The Future Is Now: IoT enabled Smart Grills
Much has been written about how the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart devices are rapidly transforming manufacturing and other asset-heavy industries. That’s understandable, because those sectors have been at the forefront of IoT adoption and are further along in realising its potential. But the IoT and smart appliances can be just as important to the food service industry.
Andreas Andreou, Product Manager at myGRILL, world first smart grilling appliance manufacturer, has recently shared ways the IoT and smart technologies can benefit companies that operate a commercial kitchen-whether it’s a standalone full-service restraint, a restaurant chain, a commissary or catering business.
As Andreas notes, the smart kitchen may not be a new concept, but the foodservice industry is seeing a growing number of innovations coming to market in the form of multi-function appliances, Wi-Fi and Internet-enabled equipment, mobile integration and all manner of techno-wizardry that are helping kitchens be more efficient and easier to manage. Unfortunately, grilling appliances were left out of the game. “We seriously could not neglect this parameter; we saw the opportunity the IoT could offer and immediately we were challenged and dedicated to deliver an outstanding tech aware product.”
According to Andreou, there are 3 main factors that next generation smart grills offer to improve commercial kitchen performance.
LOWER LABOR COSTS AND GREATER EMPLOYEE EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY
Smart grills have a built-in cooking computer, responsible for calculating and performing all the necessary processes to automatically cook the food. They simplify the whole cooking process. “You only have to place the food on the appropriate cooking accessory and select the corresponding recipe.”
The correct cooking techniques will automatically be applied to cook delicious food. The cooking computer constantly monitors and analyses, via embedded temperature sensors, the heat emitted from the heat source to the food being cooked and automatically controlling and adjusting the electrical mechanisms of the grill in real time. It can even determine the speed and type of rotation of the food being cooked.
ENCHANCED FOOD QUALITY
The grills are equipped with temperature sensors. The sensors provide temperature measurements to the cooking computer which in turn adjusts the rotation speed and the height of the food from the heat source. Movements are precise, giving the cooking computer the ability to precisely control the cooking temperature. Rotation mechanisms for the cooking accessories are operated by electric motors, controlled by the cooking computer. The rotation can be either continuous (360º) or stepping (from 10º to 180º). The ability of the systems to control the rotational speed and timing provides further control of the cooking temperature, for example, it can stop the rotation leaving the food exposed to the required temperature for a certain time dynamically set by the cooking computer.
LOWER ENERGY COSTS
Next generation grills are equipped with insulated fire bowls, reducing heat loss to the minimum. These fire bowls are made of double stainless steel sheet with integrated ceramic insulating material. The insulation is not only limited to the fire bowl but also the outer walls of the grill. In this way, heat loss is limited to only 10% compared to other grills of the same type that loose nearly 90% of the heat.
He continues, “Our latest grills are equipped with the myGRILL SMART Cooking System. Developed in-house, our SMART Cooking system is working 100% by monitoring and analysing the food’s heat via the embedded temperature sensors. In this way, the food is automatically controlled and adjusted via the electrical mechanisms of the grill in real time.”