A competitive edge through layout and workflow in Australian Commercial Kitchens

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Closing the gap on motion downtime

You don’t have to be a lean manufacturing specialist to close the gap on unnecessary motion. It’s a great idea to look at time as money – what is the average hour worth per chef in your kitchen? Once this factor has been assessed, you can use this number to calculate savings on motion.

Developing a spaghetti diagram to map motion

Sketching a spaghetti diagram can assist greatly in the mapping of motion. This must be done effectively in view of calculating ROI before and after change. The purpose of a spaghetti diagram is to define an accurate average number of metres travelled per person in each division of your kitchen. Compare this number with the new layout and then convert the difference in savings to dollars. This process can amount to thousands of dollars per year as a result of a few simple changes in a layout or process.

Departmentalising a commercial kitchen for assessment

Departmentalising larger commercial kitchens into groups can assist with the motion studies process. Giving responsibilities to department heads can help with breaking up your project into smaller, more manageable pieces for a speedy outcome. If department heads are struggling with executing this process, give them assistance. Depending on the size of your kitchen, areas can be grouped into lineal processes that will likely include:

  • Reception
  • Frozen Storage
  • Refrigerated Storage
  • Fresh Storage
  • Food Preparation
  • Multi-functional Cook Area
  • Front of house transfer counter
  • Wash Down and Dishwasher

How can I calculate ROI without disrupting my kitchen staff?

Outsourcing is a great way to calculate ROI without staff downtime and disruption.   Interquip Global is a team that is passionate about maximising ROI in the commercial kitchen space space and have a basic to simple consultancy package available to assist with this process. This is a great way to collate feasibility for an upgrade, refurbishment or even a new build, as it promotes due diligence and looks at reducing costs while increasing accuracy and speed of throughput. Packages include a site assessment meeting, drafting services, and cost estimation services right through to project management and implementation.

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