Friday, November 18, 2016
Robot Made Pizza - Is it Good?
"Can you taste the difference between a pizza made by a robot and a pizza made by a human?
At Zume Pizza, co-founder Julia Collins doesn't think so. Which is exactly why the Mountain View, California, company has decided to outsource part of the pizza-making process to general-purpose robots.
When a customer places an order through the website or the app, a human spreads the dough onto a conveyor belt. Robots squirt tomato sauce and spread it across the base before it reaches the next human, who covers it in toppings.
A six-axis ABB robot -- typically used for pallet-stacking operations in factories -- picks up the pizza and places it into the 800-degree oven.
Cameras and optical sensors track progress along the way so the robots know thickness, size and rate of travel as the pizza goes down the line. At maximum capacity, the system can produce up to 5,000 pizzas each day, though they're not quite there yet.
But the automation gets more interesting when pizzas are out for delivery in the specially designed truck..."
Read the full article at its source: https://www.cnet.com/news/see-inside-a-robot-pizza-factory/