With high staff turnover and unskilled labour a challenge for operators, the need for highly-automated catering equipment that is incredibly easy to use and transcends any language is becoming a key priority. FEJ’s first ever special report on innovative, ease-of-use equipment provides a unique breakdown of the main areas of the kitchen and the solutions now available to make life easier. In part one, we look at combination ovens.
Operators on the hunt for user-friendly combination ovens to furnish their kitchens should look out for easy-to-use control panels and functions designed to make their work in the kitchen even easier. That’s the view of Unox, pioneer of the ChefTop and BakerTop Mind.Maps ovens, which come equipped with intuitive touchscreen control panels.
“Programs and menus can be created and saved so that they can be launched at the touch of a button and, in addition, photos can be added so the operator can see the dish they are cooking when they select it,” explains marketing manager, Kate Brooman.
The chain is guaranteed to get the same perfect results in every site”
“An oven that is truly user-friendly must be so on all aspects and therefore features such as automatic washing should not be overlooked. With the latest version of Unox combi ovens, the Det&Rinse detergent and rinse aid is easily loaded to the detergent drawer from one-litre sealed bottles. The procedure is quick and easy and there is never any contact with chemicals or fiddly tablets. And time-consuming manual cleaning procedures are eliminated.”
Cooking uniformity across multiple sites is vitally important for any chain operator and this has shaped much of the R&D that Unox has carried out. Internet connection allows operators to remotely upload recipes from one central point to all sites, therefore ensuring that every oven is using exactly the same programs, which is designed to deliver consistent results across the board.
“To further simplify the process, we are able to block the programs so that operators cannot change them manually, which means the chain is guaranteed to get the same perfect results in every site,” explains Brooman. Web connection is also increasing the reliability of the ovens as any warnings are sent through to Unox’s service department where preventative diagnostics can reduce the number of possible service calls. HACCP data, gathered by the oven, can be downloaded via the internet when required as well.
What technological developments are you seeing that will ultimately make combi ovens easier to operate for chains?
“We are proud to be at the forefront of technological developments that are already making combi ovens easier to operate for large chains. Remote loading of recipes via internet connection means that every single site uses exactly the same program for each dish, ensuring that they are easy to use as the operators only need to press a button to launch the program, and also ensuring great consistency throughout the multiple sites.”
3 key things to take away
- The control panel is key so look for a set-up that is simple to use and will provide functions that make chefs’ work in the kitchen even easier.
- Make use of the technology to improve consistency. Programs and menus can be saved and launched at the touch of a button, with photos acting as a useful visual indicator.
- Don’t overlook washing procedures. Automatic wash systems that save on time and labour will prove to be a post-service God-send.