Open Kitchen® Is a Top 10 Technology in 2021

Commercial kitchens and foodservice operators are no strangers to technology. For several years now, it’s entered our industry and transformed the way we do business. From food tech to mobile apps to connected kitchens, the use of technology has only been accelerated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

As we’ve seen, it’s more important than ever to streamline operations. With visibility over a wide range of equipment and processes, it’s easier to function at full capacity. It’s easier to be profitable. When those processes are all available in the same portal, it enhances the capabilities of commercial kitchens even more. This is the goal of a connected kitchen, which we like to call an Open Kitchen®.

Open Kitchen, from Powerhouse Dynamics, is an IoT solution used by foodservice operators to connect and monitor HVAC, refrigeration, and foodservice equipment, across any brand. This level of connectivity provides access to real-time data on food prep and storage, tracks and controls energy consumption on HVAC equipment, gives visibility on important key performance indicators, and empowers chefs to remotely distribute recipe updates to cooking equipment, which is a big asset for chains and multi-location restaurants.

Here’s one example of how Open Kitchen can help a large, national chain:


Connecting a commercial kitchen with Open Kitchen can help a national chain like Arby’s save up to 30 percent on electricity consumption totaling more than $40 million in savings. In addition to energy management capabilities, Open Kitchen can also help monitor and record refrigeration temperature to streamline the food safety reporting process. It can help calculate labor costs. And it can report data in real time to mobile devices.

Here’s a simple breakdown of the Open Kitchen capabilities:

PHD Open Kitchen Diagrams

Open Kitchen from Powerhouse Dynamics is an award-winning technology. As listed in Industry Era Review Magazine, this solution for efficiently connecting commercial kitchens is listed as one of the top 10 IoT solutions for 2021. “IoT” is shorthand for the “Internet of Things,” which is a term that refers to all the devices around the world that are now connected to the internet.

“First of all, we connect to and monitor equipment – from ovens to fryers to refrigerators to HVAC equipment – and leverage both alarm codes generated by the equipment itself and patented analytics to provide advance warnings of equipment issues. For example, an oven may report that a motor is failing. Alternatively, we have set up alerts to indicate that food is cooking at the wrong temperature or was put in the oven before it was defrosted,” says Martin Flusberg, President of Powerhouse Dynamics. “We also offer controls that ensure that equipment is only on when it needs to be, and that settings – such as thermostat settings – follow company guidelines at all times. A smart defrost control enables walk-in coolers and freezers to initiate defrost cycles only when needed – instead of multiple times per day as normally done – significantly reducing energy usage.”

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