Fast Food Industry Could Welcome Robots Soon

If there is anyone that could attest to the development of the fast food industry in Latin America, it’s Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan. Remember the television series called The Jetsons where a space age family shows what it is like to live with Rosey the Robot. The show was aired in the 1960s and back then it was considered to be a fictitious theme. Little did we know that technology will progress so much that in just a few decades that the technologies featured in The Jetsons were already reality.

A recent development showed that we might be able to see the real life version of Rosey the Robot soon in the fast food industry. There are many challenges that a fast food industry faces including high costs and not enough workers to do the job. This is why many companies have invested in robots that can flip their hamburgers automatically and has the ability to clean the grills. These are the type of jobs that are mostly undesired by people looking for employment.

In a survey conducted by the United States Labor Department this April, there is an overwhelming amount of job vacancies. In the hospitality sector, there are 844,000 positions available for application. In retrospect, the hospitality industry offers one job for every eight posted daily.

Wendy’s has already employed ovens with self-cleaning features to avoid grease cleaning and the company also bought new dishwashers that operate automatically. These are used in washing spatulas, bowls and various utensils used in food preparation.

Another company based in Seattle, CaliBurger, offers payment kiosks together with robotics in order to serve customers with hamburgers, sandwiches, fries, shakes and cheeseburgers. The company formed a partnership with Miso Robotics in order to create Flippy, a robot that can cookburgers and clean grills.

Dunkin’ Donuts, on the other hand, tested robot baristas in their stores which did fine in serving simples drinks but had some trouble in getting custom orders. According to Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, the downside with these robots is that they are very expensive to purchase, requires regular cleaning and maintenance in order to avoid breakdowns, which could affect operations.