Robot chef Flippy can flip up to 300 burgers a DAY and cook the fries
A robotic chef named Flippy, designed to cook 300 burgers a day, has been upgraded and can now also fill baskets of chips and place them in the deep fryer.
Built by Miso Robotics, a food service startup out of Pasadena, California, it can now serve an entire frying station and do twice as many food prep tasks as the first Flippy, including filling, emptying, and returning baskets.
White Castle is collaborating with Miso on the Flippy project, providing feedback that helps the startup improve the functionality of the product.
They deployed the original Flippy to a location in the Chicagoland area in September 2020 and plan to expand to additional locations once the pilot is over.
A robot chef named Flippy, designed to cook 300 burgers a day, has been upgraded and can now also fill baskets of chips and place them in the deep fryer
Built by Miso Robotics, a food services startup based in Pasadena, California, it can now serve an entire frying station and perform twice as many food prep tasks as the first Flippy, including filling, emptying and returning the basket
FLIPPY 2: THE FAST FOOD ROBOT CHEF
High volume automatic food dispenser: New options for automatic dispensers make Flippy 2 autonomous.
AutoBins for all other food types: Flippy 2 comes standard with three AutoBins that recognize food and place it in baskets.
Team members place food in the AutoBin and Flippy 2 does the rest.
Once the product is placed in the tray, AI vision automatically identifies the food, picks it up, cooks it in the appropriate frying basket and places it in a warming chamber.
Back-of-house positions at fast restaurants have traditionally been labor-intensive, physically demanding and can be dangerous given the proximity of hot oil and grills in compact kitchens, prompting Miso to find a safer alternative.
Flippy 2 is the second version of their solution and is designed to maximize the efficiency of the kitchen while collaborating with human colleagues.
White Castle says it was “impressed and happy” with the productivity gains from having Flippy in the kitchen, as it helped team members stay in their designated locations, reducing the need to jump to another area.
During the pilot, however, employees noted that human assistance was needed on both sides of the robot – from first contact with the uncooked product to the time the cooked food is placed in the storage area.
This meant that several steps required one or two employees.
Basket management wasn’t automated, so the cooking process wasn’t as seamless as it could be, leading to changes in Flippy 2.
“We have learned so much from Flippy and our partnership with Miso Robotics. It’s amazing to see the future of how we provide even better service and even more hot and tasty food to our craving customers in real time is happening right in front of us,” said Jamie Richardson, Vice President at White Castle.
Flippy 2 doesn’t eliminate the need for people, it just makes the frying station less than a full-time job even at peak times, allowing staff to focus on other tasks, the company explained.
White Castle is collaborating with Miso on the Flippy project, providing feedback that helps the startup improve the functionality of the product
One of the new features of Flippy 2 is a brand new AutoBin™ system for smaller quantities and specialty foods such as onion rings or chicken breast.
Each bin can hold as much as a full bin basket, can be adapted to the specific needs of a kitchen and can be delimited for individual products such as vegetables and fish to avoid cross-contamination.
Once the product is placed in the container, artificial intelligence kicks in to automatically identify the food, cook it in the correct basket and place it in a storage area.
This reduces the amount of overall human-food contact, according to Miso, and reduces potential oil drips and burns from lifting moving baskets.
Flippy 2 can only work without human intervention in the middle of the process.
One of the new features on Flippy 2 is a brand new AutoBin™ system for reduced bulk and specialty foods such as onion rings or chicken breast
Each bin can hold as much as a full bin basket, can be adapted to the specific needs of a kitchen and can be delimited for individual products such as vegetables and fish to avoid cross-contamination
“This makes the system faster and increases throughput by 30% — or about 60 baskets per hour — which is more than what’s needed in high-volume restaurants.”
“Like all technologies, Flippy 2 has evolved significantly from its predecessor, and we are extremely grateful for the insights White Castle has gathered to really advance its development in a real restaurant environment,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics. .
Flippy 2 takes up less space in the kitchen and increases production exponentially with its new options for filling, emptying and returning baskets.
“Since Flippy’s inception, our goal has always been to provide a customizable solution that can function harmoniously in any kitchen and without interruptions.
“Flippy 2 has more than 120 configurations built into its technology and is the only robotic baking station currently being produced to scale.”
In addition to White Castle, Miso Robotics has several other pilot agreements with leading national brands, including the recently announced partnership with Inspire Brands.
Restaurants turn to ROBOTS to tackle labor shortage: Delivery bots big enough to carry four pizzas appear on US college campuses in Virginia and Ohio
Companies are increasingly turning to robots to deliver food across the country as consumers demand faster access to goods despite the global labor shortage.
Companies such as Starship Technologies and Russian robot maker Yandex have partnered with a number of colleges in the US, UK and elsewhere to deliver goods as demand for contactless delivery skyrockets.
These robots, of which there are hundreds, can hold four pizzas at a time and navigate college campuses like those at Ohio State University and even city sidewalks, taking advantage of advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
While robots were tested in limited numbers before the coronavirus hit, the companies building them say, pandemic-related labor shortages and a growing preference for contactless delivery have accelerated their deployment.
“We saw the demand for robotic use soar through the ceiling,” Alastair Westgarth, the CEO of Starship Technologies, which recently completed its 2 millionth delivery, said in an interview with Associated Press.