The robotics is a hot topic in the industry today. Thanks to technological advances in this field, some business segments have begun to undergo a profound reorganization, as may be the case of automobile factories or consumer electronics.
Restoration business soon accompany these. In recent years we have witnessed the opening of premises with robots in their ranks, and each time the robotic component in such establishments is more pronounced. From robots waiters to serve the table to kitchen robotic applications specialized in performing a particular task with maximum efficiency.
The use of robotic arms in kitchen is not farfetched. We already running simple applications like CafeX O Flippy, the robot cooking hamburger steaks point. But also more complex and much more revealing about the future approaches, such as sitting by the restaurant Haidilao International Holding Ltd. Beijing.
Nevertheless, the widespread adoption of robotics highly functional kitchen is still a chimera. While in Asia the robots are being implanted with a laudable pace, in the rest of the world's commitment to this technology it is still shy.
A recent study published by the economic department of the ING group and is evidenced. According to experts consulted during the drafting of the study, possible applications robotic arms in the food industry they are being exploited below their possibilities. Focusing at European level, quickly they perceive large dissimilarities between neighboring countries, confirming that there are large unexplored niches in the Union.
It is not the only conclusion to be drawn from this document.
Although much remains to transform market, in just two years we have gone from 6.2 robots per thousand employees 8.4. The total number of robots in the food industry (primary sector, processors and caterers) It is placed in a 30 000 units. Of course, Geographical differences matter; Most of these robots are in Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany.
The use of robotic arms not only promises to revolutionize the sector economically. It is also expected that foods reach the ultimate consumer are more abundant and better quality, thanks mainly to the use of new more efficient and precise technologies.
In general, robotization is considered one of the three main lines through which the world will evolve restoration in coming years, the other two being the digitization and the adoption of new processing techniques.
A) Yes, in the short term is expected to widely used industry robotic arms, Analysis macrodata, artificial intelligence, chips RFID, processing at high pressures, blanching vapor and other cooking techniques.
By other band, IGN report also dares to make some long-term predictions. In this sense it indicates that there are still many difficulties to overcome, but the nanotechnology, 3D printing and cellular technology could arrive sometime, not too distant, to restaurants.
All this is fueled by an economic situation in which large restaurant chains are forced to compete with their prices to attract a clientele lacking monetary surplus. The fact that consumers seek to feed on a healthier way in sugar and fats have no place, merely accelerate the transformative process.
Often these companies do not have to undertake unprecedented reform or install the latest technological innovations. According to the authors of the report, you can still invest in any of the following fields:
- New applications of existing technologies
- Reducing costs through greater technological implementation
- Investment in staff with technical knowledge
further, The report echoes a little discussed reality: what to increased automation in the industry, arouse interest business with a human touch, handmade traditional.
Thus restaurateurs who do not want to opt for a strategy with strong technological investment that allows them to undertake large-scale operations, consistently provide quality and low price do still above; They can always choose to return to the roots of the restaurant by a local staff focused treatment, the products premium and human methods.
In the case of organized restoration, It is logical that Kitchen robotics restaurants and other automatons to make an appearance soon. The first to arrive will be the specialized robots for tasks such as cut, take, put on, quality control, packing or emplatar. This first generation of machines will work cooperatively with the kitchen staff and camaraderie, by which these early robots have been called cobots or collaborative robots. But later, it is expected that the most advanced robots, able to interpret and solve complex problems, They end up displacing human workers.
Job destruction by entry robotic arms and robotic vehicles to the restaurant is a concern for many workers belonging to the sector, but from the highest levels seen as positive, a way to reduce company expenses. Social conflict is served.
But while the robots promise a future in which almost all of society benefits, it seems that workers will have to adapt and reorganize its powers to deliver value to the companies they work. Take for example the case of McDonald’s, where kiosks autopedido They have not caused the cashiers was fired, but now these people perform new functions acquired in the kitchen.
We can conclude that robots are here to stay because "robotization produce great benefits for the food industry, not only from a cost standpoint, but also with respect to food security and alleviate working conditions', van't Hoff as confirmed Robbert, executive director of the Dutch firm Westfort Meat.