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Food quality and HACCP in restaurants (Free Whitepaper Download)

Would you like to further understand how restaurateurs can ensure food quality and adhere to HACCP regulations? Download testo’s exclusive guide now.

This application guide provides the perfect support for those responsible for food quality in restaurants. Testo discuss adhering to HACCP regulations, temperature limit values, guidelines and practical advice.

Just some of the many topics we cover include:

  1. Which legal limit values have to be observed?
  2. How can such values be measured efficiently?
  3. How can automated climate monitoring save both time and money?
  4. How can the use of alarm functions reduce risks?
  5. In deep-frying, how can money be saved whilst ensuring consistent product quality?

 

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Testo’s exclusive guide helps you to further understand the key factors of quality management in restaurants

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

How the food industry is taking advantage of automated monitoring to optimise working procedures and decrease workloads

When it comes to the food industry, no matter which area a company works in, food safety is always a major concern. The sheer scale of end-customer demand, coupled with strict time restraints, puts a huge amount of pressure on the food industry to ensure all produce is carefully monitored and regulated from farm to fork. Practically every point of the process, throughout production, preparation, storage and transport, has potential danger areas regarding spoilage through mismanagement or poor temperature regulation.

Monitoring temperature is a particularly important part of this process. Incorrect climatic conditions can have devastating consequences, and businesses often leave themselves at risk of incurring needless costs should there be a power cut, or system malfunction. This can lead to wasted stock or worse; a legal dispute.

Such costs can be detrimental to both production and reputation (should the tainted stock be distributed) and will ultimately have a negative effect on profit margins.

Within the food industry more and more businesses are opting to use automated temperature monitoring. For certain applications simply using a data logger and noting down readings manually is sufficient, for instance building monitoring where there is no danger of damage to stock and you simply need the records for reference purposes. When dealing with climate sensitive stock though, as is more often than not the case in the food industry, using an alarm fitted system which monitors conditions continuously is fast becoming a necessary requirement. With such a system in place, if there is a problem, you will be notified immediately, so you are able to react straight away, before it is too late. This is particularly useful if you don’t have staff on site 100% time, which let’s face it, most companies don’t the have resource for.

When first introduced, whilst the logic and practicality behind this type of solution is somewhat undeniable, systems were very costly and the quality manager or person responsible for food safety simply couldn’t justify the cost. This has often proved to be the stumbling block for companies looking to move to an automated system, instead sticking with more traditional temperature loggers, and taking manual readings. To an extent this is understandable, “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”, right? Admittedly, in the first instance investment is needed for such a system. In the long run, however, it will likely save the business valuable time and manpower.

For example, if in the current regime a member of staff is required to go around and take checks at numerous locations, this is a needless additional task which could be used for something more productive. And of course, as mentioned previously, the overriding advantage of employing such a system is to act as a contingency measure and protect your operation in the event of a problem or system malfunction. This could end up saving money in the long run, on wasted stock, potential product recalls etc. Another saying comes to mind: “But we’ve always done it that way”. This has been described as the 7 most expensive words for any business; failure to adopt new methodologies can hurt a business in the long run.

 

The above video explains the advantages of an automated temperature monitoring system

What’s more, as technology continues to advance at an astonishing rate, such systems are now becoming available for a fraction of the cost when this type of system first hit the market. Testo’s Saveris 2 for example offers a fully automated temperature monitoring system from under £100 with no additional costs for software. Therefore, it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think to ensure your peace of mind.

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Refrigeration system maintenance today’s way

Are you one of many service engineers still working with analog manifolds? If so, you will be all too familiar with the fact there are far too many instruments are used in refrigeration system maintenance. Depending on the refrigerant or task, you need additional pressure and temperature measuring instruments or even another manifold. This results in more expenditure, in addition to the laborious handling and the frequent inaccuracies of measurement.

But wouldn’t it be much more practical if you only needed one instrument for all the maintenance work? Testo’s smart measuring technology including Testo’s App-controlled manifolds and Smart Probes support you in every task to make your daily work more efficient than ever.

