Temperature Monitoring for Restaurant Food Storage
When it came to implementing a solution, Mr. Nesbitt had an idea of what functionality that he wanted. Although not mandated by Health Canada, Mr. Nesbitt wanted to ensure quality control issues met the highest possible standards as part of his commitment to top-of-class food services. This wish list included an easy-to use temperature-monitoring system that could provide a visible display of the temperatures of all of his refrigerators and freezers, including historical information so that he could review the performance of his equipment. It also had to provide alert notification (but email alerts and SMS text message alerts) to alert key staff in the event that a cooling system was exceeding pre-set warning limits.
EnviromonIn order to protect these assets in case of equipment malfunctions and/or disasters, Enviromon has been developing easy to use Environmental Monitoring Solutions to measure, track and most importantly, alert you in case of unfavourable conditions in your environment.
Equipment & Machinery
- CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
- USE CASES
Process Control & OptimizationProcess control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
Joses’s Bar & Grill is a very popular restaurant with locations in Windsor and Leamington Ontario, Canada. Upon recent renovations of the Windsor facility, Ernie Nesbitt decided to implement cutting edge technology solutions to provide real-time monitoring of his food refrigeration equipment including walk-in coolers, freezers and stand-alone refrigerators that are utilized for storing fresh and frozen foods.
Enviromon.net (a leading world-wide supplier of Environmental monitoring equipment) was chosen to provide a solution that would meet Mr. Nesbitt’s expectations. As part of the solution, Enviromon provided Securityhawk base units and expansion chassis coupled with water-resistant temperature sensors. These sensors were mounted inside of the actual coolers/freezers and connected using standard CAT5 Ethernet cable to the base units, which were connected to the internal network. The solution also included Enviromon’s Cloud-hawk web-based application. The Cloud-hawk application which can be accessed from outside of the customer’s internal network and can also be accessed from any device with a web browser (including iPhone’s, iPads, tablet devices and traditional computers). The base units that connect to the sensors (and also to the internal network), transmit the collected data to a Cloud-hosted Server (located on amazon.com EC2 infrastructure) where the information can be accessed through the web-based application (Cloud-hawk.com). The customer has a secure login that allows him to access his sensor data and also access the historical reporting of each individual sensor. This application also provides both email and SMS text notification alerts to users and even has built-in notification logic in the event that the base unit (located within the Restaurant) stops responding. This same system can also provide sensor data access to the separate system that is being implemented at Jose’s other Restaurant location, though one single console.
- DATA COLLECTED
Control System Alert, Energy Consumption Rate, Fridge Temperature, Overall Equipment Effectiveness
- SOLUTION TYPE
- SOLUTION MATURITY
Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Process Optimization - Real Time Monitoring]
Real-time monitoring of food refrigeration equipment including walk-in coolers, freezers and stand-alone refrigerators that are utilized for storing fresh and frozen foods.
Impact #2 [Efficiency Improvement - Compliance]
Temperature data logs are available to be exported for use in audit purposes to prove food safety compliance.
Impact #3 [Efficiency Improvement - Energy]
Increased energy efficiency from analyzing temperature logs, and reducing the amount of over-cooling.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT