Visualize your kitchen design
Unified Brands Augmented Reality app
This may have a little less to do with automation and more to do with awesome tech innovations, but it is definitely worth talking about. Unified Brands' efforts don't stop at the equipment itself. Purchasing this expensive kitchen equipment is a huge commitment and it's difficult for operators to visualize it in their space. That's what led Unified Brands to develop their augmented reality application. The AR technology gives the user 360° views of 3D renderings in conjunction with the devices camera to bring the equipment to life right in their kitchen.
We were lucky enough to grab Unified Brands Corporate Chef, Steve D'Angelo, for a moment at the 2018 NRA Show to give us a quick rundown of their new app! See for yourself:
The systems approach to automation
Automation doesn't need to solely exist within one piece of equipment; it can be a process. Multiple pieces of equipment give you the ability to create consistent, high quality food with very little skill level. As a leading innovator in the foodservice industry, Alto-Shaam is continuously developing new solutions to make life in the kitchen as efficient as possible with their line of equipment.
Take a look at how we utilized the probe function on an Alto-Shaam Cook & Hold to perfectly cook a steak burger to the correct internal temp. We then used the programability and speed of the all-new Vector® Multi-Cook Oven to finish the burger off in two minutes.
Although this isn't a fully automated system, these automated components make the process efficient and the quality of the food consistent. Probed cooking has taken on the role of entry-level automation with its set-it-and-forget-it capabilities and the consistency it brings to your food.
Forget about the "need-to-know"
One of the many solutions automated technology provides is the need for prerequisite knowledge or specific skills required to perform the task at hand. You don't need to be a culinary expert to select from a list of chef-inspired salads with Sally the Salad Robot, nor must you have the touch of an experienced line cook to determine the internal temperature of a medium-rare piece of meat; that's the beauty of this innovative technology.
Getting rid of the "need-to-know" bottomline is at the forefront of the Marra Forni rotating brick oven. This Italian-designed, American-made oven puts a new age twist on an Old World process.
Watch the video below as Chef Adam gives us the down-low on this winner of a 2018 Kitchen Innovations award.
The rotating deck alleviates the pressure of the operator to constantly have to monitor the pizzas cooking in the oven. Compared to traditional brick ovens, which require manually rotating the pies for even cooking, the Marra Forni Rotator does all of the work for you!
Automation in the kitchen is quickly becoming the standard in the commercial foodservice industry. As the landscape of our industry continues to change, your number one concern as an operator is being able to deliver a consistent and quality offering. Don't get stuck in the old ways of doing things. Take your processes to the next level with automated technology solutions.