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Robots in the restaurant industry

Robots have been a staple in the manufacturing industry since the 1930s. Today we are now seeing robots in the restaurant industry to quicken and perfect the food preparation phase, mostly in fast food restaurants.

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These robots used in the restaurant industry are any machine able to complete a specific assigned task without any influence from humans. This process is usually more effective and the outcome more consistent.

What do they do?

Most of the robots aid in flipping burgers, extracting fryer baskets from oil, or transferring food/ingredients from one area to another. There are also automated kiosks making coffee, bread, and other goods that can receive your order and fulfill it all within the same machine.

How can they help?

Since robots are replacing typical cook positions at fast food restaurants, existing employees can then be transferred to management-oriented responsibilities. Employees will have an improved sense of autonomy and thus contribute more to the organization. In the current restaurant climate, fewer human employees in the kitchen will reduce employees as well as customers contracting coronavirus. Most restaurants will then be able to remain open for 24/7 hours without any sections of the kitchen/restaurant closing since robots can work without fault all day. Robots unlike humans do not make errors and thus each customer’s order will be prepared to precise specifications.

Example Pricing

  • The robot meant to flip paddies can be purchased (or financed) for $30,000
  • You can finance it for $1,500 a month
    • The monthly installment also covers software updates and general maintenance and repairs.
  • $1,500 a month fee equates to an employee working 12 hour shifts at $4 an hour.
  • Arizona’s minimum wage will be $12/hour starting January 2020 and the federal rate is $7.25 an hour.

Robots in the restaurant industry is still in its infancy of implementation. However, the promise of cost reduction, improvement to employee morale, affordability, and the ability to reduce COVID cases are just a few of the reasons these robotized chefs are becoming more appealing in the industry.  If implementing robotics into your restaurant processes is something that interests you, please reach out to one of our restaurant professionals and we can help point you in the right direction.

As always, we’re here to help. Contact us with any questions.

Stephen Sinn