Pizza preparation robot that can assemble and cook 300 pizzas every hour
Pizza preparation robot that can assemble and cook 300 pizzas per hour with minimal human input revealed at CES
- The automated pizza-making system can make 300 12-inch pizzas per hour
- At adds toppings to a pre-made base and cooks the pizza without human input
- A traditional pizzeria can usually only produce around 250 pizzas a day
- Picnic claims that the robot could solve a labor problem in the restaurant industry
Even your local pizzeria is not safe for the forward automation.
At CES, a Seattle-based picnic demonstrated its automated pizza-making system that can quickly assemble and prepare pies with minimal human interaction.
The system, which consists of three compact modular panels that are joined together to form a conveyor belt, is able to take a pre-made pizza crust, cover it with toppings and cook the cake until pre-specified doneness.
What is even more compelling than the fact that the pizza is made with little to no human input is the speed with which the Picnic bone works.
According to CEO Clayton Wood, the bot can make an impressive 300 12-inch pizzas every hour when at maximum capacity.
Picnic from Seattle presented its automated pizza-making system that can quickly assemble and prepare cakes with minimal human interaction
HOW DOES IT WORK?
An empty crust is placed on the conveyor belt and then a human worker enters the specifications of the cake – such as the size of the pizza and the desired toppings.
The crust then goes through the assembly, starting with the sauce, then cheese and toppings and finally the cake is baked perfectly.
According to him, that rate conveniently beats a traditional pizzeria that can usually only produce around 250 pizzas a day.
Regarding quality, Picnic wanted CES participants to know exactly how a pizza made by a robot tastes and served cakes for those who viewed the show floor.
Although the company decided to make a “convention-style” pizza typical of what is normally served at CES, Wood said Picnic is adaptable and can change its output depending on customer needs.
That means that a restaurant that serves deep pizza from Chicago can use Picnic just as easily as a customer who wanted to make a Neapolitan or New York pizza.
As with many robots, there is a question of how and more importantly, who will be influenced by the introduction of Picnic to the restaurant world.
CEO Clayton Wood says that the bot can make an impressive 300 12-inch pizzas every hour when at maximum capacity
Even your local pizzeria is not safe for the forward automation
Although it is easy to propose a system like Picnic to replace employees, Wood says that Picnic could actually help solve a labor problem in the restaurant industry.
“In the food service industry, there is a huge labor shortage worldwide. Nobody can get enough and if you don’t get enough employees, you often have new, low-skilled employees, “said Wood.
“In Pizza, training is needed to get the recipe right and get the proportions right, and if you’re a brand and the proportions are wrong, you don’t really make a brand pizza.”
Wood claims that there is a labor shortage, which is true for many restaurants around the world and especially in the US where a crackdown on illegal immigrants has sent many workers who have traditionally sent the kitchens back to their home countries.
The platform will initially focus on the production of customizable large-volume pizzas made with all types of ingredients, consistent and sequential, with a speed of up to 180 18 ” or 300 12 ” pizzas per hour
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for chefs has grown by 6 percent over the next 10 years, meaning that restaurants need more than 1 million chefs.
The labor aspect, says Wood, is just one piece of the puzzle for Picnic and is perhaps not even the most attractive.
He says that the attraction of the Picnic is often focused on one thing: consistency.
“Consistency, we actually hear from customers, is a higher value than saving labor,” said Wood.
The company has already started handing out pizzas using Picnic in Las Vegas T-Mobile park and has recently announced a partnership with a local restaurant in Seattle.
Wood says he expects the company’s bot to be fully in production by the end of this year.