Welbilt’s vision of delivering a truly connected commercial kitchen has taken a significant step forward after the company’s US HQ confirmed it has entered a strategic partnership with tech giant HCL Technologies.
The move will allow it to accelerate the development of its KitchenConnect digital platform and its roll-out to customers globally.
KitchenConnect is a digital solution for new generation of connected kitchens that enables operators to adapt quickly to an ever-changing environment, increase profitability and comply with food and safety standards.
The open cloud-based platform makes it possible for operators to connect other brands of kitchen equipment to it, simplifying how operators transform to a networked operating environment.
It provides real-time insights, allowing for better equipment performance, reducing costs and food waste, improving workflows and food quality, and minimising equipment downtime.
As part of the multi-year partnership, India-based HCL will develop and enhance the KitchenConnect solution architecture for improved scalability, security and functionality of the platform.
A dedicated HCL team of experts across IoT, Data Analytics, AI, ML and mobile technologies will drive the accelerated development of advance features for all equipment brands of Welbilt.
HCL will also ensure any customisation and maintenance support for all Welbilt customers.
“We are bringing together our industry-leading equipment brands with our premier digital platform to drive continuous improvements in kitchen performance for our customers,” declared Bill Johnson, Welbilt’s President and CEO.
“We are excited by all the opportunities presented by our partnership with HCL, taking our KitchenConnect solution to a new level.”