AUTEC, a Japan-based commercial sushi robot provider, recently announced the release of its new maki-maker robot, the ASM890A. The robot produces high-quality rice sheets of various thickness and size for various foods, including sushi rolls, burritos, pizza, tacos and more.
The robot’s rollers aim to imitate the quality of a rice sheet crafted by a sushi chef with an ideal air to rice ratio. The ASM890A also included a new LCD display that allows the user to customize the formation and wrapping of the rolls with easy-to-understand graphic displays.
Robots in the commercial sushi industry
AUTEC originally debuted in 1962 as Audio-Technica in Tokyo as an audio equipment manufacturer. But for the last 40 years, the company has focused on sushi robots to help the restaurant industry. After an employee contest in the 1980s yielded a children’s toy sushi maker, AUTEC combined its audio manufacturing and sushi robotics background to develop the world’s first automatic sushi maker for home use in 1984 with the ASM50 Nigirikko.
In the present, AUTEC provides several robots to help restaurants with their sushi-making production. The ASM890A is the latest offering by the company that aims to increase business efficiency and simplify operations while maintaining levels of authenticity in the sushi making craft.
Automation in the restaurant industry
AUTEC also recently announced a partnership with Fujimak to produce rice cookers that are available in the U.S. for the first time.
“We are thrilled to bring Fujimak's cutting-edge rice cooker technology to the U.S. market through our partnership with AUTEC,” said Fujimak CEO, Yuji Kogure. “Our shared commitment to innovation and excellence in culinary technology is exemplified in Fujimak's rice cookers, designed to redefine the art of perfect rice cooking for sushi chefs and culinary enthusiasts alike.”
As the restaurant industry navigates a world with higher product and labor costs, organizations have turned to robotics in hopes of optimizing processes and generating savings for customers.
CaliExpress by Flippy, an autonomous burger restaurant opened in December 2023. The burger joint utilizes technology from Miso Robotics and PopID to open the world’s first fully autonomous restaurant.
Retail beverage automation has also seen an increase in investment, including a $10 million funding announcement from San Diego-based Sidework (formerly Backbar) in October 2023.
Also, in July 2023, RobotLAB announced that the organization will sell and integrate Bear Robotics’ Servi and Servi Plus robots for the restaurant and retail industries.
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