Automated oil management helps improve food quality, operational efficiency, safety, cleanliness and sustainability
MINNEAPOLIS – August 8, 2012 – Srinivas Vajupeyayajula was no stranger to the dirty, time-consuming task of managing used restaurant cooking oil. “I was all too familiar with lifting oil jugs, moving dirty oil out the back, lifting and pouring hot oil into dumpsters and dealing with spills,” he explained. “All things that cost me time and money, and I hated that.”
So when Vajupeyayajula became the owner/operator of 18 Jack in the Box franchises in the greater Houston area, he immediately transitioned the restaurants over to an automated oil management system from Restaurant Technologies, Inc.® (RTI).
Jack in the Box, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, lists food quality, safety and innovation among its core values, so replacing an outdated and dangerous manual oil-handling process with the RTI system made perfect sense. Now, Vajupeyayajula’s employees enjoy easily managing the restaurant oil – because it can be added, filtered and disposed of, even while hot, without ever needing to touch a drop.
The RTI oil management system is comprised of two tanks – one for fresh oil and one for waste oil – and a secure fill box mounted to the exterior of each restaurant. The closed-loop automated oil handling solution helps restaurants manage oil more efficiently while increasing workplace safety and improving restaurant cleanliness. RTI’s Web-based oil management portal provides Jack in the Box decision-makers with store-level visibility into oil related activities, thus optimizing oil usage and ensuring consistent fried food quality. RTI also recycles used cooking oil into biodiesel and feedstock, directly supporting corporate sustainability initiatives.
“I was hooked as soon as I went through the RTI oil management training,” said Vajupeyayajula. “It just makes sense – not only does the system automatically fill and remove oil from the fryers, it has an online portal that tells me how much oil is used, filtered, recycled and at what times,” said Vajupeyayajula.
Using the Total Operations Management™ (TOM™) portal, managers can monitor data for single or multiple restaurant locations, analyzing oil quality, usage and filtration statistics. The portal provides easy-to-interpret graphs eliminating data analysis and enabling managers to take action quickly on SOP compliance and process improvements.
TOM™ alerts Vajupeyayajula if more than 100 pounds of oil is used in a day so he can evaluate why more oil has been used. If employees are not following the proper oil management processes, he knows right away and can work with staff to get back on track.
The portal also shows how often the oil is filtered, when it is filtered and for how long. By properly filtering, restaurants maximize the oil’s life which contributes to the company’s bottom line and overall food quality.
“The oil monitoring system has helped bring down our oil usage significantly since we’ve installed it—while not depleting the quality of product,” Vajupeyayajula said.
“Jack in the Box is a great example of a restaurant manager seeing an opportunity for improvement and taking it,” saidJeff Kiesel, chief executive officer, RTI. “With our unique and cost-effective system, we help restaurants maintain high levels of food quality and safety, while eliminating one of the worst and most time-consuming tasks employees have to do. It’s a win-win.”
RTI – Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
Restaurant Technologies, Inc (RTI) is the leader in smart, safe, sustainable oil and operations management technology for the food service industry. The company’s patented, fully automated oil storage, handling and disposal management system helps increase worker safety, improve restaurant cleanliness and minimize frying oil inconveniences. RTI data management solutions provide restaurant decision-makers with increased visibility into oil usage for better food quality and consistency. Headquartered in Mendota Heights, Minn., RTI serves more than 18,000 customers via 40 oil depots throughout the U.S. Visit RTI online at www.rti-inc.com.