Skip to content

Connecting the Commercial Kitchen

Paul_Hepperla Paul Hepperla | Vice President, Solutions Integration – Foodservice

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Internet of Things (IoT) and connected kitchen capabilities are transforming the modern commercial kitchens of restaurant operators. Read the full article to learn more.

Connecting the commercial Kitchen

The abilities to consistently prepare and deliver safe, fresh and high-quality products to customers are at the core of modern restaurant and convenience store operations. To help them meet this promise, many operators are introducing IoT technologies to connect the equipment used in the preparation of their constantly evolving menu items. It’s a concept we refer to as the connected kitchen.

The connected kitchen gives foodservice operators the ability to transform common kitchen equipment into smart devices that communicate with each other and leverage the power of cloud services to improve operational efficiencies. In doing so, the connected kitchen potentially addresses a variety of challenges at key points throughout the foodservice supply chain:

  • Store managers and service technicians — automate the monitoring and reporting of equipment statuses; receive maintenance alerts for diagnostics and fast issue resolution
  • Foodservice operators — establish centralized control of their store network, including visibility to not only kitchen equipment, but also HVAC, refrigeration and lighting systems
  • Corporate analysts — track trending consumer behaviors for targeted marketing initiatives
  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) — gain access to performance analytics for research, development and product improvement purposes

From temperatures to cook times, energy consumption to consumer foot traffic, product hold times to refrigerated door openings, the range of information available grows every day. This data comes from communicating equipment, sensors, controls and local gateways and is then transferred to the cloud (or another data repository) for remote access.

But turning this abundance of data into useful, actionable and secure information for each potential end user is the key to a successful IoT implementation. For example, a store manager has completely different priorities than an OEM. Where the store manager needs quick access to equipment and system status in an easy-to-interpret interface, the OEM may be gathering deep equipment performance data to inform the engineering and design processes.

It’s a common misperception that IoT and connected kitchens are implemented as cookie-cutter solutions. In reality, they are driven by a variety of factors, including: operational priorities; information technology (IT) infrastructures and preferences; security considerations; and preferred equipment provider capabilities.

While still relatively new in terms of widespread adoption, there are many examples of connected kitchens delivering measurable improvements, but even small degrees of connectivity can yield significant benefits. One leading restaurant chain connected their ovens to push recipes across an 800-store network via an automated process that helped save $100,000 annually. Another operator installed equipment monitoring capabilities in nearly 100 ice machines located around the globe, transforming their reactive maintenance model to a proactive and preventative approach.

Third party providers like Emerson have the deep domain experience to serve as neutral collectors of information, helping OEMs preserve data security while creating intuitive user interfaces for restaurant operators. For more information regarding IoT and connected kitchen solutions, read the full article here.

How Retailers Are Shrinking the Grocery Footprint

Ed_McKiernan Ed McKiernan | President, Cold Chain, Electronics & Solutions

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Emerson was recently featured in a Winsight Grocery Business article about shrinking grocery footprints, energy usage, the click-and-collect model and more. New technology is helping grocers adapt to a rapidly changing market and shifting consumer preferences. To read the full article, click here.

10584-PlantInBag_1200x630

Grocers worldwide are making energy conservation a top priority; they’re always looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy and waste they create. Prioritizing energy conservation benefits the environment as well as the bottom line, potentially saving thousands of dollars annually on energy costs and equipment. What’s more, the operational costs saved on energy present opportunities to invest in solutions and technologies that could also improve the customer experience.

Revamping refrigeration systems is a good starting point for grocers seeking to incorporate more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient practices into their operations. Refrigeration costs account for roughly 60 percent of energy bills. While refrigeration system upgrades can come with significant installation costs, this new equipment can help deliver energy reductions from 30–50 percent.

As the click-and-collect model continues to rise in popularity, refrigeration upgrades have become even more crucial. The term click-and-collect refers to the process of ordering items online and then picking them up at the nearest store after a grocery associate has hand-picked your items. But this added convenience for consumers presents new refrigeration challenges for grocers, mainly due to repeated door openings from workers going in and out of the cold storage room or refrigerated locker. The more often the door needs to be opened, the more difficult it gets to maintain precise setpoints and manage humidity concerns.

