White Castle, the fast food chain known for slider burgers and its signature white castle sauce, is now testing a burger-flipping robot. The robot, dubbed “Flippy,” is designed to work in busy restaurants flipping burgers and frying up chicken nuggets. While it’s not clear yet if Flippy will be taking over all White Castle kitchens, the company is definitely keeping an open mind about the possibilities.
Miso Robotics’ partnership with White Castle allows Flippy’s automation to go a step further. White Castle plans on integrating Flippy with its point-of-sale system, allowing the robot to begin cooking up an order as soon as it’s been submitted. Considering many White Castle locations possess touchscreen stations that customers can order from directly, Flippy’s installation will help automate almost all of the fast food experience from start to finish.
Though new to what’s controversially considered the world’s first burger chain, this won’t be Flippy’s first fast food rodeo. Flippy systems can currently be found at Dodger Stadium in LA, the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field in Phoenix, and two CaliBurger restaurants, where they’ve fried 20 tons of food since 2018. Much of Flippy’s desirability so far has been in its ability to boost consistency; sensors and intelligent monitoring help keep food temperatures and assembly uniform, which has long been considered vital to the success of any fast food establishment. While this is a major factor in White Castle’s decision to try out Flippy, the company is particularly interested in reducing human contact with food as contagious disease concerns remain relevant.
If Flippy’s test run in Chicago goes well, White Castle will integrate a hundred more systems in locations across the country.
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February 23, 2022 at 08:33AM