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White Castle is using AI-powered robots to fry burgers

How do you like your burger? Flipped by a robot? If yes, you are in for a double treat as White Castle, a burger maker, is installing Flippy 2 robots at 100 of its locations.

It has always been a giving that robots will take over all our jobs, including flipping burgers. White Castle, a chain of burger makers, has taken the transition into a robotic workforce seriously. It has announced it is working with Miso Robotics to set up Flippy 2 robots in 100 locations. This is less than a third of the chain’s 350 outlets.

The rollout is being coordinated by region, and some locations will take delivery of their own robot burger flippers in the coming months.

The two companies began collaborating on a burger robot in 2020, and the original version was set up at a White Castle outlet in the Chicagoland area. However, after a year of testing, the pair has found ways to improve a robot that flips burgers and has released the Flippy 2 version. This latest model was revealed last November.

Flippy 2 can fry 60 baskets per hour, amounting to roughly 300 burgers per day. It is a lot less slim than its predecessor, taking up 56 percent less space and 13 percent shorter. As an added bonus, there is less surface to clean up, meaning fewer expenses for maintenance.

It uses artificial intelligence to identify the food (burgers, fries, or chicken fingers), pick it, cook it, put it in the correct frying basket, and finally store it in a heated holding area. Flippy 2 can work entirely without human attention.

The new Flippy also has an AutoBin system that can take care of special dishes like onion rings and chicken tenders. It has also doubled the number of food-making tasks it can do, including filling, emptying, and returning the baskets.

Miso aims to help fast-food joints eliminate some of the common problems or challenges in the back-end. It is working on another robot that fries chicken wings at a large scale for chicken-based restaurants. With Miso’s robots, some of the less-desirable work of running a kitchen is taken off the staff, and they can concentrate on serving customers. It is also a more hygienic way to make burgers because they won’t come in contact with humans, a good feature in this pandemic period. However, most restaurant chains will be more interested in the cost savings Miso’s robots offer.

Meanwhile, as a customer, you might not notice that a human has not fried your burger because you won’t see the robots. However, you might get your order faster than before.

“Our partnership with Miso continues to lead the way on what’s next for back of house restaurant operations looking to empower team members with technology to better satisfy customers,” said Jeff Carper, Chief Operating Officer at White Castle. “Having Flippy 2 be a new hire at 100 of our White Castle locations keeps us on a path to achieve big goals at White Castle.”

“We could not be more grateful for the confidence White Castle has shown in us as we enter into the next phase of our partnership,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics. “White Castle was the first large brand to embrace our technology and we are thrilled that our Flippy pilot made such a positive impact on their operations that they want to integrate 100 more. We can’t wait to continue on this journey with such an outstanding partner.”

Miso has raised more than $50 million through crowdfunding that has involved more than 15,000 investors.

Written by HackerVibes

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