Emerson has a wide range of solutions to help address these concerns. By combining high-efficiency scroll compressors, distributed controls and alternate refrigerants in display cases, operators can potentially achieve a lower cost of operation in their store refrigeration. Then, efficient condensing units with supervisory controls can be used to optimize click-and-collect refrigeration requirements, helping operators achieve temperature reliability and further reduce energy consumption in these critical systems.

Today, one out of every three grocers offers some form of click-and-collect, and 20 percent of Americans purchase groceries online — with that number expected to grow to 70 percent by 2025. When you consider this within the context of today’s dynamic regulatory climate and corporate sustainability initiatives, it’s easy to understand why many grocers are looking to upgrade their refrigeration strategies.

Emerson has a wide range of components, advanced controls and industry expertise to help grocers meet these demanding refrigeration challenges while reducing their energy usage and carbon footprints. We believe that a robust refrigeration strategy can help you reshape your business and save you money, and we’re ready to show you how.

 

 

A Carnival of Fun and Learning for Emerson’s We <3 STEM Kids Day in Hong Kong

Lieny Jang | Marketing Director, Asia-Pacific

Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

Continuing the legacy of Emerson’s global commitment to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, our team in Hong Kong recently hosted a We <3 STEM Kids Day for our employees and their children.

Group.jpg

Dubbed as the STEM Carnival, kids aged 2 to 16 years old participated in an exciting series of STEM-themed games and activities together with their parents. The games included the Dash Robot Coding Challenge where kids learned how to control a robot through coding and raced against each other; the Little Bits Bubblebot Challenge where they were taught about the basics of electrical circuits; and an InSinkErator-themed mobile app game that showed the inner workings of a food waste disposer. There was also a photo booth where kids can have their picture taken dressed in their STEM-themed costumes like an engineer, a pilot, or a doctor.

IMG_0322

IMG_0335

ISEIMG_0338costumecostume2

STEM Days are so memorable for both Emerson employees and our kids. The kids get to see where mom and dad work and the impact they are making to societies. They are so proud and highly inspired by their parents, who are their most important role models

Through STEM Day events, we hope to continually inspire and empower the next generation of innovators by making science, technology, engineering and math more fun and accessible.

Emerson Study Compares CO2 and Hydrocarbon Energy Efficiency in Europe

The study found that those opting for integral R-290 systems could potentially achieve up to €51,000 savings per store on maintenance, energy consumption and refurbishment. The study also points to the ongoing evolution of natural refrigerant technologies and highlights the differences between CO2 and hydrocarbon refrigeration strategies.

Read more

Add the Houston E360 Forum to Your Calendar This October

Dean Landeche_Blog Dean Landeche | Marketing Cold Chain Leader
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions

JOIN US in HOUSTON, TX, for our next free E360 Forum on Thursday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency North Houston hotel.

E360 Forum blogEverything is bigger in Texas, right? We’re excited to bring our next E360 Forum to the Lone Star State. This year has seen regulatory changes, evolving technologies, emerging trends and more. At this daylong event, we want to hear how you’ve stayed in step with the pace of change. From sustainability initiatives to the rise of smart technology and data-driven decision making, we’ll explore the industry as it is today and examine where it is headed in the future.

The day will be comprised of informative keynote sessions and a panel discussion in the morning with the afternoon open for you to choose from three relevant and interactive breakout sessions. These sessions are designed to give you a chance to have your questions answered and to join in a dialogue with industry experts and your peers.

Houston’s breakout session tracks will focus on refrigeration in food retail, store operations/facility optimization and cold chain management followed by a closing group session on upgrading your existing refrigeration infrastructure.

The goal of this E360 Forum is to evaluate 2018’s trends and tackle the biggest challenges in commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.

What you’ll learn:

  • The latest refrigerant and regulatory updates
  • What’s on the horizon in supermarket power management
  • Trends in supermarket architectures
  • Supermarket upgrades that impact energy efficiency and cost savings
  • How to protect food throughout the cold chain
  • Air management, rooftop efficiency and energy savings strategies for air conditioning

E360 Forums are proven to be invaluable events, providing you with opportunities for one-on-one discussions with experts and peers. Immediately following the event, attendees and presenters can mingle at a networking reception from 4–5:15 p.m. We hope you’ll make plans today to add Houston’s E360 Forum to your list of can’t-miss industry events in 2018.

%d bloggers like this: