CESA is set to organise a ‘Connectivity Trail’ at next year’s Hotelympia which will allow visitors to go straight to companies that offer ‘connected’ equipment, so they can find out more, direct from the experts.
The trade body will also be publishing a new Energy-Saving Equipment Guide, with a handy list of ‘green’ appliances that are on show at the event, as the focus on energy efficient kit grows among operators.
CESA has helped develop the new equipment area at Hotelympia, called The Professional Kitchen Show. The Trail and the Guide are part of the promotion of this latest show feature.
“Connectivity is going to have huge implications for anyone running a commercial kitchen,” said Glenn Roberts, chair of CESA. “We want to help visitors understand the potential of the technology. It’ll reduce costs. It will help make your business more efficient. It’ll reduce equipment downtime. It will maximise the lifetime of equipment.”
Connected equipment is linked to the internet and its operation can be monitored from anywhere, via a digital device such as a tablet. “Perhaps the biggest impact will be on equipment maintenance and service,” added Roberts. “For example, a connected appliance will warn anyone monitoring it if a component is failing, or if a consumable has run out, such as rinse aid in a warewasher.”
CESA’s Hotelympia Connectivity Trail will feature a variety of different manufacturers and appliances, highlighting those that are featured at the show.
CESA said its guide to energy-saving equipment will feature all the latest ‘green’ technologies from CESA members, including those that are on display at Hotelympia 2018. This includes new innovations in refrigeration, induction hobs and commercial microwave ovens among other categories of equipment.