Opening a pizzeria could soon be as simple as renting out a small business space, then attaching a robot to it. That’s the idea behind the Pizzaiola system, taking the chef and other kitchen staff out of the equation.
Produced by Illinois-based Nala Robotics, Pizzaiola is essentially a 12 x 12 foot (3.7 x 3.7 m) self-contained kitchen that incorporates food preparation/storage areas products, an oven and last but not least, the 7-axis robotic arm that moves through space.
Customers can order verbally through an adjacent self-service kiosk or through a cashier who delivers orders electronically to the kitchen. Alternatively, orders can be placed online for home delivery – a task already performed by the robot.
Either way, the robot will proceed to choose between four doughs, four sauces, plus 35 cheeses and other toppings. It then presses the dough, adds the sauce and toppings, and then cooks, cuts, and canning the pizza. According to the company, the robot can prepare up to 50 pizzas per hour, in sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 or 18 inches.
Business owners can add other food prep stations – along with appliances like ovens or fryers – and then train Pizzaiola’s machine learning-based operating system to prepare foods like bread burgers, fries, wings, pasta and salads. Whatever it’s doing, the robot is claimed to check more than 1,200 food safety and quality parameters every microsecond.
Pizzaiola rental packages start at US$7,000 a month. You can see the system in use, in the following video.
PizzAIola by Nala Robotics – AI-based robot chef for Pizza, Wings, Pasta and more.
Source: Nala Robotics