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Burger King franchisee Republic Foods has installed Restaurant Technologies Inc.'s automated oil management system at its 19 units in the Washington, D.C., area.
With the new system, employees are able to add, filter and dispose of restaurant oil — even while hot — without ever having to touch it, reducing the risk of slips and burns.
"It's our job to provide a safe work environment for our employees," said Eric Oppenheim, chief operating officer, Republic Foods. "Installing technology that makes our fried food more consistent and better tasting, and eliminates liability and risk due to oil mishaps is a win-win."
Prior to installing the automated RTI system, employees changed out used cooking oil by manually removing it from the fry vats, pouring it into barrels and carrying the barrels outside to a grease trap behind the restaurant. The process was full of potential dangers such as splashing hot oil and slick floors from spills.
With the RTI closed-loop oil handling system, employees can now dispose of used oil by pressing a button. To add fresh oil to fryers, employees use an oil-filler wand. 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.
"Employees love not being exposed to hot oil during the filling, cleaning and disposal process," Oppenheim said. "Our kitchens are simply cleaner. We've seen a tremendous reduction in the risk of injury because fewer oil and grease spills happen and staff no longer carry heavy barrels of oil."
RTI also offers data on oil usage. The RTI Web-based Total Oil Management (TOM) portal provides operators with store-level visibility into oil-related activities such as daily usage and optional filtration monitoring tracking.
"Frying with smoky, black oil is a guarantee for substandard food quality," Oppenheim said. "The TOM portal helps us ensure that employees follow best practices for a more efficient and more profitable business. With the right oil filtration system, any restaurant owner can provide an exceptional product in a safe environment."
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