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ITW Food Equipment Group Introduces SmartConnect365™ A New Suite of Apps to Optimize Performance and Efficiency

Hobart SmartConnect™ is First App to be Introduced

GLENVIEW, Illinois – (July 8, 2021) – ITW Food Equipment Group has announced the launch of the Hobart SmartConnect™ app, the first in ITW Food Equipment Group’s SmartConnect365™ suite of apps designed to connect end-users to various WiFi-enabled commercial kitchen equipment across ITW Food Equipment Group brands such as Hobart, Baxter, Traulsen, Vulcan, Foster, Bonnet and more.

SmartConnect is the smart way to stay connected to the kitchen.  Simply download the SmartConnect app and connect to any WiFi-enabled ITW Food Equipment Group devices using your existing WiFi network.  The app gives power to the user to monitor kitchen equipment remotely, providing real-time access and analysis to machine data right from the palm of your hand.  Users will be able to gain important insight into how equipment is being used, monitor sanitization status and water and energy consumption, and reduce downtime with equipment status and email alerts notifying users about machine errors.

Hobart Commercial Dishwashers will be the first products accessible in the Hobart SmartConnect app, specifically the new Hobart AM16 Door Type and AMTL Two-Level Dishwashers just released to the market last month.  The SmartConnect app monitors a wide range of machine data and sends that data to the SmartConnect Cloud through the dishmachine’s onboard WiFi.  Users can pair their compatible machine with the free smart phone app; then track and analyze dishmachine data on their smartphone or tablet.

Having this information allows users to create better procedures and enhance performance in the dishroom by monitoring sanitization, analyzing usage, consumption and costs, and by getting emails for critical events. A simple interface visualizes this information over days, weeks, months or years.

“Recognizing the needs of busy kitchens, we have engineered a new kind of commercial dishwasher designed to improve dishroom performance, reduce labor and lower the cost of operations,” said Hobart Warewash Marketing Manager – Jerry Socha. “SmartConnect builds on this by giving further insights to kitchen managers and restaurant owners by providing information on how to improve productivity and efficiency.”

With the SmartConnect365 suite of apps, users will be able to connect to WiFi-enabled products from multiple ITW Food Equipment Group brands.  Following the launch of the Hobart SmartConnect app, additional apps will be made available for other ITW Food Equipment Group brands. From any of the branded SmartConnect apps, users will be able to connect any WiFi-enabled ITW Food Equipment Group product without having to download a new app each time.

“Our customers are becoming more digitally savvy every day. Having real time access to equipment usage information and alerts helps them maximize productivity of uptime and minimize the impact of downtime,” said ITW Food Equipment Group Director of Marketing Todd Blair.  “The new SmartConnect365 suite of apps also helps promote food safety and sustainability by monitoring temperatures and energy consumption across refrigeration, cooking and sanitization processes.”

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ITW Food Equipment Group
ITW Food Equipment Group LLC, a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works, is the brand behind the brands found in commercial kitchens, bakeries, delis and groceries around the world. An ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008, ITW Food Equipment Group embodies a family of premium brands including Hobart, Traulsen, Baxter, Vulcan, Wolf, Berkel, Stero, Somat, Gaylord, Kairak and Peerless—covering all your food equipment needs, from food preparation and refrigeration to cooking and baking to dishwashing and waste disposal to weighing and packaging. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we’re always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment. Explore ITW Food Equipment Group by visiting

Hobart – Commercial Dishwashers
At Hobart, an ITW Food Equipment Group brand, it is our mission to provide premium commercial dishwashers that foodservice and food retail professionals can trust to work hard and deliver quality, consistent results day in and day out, empowering them to focus on what they love most—creating great food for great people. Get Hobart Clean with less time, energy and cost. From sparkling glasses to freshly washed dishware, Hobart commercial dishwashers deliver a level of clean that staff and customers will appreciate. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we’re always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment. Hobart is part of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC (a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works) and is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008. Explore Hobart by visiting, connecting with us on Facebook at or by contacting your local Hobart representative at 888-4HOBART.

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On behalf of ITW Food Equipment Group:
Greg Gramke
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