The Impact of Touchscreen Interfaces on Kitchen Operations Just as flip phones became a thing of the past with the introduction of the smartphone, foodservice equipment manufacturers are replacing manual knobs with touchscreens and interactive displays. Both chefs and operators can use equipment with touchscreens to improve their daily functions. A few of the key benefits of equipment with touchscreens include: Convenience – Touchscreens are inherently easy to use and require less overall training because the operation of the equipment is the same for multiple food items — allowing for faster onboarding and freeing employees to work on other tasks. Quality – Touchscreens can improve food consistency with programmable timing to ensure the menu item is made the same way each and every time. Safety – Touchscreens help to ensure that food won’t be undercooked because it can be preprogrammed for the proper temperature and time. Variety – Touchscreens provide the ability to offer a number of different varieties of food from a single piece of equipment, arming chefs with an easy way to expand or enhance their menus. Graphic Interface – Touchscreens utilizing photos instead of or alongside text creates easy associations and eliminates the need for translation. Because Antunes is vertically integrated, its electronics division programs touchscreens for its equipment in house, offering greater customization for customers. Antunes is continually looking to innovate by expanding IOT-integrated features; these advancements enable data capture and analysis in order to improve the machines’ efficiencies and identify when PM and replacement consumables are needed. With the additional functionality and capabilities they provide, touchscreens are becoming a more mainstream feature for foodservice equipment and will continue to positively impact kitchen operations in the years to come. Like touchscreens, flexible product features offer a number of benefits to operators. Learn more about these features in this article.