Miso Robotics, the designers of the world's most popular robot fryer, “Flippy”, give their burger fryer a new look.
The company has designed a new installation for its robotic arm that allows slots under the hood over a frying station instead of placing the robot on the kitchen floor.
This move saves space and improves efficiency when the company places its robot chefs in fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and Burger King across the country.
Miso moves while other startups trying to automate the process of preparing pizza to burgers get burned. Zume, the formerly soaring pizza maker and packaging robot, recently had to fire some of his workforce, and Creator, the automated burger preparation restaurant, is still operating from a single location in San Francisco two years after it was founded.
In contrast, Flippy is now used in both Dodger Stadium and Arizona Diamondbacks Chase Stadium, as well as in restaurants supported by Miso Robotics investor Cali Group. Speaking of investments, Miso Robotics hopes to leverage over 1 billion views of the company's promotional videos on social media by launching a crowdfunding campaign through SeedInvest that will enable the company to could earn $ 30 million.
For Ryan Sinnett, co-founder of Miso Robotics and chief technology officer, the new design will be able to increase acceptance in fast food restaurants and solve some of the personnel problems that have hit the fast food industry.
Real Estate Footprint “with the new design, says Sinnett. "We show how this robot improves profit margins by a set amount."
The ultimate goal is to offer the robot for The restaurants pay a fee for using the robot, says Sinnett. The robotics-as-a-service model is already popular in the logistics industry, where warehouses improve margins through increased automation, but the robots are not yet able to penetrate the restaurant business sufficiently to get the business model up and running.
Flippy's new look is currently just a prototype that makes fried chicken strips, onion rings, and french fries at Miso Robotics' test kitchen center in Pasadena, California. However, the robot will be certified and available for kitchens in the second half of the year, according to Sinnett.
The company has already signed a first contract with Caliburger, which will cover the business with $ 11 million for its burger tipping robots over a five-year period. Miso Robotics said it already has over a million reservations.
"This can be done in 80 percent of kitchens," says Sinnett. "We designed this entire system so that it looked like what it meant to cook in a kitchen."
Flippy solved the vision problem by specifying what items needed to be cooked. the planning problem – how to time and prioritize different menu items; and fulfilling multiple orders, says Sinnett.