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Smart cleaning robots that do not need human intervention arrive in restaurants


Advances in robotics that have been observed in recent years have caused automata to leave the assembly lines of large industries to act in much more everyday scenarios. The coronavirus crisis and the search for new applications based on technology contactless that minimize shared surfaces and interactions between staff and customers have promoted a revolution in this field.

Restaurants are no strangers to this accelerated process of refinement that is affecting automated machines, in fact, many chains or organized catering groups are implementing this type of solution in one way or another: Casting robots, waiters robots, articulated arms in kitchens, robotic vending machines, etc. KFC has managed to open in Moscow (Russia) a fully automated facility that has been all the rage even in the midst of a pandemic, and in China they have achieved a similar milestone in the Foodom from Guagnzhou.

However, some socioeconomic reports suggest that the bulk of the change is yet to come. This is the case of the report on the adoption of robotics in Europe, signed by the ING Group. It could be said that both robotics and other technologies who support it (artificial intelligence, internet of things, machine learning and big data analytics in real time, to name a few), They are in their infancy.

That's why there is still much to be done to restaurants hundred percent automated using robotics generalized. Some already exist, as above, but they have their own solutions to the problems faced in setting, and to make it to that level of robotics they have had to make huge expenditures in R & D.

The future is more flattering to the owner of an average restaurant. Gradually the different niches that can be automated are atendiéndose and appear on the open market, and affordable prices, solutions suitable for use in any business. On the other hand, the public is more receptive than ever to the implantation of robots in restaurants and other businesses with customer service. He coronavirus has changed the rules of the game, and now digitization has been freed from any social stigma it might previously suffer.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the developers have decided to revolutionize the traditional dishwasher.. This appliance has crept into our usual cast of kitchen furniture recently. So much so that in many traditional businesses where there have been no recent reforms, the device does not appear clean and still is attribution of staff camaraderie or cooking vessel, dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils.

All those restaurants that haven't caught up yet, They have the opportunity to get ahead of other businesses in the sector when they decide to upgrade your kitchen. The Silicon Valley-based company recently (California, OF. UU.), Dishcraft, He showed the world its model of dishwasher-art robotized.

To design the appliance, the founder and executive director of Dishcraft, Linda Pouliot, He has devoted four years of his life to refine the system. But before you even start with the part associated with engineering, his project was already a success.

To ensure that the robotized dishwasher Dishcraft met the needs of professionals restaurants, Linda began to work as a dishwasher at a local establishment. There he met first-hand one of the most demanding positions and with less glamour that exist in the guild. The aftermath of every meal became a hell long hours standing, with the lower back tension by the position, cleaning the grease residue and seized food at the restaurant trousseau. Stress was not just physical, but also mentally, times were against the future president of Dishcraft and errors meant disgruntled customers or losses from vessels or piper.

Very repetitive process, expensive, laborious and little desired made it a perfect target for automation using robotics. And actually, thanks to the hard work of the team of the Californian technology company, these tasks undesired and can be executed automatically, without the intervention of the template.

The fully functional prototype uses an articulated arm equipped with a suction cup with which it holds the stacked dishes. The controller then enters plates individually in a cavity with rotating brushes where any remaining food is removed effectively. Finally the dishes placed in trays where specialized drain naturally.

The first model shown publicly still has many limitations. Professionals in the sector indicate that is a good starting point, but there is still work to be done to bring to the market a satisfactory machine. to get started, He wiped the prototype shown only a fixed size plates. The mere inclusion of silverware this process would require trivial tweaks, such as replacement of the suction cup for some kind of pliers or pincers.

But certainly one of the star features of the machine that has everyone concerned is the existence of a scanner capable of detecting any stain that resists the first wash. In the washing up by hand or using a traditional dishwasher, staff must always be aware of possible failures in the cleaning process to submit those objects that still have dirt cleaning even more comprehensive and thorough. With the new machine will Dishcraft this process fully automatically, so that staff can spend their time on more productive tasks.

Another specification attract much attention from professionals restaurants is the economy in the use of water and detergents. On the one hand, the rotating brushes significantly reduce water consumption. On the other hand, allows the use of the fair and necessary chemical products to comply with the disinfection measures required to guarantee public health in the restaurant. These two points encourage restaurateurs, given the large initial investment associated to expect, know that They save money on operating costs long term, both consumables such as wages for the dishwasher.

Since the company wanted to address the initial concerns of professionals restaurants about the apparent limitations of the robotized dishwasher, stressing that the pattern shown by The Spoon is nothing more than a prototype, and that the model will soon be available to be purchased has ability to handle delicate glasses and silverware even, so any fear of not be able to work with a variety of items is, clearly, unfounded.

It seems that there will still be a little wait for the Dishcraft automated dishwasher to be ready to be installed., while we wait, we can't take our eyes off another robot that Samsung has recently announced. The Korean company model is a automaton equipped with an articulated arm of high precision whose task is to clear the table, put dishes and cutlery in a dishwasher, remove the pots and put them in their place correspondent. An ideal complement in these times of social distancing that also illustrates the future aspect of many of our restaurants.

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Article by the editorial team of DiegoCoquillat.com. It has professionals both in the field of hospitality, gastronomy and tourism, and new technologies and innovation.


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