Cali Burger had hoped to solve its recruitment problems by employing a robot called Flippy.
(CCM) — A burger-flipping robot called Flippy has been switched off after just one day on the job because it is has generated so much interested in its cooking that it is unable to keep up with demand, the BBC reports.
The robot, which consists of a robot arm which holds a spatula, was installed at a Cali Burger outlet in Pasadena at the beginning of March. A sign in the restaurant says that Flippy will be back in action cooking "soon," but did not specify a precise date.
Miso Robotics, the company that made the robot, is testing new control software that will enable Flippy to work faster to fulfill all the orders that comes its way. At its launch the robot was said to be capable of cooking up to 2,000 burgers per day.
The restaurant is also training staff so that they can prepare and position the beef patties and other components of its burgers in a way which will enable Flippy to work more efficiently.
The company bought the robot to overcome difficulties recruiting and training humans to do its job. Eventually it plans to install burger-flipping robots similar to Flippy in up to 50 of its restaurants, the report says.
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