NIAW – Automating commercial kitchens with a commercial glass washer

Restaurants and kitchens are increasingly becoming more and more technologically advanced whether it’s through custom table reservation systems or machinery such as a commercial glass washer. The reason that these advances in technology are taking place is for the same that any type of change occurs in catering businesses, they help the bottom line. A glass washer, although initially appearing a little expensive can help to save a tremendous amount of money in the long run if used correctly. Old fashioned restaurant and pub owners will tell you that they would rather employ people to do their glass and dish washing but progressive owners are increasingly seeing the value of industrial glass washers and dishwashers.

What are glass washers offering restaurant owners


These days a glass washer comes packed with a massive variety of features that make the an invaluable piece of catering equipment. Not only do they have incredibly quick wash times, sometimes only taking 1 to 2 minutes depending on the volume of glasses being cleaned but they also have a wide variety of wash temperature setting too ranging from energy saving to a deep clean. We spoke to someone who was using a pub glass washer because his staff couldn’t deal with the sheer volume of washing up that they had to do and he commented that he couldn’t be happier with his equipment.

So if you’re looking to save money in your pub or restaurant, have a look into automation to help you along the way.

NIAW – Automating your business with electric curtains

One of the best innovations that we’ve seen enter the marketplace in recent years are electric curtains. These remarkable devices offer complete automation for curtain opening and closing. Now people can control the lighting in their businesses from one single point and many of the latest models of electric curtain tracks and curtain poles are even offering the ability to be controlled via a smartphone app via their bluetooth connection. This capability means that business owners are being given more control than ever.

electric curtains automation

How do the electric curtains actually work though?

The truth is that these handy automation systems don’t actually require a radical change to your existing curtain pole. The system can simply be hing on your existing curtain tracks and rails and your existing curtains fitted to the new system.

Essentially a motor at the end of the electric curtain tracks pulls on a series of cables that in turn cause sliders to retract and pull on the curtain looks, this then serves to do the actual opening and closing of the curtains. This is a relatively simple automation device but one that can have a big effect on any business or indeed in any home in which they are fitted. Unfortunately, as with most great pieces of technology, these electric curtains don’t come that cheap, you can expect to pay several hundred pound for a decent set up.

NIAW – How construction with precast concrete panels is becoming automated

As technology is becoming more sophisticated, there are few industries that are not being automated and the construction industry is no exception, today we’re talking about how precast concrete panels are being placed automatically. Before we get into how the technology works, precast concrete panels for those that don’t know are typically used in large construction jobs for things like concrete fencing or perhaps cladding the side of a building with a sturdy material. Precast concrete wall panels are especially useful because they are relatively environmentally friendly and offer a cheap, heat insulating material that will last for years to come.


Automation of precast concrete panel placement

Some of the construction companies at the top end of the market have invested heavily in the use of automation equipment and software that will allow machines to place these concrete wall panels wherever architects and construction workers tell them to. Not only does this free up time for construction workers to be doing other things like installing the block and beam floor but it also allows companies to employ less people. As with any kind of automation there are good and bad points, although money and time are saved, it will decrease the need for actual workers which depending on who you are may be a very bad thing.

Essentially plans are uploaded to a computer system which sophisticated software is able to read, then large automated cranes spring into action and place the pre-stressed concrete panel in the relevant places, incredible stuff!