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5 Advanced Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Commercial Kitchen Equipment

You already know the importance of regular cleaning and following manufacturer guidelines to extend the lifespan of your commercial kitchen equipment. Instead of the classic advice, let's explore less conventional strategies and maintenance tips that can significantly enhance equipment longevity.


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Integrate Smart Technology

Smart technologies and IoT (Internet of Things) devices enable you to monitor kitchen equipment performance continuously and in real-time. These sensors collect data on parameters such as temperature, pressure, and usage patterns. For example, a sensor could detect an abnormal temperature rise in a refrigerator and alert you to service the cooling system before the unit fails, saving perishable goods and avoiding operational disruption.


IoT technology optimises equipment performance, significantly extending its lifespan. You can automatically make real-time adjustments to each oven to ensure optimal cooking conditions and reduce wear and tear on the components.


In the long run, you can analyse the gathered data to predict potential equipment failures and schedule preventative maintenance tasks to address minor issues as soon as possible.


Additional benefits:

  • Improved operational efficiency

  • Low energy bills

  • Increased kitchen safety


When Replacing Old Equipment, Buy Sustainable Kitchen Appliances


Since it's designed with longevity in mind, sustainable kitchen equipment uses high-quality, robust materials that can withstand frequent use and harsh kitchen environments better than their conventional counterparts. This durability means that such equipment is less prone to corrosion and wear, leading to fewer repairs and replacements over time.


Energy-efficient refrigerators, for example, maintain their internal temperatures more consistently while using less power, which reduces the stress on the cooling system. Similarly, efficient ovens that distribute heat evenly can prevent overheating parts of their mechanisms, thus avoiding premature wear.


Moreover, many eco-friendly appliances are built to be easily disassembled, enabling easy access for maintenance and part replacement and extending the lifespan of kitchen equipment even further.


Additional benefits:

  • Simplified recycling and less waste

  • Reduced carbon footprint

  • Reduced demand for raw materials


Use Smart Plug Monitoring Systems


It's the low-budget alternative to expensive smart technology. Smart plug monitoring systems are easy to install and can be integrated with your existing kitchen equipment to control operational times. You can program them to power on and off at specific hours, reducing wear and tear during off-hours and ensuring equipment isn't running longer than necessary.


Their monitoring capabilities make it easy to identify when equipment is drawing abnormal amounts of power, potentially indicating operational issues that need attention. You can also use a dedicated app to gather data from multiple plugs for a comprehensive view of your kitchen's power usage and operational health.


Many models can connect to regular Wi-Fi networks without needing additional hardware — you can configure the systems with your smartphone. The only detail to consider is compatibility with the power requirements of your commercial kitchen equipment.


Additional benefits:

  • Reduced power usage

  • Enhanced safety features

  • Data collection


Use the Data from your Documentation


You keep comprehensive records of maintenance, repairs, and compliance with health and safety standards — it's time to analyse this data and find patterns and trends that may not be apparent from casual observation.


For instance, regular data review can help you identify which pieces of equipment fail most often, at what point in their lifecycle they're most vulnerable, and under what conditions breakdowns are most likely to occur. This analysis can inform more strategic decisions about timely repairs and preventive maintenance schedules, helping to avoid breakdowns.


Moreover, this data can guide investment decisions in new equipment and make informed choices about when to repair broken parts versus replace the appliance.


Additional benefits:

  • Improved staff accountability

  • Better asset management

  • Support for insurance and warranty claims


Save Money with Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)


PPM involves scheduling maintenance activities based on operational data and usage patterns rather than on a fixed interval that might not align with your kitchen's actual needs. By analysing operational hours, load capacities, and environmental conditions, maintenance teams can predict when equipment will likely fail or its performance may degrade.


Timely interventions are specifically tailored to the equipment's real-time condition. For instance, if data shows that a particular oven tends to develop calibration issues after heavy usage, maintenance can be scheduled just before these issues typically occur. This pre-emptive fix prevents it from malfunctioning during critical operating times, which could otherwise lead to more severe problems and higher repair costs.


PPM transforms routine maintenance from a reactive task to a strategic operations management component. This shift extends the lifespan of the kitchen equipment and minimises unexpected downtime due to equipment availability.


Additional benefits:

  • Improved operational decision-making

  • Substantial cost savings over time

  • Asset value preservation


Extend the Lifespan of Your Kitchen Equipment with Planned Preventative Maintenance by CMKE


CMKE's PPM subscription model aims to support the efficiency and longevity of your kitchen operations. It includes regular inspections, maintenance, and servicing tailored to prevent potential issues from escalating into costly emergencies.


Here's how our PPM service can add value to your business:

  • We address problems early to avoid the need for emergency repairs and expensive part replacements, ultimately saving your business considerable repair costs.

  • Frequent breakdowns and replacements become a thing of the past, and you maximise the return on your investment in kitchen equipment.

  • Your commercial kitchen appliances stay in optimal condition, which can significantly reduce your utility bills.


To request a PPM Consultation, fill in this form or contact us at 01224 625928 or info@cmke.co.uk.




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