For Ricky Richardson, CEO of Eggs Up Grill, the Therma temperature monitoring system saved him thousands of dollars within a month of installation.
Therma, a wireless temperature monitoring system, collects data inside walk-ins, freezers, and other harsh environments and provides users with alerts if temperatures begin to rise. The easy-to-install system works using cloud-based communications to log temperatures and give insight into what’s going on inside refrigeration units.
Richardson says after installing Therma inside one of his units, the system alerted the restaurant’s team temperatures were rising when the power went out in the neighborhood.
“Our staff leaves around three in the afternoon, so there was no way we would have known otherwise,” he says. “It probably saved us between $2,000 and $3,000 in food costs.”
Amber Hager, vice president of product with Therma, says businesses average savings of $15,000 per year once they’ve installed Therma.
The device attaches to the inside of the refrigerator or freezer with a magnet, Hager says. The temperature monitoring device then transmits data from inside the refrigerator to a wall-mounted device which logs the data. Using a LoRaWAN technology instead of WiFi, the system doesn’t require the restaurant owner to have internet access. Installed in about 10 minutes, the system runs on batteries and features a 10-year lifespan, an easy to use dashboard, and military-grade data security.
“We have built Therma with quick-service restaurants in mind and kept the user at the forefront of our development,” Hager says.
Customers also see cost-savings from having Therma do the work of an employee, Hager says. Instead of using an employee to log and monitor temperatures, Therma keeps track of temperatures and can easily export them into a report for health department and other inspections. Therma is also able analyze data to catch issues within the units, alerting owners and managers to maintenance problems, which prevents costly last-minute repairs and equipment failures.
“It allows your restaurant to operate a peak efficiency,” Hager says. “Therma saves employees time, eliminates product loss, prevents down time, and ensures efficiency through proper maintenance. Our customers quickly see a return on their investment with most preventing at least one equipment issue or loss event within six months of installation.”
For Richardson, Therma alerted them in real-time, allowing the staff at Eggs Up Grill to react quickly to mitigate risks.
“The direct financial benefit has been food safety and food quality,” Richardson says. “It prevented two risks: losing product and making our product unsafe.”
Learn more about how temperature monitoring technology can help your restaurant keep product and guests safe at the Therma website.
By Liz Carey