Robotic Food Production

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Momentum Machines has developed a robot designed to take the place of humans in burger restaurants. The robot can grind meat, stamp out a patty, grill a beef patty, send it along a conveyor-belt, toast the buns, squirt on the condiments, slice and drop in pickles and tomatoes and lettuce, then pop the finished burger into a bag, all in under five minutes.

The prototype is a miniature assembly line, with one conveyor that carries patties through a gas grill and another that deposits lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles atop a bun. All the ingredients come together at the machine’s exit chute. Everything is modular, so that parameters such as cook times, the selection of condiments, and the thickness of the beef patties can be swapped out depending on a restaurant’s menu.

According to management, the Company’s next revision will offer custom meat grinds for every single customer. For example, customers will be able specify the blends of meat they want (e.g. 1/3 pork and 2/3 bison ground).

Its creators believe their patty-flipping Alpha robot could save the fast-food industry in the United States about $9 billion a year. Designed to entirely replace two to three full-time kitchen staff, Momentum believes kitchen robots are not only more cost-effective than human staff, they are also more hygienic.

Momentum Machines has a truly impressive management team. Its key people were trained in mechanical engineering, control systems, and physics at top tier institutions: Berkeley, Stanford, UCSB, University of Utah, and WPI. The team has work experience with cutting edge firms such as: iRobot, NASA, Sandia National Labs, Semiconductor Technology Associates, and Tesla.

Robotic Food Production, 3.8 out of 5 based on 31 ratings

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