 

 

Clearly, digital manifolds are nothing new. However, you can finally use the tool which has already been enriching and simplifying your private life for years, at work too: your smartphone or tablet. In contrast to analogue solutions, Testo’s smart refrigeration technology turns your smartphone or tablet into an efficient all-round tool instead.

This means you can simply measure pressure and temperature values, carry out a temperature-compensated tightness test or get superheating and sub-cooling values automatically calculated and displayed in the App.

 

 

Whereas in the past data had been analysed by printing out the measurement protocol and laboriously saved on the PC, all measurement results can now, irrespective of the measuring location, be graphically displayed and immediately dispatched on site by email – whether to the office or to the customer. And you can also update and extend the list of the most common refrigerants stored on the instrument at any time via the App. That sounds like a smarter way of working, doesn’t it?

This change from analogue to smart measuring technology is particularly worthwhile in the refrigeration industry, because many different parameters, such as pressures and temperatures, along with the superheating and sub-cooling of systems, must be checked here. The App makes additional measuring instruments unnecessary, streamline your entire work process and save a lot of effort as well as loads of valuable time. With Testo, your day-to-day work finally becomes part of your own smart world too.

 

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For more information on testo’s summer support or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help

Discover testo’s measuring solutions for food safety at Commercial Kitchen Show

We’d like to invite you to visit Testo at the NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th of June, where we will have our latest food safety solutions on display. At Commercial Kitchen show we will be exhibiting some of our bestselling solutions for the restaurants and catering sector: including the award-winning testo 270 cooking oil tester, our Saveris 2 wireless temperature monitoring system and testo Saveris Restaurant; a brand-new solution which provides a fully integrated quality management system, specifically for the restaurant sector.

If you’re attending the show or you have some availability in your diary to attend, come and visit testo on stand D15 to see for yourself the solutions we can provide. Below is a bit more information about what will be on our stand.

 

Cooking Oil Quality – the Award-winning testo 270

Many people are unaware of this, but there are a number of risks associated with using cooking oil that is past its best; from high saturated fat content to unpleasant tastes. As cooking oil deteriorates fried products become hard, oily and the food inside might not even cook properly. This raises issues regarding food safety.

 

Testo’s 270 Cooking Oil Tester allows you to determine within seconds whether cooking oil needs changing. To do so, it measures the ‘Total Polar Material’ (TPM) content in the oil, which is a sure indicator of its quality. As well as guaranteeing clean cooking oil and a consistent quality of product, extensive tests have proved that regular measurement with the testo 270 reduces overall oil consumption by up to 20%. Therefore it’s not just productivity that will be improved, but also costs can be significantly reduced.

 

Wireless Temperature Monitoring – testo Saveris 2

As well as in the food distribution and manufacturing industries, temperature monitoring is an important factor in the catering sector. If food is stored in the incorrect conditions the consequences can be devastating and cooking conditions are also important. Using a climate monitoring system like testo’s Saveris 2, you can be certain the temperature in your kitchens and storerooms is continuously monitored.

Testo Saveris 2 Wi-Fi Data Loggers continuously measure temperature and humidity and wirelessly transmit the measurement data to the cloud. You can access these readings at any time using your smartphone, tablet or PC. You are immediately provided with an alarm by text or e-mail in cases of critical temperature or humidity values and can react quickly to threats of damage.

 

Automated Quality Management – testo Saveris Restaurant

Testo have launched a brand-new solution, specific to the restaurant and catering sector, called testo Saveris Restaurant. Combining intuitive software and precise measurement technology, testo’s latest solution aims to make daily job processes noticeably easier, safer and more efficient. It includes a fully integrated temperature monitoring system, and control unit(s) allowing all paper documents to be converted into a digital format.

This will help operators demonstrate the highest level of due diligence and ensures quality checks are completed on time and correctly. By removing the need for paper and automating many checks required in a restaurant, it can also help reduce operating costs and improve efficiency.

 

Come and see us at the show

Visit testo on Stand D15 at Commercial Kitchen, NEC Birmingham, 6th-7th June.

Click here for your free tickets

See you there!

