Rational group customers now have access to the world’s most state-of-the-art networking solution for professional kitchens: ConnectedCooking. Networking is available for both Rational and Frima units and opens up numerous possibilities for making everyday kitchen work safer, simpler, and more convenient. Chain operations can also manage all connected units centrally and control production processes effectively.
With ConnectedCooking, Rational and Frima have expanded their already extensive range of services to include a networking solution specifically developed for the needs of professional kitchens. For the Landsberg, Germany, kitchen specialists, the system represents another step along the path toward even greater customer benefit through the progressive digitalization of kitchen processes.
To use ConnectedCooking, customers need only connect one or more RATIONAL units or Frima VarioCooking Centers to a network, and then register for free under ConnectedCooking.com. The networked units can then be conveniently displayed and managed through ConnectedCooking’s Device Management screen. “Network integration through ConnectedCooking allows chefs to view all of their production processes at any time, in central facilities and all branch stores, even if they are not personally present,” explains Simon Lohse, Managing Director, Rational UK. “They can quickly check up on processes remotely while doing their weekly purchase orders, monitor overnight cooking from home, or even call up error notifications while on the go. Users can retrieve all of this information quickly and easily using any computer with internet connection, smartphone or tablet – anytime, anywhere. This service helps us give our customers more flexibility at last, which represents real added value in the catering industry.”
Networking also makes it easy to distribute new cooking programs, receive push notifications in real time, or transmit preferred unit settings to all connected units. ConnectedCooking allows automatic software updates, and also makes administrative work quick and easy; all key HACCP data can be captured, documented and exported completely automatically. If desired, the system can also automatically contact service partners and request the correct replacement parts directly for quick on-site troubleshooting. Separate user profiles with individual permissions settings mean all employees can have easy system access, simplifying work with the SelfCookingCenter and VarioCooking Center even more.
Club Rational provides inspiration, recipes and tips from all over the world, and with ConnectedCooking, it’s always available where it’s needed: right in the kitchen. Users can select recipes and transmit the settings to one or more units in no time at all. Club Rational is one of the world’s most extensive databases of recipes especially for professional kitchens, with new national and international dishes being added every day. “With ConnectedCooking, we are offering our customers the world’s most cutting-edge networking solution for professional kitchens. Now our customers will always have everything at their fingertips, even when they aren’t on location, says Simon Lohse in summary. “Chain restaurants and companies with satellite kitchens, in particular, now have an easy, centralised solution for ensuring quality assurance and monitoring unit functions.”
All Rational SelfCookingCenter units come equipped with Ethernet interfaces as a standard feature, for the Frima units the interface is optional. Units manufactured before 03/2017 can easily be retrofitted to use ConnectedCooking. ConnectedCooking is free to use on up to three units. Data is transmitted using state-of-the-art encryption technology, in order to prevent misuse.
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Rational UK is showcasing ConnectedCooking at the Northern Restaurant & Bar Show, Manchester Central, Stand B38 on Wednesday 22nd March.