations leaders reduce operating costs, improve product quality, and ensure the safety of their customers. With the continued growth of connected technology in the foodservice industry, the future of the smart commercial kitchen is bright.
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