 

About testo Food Safety

Testo offer our industry knowledge as well as a wide range of equipment for food safety which will help you meet your quality requirements and give you the reassurance you are storing and cooking your food safely. Our instruments include temperature monitoring systems, data loggers, thermometers, cooking oil testers, thermal cameras, PH meters and more.

Whether it is for spot checks or long-term monitoring, from farm to fork, Testo has the right instrument for the job. Want to find out more about testo food safety equipment? Why not visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help.

Refrigeration and VAC measurement – the essential tools to get you through the summer

The heating season may be over for the time being (providing we get more sunshine – this is the UK after all!) but good weather also spells an increase in demand for ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration maintenance.

This week is shaping up nicely in terms of sunshine, and if forecasts are to be believed, there’s more hot weather to come this weekend. In these conditions many of us rely on our building air conditioning and cooling systems to get us through the day.

Luckily testo have just the instruments to make sure the temperature and working conditions stay comfortable. Here’s a round up of testo’s tools to help keep you cool and get you through the summer months:

 

Refrigeration Measurement & Analysis

Our range of refrigeration instruments feature the latest technology to help you to work smarter and more efficiently than ever.

 

Manifolds

Now with 60 refrigerant profiles and the added functionality of leak tests, Testo digital manifolds really are the perfect tool for every job. With the introduction of the new range, no matter your budget or requirements, Testo will have a solution.

Testo’s new Digital manifolds incorporate both the price advantage formerly associated with analogue measurement, and the undeniable precision that only digital equipment can offer.

For more information on testo manifolds click here

 

Smart Probes Refrigeration set

In conjunction with a smartphone or tablet, the refrigeration set is ideally suited to service and error detection on air conditioning and refrigeration systems, as well as their installation.

The compact refrigeration set contains the high-pressure measuring instrument testo 549i as well as the clamp thermometer testo 115i (two of each).

For more information on the the testo Smart Probes Refrigeration set click here

 

VAC

In order to feel comfortable in a room, particularly during the summer months, correct ventilation and air quality is crucial. Testo offer a wide range of instruments for Ventilation and Air Conditioning Engineers in order to optimise the building climate.

 

Vane anemometers

Our best selling anemometer is the compact testo 417 anemometer kit. With built-in flow/temperature vane Ø 100 mm to measure flow speed, volume flow and temperature, it is perfect for the majority of applications regarding measurement of volume flow.

Accurate volume flow calculation thanks to easy input of duct area. In addition, it is easy to switch to the current temperature reading. The flow direction, i.e. drawn in or blowing, is visible in the display. Timed and multi-point mean calculation provide information on mean volume flow, flow speed and temperature readings.

For more information on testo vane anemometers click here

 

Volume Flow Hood

Testo’s new volume flow hood testo 420 is the light, precise and convenient solution for regulating volume flows at larger air intakes and outlets. At swirl outlets in particular, the flow straightener significantly reduces the usual measurement errors. This allows users to fulfil hygienic Indoor Air Quality guidelines and stipulations in ventilation and air conditioning systems quickly and precisely, e.g. in industry, office rooms or in cleanrooms.

Handling is especially easy with a uniquely low weight of less than 2.9 kg and ergonomic handles. The measuring instrument can be tilted and removed for more comfortable readout of the measurement values. In addition to this, mobile devices can be used via Bluetooth App integration as a second display and remote control. Users can use the App to finalise and send the measurement report directly on site.

For more information on testo’s Volume Flow Hood click here

 

Smart Probes VAC set

In combination with a smartphone or tablet, it can be used to measure air and surface temperatures, air humidity, air flow velocities and volume flows in, on and around air conditioning plants and systems.

The VAC set includes four App-controlled measuring instruments for important measuring tasks performed by VAC engineers: the testo 405i thermal anemometer. the testo 410i vane anemometer, the testo 605i thermohygrometer and the testo 805i infrared thermometer.

For more information on the the testo Smart Probes VAC set click here

 

Like some more info?

For more information on testo’s summer support or any of our products please visit our website www.testo.co.uk or give us a a call on +44 1420 544433 and we’ll be happy to help