Food trucks serve an estimated 2.5 billion people every day. The trend that emerged in Los Angeles a decade ago began mostly as a way to get fresh tacos while on the go.
Now, there’s a food truck revolution happening across the country. Vendors are serving up everything from gourmet food to desserts and ethnic cuisines. From the convince it provides, to the lower costs and the sheer culinary goodness coming from these mobile cooking stations, there’s a good reason this trend has spread across the nation.
For the owners, operators, and manufacturers of these unique restaurants on wheels, new ways to speed up processes, improve safety and deliver fresh, better food options to the public is a key focus as the market continues to grow.
Here’s how sensors fit in.
The smaller real estate offered inside of these trucks together with the cooking happening creates a very hot environment. How do you keep cool while still serving up the line at the window? With a temperature sensor. One that controls the space so no one is overheated or fatigued and valuable resources are wasted as fans and cooling units continually operate.
In the regions where winter months present freezing temperatures, there’s also fear of fluid lines freezing or winterization going wrong (if being put in storage). With a sensor to monitor the fluid in the water and fuel lines, food trucks can be sure they’re trucks are protected from cold weather damage.
Level sensors in ice machines can keep the cubes cold and also ensure it’s also replenished with new ice as you serve customers throughout the day.
Food safety and spoilage is another common topic when it comes to food trucks. How can you ensure there is enough clean and hot water to sanitize hands and prevent bacteria? Keeping food from spoiling is critical. Temperature sensing is a must.
Also in terms of safety, monitoring grease traps to ensure they are cleaned at the right time and ensuring waste oil containers are properly emptied are also important for the safety of occupants and the public.
One way food trucks are innovating for the future is by incorporating new technologies and apps that improve operations. From digital processes to better monitoring tools (such as level sensors) it’s becoming easier to eliminate errors and manual processes. A sensor that monitors refrigerator functions can even potentially save on energy spending. The possibilities are endless for keeping machines working and a safe environment for the food truck business to thrive.
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