The modern-day demand for quick service restaurants and fast-food means restaurant owners must look for more efficient ways to operate. For this cause, Aniai has developed an Intelligent Robotic Kitchen: a machine capable of automating the entire hamburger production process within the confined space of the kitchen.
Aniai wants to resolve two major problems that most restaurant owners face these days: labor shortage and demand for quick services. According to the National Restaurant Association survey conducted in 2021, 78% of restaurants found hiring and retaining staff most challenging due to high training costs, productivity limitations, and high churn rate among younger employees. With the Robotic Kitchen, employees only have to reload ingredients and clean the machine, allowing restaurant owners to hire from a wider age pool. With minimal effort inside the kitchen, the Robotic Kitchen will be able to independently handle customer’s request with high accuracy and low downtime.
Aniai’s Robotic Kitchen uses AI and robotics technology to rapidly assemble hamburgers with modifiable recipes according to the customer’s preferences. With its advanced AI, high levels of quality control and fault predictions are enforced, minimizing error and downtime while providing strict hygiene, low delay, and reduced labor cost. Additionally, data from machines will be collected onto a cloud, allowing everything to be remotely monitored and controlled by the store manager.
One noticeable characteristic of the Robotic Kitchen is its modular design. Like Lego blocks, the Robotic Kitchen is comprised of small modules that are uniquely designed to handle all the ingredients that make up a hamburger. These modules can be easily added or removed according to the store’s needs, making the Robotic Kitchen capable of handling all types of recipes of various franchises.
Aniai was selected as one of the ten startups in “Microsoft for Startups,” an accelerator run by Microsoft and won the first prize in the K-Startup League 2020. Aniai aims to build up its presence in the domestic market and expand into international markets within the next year.
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